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Diabetes… 30 Which Ways!

Sometimes, I hear people say that they’d like their loved one to live ‘as normal a life as possible’ with diabetes. But I don’t know if I remember much what that ‘normal’ was like – nor if I want a part in it. Why do we have to call that ‘normal,’ as if our current lives were ‘abnormal’ somehow? Maybe atypical, I guess… but if you’ve lived many years with diabetes, all of these things are, of course, normal… and typical.

How does life change with diabetes? What kinds of things are sometimes our new normals?

  1. Routines are your friend, and they are comforting. There is safety in routines
  2. You check the menu of any place ahead of time to see if they have the audacity of having — *gasp* — veggies on their menu
  3. You buy your purse according to how many diabetes supplies it will hold
  4. You buy your coat according to how many pockets it has – and may hide your meter, meds, insulin, pumps, etc., from the elements
  5. You scan your kids Halloween candy for bad items, and of course, items that may treat your potential low blood glucose episodes
  6. You don’t know what all the hype is about regular soda, and wonder why companies can’t make more sugar-free soda choices if there’s such a diabetes explosion
  7. You don’t understand why people are so preoccupied with the “health detriments” of bacon
  8. You don’t understand why people are so excited about the next vampire slaying episode on TV yet freak out about you testing your blood glucose in front of them
  9. November 14 is as important to you as November 10 is to a huge number of gamers out there – and those of you in the know, know what I mean
  10. The “Freshman 15″ means something different to you…
    • 15 lbs I have to lose
    • 15 carbohydrate grams for a snack
    • 15 carbohydrate choice exchanges
    • 15 glucose points and 15 minutes to test
    • 15 grams a slice
    • 15 units of insulin
    • 15 minute walks…
  11. Turkey tastes better than stuffing… any day
  12. You’re the only person who takes drugs in order not to get high
  13. You learn to love eggs… and more eggs
  14. You learn to love cauliflower… and more cauliflower… Cauliflower mash and pizza crust, anybody?
  15. You learn that every party is the best party – because you brought your own food, and then people want your food, too
  16. You learn that NO ONE cares what you eat – NO ONE – until you tell them you have diabetes
  17. You learn that nothing is scarier to a non-diabetic, nothing – not even zombies, vampires, slayings, murder and mayhem) – than watching a person with diabetes eat a scoop of ice cream
  18. You learn the best routes which might include a pit stop to get a snack, test, or use a restroom. Thanks, Metformin!
  19. Your pharmacist is a part of your family now, and gets a Christmas card
  20. You wonder why Dr. Scholl’s can’t make fashionable shoes
  21. Everything’s doable to you – so long as you change these other twenty things to accommodate it
  22. If you’re on your period, you’re going to be high
  23. If you have the flu, you’re going to be high
  24. If you stay past your bedtime, you’re going to be high
  25. If go for that walk at 95°F, you’re going to be high
  26. If you decide to have sex, you’re going to be low, low, low, low… and don’t you forget it
  27. You wonder if that lunch box can accommodate your lunch, and your snacks, and your medicines, and your kit
  28. You don’t necessarily like anyone’s food, but you always want their recipes. Just how many carbs are in that thing??
  29. When you’re little, you’re afraid a monster is going to grab you by the leg from underneath your bed. When you’re an adult with diabetes, you’re afraid a “monster” is going to grab you by the leg… and you won’t be able to tell
  30. If you have coffee… you’re going to be high. *sigh*  

That’s it. We need to find a cure.

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  • Al Klein
    4 years ago

    “You check the menu of any place ahead of time to see if they have the audacity of having — *gasp* — veggies on their menu”

    I’m becoming more and more convinced that veggies (most of them) aren’t our friends. I LOVE cauliflower – a full head, steamed was just a small snack. Not any more – 20 grams of carbs. That’s about my daily limit.

