Not My Usual Airport {World Diabetes Day}

November, Diabetes Awareness Month, is probably not the best time to be dealing with diabetes/social media burn out. But alas… I am. If you’ve noticed, I haven’t written much about diabetes lately, but I’ve been sharing some old posts on diabetes via Facebook and Twitter.

Anyway, I want to talk about diabetes today because it is World Diabetes Day. I want to raise awareness, but right now I’m just dealing with making myself care about keeping diabetes in check. However something happened during my recent business trip that I needed to share today.

I had to fly to Atlanta for work last week. When we were making my travel arrangements, it was nearly impossible to get a decent flight out of Cleveland without paying an arm and a leg.

The first itinerary that I found wanted to send me from Cleveland to Denver then on to Atlanta… I could drive from Cleveland to Atlanta faster than that flight would have gotten me there!

“I don’t mind driving a little,” I thought. So I checked out airfare from the Akron-Canton Airport. I was able to find a straight through flight for half the cost of what I was seeing from Cleveland. So we booked it. I’m sure my client appreciates the cost savings.

It was weird to be leaving for a flight and not have to wake up at some crazy early hour.

I arrived at the airport and parked my car. I was able to walk right up to security where I requested my standard pat down and prepared to give my typical speech about knowing the scanners are “safe” but that they void my warranty. But I didn’t have to, the agent said, “Okay” and walked me through to pick up my things. Continue reading

Staying LEVEL {And a Giveaway}

Today is World Diabetes Day. I’m wearing blue, are you?

For those who have, or love someone with, diabetes I have some goodies to share!

Remember awhile ago when I shared with you about the LEVEL Life glucose gels? (Way back in March)

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Well the company, which is actually named LEVEL Foods has expanded its product lines with protein shakes and bars that help keep blood sugar level. I love this graphic from levelfoods.com showing how the gels raise low blood sugar and how the shakes and bars support healthy levels.

 

When I was offered the opportunity to try these new products out, I responded right away that I’d love to! Not long after, my box arrived. Coincidentally, I had some level issues of my own when I opened my box.

 What was in my box? Two flavors of protein shakes, two flavors of protein bars and a package of Strawberry Banana glucose gel. The Strawberry Banana ended up being my favorite flavor when I tested all of the gels.

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World Diabetes Day

“Back before you had to bolus for it,” Brad said when reminiscing about college weekends and late night snack trips to get these amazing pretzel melts.

“It’s pretty amazing to see how much work goes into taking care of yourself with diabetes,” he continued. “So many people abuse the ability to make insulin, or use the crap out of it rather. They take it for granted.”

While that didn’t make my pancreas envy any better, it did make me feel better about who I’ve chosen to spend my life with.

Today is World Diabetes Day.

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November 14th celebrates the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, discovered insulin as a life-saving treatment for diabetes in 1922. Today, I celebrate being diagnosed with diabetes after this discovery, because had I lived a century ago, I would not have lived for very long.

I celebrate each of the 20-30 units of smelly, clear liquid that my body receives to stay alive.

There are people with different types of diabetes and people who love someone with diabetes getting involved today (and year round) to raise awareness and fight for a cure.

I am thankful for insulin, but it’s only a treatment. It’s not a cure.