Well, my name is Corey Smith and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June of 1999 when I was 7 years old. I vividly remember thinking “I wonder if I will have to go to school..” shortly after the doctor told my family and I the news. Fast forward to 2014 and I’m now 22, but still a type 1 diabetic. I…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on March 6, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Inpatient Diabetes Education Reduces Readmissions
There is an interesting study about inpatient diabetic education and the potential for reducing inpatient readmission. The problem is stated as follows:
Approximately 20% of sampled diabetic patients with an A1C equal to or greater than 9.0, are readmitted within 30 days of…Continue
So apparently “diabetes burnout” is an actual thing, I just found out myself that I’ve had it, and I have been a diabetic for the past 12 years. For a while, I thought I might be burning out myself but this disease, like any other, will wear you down. I know there are plenty of awful conditions in this world, and this one can be manageable, but goddamn diabetes is so unpredictable and fickle. Managing an organ that has failed you all day every day can get real tiring, especially when you do…Continue
I was talking to a member the other day and he said he could not understand what his doctor wanted him to do. Apparently he was to readjust his carb ratios with a band of new service in the middle of the day with a higher ratio of sensitivity to reported blood sugar reports from 10AM to 2 PM, backing down his new level to the preexisting amounts thereafter. For some reason…Continue
I want to tell you about what happened during the insurance payers' panel at the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit back in November. I've been meaning to write this up for some time now.
TL;DR version: some patients stood up and yelled at some insurance executives and then I had to share a plane ride home with one of them.
We were asked to politely write any questions on a post-it. A post-it.
We listened as each of the five panelists…Continue
If you could write a letter to yourself at age 10 or 18 or 27, what would you say?
I was recently asked that question by Ellyn Spragins, the author of “If I’d Known Then” and other books that use that idea to share valuable information and advice. Ellyn came to Charlotte to speak at at the Jewish Federation of Charlotte and they asked me to sit on a panel of local women. All of us would write a letter to our younger selves.
No too surprisingly, we decided to write about…Continue
Added by Stacey Simms on February 27, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments
Just got back from two lovely weeks in Florida. Two weeks away from the frigid Michigan weather, work pressures, bill paying, and the general responsibilities and stresses of daily life. It was a much needed breather for me and my husband. The highlight of the trip was a ride on The Sanibel Thriller, a boat that tours the islands and attracts dolphins who love to play in it's huge wake. Watching dolphins leap over the waves and…Continue
The worst kind of Diabetes?
Yesterday at the doctor’s office while I was waiting, a couple was engaged in what I thought to be a very odd discussion. The gentleman a man in his 70’s had recently been diagnosed with diabetes. The couple was discussing his diet, and debating one thing or another, including what to purchase at the…Continue
She is Non-compliant
She is non-compliant those were the words the nurse spoke of my mom’s new roommate to be. How is she non-compliant I asked? No answer of course, but this was 1979 and the nurses who knew mom well spoke in hushed tones about it and the young lady was candid when she talked (which was not often).
She was the…Continue
“My name is Casey Card. I am 26 years old. April 8, 2014 will be the 13th anniversary of my diagnosis with type 1 diabetes.
When the words “You have diabetes” fell from my doctor’s lips, I had no idea what that meant. There is no way to prepare for the injections, the testing, eating when I don’t…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on February 24, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments
Just a quickie...
For those who remember my Monkey Adjusting post about Nate and his jealousy of the "attention" Eric gets due to diabetes, I *am* working on a kids' book based on the concept. But in the interim, I figured I had better reinforce the message.
I'm in process of transitioning Eric out of his pump shirts — which are shirt that I…Continue
Foot in Mouth Disease
Many years ago I was appointed to my first school position and I was very happy to learn new things and progress down a different road. I had two interesting encounters in my first year that taught me how damaging foot in mouth disease can be.
The first happened after it was announced I would be taking the job but before I left my position as City Controller. Ok an aside for a second, by law in…Continue
Hi, My name is Tricia Franke. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11. I am now 32 years old. I wear an insulin pump and test my blood sugars at least 5 times per day (but usually way more). I have never viewed my…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on February 12, 2014 at 2:56pm — No Comments
I like a good joke. I can even take a good joke about myself. And I know that I've laughed at inappropriate jokes. I know most of us have. But we need to talk about what's at the root of some types of our humor.
Even comedians have started to admit that there are realms of humor that should be handled differently. Not off limits, per se, but with the subject of the punchline in mind. Patton Oswalt wrote last summer about his complete 180° in understanding why he was…Continue
"My name is Matthew Blum and I’ve been diabetic since November 4, 2004. Since attending college I have been a tour guide for prospective students, a chairperson for Relay for Life, an orientation leader for incoming freshman, as well as featured in many of the schools main stage musicals and dance…Continue
You’re probably wondering what this project is all about. Let me explain. A few years back, when I was graphic design major in college, I prepared a very personal thesis on living with diabetes. A lot of time and effort went into the production of the project. In the end, I wasn’t sure if the story I hoped to tell would be fully understood. But, much to my surprise, I received a phenomenal reception from both my peers and professionals. The project contained six images and a video depicting…Continue
“Everyone here is a big liar.” The woman put her hand on my arm and looked into my eyes.
It wasn’t what I expected after my talk on finding the funny in diabetes management.
“You just lied,” she insisted. “You said diabetes can’t stop you, but it can. If my son had been here, he would’ve gotten up and walked out.”
I don’t remember saying that (it’s not part of my talks) but this woman had clearly heard something that stuck with her.
“Okay,” I said. “Tell me your…Continue
The Worth of People
Yesterday January 27, 2014 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day as designated by the United Nations. The day was marked by celebrations around the world in places ranging from London, Istanbul, Moscow, and Washington DC among others. The day of Remembrance was established by the United Nations on November 1, 2005. It is designed to remember the awful events of the Nazi regime from 1938 to 1945…Continue
College rejections may be a good thing?
Note: I struggled almost all night with the idea of writing a blog today. At first I thought no I would stop until after we knew how things resolved with Barbara. Then I thought well normalcy should be the order of the day. But then how can I write about anything but my dear friend Barbara. Then I thought, well no I do not want to seem to be throwing in the…Continue
Added by rick phillips on January 27, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
I Give Up
I don’t ever recall saying, I give up. I did it, but saying it was not really part of who I was. Interesting enough I think I might even know the day I did it. I think it was one of the seven days I was in the hospital following diagnosis. I did not really take all the classes, information and nice little helps that were offered during that week very seriously. Frankly giving up was just way easier than going…Continue