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.

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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, January 30, 2015

It Is A Big Deal

Last week I went to visit the large healthcare conference, Arab Health. This event happens every year at the end of January and healthcare professionals from around the world come to network and share the latest in technology and advancements in healthcare.

The last time I went was 7 years ago.  My employer had a booth and I was pregnant with my son. I took a break to walk the convention center to find the companies that had started baking umbilical cords as I wanted to organize that for his delivery. 

I never found the cord bank booths, but my husband was quickly able to organize one to collect my son's cord when I went into labor early morning the next day - one month before his due date. 

This year I attended not as a healthcare professional, but as my son's caretaker and advocate for Type 1s. 

Like last time, I walked the halls visiting some booths I planned for, and scanning for other potential connections in diabetes. I think I was even wearing the same comfortable wing tip shoes I wore when I was pregnant.

In many ways, it felt overwhelming. All that potential in one convention center. All that ability to connect with people to make a difference. 

I had a very good exchange with someone at a well known insulin pump company. At one point when we were discussing the vast potential of things we could collaborate on, he reminded me it only takes one person. "It only takes one mom", he said. "The fact that you are here is a big deal".

Yes, it is a big deal.

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