Today’s topic: Favorites and Motivations
The very first inspiration for Diabetes Blog Week was to help connect our blogging community, and that continues to be the most important reason it’s held every year. So let’s help foster and continue those connections as we wrap up another Dblog Week. Share a link to a new blog you’ve found or a new friend you’ve made. Or pick a random blog off of the Participant’s List, check it out and share it with us. Let’s take some time today to make new friends.
We were at our JDRF walk yesterday so I didn’t get to post. (It was a lovely day for the walk!)
I really enjoy Dblog week and have tried to visit lots of new sites this year, I have so many already added to my Newsblur reader and my WordPress reader that I follow, but I always enjoy finding more.
First I want to thank Karen for holding Dblog week and getting the DOC community a chance to reach out and support one another.
I want to thank Kelly for her comments this week.
New to me this week:
Ones I been following and still enjoy
Thanks everyone who visited during the week!
Today’s topic: Favorites and Motivations
If you have been blogging for a while, what is your favorite sentence or blogpost that you have ever written? Is it diabetes related or just life related? If you are a new blogger and don’t have a favorite yet, tell us what motivated you to start sharing your story by writing a blog? (Thank you Laddie of Test Guess and Go for suggesting this topic.)
I missed Saturday’s Post so I’m playing catch up. This was an early post less than a month after diagnosis… Scared and Confused
Today’s topic: Foods on Friday
Taking a cue from Adam Brown’s recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day! Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever. Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way. (Thank you, Katy of Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes for this topic.)
This is a typical day of food for my daughter:
Peanut butter on wheat toast
School lunch (can not talk her into taking her own but the school does provide carb counts on a menu)
Usually a protein(Chicken/P3/Ham), salad, strawberries
or sometimes a single serve lasagna since the carb count works well for her
something carb-y(crackers, chips, cake) with some cheese and pepperoni
Today’s topic: Changes Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways. Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing. OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes. Were they expected or did they surprise you?
One thing that has changed for me personally as a parent is sleep! I get up to check on my daughter every night at 2 am. The CGM helps but there are nights when it goes off with false alarms and there are times when I don’t hear it (and it’s a life saver then). So that leads to a change I would like to see being able to access the information from other devices (and I know there are some who have been able to achieve it but it’s not a perfect system available to all). I think it will get there and that will be wonderful. I also pray for a full cure but love the technological advancements being made in the meantime.
Today’s topic: Clean it Out
Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out. What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out? This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to. Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it? (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)
Even though we’ve only been doing this a year, we already have so much hoarded. I would say we have 9 glucose readers with their lancets and some test strips. We have lots of papers, manuals, instructions, etc. We bought a special cabinet for the supplies to keep in my daughter’s room and it’s overflowing. It’s so hard to throw these things away because ‘what if’ we need them. I can only imagine the collection we’ll have in another few years.
Today’s topic: Keep it to Yourself Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)
I don’t know that I blog enough to feel like I am keeping things to myself but sometimes I don’t share everything with my family and friends – I guess because I feel guilty or scared like I am the failure or I don’t want to seek sympathy for the sake of getting a pity party. Sometimes I can over-share too or come across as aloof when I am really hurting and don’t know how to express it. Since my daughter is now a teenager, it’s harder to share things because it’s about her and not about me. She doesn’t like me to post on anything about her or Type 1 on Facebook. I recently changed my profile pic to the JDRF shoe since our walk is this weekend and I was using the app to try to get a few more donations – she wanted me to change it but I am waiting til after Sunday’s walk. I post on this blog since it’s a little more anonymous than Facebook and I haven’t shared this blog with family and friends. I also haven’t come right out and shared my daughter’s (or son’s) name or any pictures. I feel this blog is about how I am dealing with being a parent and not over-sharing personal details about my family. Hopefully I am achieving that balance.
Today’s topic: I Can
In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)
Last year when my daughter first found out about being diagnosed with type 1 she thought about quitting softball, a sport she truly loved, because there was just so much to deal with and she wasn’t sure if she could do it. I encouraged her to really think about it and to take her time making the decision. After a week, she went back to attending games and practices. After a few more weeks, she was determined to continue playing and played for the summer league. I really think that by choosing to play instead of quitting, she told herself and Type 1 that she can do anything. It gave her something to look forward to, something to take her mind off of things, it gave her motivation, and it gave her hope.