Let’s Talk Medicine

The American Recall Center contacted me about this month being Talk About Your Medicines Month and offered me that cute little banner. I have so many thoughts about medications to share so I’ll break them up a little. I’ve worked with ARC before. And I’m not being compensated for this post, all opinions are my own and are not medical advice. 

The List

You know that little line on the bottom of your appointment reminder that says, “Bring a list of all your current medications with you”? How many of you actually bring a list of all your current medications?

The hospital group where all of my doctors are makes life incredibly easy with this because everything I’ve ever been prescribed by one of their doctors shows up on my chart and they go over what I’m still taking and what I need refilled. This goes for recommended supplements as well. My doctor told me to take vitamin D, even though he didn’t send a prescription to the pharmacy, it’s on my chart. But what about when I had my wisdom teeth out and my oral surgeon had me on a medication? If I didn’t say anything, they wouldn’t know and that could turn out badly.

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3rd Anniversary: Waterfalls

For our third wedding anniversary over Memorial Day weekend, Brad and I wanted to take a little trip. We started looking for destinations that weren’t terribly far or expensive but would still be fun.

Like magic, a Groupon Getaways email landed in my inbox.

“How about Niagara Falls?’ I asked Brad.

“That could be fun,” he said. “I haven’t been there since I was a kid.”

“Me either.”

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Just One Thing?

First a little housekeeping… if you didn’t check out the awesome blogs in yesterday’s post, you totally should. They’re called the Best of ‘Betes Blogs for a reason! You can start nominating for November now! (Well technically you could start four days ago.)

A lucky reader has been selected for my NatureBox giveaway! Check your email for a message from me to see if you won! If you didn’t win, don’t sweat it! You can still use the code SNACKTIME for half off your first box and I’m giving away something cool next week sometime.

One Thing

I was contacted by the American Recall Center and asked to share one thing that I want people to know about living with diabetes.

Everyone with diabetes has a different story, different treatment and there is no one-size fits all approach to diabetes treatment. Even with just Type 1, there are different types of insulin, some people use injections, some people use pumps and even then our meters, pumps and other equipment vary. We have different targets and have different insulin needs. For example, at breakfast I need 1 unit of insulin for every 9 grams of carbs that I eat (which is different from lunch, which is different from dinner for me) and another blogger with type 1 needs 1 unit of insulin for every 20 grams of carbs she eats.

So back to my contribution… I couldn’t pick just one thing and I couldn’t narrow it down to one sentence, so I gave them several thoughts and let them do the editing based on their other input. They made an excellent selection by using: Continue reading