Well, girls and boys. How would you feel if your spouse/partner told you that they’re going to a sleep over …. at their high school ex's house? Would you firmly deny them this or just say …. Sure, no problem, have fun and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!”. The sleep over idea came all of a sudden, still not sure if it was my idea or my friend – but what the heck – we hadn’t really connected up over the past 30 years except for the occasional email / seeing him on stage /and mpw we share something in common besides friendship, we both have diabetes and use an insulin pump!
I don’t know many people in my everyday life that I can connect with in person that have diabetes, let alone be familiar with pumping. I realise that I have LOTS of friends on the Internet – but I don’t have contact with any diabetics here in Montreal that I can meet up in person (the CDA group that I tried to help bring to the 21st century in Montreal was sadly a lost cause for me – mainly 60+ year old Type 2’s – not interested in learning about new developments in research – pumping – learning how to pole dance (good form of exercise) – they just wanted coffee and biscuits after the speech – and get back to their regularily scheduled telly programming (I’m not kidding about that one – some had to get back to watching Dancing With the Stars – hello – PVR??).
Anyway, I know the D-OC has really made a bit difference over the past 4 years since I became active in it when I went onto the pump and needed help with how to use it since I’m basically self-taught on it. Life at that point really flourished with how I now approach my diabetes and interact with others with the same condition. We can share tales of what we’ve done, not just involving diabetes, but all aspects of our lives. The thing is, meeting up with another D in person we get to chatter away about how far you've squirted blood when pulling out an infusion set – how much insulin you need to cover “x” amount of carbs. Normal folks just don’t get it, so it’s abit of fun to be with someone else who understands completely what you deal with on a daily basis.
One thing I learned with my friend over the weekend was the type of diabetes he was diagnosed with in his 30’s. I assumed he had Type 1, like I have, but then we starting shooting the breeze about how he was the one who kept on insisting I go onto a pump (he uses a MiniMed Paradigm REAL- 722 ) – I resisted for many years – but resistance is futile – I’m now part of the collective (did I mention that we both are Star Trek fans?). He goes through 300 units of insulin every 3 days. Another T1D diabetic I know (diagnosed since 12) is very strongly opinionated about when a diabetic uses that much insulin that it is not good and that they should lose weight, go onto low carb dieting (Dr. Bernstein is their choice), yadda, yadda, yadda. Well, my friend is NOT overweight, and as he explained to me, his body STILL produces insulin, but due to his body attacking the insulin he makes, he has to take a lot of insulin to keep his BG in control. I know there is a name for this type of diabetes (if any of you know – let me know – or maybe you are the same), and hearing about the type of diabetes he has, made me realise how wrong people like my other friend can be about their opinions on what we should be doing in our control of our health!!
So, as we sipped on our 2nd or 3rd Bloody Caesar, munched on our Meat Lovers slices of Pizza Hut pizza (I am no longer a Pizza Hut virgin – it’s actually not bad fast food pizza – and delivery within 30 minutes – luckily the kids didn’t die of starvation during that waiting time). We bolused accordingly, showed off our bellies as to where we keep our infusion sets (having a hairy body is NOT easy for infusion sets), laughing over the past and present, it was a great weekend to share with a friend, who I sometimes used to think got diabetes because he kissed me (with my lips smeared with Tootsie Roll Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker – thanks Mum for that guy attracting stuff – it worked for me).
We’re already planning another sleep over weekend – and not letting 30 years go by that we don’t touch base in reality – rather than online!!!