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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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The joys of having Bowie my CGMS – Chapter 1 - Sep 02
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Surviving the Holocaust with Type 1 diabetes - Mar 27
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Eating from the ground - Yuca Fries - Feb 20
I am home now from a working holiday, in the Bahamas and Miami.  Despite the weather being abit cooler then normal (they only get 2 weeks of winter - we were there in ...
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Posted: Aug 13, 2009 12:01
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  • Summer - it's finally arrived!!!

    Yes, the temperatures are hovering around 30 C ( 86 F ) - humidity is up - this is what a Montreal summer is all about!  All I can say is thank goodness for having central air when we need it! I've got the central air going - and I'm sitting here in the basement at my PC - cool as a cucumber - tho' I will be going out later - since I feel abit "out of touch" when all the windows are closed - with no sounds of fighting blue jays, foundation work on a house a few houses over (the dust is incredible when you go outside - another bonus with having central air - none of this gets inside the house).

    The past few weeks I've been taking care of a friends dog and cat on days that she goes off on "mini breaks" as she doesn't like to leave home - but I'm glad she's getting away for a change of pace.  I thought, taking care of a dog would be easy.  Feed / take for walk / pat on the head / pick up the poop - right? Nope, not sure what my friend meant by - "only come by a couple of times" - when I saw the her dog and cats "schedule".  Luckily, she only lives one house over - so I get my bit of exercise going back / forth.

    1) Food at 7:00 a.m. - heat in microwave for 45 secs - force pill down dogs throat (too easy - I just crush it up and add it to her food - gulp - gone); etc. - oh and take care of cat. 

    2) Come back after 10:00 a.m. - take for walk - of course, I'm meeting up with people - and we gab, I get invited for tea or a swim - but I have to go back - as the dog isn't very socialable (just about snapped a little boys fingers off - not good). 

    3) The list goes on  - my friend is a slave to these animals - now I understand why she can't leave.

    Every few hours - I am over to pay a visit.  I've just never seen a dog (Peachnut) on a schedule like this - it's worse then being a child. I mean, I thought I had it bad then - with the injections / urine testing / eat your food NOW, yadda, yadda, yadda.  She gets homemade food - treats at certain times - she is one lucky dog!  The food looks like something you and I would make up for our family (chicken pieces in brown rice with carrots and beans) - I am literally drooling as I heat it up for "45 secs" - and so is the dog - do you blame her?  Anyway, the owner is coming back this evening after a few days away - and I will no longer have a companion to go with me on my walks.

    The one good thing out of this, I have seen a neighbour (the tea/swim pool invite above) - and she's a Type 2 diabetic.  I hadn't seen her in about 2 years - and she was asking how I was - and that I looked healthy and younger (getting alot of comments about this lately - I think insulin should be marketed as a fountain of youth product).  She is now on Lantus at night time - along with pills - and when I told her what my BG's were in the morning - she said "mine aren't like yours they're much higher" - little bells went off in my head.  I asked her about her latest A1C - and she was amazed when I told her what mine was - but she couldn't tell me hers - so I'm thinking they maybe higher then the ADA/CDA standard of 7%.  She was interested on going to the pump - but I told her not unless she was totally insulin dependent would I recommend that.   So, now our plan is for me to come over to her house and I'll hopefully be able to help her out with her diabetes and offer some sort of advise to approach her doctor with.

    Nurse FatCatAnna to the rescue again to make people with diabetes have a better quality of life!!!

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