Welcome?

If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Friday, May 16, 2014

What Goes Up Must Come Down

What is my diabetic mantra?… good question.. I think it changes often.

After experiencing a couple of DKAs, and stubborn insertion sites that have tried my patience, I have often resorted to the What goes up, must come down mantra, and the song Spinning Wheels plays in my head often.  

I don't sing this out loud for my son, nor do I even say it, but it is in my head.  A gentle reminder to my impatient, frustrated internal mind.

I just take a deep breath, and know that eventually, the number will come down to something acceptable… And if it doesn't come down, I pop the analogous blood sugar balloon with an injection to ensure it does.

Another thing I always remind myself is that it could be much, much worse.  As I have 3 friends facing different kinds of cancers right now.  We have Type 1 Diabetes - we've won the lottery.

I experienced this observation early on in my son's diagnosis and it was a life changing day for me.  I wrote about it in the post Perspective

At the end of the day, I don't always have one go to mantra.  I try to take it one day at a time and reach for whatever mantra will get me through that day.

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