dblog week: memories

May 15, 2013

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Wednesday’s prompt: Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share. (Thanks to Jasmine of Silver-Lined for this topic suggestion.)

Hmm. Interesting. An entire memorable day of diabetes? Just did the math, and I’m looking at 12,015 days (32 years, 11 months) of diabetes so far. Lots of memorable ones in there. Here are just a few right off the top of the list:

5. the day I left my pump at home on the towel rack and jumped on a plane to a multi-day conference. I know, I blogged it before – it’s just so memorable. who DOES that? this girl, that’s who.

4. the 24 hours I spent playing board games, reading magazines, eating predetermined amounts of takeout food, and having my finger poked and blood drawn every hour, in a clinical trial for the Glucowatch, one of the first (was it the first?) CGM-type glucose monitoring devices. I still have the scar on my inner arm from where it sat and irritated my skin.

3. the day our daughter, MsDiva, was born. From 3am on Sunday morning when A. called to me and said it was time to go to the hospital, to 1:04pm when the Divagirl arrived; throughout the afternoon, evening, and night to the next morning…pure bliss with no memory of what diabetes was doing. I have no idea what my BG was during that time, I don’t remember testing my BG (this was back in my barely-testing, no-management days), and I have no idea what we ate (I assume we did, seeing as how my love had just given birth and all) or what I bolused. My diabetes took a back seat that day, very appropriately so. So much happiness.

2. the moment my dr. wonderfulendo told me that I didn’t have to be some “perfect” or “normal” weight in order to control my type 1 diabetes. All my life, from the time I was 7 at diagnosis, doctors and CDEs and nurses had told me that I was overweight, and that I needed to lose weight in order to manage my diabetes. (Note to medical professionals: this was an effective method to instill distorted body image and disordered eating, and convince me that I was not worthy of decent medical care.) I cried when I heard him say that although it would help if I lost some weight, he could help me get my BGs under control. This simple-sounding statement let me know that I was worthy of receiving top-notch medical care that would help me be healthier. It changed my life.

1. Last summer, I got to meet another diabetes blogger in real life for the first time. Cara, from Every Day Every Hour Every Minute, came to San Francisco with her bestie to see a little of the city and the final shows of the tour of their all-time favorite Broadway show, American Idiot. We met up in the morning, got a parking spot at the top of Lombard Street (!!!), walked up and down Lombard, drove around the city, stopped by the Painted Ladies/Full House houses and Alamo Square Park, lunched at Catch for some yummy seafood, and waited on line for rush tickets to the show that night. And the show was fantastic, BTW.

But the coolest, absolutely most wonderful thing was seeing/meeting Cara that first moment and feeling like we’d known each other forever. Despite the broken pancreata as our connection, we just CLICKED and it was like we were old friends. (Spending several hours together in the rush line helped us get real-life acquainted, too. Incidentally, it was the same kind of fabulous with her Type Awesome BFF – just without that diabetes connection.)

d-blogger meetup: two girls & their pumps, san francisco 2012

d-blogger meetup: two girls & their pumps, san francisco 2012

Oh, the memories…check out all the other memorable diabetes days on the Memories link list!

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d-blog awesomesauce

May 13, 2012

As with most other things in my life, I know what I like pretty much instantaneously when I see it. At the same time, I often have an incredibly difficult time choosing just ONE favorite something–why limit to just 1 kind of awesome, when I could name 3 or 5 or…. So. With that frame of mind, I will share several other d-blogs that are near and dear to my heart, my mind, and my dumb pancreas. While I have no idea what you, dear reader, will like, these are just a FEW of my faves. Check out the dblogroll over on the right side of the page, there, to see many many more.

Cara, at Every Day Every Hour Every Minute (countrygirldiabetic.com), is on my wavelength not only because she tells it like it is with type 1 diabetes, but she loves theater (musical theater!) too–as do I. Double score. I’m super hopeful with fingers crossed that we might get to meet up this summer!!

Katie, at 1LittlePrick, shares really yummy-looking recipes that I hope to get up the gumption to try someday (I don’t cook, like, at ALL). She makes it look easy, or if not easy, at least possible (for me). She’s another smart woman with diabetes who tells it like it is, with a real, warm and friendly tone.

Melissa, from Sweetly Voiced, is another d-twin-sister I recently started following, and we have a lot in common: type 1. musician. musical theater. cupcakes. office supplies. cheeseburgers. Yes. To all of it, and to her.

Angela, at bloodsugarwitch, is type 1 magic. Serious. But that’s not all that she is. I am totally intrigued by, and love, this blog. To get more of a hint about it, here is some of her “about bloodsugarwitch”  Bloodsugarwitch is a place where you can find idea, inspiration, and a little magic for your path. I envision it as a circle of the Wise -all of us as healers, artists, poets, dancers and teachers offering our experience for living life whole. For me, the word “witch” is powerful and implies a woman connected to a body/nature based spirituality. She is someone who seeks to know her own deepest truth, and with that knowledge bring healing to herself and the world around her.

Oh, there are so many MORE, too, but I have to stop and get to bed now. Enjoy–and happy D-Blog Week!!! xoxo

 

Click here for the Find A Friend – Monday 5/14 Link List.

