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Posted: May 10, 2013

Well, it's that time of the year again kiddies.  Karen Graffeo from Bitter Sweet Diabetes is at the helm again for the blogging event of the year from May 13th to the 19th.  Come one - come all - give the wheel a spin in the diabetes carnival of life!  What have you got to lose except maybe a few molars if you purchase a sticky candy apple?

Everyday, those of you who want to participate in it (you can sign up here) - are given a list of topics to write about - along with a wild card or two if you are stumped (trust me - even I get bloggers block sometimes when it comes to diabetes).  Because you can see the list of topics already - you can get a start on it now (which I'm hoping to do this weekend) - since we're going to be blogging EVERY DAY - SEVEN DAYS!!!  Trust me - don't be put off by this - it can be done - whether you've blogged before or not - give it a whirl!

I'll be posting my blogs for that week at The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes - so come check out what comes out of my head.  Since I'm in a carnival mood right now with the spinning of the wheel - who knows what will come out of my sausage like fingers tips across your screen!!  Hopefully you will amaze me with whatever comes up in your mind as well.

Remember, if you want a quick way to blog - you can easily set up an a/c here at - easily done with your Facebook a/c and get cracking with blogging.

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Posted: May 15, 2011

Before I started blogging or getting involved in the D-OC (diabetes online community) - diabetes to me was just part of my persona - just like the gap in my front teeth (sorry orthodontists out there – I’m a Lauren Hutton wanna be). I didn't think much about the daily rituals that most of us diabetics go through until I started to "meet" up with others that shared similar experiences. This week proved why my online "friends" helps many of us cope with the roller coaster ride of diabetes. 

                           The D-OC all grown up :)

I found this week that there are SOOOOOO many fantastic D-bloggers out there. Everyone has varied opinions on the subject that we were asked to blog about. I found it difficult following some of the topics that we asked to write about - despite the wild card options.  With being sick and my desktop acting up on me - it made things abit tough at times (technology - that love/hate relationship - e.g. again today my desktop is acting up). For myself, it was almost like being at school, BUT in the end I accomplished the task at hand! I'm still trying to catch up with reading of the great posts done each day this week which were averaging about 100+ individual posts (Thursdays - topped the charts with almost 150 posts on "Ten Things I Hate Diabetes" – which for myself – was hard to write about – because I don’t really hate diabetes – it’s like my side partner in life).

Here's to all the great Super D-Troopers out there and hopefully more to come in the near future! To check out all the blogs posted this week head on over to the Bitter~Sweet website. 

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Posted: May 9, 2011

I’m one of many folks that are taking part in the 2nd Annual D-Blog Week that Karen Graffeo at Bitter Sweet is so kindly hosting on her website this week.  If you haven’t heard of it – check it out - see what we’re all doing – and perhaps get involved – come on don’t be shy!

The topic today is about  “ admiring our differences “ – and at first I was stumped by this topic (I never did well with assignments at school) and then I realised that I had written something similar a few weeks ago (Dear Parents of Diabetic Children) without even knowing that I’d be writing a similar story again this week.  My mind was aflame with ideas of who I admired the most out of the many diabetics that I have met over the years since I discovered the D-OC.  There are so many, but I think what has struck me the most over the year is the parents of diabetic children that I had come to admire the most .  Why?  Well, my parents (mainly my Mum – as my Dad was working) that did the best that they could with what information was available when I was diagnosed with diabetes in the 60’s.  They were pretty well in the dark with no online groups for them to join up to like we have today, so they did the best they could that was provided by CDA/ADA and the hospital that took care of my diabetes in Ottawa.   Personally, I think they did pretty well even when they tried to hide away the sweets from me in the top cupboard (I took my shoes off before getting on the counter tops to retrieve those goodies – me who is afraid of heights – the call of the “unforbidden” won over my fear).

Nowadays, parents of diabetic children have so many tools at their disposal – so I sometimes think it is more scary for the parents seeing their children’s blood sugars (BG) going up and down like a roller coaster ride and the fear that because of that horrible things will befall them (loss of eyesight, kidney, etc).  I wonder if sometimes having too much information isn’t a good thing.  I mean, my parents didn’t have all those tools, but in the end, I’ve turned out okay.  Yes, maybe I’m abit of a screw ball with my fantasy of wearing a cape/mask – but it works for me.

