Diabetes Blog Weekly Update #10, November 9, 2012
A self-supported race, on foot, across the Sahara Desert challenges this ultra athlete.
Sebastien Sasseville took on a challenge that would push most human beings beyond their breaking point. Racing for 7 days, covering 250 KM (155 miles), relying on only the gear that you carry. Sebastien also carried his type 1 diabetes and everything he'd need to manage blood sugars. Did I mention this was in the Sahara Desert? Yeah. Hardcore.
Balancing the demands of diabetes and the demands of a newborn.
Jacquie Wojcik pens a great post about how tricky and frustrating it is to have diabetes yanking her attention away from her newborn baby girl. Feeling like diabetes is unfairly interfering with normal mom things really bothers her, and she's fighting to keep diabetes in its place.
Playing the broken telephone game isn't fun anymore.
Jamie shares some frustrations about having unclear channels of communication and distracted attention from her care team. As she keeps track of who's winning this game, she feels like a change of lineup is what's needed to feel better about the care and support she's getting.
Battling the temptations of a few sweet treats and creeping boundaries.
Kate blogs about the experience of her sweet treats becoming bigger and more frequent, and seeing her morning blood sugars creeping up. She's using her post as a coping tool, and is looking to make some changes in her dietary surroundings at home. This is a struggle for so many.
Seeds of doubt and building relationships, even with medical devices.
Chris Snider talks about changing a medical device and questioning the information it's feeding him. Even without a shred of actual evidence, the familiarity with our old devices and the simple act of change is enough to start playing mind-games on him.
Diabetes has a way of sneaking troubling blood sugars into the mix when we least expect it.
Shannon's post is familiar ground to many who live with diabetes. We feel one way, only to have our meter reject our feelings and substitute a rogue high or low blood sugar instead. A good article filled with examples of why we can't rely on our feelings and have to test often.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Messages are often sent with very wrong messages.
Kim breaks it down for those who think they know how to talk about diabetes. Words are powerful tools, and when used without thought, they send the wrong messages. She encourages those who craft the messages to learn more about what they're talking about, and who they're talking to.
Deciding when to speak up, and when to let it go.
Bea wrestles with the decision to advocate at every opportunity versus knowing when to take a few deep breaths and let the moment pass. Sometimes the time isn't right to get into the facts, and it's often hard to know whether that person will be receptive to some impromptu education.
It's not always because of diabetes.
Jeff Mather met a fellow PWD at the health club where he swims. Conversations naturally turned to diabetes when this new friend asked about Jeff's insulin pump infusion set, and asked in just that way. Turns out this new friend lives with another challenge that had been attributed to diabetes by default.