A HIGH is Just a LOW Waiting to Happen

fingerprick_highlowGrowing up, I had such major anxiety about LOW blood sugars. Who could blame me? It’s a miserable experience for everyone. Talk about exhausting and nerve-wracking. This cartoon reflects how I used to feel most of the time, scared of lows even when I was high!

There was something simple I figured out that helped me relax a little: I realized I was more afraid of getting low than I was being low. I spent a ton of time in my own head thinking what could happen, how embarrassed I’d be, how yucky I’d feel, and so forth. The messages in my mind caused the fearfulness, not the actual event itself. Sure, there’s a need to be concerned but not tormented! All those “What Ifs” really bogged me down.

Soon I developed a more proactive attitude, which also helped to reduce my anxiety: I focused on being prepared. I took charge over my lows and instead of waiting for them to eventually arrive I met them head-on with an actual plan (including an arsenal of candy nearby!!!). Made a world of difference for me.

Click the cartoon to visit Suite D, Omnipod’s blogsite.

The Ol’ Ball and Chain…but NEW


In recent years,  one of the most “defiant” things I’ve done as a diabetic is to not wear some sort of medical identification. For the first 25 years (age 2-27) I wore a sterling Medic Alert bracelet — still have it in fact, the metal worn right through. When I went into my horticulture career,  jewelry became obsolete. You realize after renting a metal-detector more than a handful of times to search gardens and compost bins for a bracelet that its days are numbered. My lifestyle calls for something more rugged.

So, I’ve had the N-StyleID bracelet on my right wrist for nearly a month. Clearly I’m not one to review a product without a true trial.

It’s been wet, muddy, splattered with paint, saturated with fertilizer, pulled at and pressed on but still it remains intact. It doesn’t smell like mildew or itch; it doesn’t twist or chafe and it doesn’t get tangled in my hair. The webbing is tough, as is the clasp (hasn’t come undone once). The metal still shines, though it’s taken an absolute beating. It fits like a glove and fits under my glove. It’s low-key and unobtrusive AND it tells people what they need to know about me if I can’t talk.

Though I haven’t worn a watch for years, I strangely turn to my new bracelet for the time throughout the day. A friend of mine thought the medical symbol was the Tory Burch insignia (umm, no) so apparently the bracelet looks cool enough to pass for something that’s cooler than a medical ID. I know there’re plenty more designs on the N-StyleID website. All in all, I’m pleased as punch. Two thumbs up.

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Diabetes Goes Back to School

fingerprk_CDEBack to school? Groan, moan, bunk! It happens every year but, funny enough, we’re just never prepared for it. We spend a majority of the summer denying the event will come, but it eventually does, just like it did this time last year. Imagine! Like it or not we’re asked to deal with the situation before us, be it school or, yes, our diabetes regime. I drag my heels, complain, curse my fate, implore the universe to tell me why I must continuously do things I just don’t want to do?!?! I can whine all I want but at the end of the day I do the responsible thing: take the blood test, inject the insulin, board the school bus – all just a part of life’s ups-and-downs. I don’t mean to trivialize being diabetic, I just really hated school.

I’m not sure which angle to take with this cartoon. Part of me wants to impress upon the viewer my standard flippant back talk about a diabetics’ superior knowledge but, though I know you’d all appreciate it, it may be too predictable. I think, today, I want to say the opposite. I want to say, Keep your mind open, you never know what information will be new or helpful, no matter what the source (it may even come from your CDE or provider!). And I’ll even go one step further: take time to teach others the things you’ve learned. More information is always better.

Click the cartoon to link to the Omnipod site and learn more about diabetes and insulin therapy!

In case you haven’t heard, diabetes isn’t just a disease, it’s a lifestyle. I’ve been living it long enough to know it sucks... I’ve put my complaints to paper, although I can’t quite remember why I started. Maybe I thought my dark sense of humor would pay off someday, somehow? So, thanks for helping me out: if you’ve got a few minutes, grab a seat and let me enlighten you.

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