Diabetes Blog Weekly Update #14
Numbers don't necessarily reflect the effort.
Tamara has been beat up by diabetes and writes about the amount of work she and her daughter have put in to wrestle the numbers back into submission. What resonates is that our numbers often don't show just how hard we're trying, and that hard work needs acknowledgement.
Problem solving skills seem to come with the diagnosis.
Melissa makes an interesting discovery about some problems she's been having with insulin delivery on her new pump. Based on the comments, sounds like she's not the only one. If you've never seen pictures of a piece (yes, piece, not drop) of insulin, check it out.
It's like curing hiccups, right?
Amy shares a great story about her youngest daughter and what she describes as the best 'cure diabetes' idea ever to be thought of. After reading, I think I have to agree! Well worth the couple of minutes it will take you to read, and I can almost guarantee it'll put a smile on your face.
Unexpected feelings burst to the surface for this mom.
There are a lot of emotions that hit us when dealing with diabetes. Sometimes they come out when we don't expect them, and sometimes we can be surprised by why we're feeling something. We shouldn't be ashamed or embarrassed by any of that.
Learning more about an active member of the diabetes online community.
Mike puts together a great interview featuring one of the most supportive and encouraging guys around. Taking the time to make sure many more have the pleasure of meeting him, Mike introduces us to Matthew Deets. Matt's story is unique, and I hope you'll take the time to read it.
The work gets harder and lasts forever.
Alexis touches on another aspect of our hard work not showing through the numbers. As our management brings us closer to goal numbers, it takes so much more work in order to see (or not see?) any progress. She says that it's all about getting up and trying again.
Words used hoping to comfort need to be chosen carefully.
Scott talks about messages delivered at diagnosis. While they are said with the best of intentions, they can often have unintended consequences. Having fallen victim to this himself, he knows that the complicated layers just below the surface hurt. A lot.
The unfairness of the interruption.
Pam's daughter emerges from her bedroom just 45-minutes after being tucked in. Her blood sugar was low. Seeing her sleepy daughter have to deal with the interruption triggered a sadness that Pam shares here. It's a moving piece about how diabetes can be sometimes.
The construction variable triangle applied to diabetes management.
Catherine tells a great story about the variables involved in most construction projects, and how compromises have to be made in order to get any project done. She explores this thought in the area of diabetes management and her struggle to find balance.
Meeting another diabetes change leader with Marjorie's Fund.
Riva has been running a series of interviews around people doing great things to change diabetes. In the 18th installment we get to meet Jason Baker and hear more about what he and his work are all about. Staying alive is happening more, but the complications ravage too many.