Monthly Archives: May 2012

#dblogweek – Day 5 – Dear PWOD (What they should know)

For the next week, I’ll be participating in the 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week (for more info, click on the banner above). Each day, D-Bloggers will be (mostly) blogging about a common topic but offering their own perspectives.


Dear PWOD (Person Without Diabetes, or affectionately “Pee-wad”):

There is something you need to know about me and my diabetes.

I can do this.

I’ve been doing this for a long time, and after thirty years of living off someone else’s insulin, I’ve become pretty damn good at it.  I know what that cookie will do to me.  That glass of wine, too.  I’ve learned that through life experience.  The teachings at the School of Hard Knocks, where I’ve been enrolled for over thirty years, are much more thorough than those brief articles in USA Today, sound-bites from Dr. Phil, or commercials for Liberty Medical.

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#dblogweek – Day 4 – Fantasy diabetes device

For the next week, I’ll be participating in the 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week (for more info, click on the banner above). Each day, D-Bloggers will be (mostly) blogging about a common topic but offering their own perspectives.


My “Fantasy Device”.  Where do I begin?

Today, I’m going to keep my feet firmly planted in reality.  Sure, I’d love a device that can non-invasively track my blood sugars, infuse the proper amounts of super-duper-fast insulin  in my body precisely when it’s needed, keep me from going high, keep me from going low, keep me from interchangeably tacking and taping things to my skin… and make it so small and reliable that I hardly know I’m carrying anything with me at all.

That won’t happen.  I won’t even fantasize about it.

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#dblogweek – Day 3 – One thing to improve

For the next week, I’ll be participating in the 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week (for more info, click on the banner above). Each day, D-Bloggers will be (mostly) blogging about a common topic but offering their own perspectives.


Haven’t I done enough?  You mean I have to do even better?   Today’s blog week topic is to find one thing that I can do to improve myself.

Just one.  If I do that, then my A1C will be  an ideal 5.5, and my blood glucose will always be a picture-perfect 104 mg/dl.

If there were just one thing, and then all my problems would be solved, trust me, I’d be doing it.  But there are lots of things I should be doing better.  And most of the time, when I’m not being The Perfect Diabetic, I know it.  I’m not overtly defiant (mostly), but I know when I’m bending the rules a bit, and acknowledge that I’m going to pay the price for it later.

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#dblogweek – Day 2 – One great thing

For the next week, I’ll be participating in the 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week (for more info, click on the banner above). Each day, D-Bloggers will be (mostly) blogging about a common topic but offering their own perspectives.


Today, Karen wants me to write about something that I do that is spectacular.  This is a hard one.

You could ask my family and friends about what I do to take care of my diabetes, and I’m sure they’ll tell you all about the things they see me do    They’ll see me doing these things so that I can live – not pretending to do it and not “skipping a day”, and they’ll be impressed.  When it comes to the things they see me do, not only can they write a list, but they can vouch that I actually do the things on that list.

Yes, when it comes to diabetes care, I do what I have to do.  And those items on the list, in my family’s mind: they’re real, and they’re spectacular.

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#dblogweek – Day 1 – Find-a-friend

For the next week, I’ll be participating in the 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week (for more info, click on the banner above). Each day, D-Bloggers will be (mostly) blogging about a common topic but offering their own perspectives.


The first post of Diabetes Blog Week is about introducing our friends, or telling you about their blogs that you may not already know about.  I suppose this might not be too difficult for those who write the really popular blogs, but when it comes to me, it’s hard to suggest someone that you may not have yet found.  I mean, you found this blog, and when it comes to popularity, I’m pretty low on the chain.

Of course, if you’d like to meet some new blogs, you can always check on the Blog-ROLL.  I’ve just updated it.  The link is always at the top of the page.

So rather than try to introduce you to someone new, I’m going to tell a story on how I was introduced to another D-blogger: Valerie Anne, AKA DiabeticallyYours.  If you haven’t visited her site yet, go ahead and give it a read.  I’ll wait here.

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