You see my photo to the left there? See that little yellow label with the word "Expert" written across it? It makes me a tad uncomfortable. Sure, I know all the lingo and jargon associated with diabetes and how the body works. I've read a lot about diabetes and keep up with the latest research and diabetes blogs.
But that doesn't make me an expert. Nor does it help me with that "vacation" from diabetes I want. Sure, I'm vigilant. But what makes me an expert is the same thing that makes you an expert on your body and your health:
I live with diabetes. Every. Day. For the last 21 years.
I'm just a person who has diabetes and wishes she didn't. But I can't wish diabetes away any more than I can wish away my student-loan debt or the twenty pounds I'd like to lose.
And while it's not a life I would've ever chosen for myself, the best life-changing realizations have sprung from this most unlikely of sources. In honor of the upcoming World Diabetes Day, here is the first of my three best t...
It's that time again: leaves turning orange and falling to the ground, a chill in the air, and scary props placed on lawns. Halloween is coming. For most families, this is a holiday that has mixed blessings in terms of usually forbidden treats and fears about safety of trick-or-treating in neighborhoods. For our families with children that have diabetes, the holiday is fraught with additional concerns.
Can and how do we allow our children to enjoy Halloween as much as their peers without Diabetes?
Answer: Yes we can (with a bit of planning)!
Last week, at one of my outpatient visits, one of my delightful patients asked me this particular question in anticipation of Halloween as she was planning to go trick-or-treating with her friends. We then spent much of the visit discussing Halloween and making plans.
1. Halloween candy is forbidden due to diabetes 2. One treat only should be allowed on Halloween 3. No trick-or-treating on Halloween (due to the potential ...
In keeping with my promise to make some kind of small effort everyday (as discussed in my last sharepost), I decided to make things interesting by mixing things up all week. On Monday, I pulled out the old Zumba "Cardio Party" DVD, which is a forty-five minute Latin dance-inspired sweat-a-thon. It was a blast, just as I remembered. When I was finished I did a small round of pushups, planks, and arm exercises. On Tuesday, I was sore but not so sore that I felt like I couldn't do anything. My friend Sarah called to ask me if I wanted to do some P90X with her. We had done a cardio DVD last year and it was pretty cool, so I accepted and she arrived in her workout gear. To my dismay, however, she suggested that we go running first-at two in the afternoon, in ninety-five degree weather. I was terrified because as most of you know by now, I'm not a fan of running, and if I do make the attempt it's usually late in the evening when the harsh sun has started to go down. On top of that, Sarah's ...
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