October 31, 2007

I can't keep my mouth shut

But really, why should I? If something (especially diabetes related) doesn't sit well with me, I should treat it as a "teaching moment", right?

My aunt sent me this article. After reading it, I couldn't not comment. Here's what I had to say:

Although I share the author's views about too much candy, the obesity epidemic in this country, and the serious over-use of additives and chemicals in our products, I have to point out one thing. Bringing education and information to the forefront is more important now than ever, but I believe it should be accurate.
I have a huge problem with the term diabetes being used here as a blanket statement. It's akin to assuming that all cancer is of the breast, or the liver. Diabetes comes in a few different forms, and a clarification needs to be made in this case.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that results in failure of insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. It is not brought on by lifestyle, and there is no "growing out of it", patients rely on insulin (either through multiple injections or an insulin pump) to survive. As a matter of fact, there is no cure.
I'm not living in denial, I understand there is a huge problem with obesity-caused Type 2, so your article makes perfect sense. Allot of the symptoms of Type 2 can be managed quite well by lifestyle changes that promote healthy eating and exercise, but there are many people who become more insulin-dependant over time, too.
So many people with Type 2 lead typically healthy lifestyles, and do not fit your description of ..."parents who waddle down wide suburban streets, diabetic and obese"... Sometimes, like with other diseases, Type 2 just happens.
What is really important is eating well and doing some form of activity every day...no matter who you are, or what health challenges you face.
I think it's also important to have a clear picture of each type of diabetes. As a mother of a child with Type 1, it's something that I find myself explaining often. There are allot of misconceptions surrounding diabetes already, it doesn't need any help being more complicated. It already is.

October 30, 2007

55, 179, and 313

And that's all before lunch. Noah's home sick with a nasty cold today, and I always get nervous about his blood glucose numbers being all over the place (and rightly so).

No formula, ratio, or fancy math will make a bit of difference with these crazy numbers. The only thing we can do is test like crazy, bolus, and snack.

Getting cozy on the couch helps, too.

keep those germs away!!

October 29, 2007

Yesterday was a good day :)

I have sports hangover, and I love it!!

First there was this...

Washington 7, New England 52

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and later...
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Diabetes in Numbers

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Over 6 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

This video was shot as part of the activities at Full Sail, for World Diabetes Day. Shooting and editing was done by Brett Novak, a Digital Art & Design student at Full Sail.

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October 9, 2007

Husband of the Year

I got the puking stomach bug.
My sweet husband has spent this past holiday weekend taking care of me in all my pukey glory, as well as tending to "the beetus" (as Noah has now grown fond of calling it) .
He kicked butt at it all. Meals, site changes, keeping Noah from being bored to death on his first full (RAINY) holiday day off from school. They even picked out a little get well card for me with a Golden Retriever on it. A GOLDEN RETRIEVER, people. This is why I married this man. So sweet.

I'm going to get him a little award...maybe a leg lamp or a Dundie.

October 5, 2007

Friday Funnies

Everyone has to laugh- especially when you or someone you love is going through something not so fun or funny. (although, at times, diabetes can be pretty hilarious) Today, I have some non- diabetes comic relief to share. I love to laugh and different things can just crack me up, so here we go.

Boobs, Injuries, & Dr. Pepper. I have never laughed louder or longer than when I'm reading this blog. Crystal is a kick-ass , smart and clever mom raising 3 kids, who is kind-hearted and swears a lot!

Video mash-ups of "The Office". Especially the ones with the cast dancing, set to music. This is my very favorite show (and no, I don't heart Jim, I heart Michael! )

Two words. Cute Overload.

Jim Gaffigan and the Hot Pockets.