D-Blog Week, Day 1: It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends.  With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections.  Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!!  Let’s all find a new friend today!    (Special thanks to Gina, everybody’s Diabetes BFF, for helping me (Karen) title this post!)


what’s my style? #hawmc day 15

April 15, 2012


my writing style

I’ve never really thought about my writing style. I just think that I sit down and do it. Upon thinking about this prompt, though, I realize that I’m writing blog posts in my head all the time. Before #hawmc began this month, I hadn’t actually posted anything to my dblog in forever…or 5 months, however you want to look at it. Not because there wasn’t a lot going on. There was. And I blogged about it, nearly every day…in my head.

I write brilliant blogs in the shower, during my hour-long commute to and from the office, and random other times I probably should be doing something else. I also write Facebook updates and tweets in my head, too.  It sounds a little crazy, but I’m just always writing. In my head. Once in a while, I remember to post them.

It’s so much easier for me when there are prompts to answer with a post. Left to my own devices, and if I haven’t already worked something all out in my head, I can sit and think about topics for hours and have nothing to show for it. I love figuring out how to answer a question and then answer it. Having to decide upon, or worse yet design, my own question to answer and then go about writing the answer to it is not my favorite thing. Thus, I’m having a great time with the wego Health Activist Writer’s Month ChallengeResponding to really cool prompts that make me think and are fun to answer? Yep, I’m your girl. Then the words just flow.

When I was growing up, in elementary, junior high/middle school and high school, I used to love to hand write my book reports and class projects. Even in high school, when I had to type papers, I would love to hand write the first several drafts until I got it just the way I wanted it, and then I’d type it. Somewhere in my four years of undergrad, however, that changed. I began brainstorming and writing first drafts at the computer, and the handwriting that I used to love as my process started dragging me down. Slowly but surely, the handwritten first drafts drifted away. More and more, I was sitting down at my big old PC and drumming out a paper. And I’ve only gotten stronger with that process ever since. (The old PC, thank goodness, gone some time ago.) It’s like my brain made a big switch. Now it’s easy for me to think as I write at the computer, and trying to hand write something gets in my way. Makes me a little sad to think about it, but it’s just how it is now. It’s okay.

Titles go one of two ways: either they are completely perfect and tight and awesome from the very beginning, or they’re just there–nothing special. I don’t spend much time on them. I’m in awe of bloggers who have perfect titles for every post. I have a thing about including “d” in most of them, for diabetes, and that may or may not stick around for very much longer. At the moment, it’s fine.

Photos and images, however, really slow me down. I’m a very verbal and literal person, so the words come first and strongest for me. It’s something to work on in the posts to come–more images, more visual interest, to make these pages more attractive and fun. I get it. It’s just not my forte.

I write best when I’m not feeling pressured about a zillion other things going on in this life, which seems to happen much more often than I’d like. I write best when it’s relatively quiet, and either later in the evening or first thing in the morning. I also write best when I ignore social media and just focus, even for a short while. It’s always amazing to me how much I can actually get done when I sit down, sit still, and focus. 30 minutes goes a long way.

I definitely write best when my BG is neither too low nor too high. When it’s too low, I can’t focus on anything, much less write. I also get very paranoid and start freaking out that I’m not a good writer, researcher, or thinker and that everyone knows how bad I am. When my BG is too high, I just want to sleep and it feels like my veins are full of hardening concrete. I’m also grumpy. I just want to close my eyes, not helpful when I want/need to write.

My writing style is blunt and personal, active and passionate. I write just like I think, and I write like I talk. What you read here is what you get. (Also: grammar, spelling, and info accuracy are key.) I’m all about expressing big ideas and real feelings. I’m not afraid to say/write something that pushes buttons, asks challenging questions, or makes people think. Most of all, I hope my style connects with people–especially other people with diabetes, especially people with type 1 diabetes and/or people who love, work with, or just know people with type 1 diabetes.

I’m fierce about our stories being told, listened to, and acted upon. I hope my writing style reflects and achieves that fierceness.

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This post is part of the  for Day 15: Writing with Style. What’s your writing style? Do words just flow from your mind to your fingertips? Do you like handwriting first? Do you plan your posts? Title first or last? Where do you write best? Check out more posts from the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge at wego health’s Facebook page.


why I write about my health (#HAWMC day 4)

April 4, 2012

 

I write about my health because…

It helps me understand my own story with type 1 diabetes.

It helps me remember parts of my story from long ago.

It’s a good challenge for me.

It’s an emotional release.

Maybe some parts of my type 1 diabetes story are similar to other people with diabetes (PWD).

Maybe parts of my story can be helpful to others, either other PWD or parents/loved ones of PWD.

It helps me think through some things about type 1 management issues I’m experiencing.

Sometimes I’m a pretty good writer.

Maybe reading my story will help some people without diabetes understand what it’s like to live with this disease.

It’s fun to write.

It’s fun to read people’s comments.

I like to read other people’s blogs.

I feel like I should offer something to the greater diabetes online community since it’s given so much to me.

If I don’t write about my story with t1d, no one else will!

 

This post is part of the wego Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge for Day 4: Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes.


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