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Thursday, June 4, 2015

screws and pins!

The world of diabetes is always out to get us.  No matter what we do we are at risk of not doing something or the risk of actually doing something and it all affects our diabetes.  Last sunday my buddy Jeff was riding along with myself and a gaggle of other people in a "Tour de Cure" tune up ride when I first blew a tire hitting the largest street sink hole on the planet.  So about eight of us fell into a second group that stayed together.  When we ride we don't leave any riders behind, that should be the motto of all diabetics as well in every aspect of our lives.  Anyways, back to the story at hand.  We were coming up to the second rest stop at about mile 20 when my friend Robin and I stayed at a stop sign to show the rest of our group where to turn.  Then we started towards the friendly gas station when we see up the hill Jeff start to turn then instantly go down.  I raced to see how my favorite diabetic buddy was and he was discombobulated, a bit shocked, sore, stiff, and out of it.  We knew instantly that it was time to call in for a car.  Jeff and another rider leave and he decides that the pain is just enough to visit the emergency room to get a professional opinion.  In the end he wound up doing some quality hip damage and in the picture above you can see one of the pins they put into his hip.

Jeff is now out of riding for something like six weeks, and not able to run for like ten weeks.  He is in good spirits and we joke about how the worst place on the planet for a diabetic to ever be is a hospital because we always get dumb questions like: do you take anything else for your diabetes besides insulin? Like insulin isn't enough to take for diabetes.  What I always take out of times like this, besides all the quality grandpa hip replacement jokes we get to make fun of Jeff with, is that we must always live our life to the fullest.  We can't sit around and be scared of diabetes and stuff.  We have to understand that anything can happen to us at any moment and doing nothing would mean not living life to the fullest. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Year!

I don't know why but it bugs me to hear people talk about new years resolutions, or even to ask me about mine.  The truth is I have one every year and it is the same as the year before and I haven't broken it yet.  It is to stay alive all year long.  40 years and counting and I still keep that one resolution.  The truth is that living with diabetes is a constant chain of resolutions, goals, and obstacles that everyone not just us chosen few diabetics should do.  There are the three month goals which is to get that A1C as close to that perfect range of 6.0 to 6.5 (OK, so that is my perfect range) where your endocrinologist isn't scared that you are having too many lows and where you feel comfortable around any other diabetic and accidentally comparing numbers (we aren't supposed to live by our numbers but that is the only thing that we have to go by). So mine is always above 7.0 and below 8.0 and that is why I just think we should just have colors instead of numbers, like green for 6.0 to 7.5 and yellow for 7.6 to 8.8 and lavender for everything else.  Anyways, we then have daily carb counting and insulin regime.  Then there is constant weight, sickness and everything else.

I really just enjoy doing the best I can and if one day is a failure I can pick it right back up where I fell off.  With a resolution it sounds like if you break it once you can't get back to it.  The idea of goals, ambitions, with lots of planning and positive influences are much better in my opinion than just thinking that since it is a new year we should just try to be better.  Let's show those without the sugar diabetes that a resolution is nothing and that daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly diabetes is a bad reminder but just the hand we were dealt with to keep us between the lines. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy World Diabetes Day!

 So today is the day that all diabetics that are on the social media stuff know that the entire world comes together to celebrate diabetes (no one besides diabetics celebrate diabetes day) and how even though there isn't a cure, we don't let it stop us.  I love diabetes day because I get to harass all my coworkers that hound me to wear pink on breast cancer day that I am not American if I don't wear pink on that day that they don't like diabetes because they aren't wearing blue on diabetes day (trust me I let them know that I will be hounding them on diabetes day).  The thing is that diabetes day could be a great day to spread awareness but instead we have the worst marketing campaign on the planet and almost nobody knows that today they are supposed to hug and kiss their favorite diabetic or something and wear blue.  I think you are supposed to also test your blood sugars, go and exercise for thirty minutes and test them again.  I love the picture above, I was playing around the day after Halloween in the 50% off kids costume isle at Walmart and put on the shark thing and my good diabetic buddy Jeff spent hours doctoring up the picture with the inter-global symbol of diabetes.  The awkward looking blue circle.
 I think that a lot of our problems is due to the fact that there are so many forms of diabetes that are similar in only one way and that is insulin (all diabetics don't have enough of it).  You have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and juvenile diabetes.  Then there are no outwardly appearances of having diabetes, I remember as a kid being depressed because everyone made fun of me because I had a disease where I couldn't eat cookies.  Diabetes is the only disease that the entire world makes fun of.  I was listening to the AM radio one late night going home from work and the gentlemen on the radio station were talking about Kim Jong Un the leader of north Korea and I almost got into a wreck when they went over all his illnesses like gout, cyst on his foot, high blood pressure, an addiction to swiss cheese, and the worst of all diabetes.  Then they go into this rant about how diabetes is so bad that no one with it could possibly run a country so there has to be someone in the background doing everything because it is such a dilapidating disease and no ruler of a country could ever have it.  I didn't know if I should be mad because I kinda like to think I could at least rule my house of one with it or happy because they understood how flippin hard it is to always have diabetes on the mind.  Not to mention how much juvenile diabetes I have.

Then there are the countless weight loss commercials about reversing diabetes.  I want to so badly go into these places and pay them to reverse my diabetes.  How do they get away with that crap?  Not to mention the cinnamon, water, aloe vera, noni juice and other crap that grows under rocks that can cure it.  The good thing is that we finally are almost seeing some real progress in the bare minimum of better devices and medicines to help us control it well enough for that infamous five year cure to come around.