I’m taking part today in the D-blog day – this was started back on November 2005 (where have I been all these years – in a cave?). I noticed this “event” through Gina Capone’s website called Diabetes Talk that explains all the details (e.g. topic of this years d-blog, etc.). I decided I would give it a go and know I’ll not be the only one that will be Tweeting (using #dblogday) and in other social medias. Hopefully it’s not too late for you to join in today and I know I’ve marked this event in my calendar for 2011 already!
1) We are amongst you “regular” folks – you may not know it – but we are. Do not be afraid.
2) Diabetes, Type 1 that is , is not like the Elvis Presley song – Return To Sender – it is with us for life – no losing weight, eating less sugar gets us off our juice of life.
3) If you see me wearing my blue suede shoes on November 14th this year – it’s because I’m celebrating the birth of Dr. Banting that you see above! He was born on this day back in 1891 and we now celebrate his birth along with World Diabetes Day (WDD) which was started up by the International Diabetes Federation . Psst, did you know Dr. Banting is Canadian? Some people seem surprised by this when I’ve tell them. I kid you not!
4) Having diabetes is not the end of the world – but for some it is – be patient with them as they learn the ropes. Old timers like myself, we’ve got it down pat most of the time, but then there are those days that …. you know …. Things just don’t jive no matter what you do.
5) I can eat sweets, if you see me sinking my teeth into that chocolate pie, be forewarned, I will enjoy it to the last lick of the plate (I tell my friends that this saves on washing dishes) – but behind all this enjoyment – is calculations for how much insulin to give, etc. etc. It’s not easy at times as we have to guesstimate – but rewarding when we do “cheat” for that sinful treat from time to time.
6) Cats and dogs can get diabetes and become insulin dependent! My name of FatCatAnna comes from my pussy cat Beauduoin who probably had better control of his diabetes then I do (even the vet said so). I really miss him.