Blog Entries With Tag: World Diabetes Day

Posted: Nov 13, 2014

I've been abit behind in many things #diabetes these past few months, while I deal with other health disorders that are making my usual control of diabetes go out of balance (e.g. today was surgery pre op day - what an interesting experience that was ... again ... #dblog in the making when I can find some time to put my thoughts together).  

I am excited to at least post this little ditty though before the day is over, about tomorrow's upcoming event for World Diabetes Day, that I'm hoping I can at least attend for a few "sessions". 

The World Diabetes Day twitter chat will begin at 12 am ET on Friday, November 14th and end at 11:59 pm EST that evening. 

To find out more details (e.g. a link to help those of you in different time zones - so you don't miss out on your fav #diabetes celebrity/etc.) then go directly to the DCAF (Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation) website at this link .  

Also, if you are new to Twitter, and find it a challenge like I do at times for this type of fast paced reading/posting - go to TweetChat (remove the automatic frame by clicking on the "Remove the Frame" on the left hand side of your screen) then once you are seeing the "clean" page - simply type in #WDDChat14 in the search window to gain access to the  chat session on one page with no fancy ads, etc.  I find it much easier to keep up with the streaming (oh I sound so "with it in cyber world don't I?).  See ya can teach an old cat new tricks \\^,,^//    *** See update at bottom :) ***

Now, if my above suggestions doesn't quite suit your style - then check out other options to join in on the discussion at this link.

Hope to "see" you there at some pooint during the day !!!  


NB:  Update to accesssing the chat sessions without pulling out your hair.  I'm not on a mobile so perhaps that is reason for above not working for me (I use my lap top for these types of discussions).  What I am finding works best for keeping up with the fast paced discussion is the following ...      .... so far I don't seem to be missing out on posts, and my ability to put in my "two cents worth" is going through.  Many thanks to Brenda Bell for this tip 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2013

Every Friday I try my best to wear blue (I'm always wearing my blue circle pin everyday – I collected a few when I was a volunteer at IDF).  The idea of wearing blue on Friday was created a few years ago by Cherise Shockley who is part of the team at Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF) to bring attention to World Diabetes Day every November 14th (Dr. Bantings birthday)  – and well – most of us within the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) just love the colour blue – so we flaunt it with a smile on our face.

Well, this past Friday, I lucked in on a really REALLY nice find.  I have this thing for stainless steel bling – it’s clean (I’m not allergic to it as well as it’s surgical) – not shiny – it’s just purrfect in my eyes.  I saw this indiscreet pendant – with a zircon blue stone set into it – and I just fell in love with it (helped that it was 80%) – it was purrfect colour of blue.  The price was just right – and when the clerk told me that the stone was the real thing – even better.  I am now the owner of a blue topaz – bling bling!

I explained to her about the wearing of blue on Friday for awareness of diabetes.  As usual the confusion with the types of diabetes came up – and I pulled out my insulin pump – showed off the infusion set in my tummy (see only 1 shot every 3 days instead of 30 – whoopee!!!).  Her mouth dropped when she learned of the increase in Type 1 diabetes – and that you didn’t have to be young to get it – that it really has no age limit now – the autoimmune system goes nuts – and BANG – pancreas shuts down without a thank you Mam!!!  She mentioned that she knew someone that might be interested in an insulin pump – despite my shocking her with the price tag if you have no coverage either via work place and/or provincial coverage.  I just told her for me – that so far – no complications of being an addict to insulin – and she said I had a glow to me (of course – I blurted out it was due to rosacea ).

So, exchange of my little calling card I always give out  – and off I went with my little bling bag – as I slowly started to realise …. the glow maybe more from just the rosacea – but a low blood sugar.  So, blood test, 3.5mmol/l /63mg/dl - something sweet – and then I was off again (with safe to drive BG/blood sugar) – to head home to get some more substantial grub into my body which was ….. GRILLED CHEESE!!! 

Now did you know that there are a few diabetics out there (and nonD’s) that just LOVE their grilled cheese!!!  Some like it squishy / chewy / American cheese only / Old Cheddar Cheese / you name it there are so many variations to this simple cheesy delight (low carb depending on the bread you use).  A few weeks ago – I had a discussion on my Facebook wall going on about websites devoted to this delicacy – and of course – Scott Johnson – a prominent blogger/member of the DOC has rights on the name of – along with Kerri McKay filling in from time to time (she’s from Canada – whoot!whoot!).

The tools I use - press grill not shown - ensures no burnt breadTools of trade in picture above - cheese slicer to ensure uniform cheese slices (in this case - I sadly skimped on cheese - should have put more in - but I was hungry - and just wanted to manger).  Brushing smoked olive oil onto bread is my mini-me chef thing.  What you don't see in the above picture - is the $20 press down grill my BFF gave me a few years ago - handy for grilling meats and  ..... GRILLED CHEESE!!!

So, please do not drool on your screen – as you look over the pictures of my greasy mug staring at you (and note the blue bling – I did my best to take self pictures – I really suck at being my own paparazzi). 

Psst - notice BLUE plate below - yuppers - it's all about Blue Friday (aka #BlueFriday in Tweeter land) - not just on my clothing/bling/whatever - BUT my dishware I so lovingly lick off of (saves on dish washing :) )!

 Above - bit of thyme roast pork tucked lovingly inbetween my home made buttermilk bread :)
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Posted: Nov 10, 2012
I always wear ID to inform others of my medical condition which happens to so far just be diabetes.   I wrote back in August about picking up some silcone bracelets from a company based in Australia - which I'm wearing as I type this out to you.  Up until today, I didn't realise that there is also a company closer to home, here in North America called American Medical ID and has been around since the 90's.  It has created a new goal: Ten thousand Diabetes Medical IDs given away on November 14, aka World Diabetes Day (#WDD in Twitter)! 

