Category Archives: type 2

Doc-Are you stuck on stupid?

 I have a high school friend who was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last week.    I let him know everything would be ok. He said he knew it would be but he know he doesn’t want to end up like his father, who died from complications from diabetes. I told him diabetes isn’t a death sentence, you just have to take care of yourself.   He had his first appointment today.

I sent my friend a text message to see how his appointment went.  The appointment went good.  The Doc gave him med’s and he is going to make an appointment to the endocrinologist I recommended.   My next question was “What meter did your Doc give you?”.   He text back.  “He didn’t give me one.”  blood_glucose_250x251I couldn’t believe what I just read.  Why would someone  give a newly diagnosed diabetic medication without a meter?  Is his Doc stuck on stupid; he must be. The  Doc is sending the wrong message–“It’s ok to take your medication but don’t test your blood sugar.” I don’t get it. 

I told my friend to continue to watch what he eats, until he get’s his meter. If he had any questions I will be willing to help as much as I could.  OMG! I am upset right now.   I bet his Doc doesn’t practice– Patient First.  What a shame!  I am so upset right now.  I don’t get it.  I know his Doc has plenty of meter’s to give out to newly diagnosed diabetic’s.  Maybe I’m wrong? 

 

Be Blessed

Cherise


Click, Click, Click 14k times

July 14, 2009 ate 4pm EST–14,000 People with Diabetes Test Their Blood Sugar at the same time! I was part of the massive lancing device “clicking” and meter’s beeping.  I never have an issue testing my bg’s, but this time it had a meaning….I tested my bg’s with my brother’s and sister’s around the world who have diabetes.  I was sitting at work, watching all of the tweets.  The count down began.  The DOC (Diabetic online community) was showing their support on twitter by tweeing #14kPWD.  Manny would tweet and the rest of the community would retweet.   I decided to record my experience. I was in the bathroom when I recorded the video, lol by any means necessary:)

 

here are a few tweets I captured with my iphone.

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It was amazing! Twitter was filled with #14kPWD and Tudiabetes was flooded with reading’s from around the world.  Who would’ve ever thought…1 sugachine, 1 lancet, 1 lancing device and 1 test strip would bring unity to the diabetic community….:)    What were your thoughts when you tested your blood sugar and posted the information? lol, maybe I’m being a little TOO emotional !?!?!

Be Blessed

Cherise


Please poke your finger 4 a good cause!

The other day I receieved an e-mail from Manny (President of DHF. Co-founder of TuDiabetes and EstuDiabetes) I wanted to share this e-mail with you all.

14,000 People With Diabetes Test Their Blood Sugar at the Same Time

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BERKELEY, CA: July 8, 2009 – July 14, at 4:00 pm ET, 14,000 people worldwide will test their blood sugar simultaneously and share their results online through TuDiabetes.com (www.tudiabetes.com), a social network for people touched by Diabetes which originated in March 2007, as well as through its sister Spanish language social network, EsTuDiabetes.com (www.estudiabetes.com).

The idea for the test-in came from Kelly Rawlings, someone who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 35 years. Kelly is one of the nearly 10,000 members at TuDiabetes.com, which has been called the “Myspace on Insulin” and a “Facebook for Diabetes.”

“People with diabetes have to test their blood sugar as part of their daily routine: it’s like drinking water or brushing your teeth,” said Manny Hernandez, co-founder of TuDiabetes.com and a person with diabetes himself. “When Kelly mentioned having a collective test-in, I thought it would be a great way for thousands of us to connect and raise awareness about diabetes.”

Currently, more than 250 million people are afflicted with diabetes. In the month of July, TuDiabetes will pass 10,000 registered members, and EsTuDiabetes.com, the sister social network about diabetes in Spanish, passed 4,000 registered members touched by diabetes from Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, the US and other countries. In both communities, initiatives to raise diabetes awareness are the primary focus, making the combined 14,000-member milestone yet another opportunity to shed light on this chronic condition.

Participating in this initiative to raise diabetes awareness is easy:
· If you are a member of TuDiabetes or EsTuDiabetes, click on the home page banner and share your reading.
·If you have a Twitter account, post your reading on Twitter (use the #14KPWD hashtag) and link back to: http://14kPWD.org.
· If you prefer, update your status on Facebook or your preferred social network, linking back to: http://14kPWD.org.

“We hope to see most readings posted at 4 pm ET on July 14. If you are a few minutes late, however, or are able to post your blood sugar reading earlier or later that day, it’s OK,” said Hernandez. “What really matters is that you test your blood sugar regularly. If you don’t have diabetes, just tell someone who does to test and share on July 14.”

Please!!!! add July 14, 2009 4pm EST to your calender, Iphone, Mobile device or PDA.

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Who: _________(your name)

When: July 14, 2009 4pm EST, 3pm Central, 1pm Pacific

Where: home, bathroom, work, lunch, car (don’t wreck) school, pool– wherever you maybe during this time

What: Test your blood sugar

Why: Awareness

Will you POKE your finger for a good cause? I know I will.

