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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
 Okay, for those of you who have never read my #dblogs before, I give names to all my little gizmos that I use for controlling my diabetes.  What we have today, ...
In a slump and scared - Jul 21
It’s rare for me to compose a #dblog that is not all “chirpy chirpy” … I think the last time I did one that was kind of down was at Diabetes1.org ...
Surviving the Holocaust with Type 1 diabetes - Mar 27
  " To the best of my knowledge, I am the only diabetic who survived years of imprisonment in German concentration camps. This is my story "   The above words ...
Sugar and Your Health - Mar 06
The other day I emptied out a 4 kg (about 10 lbs) of white sugar that I had dated a year ago when I opened it.  I use white sugar purely for cooking (I make my own ...
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 ...
Posted: Jul 20, 2009 15:37
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  • Sailing Away


    I was talking to my neighbours out front just now.  They are Egyptian - such sweet little ladies. They always want to know what's going on it in our lives.  I think they live thru' us - which is kind of sweet.  One of the ladies is Type 2 - and her younger sister is always telling me how worried she is about her.  So, Mike and I watch out for her when her family doesn't come around to see her.  She is intrigued by my insulin pump - and between my splattering of French and her English - we have an interesting conversation.  She's not looking too well this a.m. - am hoping she's alright - so I may go over in abit with some fresh peppermint and make up some tea for us and see how she is doing.  I know her sister says she eats bad food (define bad that is my question  - I eat bad as well) - and she doesn't test her blood sugars enough.  Sigh, I want to save the world sometimes - only I'm not blond and I don't act on the show Heroes.

    So, we went on a cruise on the w/e with a few of our friends from our yacht club to a quaint little town called Waddington, New York along the St. Lawrence Seaway.  This town has been around since the early 1800's - and if memory serves me - one of the churches that I took a picture of (beautiful stained glass windows) - is the oldest in North East section of the States.

    I managed to not drink too much (I'm getting better with age - hangovers and a few hours of memory lost - nope) - and had a great time. Only had abit of a problem with my blood sugars the first night as I had to do an insulin correction before heading to beddy byes on Friday night.  I was fine in the morning - so the miracle legal drug insulin does its' wonderful things again! Of course,  I was munching on foods I don't usually eat, but man oh man, tasting chip flavours that I'd never heard of before, well, how could I deny my salivary glands!  As I've written before, the foods that Americans have that we don't have here is overwhelming.  I almost bought a jar of a sugary marshmallow substance called "Fluff".  Pure sugar, great for treating hypos was what went thru' my sponge brain!  A few of the sailors are Type 2's, so they talked me out of buying it - sigh.  Next time, I'll somehow manage to sneak it into my grocery bag!!!  I will find a way!!!

    sailboatWe had such a great sail back on Sunday - winds coming from the south/west - so we just had the jib sheet out (front sail at the front of the boat for you non-boaters - and trust me - I'm still learning all the sailor lingo even 5 years later - so you may correct me if I'm wrong in my descriptions).  We were cruising along at an average speed of 5.5 knots (our hull is rated at 6 knots).  It was an awesome sail - not heeling over - just very nice and relaxing sail.  I managed to change my infusion set in-between the "pack of wolves" (power boaters from Quebec are on holidays - and they are always in a mad rush to get everywhere - just like on the roads - wait - I'm from Quebec - what am I saying?).  When alot of power boats go by - they set up alot of waves - and sailboats get the brunt of their waves.  As our boats get tossed around - this is when you know if you've got a demon child inside the boat or not - as things go flying around as the boat hits the water if they're not secured properly.  I am getting better with keeping that "child" from having a tantrum inside.

    A few of us anchored in this little bay on the American side of the St. Lawrence on our way back - our 25' sailboat, a 27' and 45' (we call that one the Mothership). The 27' is the MiniMotherShip and ours is the EntertainmentShip, as we have all the good tunes blasting out.   We are in the planning stages for a rendezvous at "Skinny Dip Bay" for a Caribbean Island party (I just have to find a few floating palm trees to bob around all the boats).  I'll be looking for some Rasta style wigs for us to throw on our heads.  I know, sounds crazy but you only live once on this big blue marble. 

    So, now it's back to regular programming - and we'll wait for Friday to come again - and hopefully head out for the wild blue yonder again (good thing is gas prices have gone down - amazing for the summer - as usually they go up!).

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  • By: dorisjdickson: Jul, 21, 2009 10:46 AM


    "Fluff" aka "fluffernutter" originated in Massachusetts many moons ago.  I haven't eaten it since my diagnosis at age 12. 

    I still have memories of peanut butter, homemade blueberry/raspberry jam and fluff sandwiches.  It's also a perfect compliment to hot chocolate after a hard day building igloos.

    The sailors are correct.  I would also highly recommend you don't buy a jar if you haven't already formed the addiction.  Glucose tablets are a much safer form of treatment for lows. 

    Doris J. Dickson

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