Since November 1st, to help raise awareness and show support to the diabetes community (#DOC) during Diabetes Awareness Month, American Medical ID started giving away diabetes medical IDs to anyone in need. This absolutely **FREE** program has been a huge success and has delivered thousands of diabetes medical IDs to people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

The good thing - when filling out the order form (very easy to do online) - many countries around the world are listed - not just the United States.  I was abit worried that it would be like some of the American companies I deal with for medical stuff - that they will not ship to Canada.  Also, this company doesn't only sell medical ID but other items related to health issues (e.g. stickers for allergic reactions).  I know I'll probably be back there again - buying something either for myself or my family/friends.

So, what is stopping you - click on this ** LINK ** and order up your bracelet before it's too late (they come in 2 sizes - either black or white as shown in the picture below). 

Remember, this ID bracelet could save your life or someone you care about one day!! Any ID is better then no ID in my humble opinion.

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Posted: Oct 3, 2012

It was the first week of the school summer holidays in 2009. Francesca was 6 years old. She had been feeling (what we thought was) under the weather for a couple of weeks. She was very tired but it was the end of the school year and she had been very busy with various things, so we put it down to that. She was also drinking vast amounts and going to the toilet a lot, which didn’t seem surprising, given the amount she was drinking

One morning, she woke up considerably worse so my wife took her to the doctor with a written list of symptoms so she didn’t forget any. The doctor didn’t seem unduly concerned and told her to take Francesca to the hospital for a blood test. It was too late to take her that day and we had no idea how urgent it was, otherwise we would have taken her to A&E. We took her to the hospital the next morning for the blood test. Francesca was so weak by then that I had to carry her from the car to the phlebotomy department. The nurses struggled to get blood from her and seemed very worried. I thought for a moment that they would fetch a doctor or take us to A&E. In the event, they took her sample through for analysis immediately. Less than an hour later, after I had gone to work, my wife received a phone call from one of the doctors at our surgery. He told Claire to take Francesca to hospital immediately. When she said she couldn’t as she didn’t drive and it would take me possibly half an hour to get home, the doctor said “She needs to go to hospital now so I’ll call an ambulance. Please pack an overnight bag. “She rang me and I raced home but they had already gone to hospital. I raced there and arrived to see Francesca on a bed with lots of tubes attached to her. We were told her fingers and toes were cold and this meant that her body had started to shut down. We had got her there just in time. 

After spending a few hours in A&E, she was transferred to the children’s ward and put in her own room. Later that evening, the paediatrician decided to transfer Francesca to the High Dependency Unit at the bigger hospital in Coventry in case her condition deteriorated so that she was already where she would need to be. She was transferred by ambulance under blue lights. Fortunately, she didn’t get any worse and was transferred back the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton the next day.

While she was there, we began the daunting process of learning what we needed to do for Francesca; blood tests, insulin injections etc. There was an enormous amount of information to take on board. We met with the diabetes nurses (who we would see a lot more of in the years to come) and the dietician, all of whom were full of advice.

After spending five days in hospital, Francesca was considered well enough to be released, much to her relief. We left the hospital loaded with books, sheets of information and lots of the medical equipment that would become part of our everyday lives.

A few months later, in February 2010, Francesca was dealing really well with everything but we were starting to worry about our five year old son, Jacob. He started showing the signs of type 1 but a blood test and a urine test were both clear. However, one evening when we were doing the necessary with Francesca, Jacob asked to be tested. The meter read ‘hi’. Off to A&E we went, complete with overnight bag, and our worst fears were confirmed. It was a heartbreaking moment for me when he looked up at me and said, “Am I diabetic too, Dad?” Because recognising the symptoms had helped us to have him diagnosed much sooner than Francesca, he was only in hospital for one night. The doctors wanted to keep him in longer as his BM’s were still too high, but we felt we knew what we were doing by now and he was upset at the thought of staying in hospital another night, so we took him home.

Night-times can be difficult to predict or monitor, and children with type 1 have died in their sleep because their blood sugars go so low without them knowing, so one of us gets up in the middle of the night every night to check their BM’s.

This is why we need to find a cure for type 1. Naturally, I wan5t to do my bit to raise funds for the JDRF. I am involved in a project for World Diabetes Day.

Mums of type 1 children made a video called ‘A Mother’s Anthem’ which you may have seen. The suggestion was made for a Dad’s version. I decided to take up the challenge and saw the potential for a song. The lyrics are from the Dad’s perspective.

The song is about to be recorded and produced professionally with the help of an acquaintance of mine who is in the business, who is also finding a good singer. There will also be a video which is in the process of being made.

The song will be available as a download and (hopefully) a CD single as well. All funds raised will be donated to the JDRF. It will be released to coincide with World Diabetes Day on 14th November.

Watch this space to find out where you can buy it.

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Posted: May 14, 2011

Well today's topic of discussion is "snap shots".  From what I've seen today of other uploads - they are pretty darn good and it will be taking me abit of time to check them all out (it's a rainy day here in Montreal today)!   I have the pictures below also posted at my Flickr account with more detailed description  - just look for me under the name of  FatCatAnna or at the following link -  (cut/paste this link in order to view it or try it directly thru' whichever is easier for you).
            Meeting up with D-friends !

The Waiting Room

 The D-OC

  The D-Bat Smart Mobile (in my dreams)

World Diabetes Day     - November 14th

    Insulution - Daily Dose syringe

            My Dancing Shoes for D-Prom :)

Half Century Treat with my BFF

D-Stuff !!
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