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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Things I don't talk about...

I am more or less an open book. Of course I do not share my deepest, darkest secrets but I do share my general experience as a Type 1 caretaker, or my son's experiences at a high level as to not invade his privacy.

What I don't share much are the challenges we face with the general public, or acquaintances (unless asked by a close friend, or for a discussion with other Type 1s).  I am not ashamed or anything, I just think there are some things that I do not need to go into with certain parties.

So why a blog? Ya, I know. Not sharing? 

I recently read an article about someone that started a blog about a professional career and they feared that it would be seen as "self-serving". I've yet to see a diabetic blog fall into that category for me.

I started this blog because I know I was pretty lost as most of us are when we first start this fight. And with a background in healthcare management and this diabetes thing looking at me in the face, I felt I had to share what I have learned. Even if it only helps one person, then so be it.

So while I share with the DOC, and those who follow this, there are some things I do not typically share with the non-diabetic public. Just a few examples are:

- The challenges of being sick. I may vent or seek input on a private diabetic forum, but I do not post it on my wall for the world to see. I might blog about it later if there was a lesson in it for me, but I do not want to create real-time rubber necking opportunities
- Our journey of learning that life is not fair
- Our wish that we were not diabetic
- How scary it is to have to administer glucogen
- The mountains of needles and other supplies we go through
- The knee jerk reaction in my head to questions like if my cat caught diabetes from my son
- The many sleepless nights
- My newly found OCD tendencies as I work and try to think like a pancreas - man is that organ one control freak
- I hold my breath a lot when checking a blood sugar. Even now using it as an indicator, I still hold my breath. 
- And if the blood sugar has been too high for a while and we are looking for it to decrease, those few seconds in the meter seem like days.
- The real reason why I love and need coffee
- My confusion about which pump to upgrade to
- Those odd times I wake up in the middle of the night just because and sure enough my son was way too low
- That I don't leave the house without a bag of supplies, and often I just wish we could travel lightly, or with nothing at all
- I had to bribe my son to try a new insertion site location, and even then it is still so upsetting that does not even interest him.

These are just a few for the sake of example.. there are many more, and there will be new ones popping up all the time. 

But, I won't share them.

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