So, to all you D-parents out there – and you know who you are – I raise a toast to you in your everyday challenge to ensure your little one(s) are living the most out of their life.  If you love them and let them be who they are without stifling them, they will turn out fine.   I still wonder if my Dad was happy with my spending the CSB’s  he’d saved for my “further education” on a motorcycle instead – I know I was pleased as a little kitten <lol> – and I’m still alive despite a few miscalculations on a sharp turn in the road at “x” amount of speed!



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Posted: May 10, 2010

Well, I've been doing this for the past 43 years since I was diagnosed at the age of 7.  Diabetes is part of me.  I sometimes used to think of myself as a character in Eraserhead - a cult classic David Lynch film from the 70's.  The things some of us PWD's (People with Diabetes) do to cope with living with this disease can have it humouristic/horror moments at times.

My day usually starts off with - "do I really have to get up?".  Generally the cats are leaping around the room, due to being starved since they were last fed by their other slave, Mike (my main squeeze) at the ungodly hour of 4:30 when he gets up.  By 8:00 they are skin and bone.  If it's a good day for me, my BG (blood glucose) usually is around 5 mmol/l (90 mg/dl) - and I trot off to the kitchen for my regular double espresso with sugar (raw) and cream and if I can put some food into me - then toast / spread with whatever I have a hankering for. I've never been a big breakfast eater (and this seems common amongst some of my PWD mates).

Of course, inbetween this, I've injected myself with some NovoRapid for breakfast and/or correction, taken some Lantus (take this every 12 hours).  I'm presently on a break from Salvador Dali (Animas 2020) - for the "scientific world" - or that's what I keep on telling myself since I do miss my pump, but not the tubing bit

Then it's off to work I go, either here in my home office in the dungeon or off to one of my "lick out toilet bowl" clients - aka housecleaning.  Good exercise, despite the enhaling of some of their cleaning products, but I've made them change what they use over the years to more environmental products. 

Inbetween I'm randomly checking my BG's every few hours.  Take for instance, right now, it's 12:45.  My BG reading is 3.8 mmol/l (69 mg/dl).  This is actually turning out to be a pretty good day for my BG's with MDI (multiple doseage injections).  Almost as good as the pump, but A1C in July will reveal the truth of course if pump is better then MDI.

So, basically, this is my typical day. Testing, dart practising on my body to keep my BG's at an even keel.  Like many other PWD's that will be writing today, we do it all without much thinking.  It's just what we have to do to stay ahead of the game.

I have to admit from time to time I've wondered "what would it be like to not be a diabetic for a day?".  For diabetics like myself who have lived with it all our life, we don't really know what it's like to start a day off without having to think about our diabetes.  Would it be any different then what our life is like today?

Questions, questions, questions!  Off to make some tea, and have a bite to eat and contemplate this big blue marble of ours.

My mug of Red Rose tea

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Posted: May 10, 2010

Diabetes Blog Week May 10-16

Well, I'm one of about 130 PWD (people with diabetes) bloggers that are particpating in Karen's project at her website Bitter-Sweet (appropriate name for what we go through - don't you think?).  I'm abit late in the game as I don't Twitter as much as I'd like to and only noticed this today when I went online.  I saw a few people putting #DiabetesBlogWeek in their Tweet's and I discovered what it was all about.  I wrote to Karen saying I wish I'd known earlier, and that I had a few nonUS friends who blog that I thought might be interested at contributing to her cause.  Karen tweeted back to me saying "You can still join #DiabetesBlogWeek if you want to - it's not too late! Just let me know and I'll add you to the list. :)". 

So, come on, what are you (we/I) waiting for - let's all get blogging.   Never blogged before?  It's simple, just let your thoughts flow out of your fingertips.  Check out Karen's simple instructions at her website in the link I've posted above. 

Happy blogging!  Off I go to see what sprouts from my BG (blood glucose) pricked fingertips (it's not really that bad - remember - always prick with the vampire lancet on the SIDES of your fingertips - less nerve endings on the sides).


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