    Diet SODA? Chemicals? Seltzer, flavored if you like. (Down here in the southeastern part of the US, Food Lion has 2 liter bottles for about a buck – plain or flavored orange or lemon-lime (like 7-Up) – HEY FOOD LION – put the raspberry in 2 liter bottles too. I’m not paying a dollar for the second liter.) Add a packet of sweetener if you don’t like the taste of plain seltzer (but let me tell you – when the temperature is 96 and the sweat is running down your neck, a tall glass of cold seltzer can quench a lot of thirst, and it’s just water – a diabetic’s best friend.)

    “You don’t understand why people are so preoccupied with the “health detriments” of bacon”

    1. High sodium content of pork itself.
    2. High sodium content of pink salt (used to make bacon.)
    3. Nitrates. (The fewer the better – heated nitrates become carcinogenic. If your bacon is tan, like pork, and stays that way when you cook it, there’s no nitrate salt in it. But there’s still PLENTY of sodium.)

    Why is sodium not your friend? It’s “metabolized” (actually just pulled out of the blood) by your kidneys. You know, those organs that have capillaries so small you could fit a few inside a thin human hair? Don’t make them work harder than they should. Sugar in the blood acidifies the blood and damages those little things, then you load them with salt and add injury to injury. So consider anything that came from a pig a treat, not a daily food. (Morningstar Breakfast Strips, even though they’re made with soy, and are the best tasting “bacon” I’ve ever tasted, are also loaded with sodium. And in men, soy causes deposition of belly fat (in women it causes weight loss – go figure).)

    “November 14 is as important to you as November 10 is to a huge number of gamers out there”

    Every day is – well, you didn’t give it away, so I won’t – but I’m aware of every mg of carb that goes into my mouth EVERY day. If I can’t find it on the label or the internet, you can eat it, I won’t. Maybe once in a great while. (I have no idea what was in some of the stuff we had for Thanksgiving, but I did have stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy (which tasted like commercial stuff, so probably plenty of carbs), corn and turnips. And lost 10 pounds between Thanksgiving morning and the following Wednesday morning [today]. And my fasting sugar on Friday was 84.)

    “You learn to love eggs… and more eggs”

    0.6 gms of – guess what? SUGAR. Not the good kind either. If you must, okay, but not all the time.

    “You learn that every party is the best party – because you brought your own food”

    If you really have type 2 under control, you can eat most “regular” food. (Not hard candy, or anything like that.) VERY infrequently. (I don’t know about you, but I have too much to do to go to a party every weekend. And I’m retired.)

    “You learn that nothing is scarier to a non-diabetic, nothing … than watching a person with diabetes eat a scoop of ice cream”

    My grandkids have learned that when I eat some, it’s okay, because it’s been 3 months since I had any, and my sugar is under control. (I even had a pint of – gasp! – BEER on my birthday. Didn’t affect my sugar the next day.)

    “Thanks, Metformin”

    For type TWO? Where did your doctor go to school? Joe’s Doctor and Shoe Repair School? Metformin stops proteins from being turned into sugar in TYPE ONE diabetes. In type 2, you should be eating a diet high in proteins and fats. (Talk it over with your doctor and ask her/him to please read up on it.) I haven’t been on Metformin in YEARS (since I questioned my doctor about it and he did a little studying).

    “Just how many carbs are in that thing??”

    If you don’t know, and you don’t want to refuse, you can always say, “Gee, that looks yummy, but I’m allergic to .”

    “If you have coffee… you’re going to be high. *sigh*”

    Really? I have to keep hydrated (at 73, some of your senses [no, not sense] start going, and I rarely get thirsty) so first 16 ounces of liquid in the morning is coffee. Then, half an hour later, a finger stick for my “let’s see what the milk did to my fasting sugar” test. Usually it’s about the same as if I didn’t have coffee – a few dl higher or lower. BP goes way up though – which is normal when you take a stimulant.

    “We need to find a cure.”

    I think we need to find a few professionals who are interested in doing some research. I have ideas (and I spent my life earning a living by solving unsolvable problems), but no PhD in chemistry, biology, genetics or evolution, so who’s going to listen to me? You can’t possibly know anything about diabetes just because you have it and don’t need to do anything special to keep your sugar under 100 at all times. You need a sheepskin to know anything. Right?

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