Once a Zen master just set down to pronounce a sermon, when outside a bird started to sing. The master did not say a word and everybody listened to it.
When the bird stopped singing the master simply announced that the sermon was over, and he moved away.
-The Spirit of Zen, Lo Zen, by W. Watts
True creativity and alertness only arise when emptiness has seized the mind.
I am halfway there.
My mind is empty.
I remember back when I thought I was invincible.
I was one of the people with diabetes that never would get sick. I was not going to let that happen. I ate right, ran a lot, took my BG levels all the time, and saw the doctor. What happened was that I was not one of the lucky ones. I got all the complications and then some other things too. Am I the same person that I was before, still a person, still…Continue
Added by dgzee on July 22, 2014 at 8:05am — No Comments
So guys this is like a lyrics parody about diabetes of the song heart attack by DeMI LOVATO if you know her, so here are the lyrics:
Eating my snacks all up
‘Cause I don’t wanna feel low
If I ever did that
I think I’d never have my blood sugar low
Never put my diabetes out on the line
Never said "Yes" to the right snack
Always had trouble eating what I want
But when it comes to you, I’m never good enough
When I don’t…Continue
Added by merna1999ms on July 22, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments
I originally posted this to my Blogger account (TamraGarcia.blogspot.com) on Feb 20, 2014.
On February 18th I had the first of , hopefully, only three eye surgeries. These surgeries are meant to help clean up and prevent more damage from Diabetic Retinopathy.
It all started many years ago, about seventeen years, I think. I was young and had good health insurance, but I was wild and didn't care about taking care of my health. I went in for a routine yearly eye exam and was told…Continue
Added by Tiki on July 21, 2014 at 8:40am — No Comments
In June I got my prescribed 10 test strips per day which equals 300/month. I'm a type 1 diabetic and I test my blood sugar 8-12 times per day because I'm active (I run marathons) and I drive a company car and do NOT want to go low and get in a car accident. So to protect my employer from liability I perform multiple blood sugar checks.
On July 19th I find out that I am now limited to 6 test strips per day! Because of the ACA!! My pharmacist and I are getting a medical pre…Continue
ALREADY, THANKS TO ALL WHOM COMMENTED ON MY INTRODUCTORY EMAIL, I AM TOUCHED. NOT SURE HOW YET TO MANEUVER AROUND THIS AWESOME WEBSITE, BUT I AM CONFIDENT SOMEONE WILL STEP FORWARD. WOW WHAT A BLESSING, TO HAVE FOUND YOU GUYS!! JUST BY ME RANDOMLY SEARCHING FOR SOME CONSOLATION FOR MY DEAR FRIEND. LOOKING FORWARD TO ATTENDING THE WOMEN'S SUPPORT CONFERENCE ON JULY 23 @ 6:30 PM. I TRULY HOPE TO RUB A LOT OF MY POSITIVE ENERGY OFF ON EVERYONE. MAINLY BECAUSE SINCE MY…Continue
Last night I saw Phish in Chicago. The venue was great--they played a small outdoor stadium on a peninsula in the lake on the site of the former Meigs Field, with the downtown skyline visible behind the stage. It was my first rock'n'roll show with good glycemic control (Well...since whenever the D started: '07 or '08.). I like to dance extensively at these showz--well, maybe some would say 'spastically twitch'. All I can say after last night is: WOW! Just...WOW! Who would have thought that…Continue
Wednesday night after arriving home from work I experienced my first extreme low since starting on insulin back in April. I was stumbling around and talking crazy according to my wife. She got me to drink some coke, after 30 mins. she checked my sugar, it was 99. She was afraid to check earlier since I was shaking very bad. My doctor told me if I had a bad low, for me to go to the emergency room. Wife took me in, ER did some blood work, BG level rose to 106. Also my blood work showed that I…Continue
I had a follow-up appointment today for the infected abscess on the back of my left thigh. I didn't get to see the doctor who initially helped me last week. Instead I got a newb. I don't mind working with newbs, I am more than happy to help them get experience. I just was a little annoyed that I had to go over everything I have gone through already because I couldn't see my usual doctor.
First off, my blood pressure was 105/68 which is slightly low. The first thing I thought was that…Continue
I know that its been a while since I was last on, but there have been some major developments happening here at our house. Ya'll know that the VA is under some investigating and to make it short it's had some major issues on my husband's health. He's been going to see this Nurse Practioner and she had him go to a lot of clinics and then he went to see the Nutrionsist and she set him up on the numbers that she wants him to get to and she is having him test his blood sugar twice a day; you…Continue
On a good day, diabetes isn't a bad disease to have - I say this all the time. On a bad day, when I'm so crazy, infuriated and angry about the slightest, next-to-nothing, when I'm 'exploitative' hating myself for finding a normal day so difficult and I just can't get my sugar to come down; when I'm so scared my eye bleeds again and a world of opportunity threatening to be taken away from me; well then I'll seriously consider swapping you my diabetes for something else, you take your…Continue
Children and A1c targets
Two articles have appeared less than 2 years about children and A1c targets. The first appeared in January, 2013. It warns parents and medical staff that “only approximately one-third of participants (in a study of over 60,000) met the age speciﬁc ADA and ISPAD targets for HbA1c. Although the majority of participants did meet…Continue
An absolutely amazing thing is happening in the #DOC at the moment. Sierra Anne Sandison, who became Miss Idaho 2014 and was diagnosed with Type 1 two years ago, showed her pump during the pageant. Now she is asking everyone to upload a picture of themselves showing off their pump, dex, or whatever they use to treat their diabetes on any social media platform like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram under the hashtag #showmeyourpump.
Many pictures have already been uploaded,…Continue
I introduced our newly diagnosed diabetic kitty, Doufus, in the Pets and People Group---one of the first I joined many years ago:
But Update Today: What a day. And "miles to go" yet. Dear kitty Doufus…Continue
Been a little quiet, but thought I would bring everyone up to date with the infamous Tour ride.
Well, the night before I have no idea what was going on with me, sky high levels all night. I had acquired a CGM for the ride off my DSN (CDE) and the alarm was driving me up the wall every hour waking me up. Ran corrections all night long and even changed my infusion set. Took till 5am to get them down to 162 (in US money)...but for most the night was over 280, very annoyed but all I could…Continue
It's been a while since I've even glanced at this tab in my browser but in all fairness its been a chaotic few months. With the bound of my degree on the unusually close horizon I decided to focus all my attention on my impending exams and project write-up, rather than proscrastinative activities like youtube, with the exception of a few Game of Thrones episodes thrown in sporadically within that period. Unsurprisingly, to some, concentrating on my studies came off and after what seemed like…Continue
I've always done everything in my power to make sure Eric and Nate have the same opportunities, D or no D. But this week... Nate went to summer camp.
And suddenly, unexpectedly, Eric was jealous.
I have two very different boys here. Nate is outdoorsy, athletic, rough-and-tumble, enjoys (ENJOYS!) doing farm chores, can take or leave the electronics (unless, of course, he's competing with Eric for control of the iPad), likes to read books. Eric is much less physical, much more…Continue
Added by Elizabeth on July 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments