Monday, April 16, 2012

Pinboard - Day 16 WEGO Health Blog

I'm participating in the WEGO Health Blog's 'Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge' where bloggers are asked to write about their conditions. The goal is to write from these 30 health related prompts for 30 days in April.

Today is day number 16. And no, I don't do weekend blogging. Rare. 
Pinboard. Create a Pinterest board for your health focus. Pin 3 things. What did you pin? Share the images in a post and explain why you chose them.

Diabetic Pinboard

Uh, yeah, I don't do Pinterest. Like I need one more time-sucking thing in my life. Who had time for Pinterest as a D-Mama? I have explored it, but them I soon learn what a true time-suck it was, and no thanks. Don't need it. And I need to be invited to join? Again, uh, no.

So I chose 2 images upon Googling (I love how 'Googling' is now a word in English and everyone knows what you mean. 'You know, just Google it.' Who would have thought, huh?!)

The myths of diabetes. 

I came upon this image and it lead me down the path of all the things people say to me, and say to Grace, upon hearing or learning that she has diabetes. No, she didn't eat too much sugar and get the 'betes. No, she didn't eat too many cookies. Ha ha ha. Yes, she can have that cookie you are offering her. No, I wouldn't let my other two non-diabetic kids have 3 cupcakes, so why should I let my kid with diabetes have them? On and on and on. I am completely over all the myths. Completely.

The language of diabetes

Especially when it comes to how we talk to our kids with D. 
'Hey, you need your shot.' 
'You are REALLY high right now?' 
'How low do you feel?' 
'Here, have some juice and a cookie, that will bring you up.' 
'I haven't a clue how many carbs, let's guess on this one.'
'Well, this is a crapshoot Grace. Let's see.' (Just said this to Grace last week.)

The inner workings of diabetes technology

This is the inner workings of an OmniPod insulin pump, which my daughter wears. It delivers insulin to her 24/7/365 and frankly, keeps her alive. It is a constant reminder that she has diabetes and needs to care for herself. People actually invented this technology and for that, I am eternally thankful. And I am amazed that we have it. 

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