Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Some say Halloween is the devil's day. The Bible says, "This is the day the Lord has made." It doesn't add "except one, we'll give that one to Satan." Remember, "In all things may God be glorified." Even when dressing in costumes and eating too much candy.

My costume? A diabetes advocate!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

@DietCokeUS bliss and a tweet

I got a tweet from Diet Coke!  WOW! I posted this picture with the tweet:

Well, today I got a reply!  WOOT!

How exciting it was for me to get a reply from Diet Coke!  Silliness, I know, but still exciting!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WDD Blue Fridays

What is WDD Blue Fridays?  First, what is WDD?  World Diabetes Day which is a recognized UN day on November 14th every year. In this video, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) President Jean Claude Mbanya calls the world to go blue for diabetes - wear blue, light up buildings with blue lights, however you can bring attention to diabetes - on November 14th. 

However, a group has decided to take this one step further.  We are asking you to wear blue on WDD as well as every Friday during the month of November.  Why?  Watch this video to find out.  My dog, Sadie, and I are in this video.  I'm wearing blue today in honor of the video's launch.  Wear blue!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The DOC - hard to explain

I've been thinking about the DOC (diabetes online community) a lot lately.  I've told others about DOC road trip get-togethers, my desire to go to the next closest ADA expo in hopes of meeting other DOCers, and DOC online conversations.  Sometimes I think they wonder if I have any real friends.  Some people don't understand social media or the online world.  Others don't understand the intensity of the relationships within the DOC. 

Last night I was listening to DSMA Live, chatting with those in attendance, when I felt that my glucose levels were a high.  Yes, it was probably due to the cake and ice cream I had for my youngest child's birthday, although I had a smaller portion than my smallest child.  (Birthday dinner was a little high on the carb count, too, I have to admit.)  With their encouragement, after the show I went to the gym and walked a mile on the track.  It felt good to walk and my glucose level came down nicely. 

Diabetes management is so much easier when you have others who understand.  I mean truly understand.  My husband and my kids, my wonderfully amazing Type Awesomes, are understanding but they can't truly understand. To truly understand, you need to be in the same situation.  Although other diabetics understand better than non-diabetics, each person with diabetes is unique. No one can know 100% what the other person is going through, but the people of the DOC come closer than anyone I've met.

Thank you, Brian, for your Faith Friday post, sharing how your faith in God and friends of the DOC have helped you deal with diabetes.  Also, I want to thank Jess for posting the following song on her blog today.  Although I've never seen the musical Wicked, this song touched me.  Each person I've come in contact with, whether in person or online, has influenced who I am today.  The DOC has changed me "for good." I love you all!

Friday, October 7, 2011

No D Day (#nodday)

Imagine a world without diabetes. Not worrying about carb counts or glucose readings. A life that is "normal."

Today is No D Day, a day to talk about our lives apart from diabetes. (Thank you, George, for organizing this. You can find out more about today and read the posts of others here.)

There's more to me than the big D.  I'm married to my high school sweetheart. We started dating shortly after I turned 16, married six years later, and had our first child by our first anniversary (10.5 mos, thankyouverymuch). I have a degree in elementary education, which I put to the side for 17 yrs. I don't regret staying home with my children at all. I feel that was the best decision I've ever made. It doesn't work out for everyone, but it worked for us.

My dream is to someday have a home in the country. Hubby and I would like to have a few chickens and sheep. Ok, he wants the sheep, I want the chickens. For now I'm a substitute teacher for our school district. I really enjoy working with the children!

I love to read. I sew though I like to keep it simple. I crochet some and taught myself to knit from the internet. We have two dogs, a cat, an anole, and a tree frog. Oh yeah, I also have five children. Can't forget about them.

Join us in taking a day off from talking about diabetes online.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Just two words...

Candy corn!

Yes, I had some. No, not much. That stuff is 38 carbs for just 20 pieces!  I think I had 5-6 pieces. Thought I'd share the seasonal love!  Enjoy and remember: Moderation not deprivation!