Please allow me to share a little about my diabetic self. This is a wonderful survey.
Your profile says you are from Burnsville. i'll bet that is Burnsville, Minnesota. Fr4om one Minnesotan to another, it is nice to meet you.
- How old were you when you were diagnosed? And/or how old is your diabetes now?
I don’t know. I was diagnosed in the late 60’s or the early 90’s. I really wanted to forget the day. I guess I did a pretty good job.
- What was your first reaction to your diagnosis?
I looked at it as an educational opportunity. I was pretty good at getting facts and better at believing that they didn’t apply to me.
- Have you ever been to diabetes camp/events? Have you made any friends that way?
- Do you know any other diabetics? (both online and IRL)
Yes. Diabetes runs rampant in my mother’s side of the family. I also have a couple of friends who are diabetic; one of which is very close. She had a lot to do with my learning to cope and live with diabetes.
- Pump, shots, or something else? Why? What meter/pump do you use?
I am currently on MDI with 500mg of Metformin twice each day. I am hoping for a pump soon. My insurance company does not agree that a pump is a good thing.
- Do you advertise it or try to hide it? Any reason why?
I do not wear my diabetes on my sleeve. I do talk freely about it to anyone who is interested.
- What’s your favorite diabetic book/movie?
I have two diabetes books. Piumping Insulin by John Walsh and the Calorie King book. I read the pump book occasionally. I use the Calorie King book all the time to help me count carbs.
- Did you have to make any major lifestyle changes when you were diagnosed?
Not at first. When I had my wake-up call, I changed, life changed, in a big way.
Have you ever traveled far away with it? What was that like?
A diabetic takes diabetes wherever they go. Yes, I have traveled on a bus to Tennessee, and by car all over the upper Midwest. I have a little black case that contains a meter, insulin, syringes and the like. I get a lot of questions about it and it opens conversations. I have never had a problem.
What was your scariest diabetes moment?
I was mowing a lawn at a home that I take care of that is located a good distance away from my home. I was alone and went low…48 to be exact. I had no sugar or anything to eat to bring things back up. I was lucky to have a meter with me. I drove to a convenience store to get something to eat and bring me back into reality. I have no idea why or how I did it.
11. What’s your record for highs/lows?
My worst low was 43. My highest has been over 600.
- How’s your relationship with your endocrinologist?
Okay, I guess. He has made some positive changes and is genuinely interested in good control for me. He always wants me to work a little harder. I try, but it never seems to be enough.
- What’s your favorite diabetes joke?
I don’t have a diabetes joke; not even one that isn’t fit to tell.
- Have you ever gotten in trouble for doing something diabetes-related that someone didn’t think was allowed? (Bolusing in class, blood sugar test in a meeting, eating at work, etc)
Not that I can remember. I am rather private about testing and injecting.
- What’s your favorite oh-gosh-my-diabetes-hate-me-for-eating-this food?
- Do you own/use any diabetic cookbooks?
No. I don’t see the need for it. I don’t cook.
- Has being diabetic gotten you any privileges? (scholarships, special treatment, etc)
- What advice would you give a newly-diagnosed diabetic?
diabetes is good for getting the best of one’s head. Don’t let it take over life and don’t ignore it, either. Diabetes is a very unique part of you, however, it does not define us. We cal all llive and love better by living a healthy diabetic lifestyle. Embrace it and something might happen; you just might enjoy having the dis