Twitter Monday’s: Follow Monday

Follow Monday

tagIt’s Sunday morning.  I really should be washing and folding clothes but I decided to take a break from it. I always start off Monday’s blogging about Twitter and the many tweets I love to read.  I decided to officially dedicate Monday’s post to Twitter.  You know how I feel about Twitter.  Yes, tweeting can be addicting; I’ve slowed down a lot but I still enjoy sharing my thoughts with other people around the world.    In Twitter world, Friday’s are dedicated to #FollowFriday.  

I like ENJOY! the personal tweets that sometimes come a long with Follow Friday.  Kelly, Lorriane, Crystal, Jaimie, Gina and others often made me think “Are they talking about me?”.  I am honored and humbled.  I appreciate all of the nice things that are said.  I am way too busy to tweet the people I would like to share with my other twitter buddies.  I decided to put a short list together of the people I follow and why I think you should follow them. 

People with Diabetes/Advocate  (A-B-C order):

@amblass:  She travels the world.  She enjoy’s tweeting about life, nice, enjoys meeting new people and she’s a diabetes blogger.

@askmanny: Besides being the co-founder the best diabetic on line communities.  Manny is the author of “Ning for Dummies”.  He is an amazing person. He is friendly, funny, LOVES music and someone I consider a friend. 

@bernardF:  he is diabetic blogger and friend. He keeps us all update on the latest diabetic technology.  Bernard has been a little busy lately but when he tweets it’s cool to see what he has to talk about.

@CALpumper:  funny, awesome, cool.  Crystal is an amazing person and awesome friend.  I am learning a lot about the government and the future of our health care system from here.

@ColCalli:  Lorriane is a inspiration.  She is funny, supportive and a woman with a lot of strength. Caleb (son)has diabetes and uses the Omnipod.  I consider her a great friend.  Need motivation. Follow Lorriane.

@diabetesalic: LOL, If you don’t follow her your crazy.  Kelly is funny, smart and amazing.  She has a great sense of humor. She is a diabetic blogger and diabetes advocate. Her tweets are funny and she keeps it real.

@diabetesmine:  Amy is a diabetes advocate, blogger and cool.  When she tweets, it’s all about the latest and greatest diabetes news. 

@dsainsights:  Tony is a diabetes blogger.  He is funny, loves sports and serious about keeping us all informed about technology.

More people to follow next Monday

 

 

Important things happening in Twitter worldtwitter_bird

Wednesday’s are BG (blood sugar)Wednesday’s.  If you would like to participate. Post your bg reading’s throughout the day on twitter with #bgwedYou will not be judge on your bg’s reading. As Kelly always says “No Diabetic Police Allowed”. 

World Diabetes Day Circle

It’s amazing seeing all of the avatar’s on twitter with the World Diabetes Day Blue Circle.  I know WDD isn’t until November but it’s never to early to celebrate WORLD DIABETES DAY. If you don’t have the WDD circle on your avatar… one click here

Have a great week….

Be Blessed

Cherise

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Diabetic Meet-up in Long Beach, CA

I don’t know about you but I enjoy talking to other PWD’s about life and of course diabetes.  If you are in the Southern California area you are invited to hangout and  have lunch with other PWD’s (person with diabetes).

   

Meet-up Information

Where: Chili’s–  

30 Shoreline Drive West

Long Beach, CA

(Long Beach Convention Center)

When: Saturday, July 25

Time: 1pm-3pm

 

Hope you can make it.  If not, Stay tuned for more Southern California Diabetic meet-up’s.

 

Be Blessed

Cherise

 


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


Cherise, I have a personal question

I am “scheduled” to leave work at 4:00 pm everyday, do I leave at 4 pm everyday? No. I usually get the bulk of my “STAT” calls around 3:00 pm. Not a problem. I take care of the call and then go home. Today, I recieved a call from “V”. Her voice didn’t sound happy, it had a really serious tone–not normal. Our coversation went as followed-

V- “Hey, Chica! It’s me V.”

Me- “Hey, what’s up?”

V- “I have a personal question to ask you. Is it ok for me to ask?”

Me- “Sure, go ahead.”

V- “Do you have diabetes?”

Me- “Yes. Why what’s up?”

V- “I rec’d the e-mail you sent. I clicked on the link.”

Me-“The link to my blog?”

V- “yes! Omg. Cherise, you have to take care of yourself.”

I stopped her in the middle of her sentence..”I take excellent care of myself. You don’t have to worry about me. If you have any questions about diabetes please feel free to ask. I am open and honest.”

She went on to say they Dr.M and Dr. S are starting to go to seminars about diabetes and trying to learn healthy and more efficent ways to help their patients take care of/control their diabetes. I told her about TCOYD and a few other things both Doc’s might want to look into. The last question I asked her was “Does your office have a diabetic support group?” She said “Not yet.” I couldn’t believe their office didn’t have a support group. I told her o let me know when they get a support group going and I would be more than happy to attend.

I wanted to volunteer to help start a support group for their office but I need to figure out how to do it without crossing the line of business and “personal”.

If you all have an idea’s on how I can approach “V” about the diabetic support group without crossing lines, please let me know.

Be Blessed

Cherise
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Support World Diabetes Day via Twitter

Saturday morning. I decided to drive to Idyllwild, CA.  It’s a beautiful place but I did not enjoy the drive.  Idyllwild is about 5,000 feet above the rest of CA.  OMG! I thought I was going to drive off the cliff a few times. When I finally made it to Idyllwild.   I checked to see what was going on in twitter world. 

Tweet by @askmanny Support Diabetes, add a #twibbon to your avatar now! – http://twibbon.com/join/Diabetes-3

Omg! I have been waiting on a twibbon to add to my avatar and it’s finally here.  I hit the link and field in the required fields.  wdd1

I love seeing the World Diabetes Day Circle when I open up twitter:)   Do you tweet? If so, Have you added WDD circle to your avatar?

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.