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Day 6 - Diabetic Snapshots - Diabetes Blog Week


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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  • Day 6 - Diabetic Snapshots - Diabetes Blog Week


    I love to travel.  I sometimes think it’s due to being an immigrant. I still can’t believe I’m still in Montreal after 22 years as I thought I would have moved onto a new place to explore / conquer  – but it’s such a vibrant city and I’m still enjoying it.  One thing, diabetes has never stopped me from doing what I want to do with my life.  I guess in a way I’ve told it to take a hike as long as it takes me on its travels. since my pancreas never asked me to pack my bag and come with it when it left me high and dry 43 years ago! 

    Every December on our yearly “ no brainer ” floating city cruise  (usually we are the Captain/Cook/Mechanic of our own sailboat for a month every year) – we were fortunate enough to meet up with Fred and Judie from Jupiter Beach, Florida.  I can’t remember how it happened, but all I know is, I found out Judie was also a Type 1 diabetic and on a pump and we've kept in touch (the joys of travelling - all the great people you meet up with).  We lucked in on meeting up with them again in when we were driving back from The Keys (Marathon) in March.  We stopped off to meet them at their favourite Cuban restaurant in West Palm Beach called Havana.

    Judie and Anna testing their BG's

    We had GREAT blood sugars (hers was 107/5.9 and mine was 97/5.4) – so we were good to go at stuffing our faces (I had Ropa Vieja – shredded beef cooked in a Spanish sauce with other goodies like beans and rice).

    Mike sharing a slice of Tres LechesDessert or postres was next – the tres leches was recommended by Fred the man with the functioning pancreas – a 3 milk white cake (evaporated,fresh milk, condensed milk). I shared this sweet treat with Mike – a slice of heaven (and the staff knew I wanted to be adopted into their family business – I could do serious marketing for them with my happy content face).

    As usual on our holidays, Mike always seems to catch me doing something “diabetic”.  Below is a picture of me in Antigua– I was about to inhale a locale cold beer (I love beer) – much deserved after spending some time walking on the sandy beaches, but first test the blood sugars! Good girl, good girl!!!

    FatCatAnna testing BG's in Antigua

    Where FatCatAnna puts her pumpLast but not least, where I put my pump (when I’m wearing it that is  – if you’ve been reading my blogs – I’m on a pump hiatus just to see if I can manage as well on MDI (multiple doseage injections) as I have been doing over the past 3 years.

    So, as you can see have diabetes will travel.  I don’t even mind being picked on by TSA and CATSA every time I fly since 911 because of wearing my pump – it’s par for course since going on the pump I find – but so far – my air travels have been safe!

    NB:  For more diabetic pictures - you can check out some of my contribution to the Diabetes 365 Project at this link.

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