Letter To A Diabetic

Or I Understand What You're Going Through

Tag: Endocrine Disorders

Insulin Pen Approved for Diabetic Dogs

Well looky what I found! A new insulin pen has been approved for use with diabetic dogs. Check the caveat at the bottom – dogs allergic to pork products should NOT use this.

I scanned this straight out of the most current issue of Dog Fancy magazine.

dog insulin pen

Show Me Your Pump!

After indulging in a little social media griping about people’s reactions to my insulin pump in public, someone shared this wonderful article with me. Enjoy!

Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, shown here in her home town of Twin Falls, Idaho, decided not to hide the insulin pump she wears to treat Type 1 diabetes during the pageant.

Endo-Anxiety (or A Rare Condition Involving Irrational Fear of Not Having Control of Your Diabetes).

Another endo visit awaits me on Thursday, during which I will no doubt be weighed and measured, quite literally. Sometimes the trips drive me crazy, sometimes they’re welcome, but they are always useful. And that’s the part we need to remember. You can learn a lot about controlling your diabetes during your endo visit. Remember, though, that you are your only real health advocate and it is up to you to go fishing for information. So next time that (perhaps dreaded) visit roles around, do yourself a favor or two.

~Get a copy of your most recent lab results. After all, that’s why you’re there, to go over results and check in. So get a hard copy and start a file so that you can keep your own records and follow along.

~Let your endo, (and medical assistants) know what you need help with. You’re literally standing in a great resource for information and help. Ask for it.

~Don’t blame yourself if your results aren’t where you want them to be. If you’re alive, and have a good to terrific quality of life, diabetes isn’t winning. Take comfort in that and keep on truckin’.

~But mostly, remember that at the end of the day, you’re head will be on your pillow. Nothing lasts forever, and most of what we worry about is in our imaginations. We worry about things that might happen or will happen or won’t ever happen at all. You’re here, on the right side of the earth for living, and we can’t forget that while we carry a disease around inside our bodies, days come and go, life moves along, and we are just as entitled to living it as anyone else is.

Love and light,

Melissa

Rocky, the Diabetic Pup

Thank you to those who visited and clicked in the American Dog contest a few weeks back. I thought some of you may be interested in seeing who Rocky is. He’s my diabetic-turned-hypoglycemic pup. And he’s the one of the best things I have ever had in my life. Of all the teachers I have had, I never expected that it would be a diabetic chihuahua mix that would help me come to terms with my own diabetes.

Educate Yourself

I say again and again how important it is to educate yourself – especially when it comes to diabetes. One of my favorite places to start gathering easy info is youtube. Now, of course you have to keep in mind that anyone can post anything on youtube but there is also some great info on there posted by creditable organizations who really do know what they’re talking about. Take a few minutes to dig through and you may be surprised by what you find.

 

Help Bring Attention to Diabetes in Dogs!

This is a little off from what I would normally post but since it is a personal and related event, I am hoping you’ll be so kind as to click and vote for Rocky! Rocky is my dog. When I adopted him from the shelter a year ago, he was well on his way to recovering from untreated diabetes. He was so sick when he arrived at the shelter 5 months earlier, I don’t how he managed to survive. But he did…and so they named him Rocky. Since then, he has gone from being diabetic to having hypoglycemia. We can’t figure out exactly what it going on but one thing in for sure: this pup does not have stable blood sugar values. I have entered him into this contest on the chance that he should win and help to bring attention to both special needs pups and how prevalent diabetes is in humans and dogs! Click on Rocky’s name above or here to vote.  The contest only goes through the 13th and you can vote daily so please click and vote today and everyday through the 13th!

Me and my Rock!

 

Thanks everyone,

Melissa

Gene Therapy for Diabetes in Dogs

I’ve had a nice break but I think it’s time I get back to sharing some info.

I heard about gene therapy for diabetic dogs and I went article searching. I found this. Diabetes in humans and canines is similar so there is hope that a similar therapy could be used in people with T1D as well. Of course, the dogs tested do not have naturally occurring diabetes. I’m personally not a fan of animal testing but in this particular case, I think that findings may be worth the research, especially given that at a four year check-in, the dogs were still free of diabetes.

 

Jerry, the Diabetic Bear

I developed Type I Diabetes as an adult, at the age of 31. I didn’t have to live with the stigma of diabetes as a child. I didn’t have to be the only kid who had diabetes. I didn’t have to be the kid that wasn’t normal. As an adult, I can accept the technicalities of diabetes. I can understand the importance of managing it now to avoid complications later. I can’ t imagine how it must feel to be a kid with diabetes.

But Sproutel sure seems to be able to. They have designed, Jerry, the bear with diabetes to help children manage their diabetes. Check it out the video below.

Ain’t No Shame In Diabetes

I came across a great article on the blog, six until me. Shout it from the mountain tops, I say. The more people know about diabetes, the more of us who are willing to present it for what it really is and the effect it has on our minds and bodies (and every other damn thing that has anything to do with life), the more likely we are to be able to leave the stigma behind.

Someone told me the other day that I don’t look like a diabetic. I hear this all the time and I always wonder, well, what the hell does a diabetic look like? For me, I suppose it would be a picture of a pancreas that does absolutely nothing. 

 

What Type I Diabetes looks like –>

Bet you can’t even tell I am having a bad hair day.

 

It saddens me how little our society knows about such a prevalent disease. And that won’t change unless diabetics educate themselves first, and everyone else after!

Tarty Party Cranberry Sauce

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I played with a cranberry sauce recipe and here’s what I came up with. It’s tart!

12 oz fresh cranberries (or thawed if frozen)

1/2 C no-sugar-added applesauce (not the same as sugar free – check the ingredients. You can use 1 C applesauce to make it sweeter but make sure you count in the extra carbs)

zest of 1 orange

1 medium saucepan

1 potato masher

Something to stir with 😉

Total recipe carbs: 49 grams

In medium size saucepan, add 6 oz of cranberries and enough water to cover them about 2/3 of the way up. Cover and heat on low  until cranberries begin to pop (about 10-15 minutes). Uncover and mash with a potato masher. Stir in 1/2 C applesauce and remaining cranberries. Cover with splatter guard and simmer until remaining berries begin to pop (about another 10 minutes). Turn off heat and mix and mash the berrylicious concoction. Pour into a bowl and let cool. You may have a bit of burnt berry on the bottom of your saucepan. Make sure you leave it there. This recipe tastes much better without burnt berry of any kind in it. Within two hours of making this, it had thickened quite a bit and was cool enough to garnish with some zested grapefruit slices (or orange or lemon – your choice).

Store in fridge and let thicken for another two hours to reach ideal set point.

Enjoy.

JENN McCOLLUM

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