Monthly Archives: April 2013

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I know I haven’t had much to say this week. I’ve been sick with that nasty chest cold that’s sweeping the east coast this month, so I’ve been trying to lay low. Just not six feet under low. As such, I thought it would be nice to share some delicacies from other parts of the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).

I’m not linking today to the posts regarding renaming Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Although I have to admit to being in the “we’d still have to explain it anyway / let’s support everyone” group, my feeling is: Feel how you want to feel about it. If you want to say you have Pancreatic Distress Syndrome or something else instead of Type 1 or Type 2, then go ahead. And if you don’t like the idea of renaming what we have, I won’t try to convince you otherwise. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Whatever they are. No exceptions.

Now that that’s out of the way, try these on for size.
Kate’s Sweet Success has a very interesting recipe for… Black Bean Chocolate Cake. It got rave reviews in her household. Are you up for the challenge? Here’s the recipe:
Over at Diabetes Mine, Mike Hoskins recently did a thorough review of diabetes social media summits that take place around the country. An interesting look from an insider’s point of view:
Hallie Addington at The Princess and the Pump has the details of a wonderful interview her little one conducted with Madeline Trumble, who plays Mary Poppins in the Broadway Series touring production of the musical. Madeline is also Type 1. Can’t wait to find out how the meeting turns out:
Finally, at ThePerfectD, you’ll find 17 Reasons for four hypoglycemic incidences in less than 18 hours the other day. Read this when you have enough personal space to laugh out loud:
Hope your weekend is full of wonder and devoid of angst. Enjoy!

Almost Wordless Wednesday – It means a little more today.

I took the time to donate blood back in February. Late last week, I received this in the mail. Even though it’s pretty much a form letter, it still made me feel good.

Now, after the senseless tragedy in Boston, and the call for additional blood donors to help those who are still being treated, it means just a little bit more.


If you live in the USA, and you have diabetes, and you are, in the words of the American Red Cross, “well controlled on insulin or oral medications”, you may be eligible to donate blood. And I encourage you to consider doing so. You never know when it may be needed.

In addition to being Type 1, I’m Type O Positive. That may mean nothing to many, but may mean the world to others. Consider donating today.

And so it begins.

Okay… my clinical trial is underway! This is the trial I wrote about around a month ago.

This past weekend, I received my notice and started wearing the Dexcom™ G4 provided to me for the study. The first week, I’ll be responding to a survey, but other than that, not much to report at this time. Except that insertion of the Dexcom™ was remarkably easy and nice. The receiver is easy to use. I’ll probably do some sort of product review later on. For now, I’m just saying… all CGMs should be like this.

Of course, I have to get used to having one more robot part attached to me around the clock. And I have to actually remember that said robot part is actually attached, so I don’t rip it out putting on my shirt or taking it off. But this is what I signed up for, so if I can just keep my eyes off of the receiver (‘cause I’m obsessive-compulsive like that), I’ll be okay.

More to come as the study continues.
Speaking of surveys, April over at Nerdy April’s Space Adventures (which is about the coolest blog name ever) is working on her grad school capstone project. The title of her project is… wait for it…

Evaluating the Feasibility and Safety of Type 1 Diabetic Astronauts.

Seriously, it sounds that good. I’ve been thinking about it all weekend. You should go and read about it. Thanks to Scott Johnson for the tweet that turned me on to this post.

Hope your week is blasting off to a high-flying start!

Blogaversaries and other milestones.

Because things always seem to happen at the same time, a few milestones occurred this week. Most on the same day.

My great niece Natalie hit her First Birthday! She is healthy, and happy, and very tall for her age. I couldn’t be happier, and she’s not even mine.

– Of course, Natalie’s birthday is my birthday, so I hit the 51 year mark on Tuesday too. Fifty one doesn’t feel any different from fifty, although I am cursing the diabetes a little more than usual these days. Goes with the territory, I guess.

– And of course, if it’s Natalie’s birthday and my birthday, it must be the anniversary of the beginning of One year ago Tuesday I started writing in this space.

I also posted for the 200th time here this week… on Monday, I think. Actually, it was probably more than 200 times, when you count all the junk I threw out at the beginning. I know I sound like a broken record (does anyone know what that means anymore?), but I am sooooo grateful that there are people who read this blog and comment on posts here. I love to write, and this is a much-needed outlet for my thoughts and observances. But knowing you are there and reading this warms my heart and make me want to write great stuff every day. I learn from you and hope to continue to learn from you for the foreseeable future.

Thank you so much. I am one lucky sonofagun. I’ll try to make the next year better than the first.

My real life meeting with a Champion.

While I was away last week, I made a special side trip to meet a very special person:


Cherise Shockley is Founder and CEO of Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, keepers of things like the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy website, the DSMA Blog Carnival, DSMA Live, DSMA en vivo, DSMA Live ‘Rents and the ever-popular Wednesday night DSMA Twitter chat. Our lunch wasn’t the ask-questions-get-answers-write-a-blog-post-about-it kind of thing. I just wanted to meet her, and give her the chance to put a face with a name, so to speak. Let me tell you about our meeting.

The first question you might ask is, “What is she really like?”. In person, Cherise is pretty much like her online self. Polite, funny, passionate about her cause, and always one step ahead of me.

And smart. Cherise is very, very smart. Growing up in a family where service to the community is part of her DNA, she’s inspired by the possibilities and challenges of bringing together people who are affected by diabetes. Best of all, she’s doing something about it. It seems like her mind is constantly thinking about ways to enhance and expand what DCAF can do for everyone touched by this disease.

During our conversation, I likened her to a military general. She may not have everything figured out yet. But as the social media landscape changes, she’s good at maximizing opportunities and figuring out the best way to make the most of her resources when they’re needed. That’s a quality that many people wish for, but so few possess. After just a few minutes, I was ready to go charging up the hill for DCAF too!

I’m not big on first impressions. Often we come across people who are rushed, are having a bad day, fighting with their significant others, or experiencing hypoglycemia. And that can affect how we are with people we meet for the first time, and how they perceive us. But in this case, my first impression was only positive. I have a really good feeling about DCAF and where Cherise will lead the foundation into the future.

I’m really glad I was able to make this connection. Our lunch together really gave me the feeling of being in the presence of greatness. I’m hoping you’ll make the connection with DCAF too.

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