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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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Posted: Nov 5, 2008 22:36
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  • Flu season is upon us ...

    How many of you take advantage of the flu shot that is offered?  I have been very diligent over the past 10 years having the flu shot - and touch wood - not been ill with the flu.  Except last year I didn't have the shot - for one reason or another.  Now, I know the flu shot only protects you from the really "bad" strain of influenza - but last January - I got hit with the influenza.  It left me in a pretty bad state for about a month - and I was just starting to recover from it when I went on my usual winter holiday to escape the winter.  I go on a cruise every year to get away from the winter and according to my endo - he feels every diabetic should go on one (hmmm - wonder if he could write a prescription for that) - no stress - and my A1C's are always great afterwards. 

    Anyway, I was ready to grab anyone with a walking cane or wheel chair when we started on our holidays - because the flu I got hit with affected one of my legs - just one knee - that was it! I am a fairly active person (or like to think I am) - and I wasn't able to walk my usual fast way - thru' airport terminals - let alone walk up/downstairs on the cruise ship (I do this to burn off excess food  - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it ).  In the end - I am still feeling the results of this bug.  Since June I have been trying to see an orthopedic surgeon - since the knee not only is still screwed up - but also due to the way I walk to compensate for the knee - my hip likes to lock itself at the most inopportune times (e.g. walking in the grocery store - hip locks - I perform a few weird yoga moves - and things go back into place).  I am finding this very VERY annoying - since I love to walk.  I have the xrays done - but everytime I call back to make an appointment - the office tells me "call back in 2 months".  The way things are going - I may see the ortho in the year 2010!!!  This is the Canadian medical system for those of you who live in the States.  There are pros/cons to our government health insurance like anywhere else that has the same type of system.

    So of course, I have an upcoming cruise coming up at the end of the month - 2 weeks this time - to make up for the cruise we took back in January that to me feels like a bad dream. I am determined that I won't get ill before leaving - I want to be able to snorkel - enjoy the ocean breeze - - the sights and sounds ... sigh (I should write romance books shouldn't I?).  So, I am having a flu shot this Friday - in the hopes that I will be able to stay healthy - not only during the cruise (noro virus please stay away from me ) - but afterwards.

    Wish me luck - and if I get sick - who wants to take my place?  Sign up below Wink


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  • By: dorisjdickson: Nov, 05, 2008 11:34 AM

    Hi Anna,

    I've gotten a flu shot every year during this decade.  I got a pneumonia shot 2 years ago.  What the heck; they offered.  That only covers the most popular strains too by the way ... grandfather had pneumonia last year so I asked the pulmonary guy why he got it (since he'd had his pneumonia shot). 

    The town I live in gives out free flu shots and I've gotten the same wonderful nurse the last two years.  I didn't feel either of them.  I've previously had some that were less than comfy so I recommend sending this lady out to train others.

    I don't think have ever had a flu as defined; obviously that's fine with me.  I used to get a lot of colds and very nasty stomach viruses.  I haven't gotten either in the last many years.  This may be because my immune system has kicked back into gear especially since I normalized my blood sugar.  It may be the flu shot kicks my entire immune system into gear.  It may also be coincidence.  Whatever the case, I'm very happy I am not sick constantly like I used to be. 

    I'm silly; I look forward to the flu shot every year.  Then again, I don't dislike testing my blood sugar either. 

    Have a good cruise.  Look forward to your return.


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