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A Diabetes Meme.

I love these chewy little things.Finally, a blog meme just for those of us with wonky pancreases (and for the people who love us).  If you're in the mood for meme'ing today, have at it!

What type of diabetes do you have:  Type 1  (So tired that I originally wrote "type 12."  Clumsy fingers.)

When were you diagnosed:  September 11, 1986. (24 years ago this Saturday!)

What's your current blood sugar:  Um, my fasting was 58 mg/dl.  That sucked.

What kind of meter do you use:  One Touch Ping

How many times a day do you test your blood sugar:  When I was pre-pregnancy planning and then pregnant, I tested 15 - 20 times per day.  Now?  I'm aiming for 12 but I'm hitting more in the 8 range.

What's a "high" number for you:  Anything over 160 mg/dl.

What's do you consider "low":  Anything under 70 mg/dl. 

What's your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater:  I stick with boring old grape juice, mostly, but sometimes I love those candy orange slices?  So sticky and nasty, but those potent little suckers work!

Describe your dream endo:  Compassionate, attentive, non-judgmental, and part of my insurance network.

What's your biggest diabetes achievement:  Having that round-headed little biscuit baby.

What's your biggest diabetes-related fear:  Honestly, a heart attack.

Who's on your support team:  My husband, parents, close friends, and the diabetes blogosphere, of course!

Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime:  I was given the old "five more years - we're so close" rundown when I was diagnosed, and I received that same platitude for years afterward.  Do I think there will be a cure?  I'm not sure.  But I think there will be advancements that make diabetes far less of a burden, and I also hope there will be ways to deal with diabetes-related complications that will make those complications just a blip on the life radar.

What is a "cure" to you:  I'd love to have medical science reverse my autoimmunity and set my islets straight, but I'd also take some version of a device that helps my body auto-regulate insulin levels.  An artificial pancreas would be nice, for starters.

The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is:  "You must have it really bad."  ("No, I like totally have it awesome.  Hathat.")

What is the most common misconception about diabetes:  That my type 1 diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise.  I hate that misconception.  As if I'm on insulin because I didn't work hard enough or something.  Or as if a healthy diet and regular exercise are only recommended for diabetics. 

If you could say one thing to your pancreas, what would it be:  "Get a job!!"


HAHA I love the "I like totally have it awesome!" I lol'd at that.

AHHH I feel the almost same way about everything you answered! (obviously, I haven't had an adorable baby, esp since I'm almost 19...but you know what I mean) The specifics are so right up my alley -- the hating that people think you can control diabetes with diet and exercise...and the "oh in the next 5 years" statement (which, in the 8 years that I have been living with diabetes, they have made SIGNIFICANT improvements).

Thanks for this and the support you give me (without realizing it) in this blog. It's good to know I'm not alone.

Hilarious..."I like totally have it awesome." That made me laugh out loud. I've wanted to say that so many times. I used your meme for my own blog today, thanks. :)

Oh, I forgot, I also LOVE those orange candy slices. YUM!

Stole it! Loved it!

This is awesome. But then again, it you!

Thanks for sharing! "Get a job" hehee

It took me a minute to comprehend what a hathat was. You and your crazy compound aliased curse words! :)

"Hathat." LOL! I actually had to translate it, but then I laughed out loud. You crack me up!

Shamelessly stealing your meme for an upcoming episode of the diabetics.thanks it was like totally awesome too...lol

I thought it was interesting that your biggest fear was a heart attack. Did you mean a heart attack when you are relatively young? I know us folks w/ the D are more prone to heart disease, but thinking back on it...almost every person in my family has died from some sort of heart failure, even if they were otherwise healthy*. (My 96 year old grandmother, for instance.) The ticker just seems to be what gives out first once you're over the hill. Guess that's why I don't fear heart problems as much as a more immediate complication like a severe low. "Ya gotta go some way!"

*I'm the only one so far with autoimmune issues. Yay me!

Great! Says everything! I'm going to use this on my d-blog, with proper credit of course! You've gained another blog follower. THANK YOU.

Kerri - great list - I am gonna steal it and put it on my blog, but with a pre and post islet transplant spin on it.

I went on a beach vacation with my niece and nephew from Georgia and brought those orange slices to treat my lows, and had to hide them from those two. Now whenever we meet up I bring them a bag as well. :)

Ha, thanks for making me laugh! "No, I like totally have it awesome!" I'm very sarcastic so this resonated with me. I was diagnosed with type-1 in 1989. I remember very clearly my endo telling me when I was little that there would be a cure by the time I was 20 or 21. HA! I also remember becoming almost depressed when that age passed and there was nothing...I know it sounds weird but it honestly helps me to read that other people were told the same thing. I guess I took it very personal. Ridiculous that we can feel so close but be so far away from a cure. But, that's not a reason to not live life to the fullest! Thanks for sharing.

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