Letter To A Diabetic

Or I Understand What You're Going Through

Month: August, 2014

Happy Diagnostiversary!

Today is the third anniversary of my diabetes diagnosis. Every year I celebrate being alive and, so far, without any major complications. It’s a big deal, this diagnostiversary. It’s one more year of seeing, one more year free of kidney damage, one more year of avoiding neuropathy. One more year that diabetes didn’t get me. One more year of life. I’m grateful for every day that I can get up, play with my pups, and go through the day with a comfy sofa and wagging tails to go home to. Life is a wonderful thing, and I love mine, diabetes and all. I wouldn’t ask for a different one if I could.

 

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The Recipe to Life

Hey everyone! I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything. A natural disaster hit close to home, and I’ve been helping facilitate donations and assistance for families in need, and have not had any time for anything else for quite a while. BUT, on a happier note, things are starting to get organized enough to where I’m able to have some personal time again, and do the things I need to do. Well, ok, not that blogging is something I NEED to do, but I sure do enjoy it. It’s one of those healthy release things I think. So here I am, and I’d like to share a fantastic recipe I’ve found with you. I made it this week and it is wonderful. We had unseasonably warm temperatures in our area this week (Seattle area, try almost 90 at the beginning of May! Holy smokes!), and it…

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Misdiagnosed

I found this story on the Greater Good website and it’s worth reading. I was originally misdiagnosed (or rather, not even diagnosed). In February of 2011, I went to see an Endocrinologist. I had never been to one but I thought it would help since I believed that the trouble I was having was related to hypothyroidism and I was concerned that my primary physician wasn’t catching some stuff that a specialist would. I was constantly fatigued, depressed, thirsty, had to pee all the time. Right.

So I get to the this doc, whose name I’ll not mention, and this old bloke tells me that he has “seen this before” and what I really needed was to go out and get a career and a husband. Um, can we say jacka**?! He then told me in a condescending sort of way that he would pursue this with me if I wanted. I went home, frustrated, exhausted, and having to pee…again.

August 11th, 2011 I was in the ER. Diabetes. Diagnosed T2 only to realize later it was actually T1 (LADA). So, I know this happens and it probably happens more than we hear about since I suspect there are some serious malpractice implications that go along with these stories. But, whether caught early or late, here we all are, and here’s “Thirteen Years and Counting.

 

CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor)

After having too many low readings (30s – 50s) with no symptoms until feeling like I was going to pass out, I caved and got the Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor. I wish I would have gotten this thing earlier. It’s an awesome device. It spits out a bgl reading every five minutes. It’s user friendly, easy to insert, very small, and gives information on trending. Alarms can be set for highs and lows and I have been told there is an android app that allows users to get info off the monitor from great distances (think kids at school and such) though I haven’t verified this. It is tubeless, and comes in pink, blue, and black. Seriously folks, any T1 who has trouble keeping their bg where they want it should have one of these. Check out the Dexcom page about the CGM.

I have been in bed sick this week and normally in this situation keeping my bg in range is a futile endeavor but I have mostly been able to keep it in the 100s because I have known exactly what it is and where it is going. The information you get on trending with this monitor is invaluable. So take a look, and if you already have a CGM, share your thoughts on which devices and features you prefer.

 

JENN McCOLLUM

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