Category Archives: D-blog week 2012

#dblogweek – Day 7 – Diabetes Hero

Well, I’m back from my short vacation.  In four days, I’ve wasted four infusion sets, three reservoirs (one used twice), a CGM sensor, a half-full bottle of Novolog, seventy or so One Touch Ultra strips, a thrice-used syringe, a bright-purple ketone test-strip, and a hot-tub-drenched cell phone.  I never even broke the safety-seal on my massive supply of glucose tabs.  If I have the courage to write about it, I’ll write more next week.

The moral of the story: when traveling, pack spares.  Then pack more spares . Cause you never know.  Now on with today’s topic.


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 diabetes Hero.

As I write this article, I’m torn by who to pick.  Should it be someone, like Dr. Banting, who discovered the magic potion that keeps me alive?  Someone like Manny or Kerri, who first gave me the setting and the confidence in which to openly discuss this?  Maybe Sonia Sotomayor, who pushed through the social and physical challenges of being an ethnic-minority-woman-with-Type-1-raised-in-poverty to become a Supreme Court Justice.  All of the above reached their goals based on hard work, perseverance, and a real passion for what they were trying to achieve.

There are so many heroes out there, and the word “hero” is a word that often gets tossed around indiscriminately.  In general, I feel like sports figures are most often described as heroes when they shouldn’t be, but in this case I’m going to go with one, because this gentleman (term used loosely) fits the “I have no idea how he did it” category.  I’ve mentioned him before.  He a former player, captain, and later General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, Bobby Clarke.

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#dblogweek – Day 6 – Creativity Wildcard

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.


I’m not a real shutterbug, so instead of posting a collection of photos, I’ve decided to go with one of the week’s wildcard options and opt for the musical approach.  No, I won’t sing (you’ll need to do that yourself, in your own head), but the tune should be familiar – it’s to the national anthem O Canada.  (If you don’t know the tune, click on the video at the bottom of the page.)

The song is all parody. I hope it’s not offensive, especially to Bethany, Valerie Anne, Kayla, and the other North-American PWDs who measure their blood glucose in mmol’s.

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#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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