Diabetes Blog Weekly Update #31
What does Christel have in common with a T-Rex?
In a great post that has spurred numerous comments, Christel talks about the ugly world of choices (or lack of) when it comes to health insurance. It can be a catch-22 situation for many, unable to afford the premiums for a traditional plan, and unable to afford their medicine on a high-deductible plan.
This diabetes superhero is really hardcore!
Taking her commitment to exercise more seriously than a mail carrier (neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail), Alecia braves the elements to get her morning workout in. Only to find that she's forgotten a critical element of her workout attire at home.
A place where the conversations are safe and real.
Kerri attended the recent "Diabetes Sisters Weekend for Women Conference" in Raleigh, NC. She writes about her experiences there, how the discussions were close, intimate, and inspiring. The comfort she found in being a woman with diabetes amongst women with diabetes was palpable.
Treat the low, wait 15 minutes, retest. Right?
Chris talks about a low that put his Monday morning routine into a different speed than he needed. Unlike the molasses feeling of a high, or the jittery feel of a low, Chris takes us through some of the aftermath of a ride on the blood sugar roller-coaster.
One new user's perspective on an insulin pump.
Jocelyn shares some positives and negatives of using an insulin pump for the last six months. She covers a lot of ground, and answers many of the questions people have about pump therapy in general. It has worked wonders for her, and it's easy to see why.
A list that should be part of medical school courses.
Jessica's list of things she wants her doctors to learn should be added to the required reading material for medical school. She covers so many things that many of us have wished for, and does so in a poignant yet respectful and thoughtful way.
What has it taught you?
Diabetes comes with more than its fair share of lessons. Laura makes a list of a few things that strikes the perfect balance between being optimistic about it and realistic about it. Compassion, thankfulness, and balance are features on her list.
Finding the courage to try something new.
Katie writes about being afraid to pre-bolus her mealtime insulin. Reading about others doing it got her interested in trying it, but she's been worried about dropping too low before eating. At a recent Weekend for Women conference she met a woman who gave her the courage to try.
Just looking for a little bit of love.
Heidi shares the one thing she wishes her endocrinologist would do. Even after navigating a successful pregnancy and delivering a beautiful baby boy, she didn't get the credit she deserved from her doc. Two simple words would go a long way in her world.
Strapped in and unable to stop.
Marie says that sometimes dealing with everything health related feels a lot like being stuck on a conveyor belt, and one she'd rather not be strapped onto. It never stops, and health care tasks and tests just keep coming at her, whether she's ready or not.