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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Diabetes - The Zen Disease



I often say this, and I know it sounds crazy, but diabetes keeps me living in the present.  Yes, I adjust that last number, and hold my breath until the future reading, but really, I am not living too far into the future as I anticipate blood sugars.

In the media, there has been a lot of press about the "eminent cure" lately.  Clinical trials for the artificial pancreas in children are underway, and a major breakthrough in stem cell research has just been announced. These are fantastic, and like all parents of diabetic children, I am very excited about the implications.

However...

A cure is not available yet.  I personally do not promise my six year old that he will see a cure.  I do not yet tell him to hope for a cure.  He must learn how to live with this disease in the present, and I worry that telling him a cure is just around the corner could be counterproductive of his acceptance right now.  He has to take this crazy bull by the horns and ride it.

I do tell him that someday a doctor or scientist will invent something amazing to make his diabetic life easier.  I do not specify what that would be because a child's expectations are so high.

Some of you reading this may just be diagnosed and learning the basics, therefore you may not even be aware of a potential cure.  That is okay.  Focus on the basics and work with your endocrinologist to find out what works for your child, your family and your routine.  The cure will come... maybe....  eventually... we hope.

And if it doesn't, we will be okay.  You will be okay.  Your child will be okay.  Right now, the best tool you have is information.  Arm yourself with knowledge and you will be better able to manage this.  It will not come overnight, and sometimes it will seem like too much.  Just take small steps, and do not worry about becoming an expert.  It will happen before you know it.

In the meantime, I suggest to live in the present.  Take a deep breath and find the best position you can hold onto as you find your zen moment with diabetes.

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