Thursday, September 9, 2010

Diabetes Meme and Tag! You're It!

Well, well, well, what have we here. It seems Miss Kerri over at Six Until Me, one of the fabulous DOC members who's blog is a must read, posted a Diabetes Meme and since I am in the mood to 'meme', it's only fitting that I complete one.
But there is a catch.
What you say?
Yep, a catch.
You see, I have tagged one of you faithful readers of the DOC! 
Read til the end, find out if it's you, and then complete your own, post it to your blog and tag someone else.
I'll complete the meme for Grace...

What type of diabetes do you have: She has the good ole' Type 1 variety

When were you diagnosed: Miss G was granted the title on January 9, 2009

What's your current blood sugar: She just went to bed at a grand 118

What kind of meter do you use: She uses her PDM of her OmniPod. It takes Freestyle strips. She uses the 'pricker' (her words, not mine) of the FreeStyle Lite.

How many times a day do you test your blood sugar:  She averages 11-12. Ouch.

What's a "high" number for you:  Anything above 170 mg/dl is high to me. If you ask her, she feels highs above 200+ mg/dl.

What's do you consider "low":   60 mg/dl 

What's your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater:  Juicy Juice (nectar of the gods), glucose tabs, pudding, icing and Skittles. Together that all sounds disgusting.

Describe your dream endo:  We have one! Smart as Einstein, funny as all get-out, kind, compassionate, caring, on-it like white on rice, understands kiddos, smart (did I mention that - like kick-ass smart), responsive and a great joke-teller. Oh and she gets how hard it is to be a D-Mom, that too.

What's your biggest diabetes achievement:  For me, it's achieving good control so that Gracie can put the D on the back burner sometimes and get on with being an 8 year old girl. That and surviving the diagnosis and the aftermath that came with it. For Grace, I think she would say that getting the pump is her biggest achievement. That and going to diabetes camp.

What's your biggest diabetes-related fear:  For me, as Grace's mom, it's the whole 'not wake up in the morning' thing. That strikes the fear of God into me. That's why I check at 10 pm, 2 am and 5 am and nothing can stop me, if it keeps her alive til the next day. I can sleep when I am dead.
For Grace, she has often told me that she fears the lows. The 35s. And the loss of words when she is there.

Who's on your support team:  Hubby, kids, endo, CDE, and you people - the DOC! You gals and guys keep me sane and grounded and you make me feel so not alone in this journey. Have I thanked you all lately? Thank you.

Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime: In my lifetime, sadly, I have to be honest and say that, no, I don't think so. In Grace's lifetime, I think she might see an artificial pancreas come to fruition.

What is a "cure" to you: No BGL checks, not carb counting, freedom. A working pancreas or something as close to it as you could get.

The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is:  If one more person tells me what Grace can or cannot eat, or tries to tell me she cannot have a cookie, I might slug them with my giant diabetes bag. Honestly. For Grace, she hates when people tell her stories about their great Aunt Ruth who lost a leg and went blind cause she had the 'sugars.' Me too, Grace, me too.

What is the most common misconception about diabetes: Please don't tell Grace or I that she should just exercise more or stop eating candy. It's not Type 2 folks. There is a difference. Just like there is a difference between they're, there and their. Which, by the way, drives me nuts when people don't use them correctly.
If you could say one thing to your pancreas, what would it be:  I would tell Grace's pancreas that the vacation is over, so stop being so lazy and start making some insulin!

Now for the game of Tag, You're IT!
Hey Reyna, Tag, You're IT!


Unknown said...

I HEART YOU!!! You gave me my post topic for tomorrow! WOOT WOOT. KISS. KISS...(((HUGS))) and more (((HUGS))).

BTW, I hate when people tell me what Joe can't eat. We were at the fair the other day and Joe was eating cotton candy when a friend spotted us and said..."Nice, you are feeding your diabetic son cotton candy" - UGH. I was gracious and "educated"...but man, that bothered me.

LaLa said...

I love it!
I spit diet coke out all over my computer screen from laughing at 'hitting someone with your big ol' D bag!' Mine would knock someone out too!!!

Donna said...

GREAT post, Penny!!! =)

my sweet girl said...

I want to slug someone with my diabetes bag everytime I hear someone say "the sugar". It makes me crazy!!

Kerri. said...

Great answers - and hugs to my friend Grace!! :)

Unknown said...

She got the SUGA!


Great nice to know that us D Mamas are out here in full force :)

Heidi / D-Tales said...

OMG, the stories of great Aunt Ruth drive me insane!!!