What I really hope you learned this month

As Diabetes month comes to a close, I really hope you learned a few important things:

  1. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are different diseases.
  2. I test my blood sugar roughly 5-10 times a day.
  3. I take insulin 24/7 and more when I eat through an insulin pump(mine is pink).
  4. I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want, but I know how to choose my battles.
  5. I count carbohydrates, not sugar.
  6. Diabetes can cause other complications, like neuropathy or retinopathy.
  7. There are certain ways people without diabetes should act around people living with diabetes, or certain ways to ask things at least.
  8. Exercise is crucial when living with diabetes.
  9. Diabetes and alcohol can be tricky.
  10. There’s nothing stopping me, ever.

Until next year, your favorite diabadass

Diabetes Etiquette

I have shared this a few times, but it is so important to me, so I will share it again.

Accu-chek came out with a Diabetes Etiquette list for people who DON’T have diabetes and it is simply amazing because it says the things that people with diabetes don’t always want to say, especially to loved ones.

Here is the shortened list:

  1. DON’T offer unsolicited advice about eating or other parts of diabetes, that you probably don’t truly understand.
  2. DO realize and appreciate that diabetes is hard work.
  3. DON’T tell horror stories about your grandmother with diabetes or other stories you have heard about.
  4. DO offer to join in on making healthy lifestyle changes(with your diabadass).
  5. DON’T look so horrified when someone checks their blood sugar or gives themselves and injection.
  6. DO ask how you might be helpful.
  7. DON’T offer thoughtless reassurances.
  8. DO be supportive of any efforts of self-care.
  9. DON’T peek or comment on blood sugar numbers without asking first.
  10. DO offer your love and encouragement.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this list by Accu-Chek.

Link is here to watch the Youtube video I made about this list as well:

>>>>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Nd-V-04jU <<<<<<<<<

How can I help?

Someone dear to me messaged me on Facebook and asked me to make a post about what the average person can do to help someone with T1D when they need to be helped, AKA when they are having a severe low blood sugar or are going into a diabetic coma.

I am going to keep this as short as possible.

But two things could happen.

One, if the person is talking and still functioning, get them something to eat or drink that is QUICK. Meaning, find candy or orange juice or Hawaiian punch(just some examples) that will help bring up their blood sugar quickly. Don’t bring them a piece of bread or pasta. haha Just keep them talking and make sure they are getting some sort of carbs or sugar in them.

The other situation is that the T1D can not communicate to you that they need help. This often looks like the person is drunk. They may not be able to speak or even use their body really. THIS IS SERIOUS. In this case, either contact a relative or contact 911.

If I am at a friends house close to home, I would tell my friends to call my parents before anything. There is a certain shot that can be given to help in situations like this. But if I am far from home and have no one around, call 911. Do not hesitate to. Remember to tell them that I have Type 1 Diabetes.
Hope this helps!!

National Diabetes Month

For those of you that may or may not know,

November is National Diabetes Month!

As a diabetes advocate and diabetic myself, I will be posting one photo a day each day of the month, raising awareness and helping educate you about diabetes. I may start posting them on here as well, so take a look!

the intern with diabetes