A Case of Mistaken Identity: Drug Addict or PWD?

There’s a heroin epidemic in my home state. Drug addiction is a sad and serious problem in our country that is getting a lot of media attention. This crisis has had an unexpected impact on people who live with diabetes.

via Type 1 Diabetes Memes

Because after insulin laughter can be the best medicine, those of us with diabetes make jokes about it, specifically type 1s like me who have to inject either regularly or occasionally. We joke about being high, we joke about shooting up to keep from getting high and we joke about being insulin addicts. All of which are true but out of context could sound bad.

However some of the actual realities of this disease have lead to mistaken identity in some cases.

Three things happened in the course of one week over the summer that prompted me to write this post.

Needles on the Playground Continue reading

Perseverance

I can’t do this anymore.

Stella celebrated my diaversary with a nap

I think this at least 5 times during the average day. Sometimes it’s traffic, client problems or other daily hassles that bring it on. But most of the time, it’s diabetes that makes me think this.

I think to myself some variation of, “I can’t do this anymore.” And then, I keep on. This is perseverance – Grit, resolution, pluck.

Last Friday was my sixth diaversary, instead of talking about diabetes, I chose to post about my new dog. Because dogs are more pleasant. Continue reading

Supporting Cure Research for More than T1D

I’ve talked about why I personally participate in medical research before. As a person with type 1 diabetes, I feel that I have the obligation to do what I can do to move toward a world without T1D as well as help those who are more scientifically inclined than I am to improve quality of life and treatment options for this disease.

I support research, beyond what I’m doing personally. Which is why I got involved with CureClick, which helps studies recruit participants.

You’ll notice a new box on the sidebar of my blog (at the bottom if you’re viewing on a mobile device). You can find studies related to your medical situation and see if you qualify to participate. Most of these studies provide so
me form of compensation.

Periodically, I’ll promote different studies on my social media channels as well as here to help them find the people that they need. Here are just a few studies that are currently recruiting:

Type 2 Diabetes Management Study is seeking people who live with type 2 diabetes, ages 18-75 to participate in an online only study. Find out more here: http://curec.lk/2bRD16p

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) clinical trial is currently recruiting participants to test the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug chlorambucil. Learn more here: http://curec.lk/2cgX8Ky

Hypertension virtual trial is recruiting people 18+ who live with hypertension for a study that requires blood pressure readings. Read more here: http://curec.lk/2c4UI4b

Migraine relief trial is recruiting people 18-75 who suffer from from frequent migraines. See if you qualify http://curec.lk/2c4UI4b

There are a variety of types of research opportunities available, some that are simply survey based, use an app, want to track your data or actually test a treatment. I’d encourage you to be as involved in relevant medical research as you feel comfortable with.

The Luck of the (Blood) Draw

Last Saturday, Brad and I had our bi-annual blood draw and breakfast. An event where he inadvertently fasts with me, drives me to the lab to get blood drawn then takes me to out breakfast, because he’s a good husband.

Instead of going to the lab in our old neighborhood in order to visit our favorite breakfast spot near our old house, we decided to go to the one in Avon so we could run some errands after breakfast.

The lab was quiet and there were only a few of us going in to get stabbed tests that day, so they called me back along with another person and put us in cubes 2 and 3. There was some confusion when the phlebotomists came back because they thought it was cubes 1 and 2. But somehow I got lucky on that particular draw.

I put my arm out and she began looking for veins. Then she noticed my medical id that I almost didn’t put on that morning.

“What’s your bracelet for?” Continue reading

“Bless You!” {Allergy Season}

We have a thing in our house with sneezes, started by Brad of course.

Sneeze 1 = “Bless you!”

Sneeze 2 = “Bless you!'”

Sneeze 3 = “Faker!”

It lightens the mood a little during allergy season. I live with mild outdoor allergies and mild food/medication allergies. Brad lives with severe outdoor allergies. We are no strangers to sneezing, but between the two of us, Brad is the one with a love/hate relationship with the outdoors. On top of allergies, he’s quick to sunburn and the bugs think he’s more delicious than anything else. I actually sent him this cartoon (from Tastefully Offensive, you’ve been warned) after a day spent working outside and being inundated with pollen

We try to make our home a safe haven from allergies in a variety of ways, including keeping shoes off inside the house and opting not to have first-floor carpet. However, it’s impossible to hide from them. Especially this time of year when the outdoors beckon.

Blink Health sent me a cool infographic on allergies, that I figured I’d share. Continue reading