Friday, July 20, 2007

Fun 'Facts'

Favorite glucose tab: Walgreen's Brand Grape
Pump's name: Thia
Lowest number I can remember: 26
What helps me stay positive: Wanting to live a long, healthy life; Athletics; Seeing people who have had this disease live into their 80s.
Who helps me stay positive: My family and friends
Something I wish I could do but can't: Enlist in the Armed Forces
Something weird that I do (diabetically related): I used to collect the pump covers that you put on when you are "unpluged"
At what level do my friends get worried: Anything under 80 and anything over 180
Number 1 confusion I have to explain: When I'm under 70 I need to use my pump to give me insulin. No no I say to them. No no.

Let's Go for a Walk

One of the perks with interning with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is being asked to come to the outings that the chapter (Southeastern Wisconsin) puts on. Yesterday was our kick off lunch for the Walk to Cure which is held at the Milwaukee County Zoo (September 23rd for any locals who are interested). I bring this up because it was such a great feeling seeing so many people come out to support one cause. At one point through the lunch I looked around at the people who were enjoying their lunch and talking with family and co-workers and I was filled with a feeling of something between awe and bittersweet. The thought of so many people from all corners of Milwaukee to support me and the millions of diabetics almost brought me to tears. “They have my back” (including my friend who is running half a marathon in the name of diabetes-reference post “San Fran Marathon”) I thought as I took a bite of my chicken in a mushroom sauce. It also cut just a little to know that all these people-these great people-were there to fight something that no one should have to deal with. I have met so many people through diabetic connections and as great as the people are, I think I would have to say I would rather not know them. I try to spin it and say that diabetes was the masked blessing that brought me to someone or that I was given diabetes because I am strong enough to fight it but when it comes down to it, diabetes sucks.

Thank you to the people out there fighting for a cure. Whether you are diabetic, know and love someone struggling with the disease, or you just want to help your courage and dedication does not go by unnoticed. We [diabetics] appreciate the time and work.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Glucerna anyone?

Who can give me some advice or information on Glucerna? I am trying improve my overall health and someone gave me the suggestion of Glucerna products. I am athletic and want to maintain my strength/endourance while also maintaining a healthy weight. My goal is to lose about 10-15 pounds but in a diabetic healthy way.

Does anyone have any suggestions or advise?

So... I'm at work. Just tested. Wait for it... 74. Hmmm, gonna go up my self a little. I'll return later.