Be Blessed

Cherise

BTW, don’t forget yo wash your hands for “accurate” bg (blood glucose) reading. This is a B.Y.O.M (bring your own meter), B.Y.O.T. (bring your own test strips), B.Y.O.L (bring you own lancing device) event.


5 years with diabetes: More than just number

5 years ago today,   I developed a yeast infection that I couldn’t get rid of.   I scheduled an appointment with my NP.  I walked into the exam room hoping to get relief from the itchy feeling I had but instead I walked out with something I didn’t expect…I walked out with diabetes.  The first person I called was my mom, couldn’t call my husband because he was in Iraq.  I cried.   I read all the information I could from the internet.  I asked questions.  I gained knowledge for a disease I was clueless about.  I counted carbs and maintained my blood sugar. 5 years later,  I am still going strong. 

I am blessed- I haven’t been in the hospital due to diabetes.  I am blessed, I have a supportive husband who made the lifestyle change with me.  He holds my hand,  sits through some of my frustrated times and tells me when I maybe too high or too low.    I refuse to let diabetes steal my JOY.  I refuse to let diabetes take over my body.  If I have to give up cakes, pie’s or ice cream to live a long life with diabetes I will.  But If I was to ever developed complications, at least I can say I tried.

Diabetes has been a blessing in my life.  I am still new at it but it doesn’t matter how long someone has been living with diabetes, it’s not an easy task for anyone at any stage in the game.  I have met a lot of interesting people,  gained friendships  and formed bonds with people who understand diabetes.  I’ve heard their stories and have a new found respect for them.  They are no longer just my friends with diabetes, they are my brother’s and sister’s.   

I don’t look at diabetes as a curse.  I don’t hate diabetes.  I show it love, I embrace it.  I was taught “If you can’t fix it, why complain about it?” I stopped complaining about it along time ago.  I want to take what I’ve learned about diabetes and living with it to a whole different level.  I want to educate the world one person at a time.  If I can change 1 person’s evil thoughts about diabetes, that means I’ve done my job.  I am more than just a number.   I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I am a person living with diabetes. 

I am blessed and thankful to lived 5 years with diabetes.   I pray for many more years to come.

 

Be Blessed

Cherise


I hate testing at………

I am laying in bed, PDM (meter) on my night stand, should be my motivation to test before bed, right? Wrong!
I have an issue. I hate testing my bg’s before bed. I would rather lay down, watch T.V. and fall asleep–like any other American! I know I’m not any other American, I have Diabetes. Not testing at night means I’m willing to accept the consquences of waking up with a HIGH fasting blood sugar, I did it last night— I’m not willing to accept another HIGH fasting number (130). I am trying to get better control. So, I am going to roll over test my bg’s and bolus if needed.

Got my PDM in hand…5-4-3-2-1! Oh my 191…10 piece chicken nugget meal w/ side salad made me that high…

*WTFudge Cake*

I’m glad I followed my first thought and rebuked my “none” diabetic thoughts.

Be Blessed
Cherise
Blogged via iPhone


Vlog: Meet-up with Ninjabetic, ScottieJ and Jaimie H.

This weekend was amazing as you see by the V to The L-O-G above, I had a chance to meet a couple of D-blog Powerhouses, Ninjabetic aka George and Scott (diabetes daily) and Jaimie H. OMG! it was amazing.  We talked about our families, iphones, our families, life and diabetes.  Let’s just say that my theory is true.  I don’t consider the people I interact on line just internet people,  I consider them my friends.  Diabetes can be challenging but in the end it has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life.  Pricking, carb counting, insulin can get little old. The friendship’s are worth it.  Diabetic bonding is good for the soul.  Meeting people who face the same struggles you face everyday…PRICELESS!

George (ninjabetic) and I at Mimi’s Cafe

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George and ScottieJ

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Jaimie, Scottie and George

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Scottie, Me and George

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Be Blessed

Cherise


What’s going on w/ Biggest Loser, Poetry and more

Food log?

I pretty much gave up on my food log . The other day Andrea sent me a cool food log, exercise book and much more.  I’m actually pretty pumped about the book. It’s cute and it fits in my purse:) Thank you Andrea…YOU ROCK!  The next log book is on me.  I am going to attempt logging food again! hahaha I’m going to try not to give up!  Andrea don’t leave me hanging:)

No Sugar Added Poetry Contest

TuDiabetes.com is hosting a poetry constest about diabetes. Please check it out and submit a poem (you have to be a member).  All poems must be PG-13.

  Biggest Loser “D” Style 

Landileigh created The “Biggest Loser “D” style a few weeks ago.  If you are a diabetic and trying to get ideal’s on how to shed the pounds but you don’t want to do it alone? You should check out her website, follow the weekly challenges and cheer on the contestants.  I’m a cheerleader and I can’t see to see what the out come will be.

Diabetic OC

@Ginacap (twitter) is looking for submission’s for the Diabetic OC’s featured blogger for the month of March.  If you are interested you can DM her on twitter or can visit the Diabetic OC website for more information.

 

Be Blessed

Cherise