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, November 25, 2015

Much to be Thankful For

In my home country, it is Thanksgiving time. This is typically when family and friends come together to express their gratitude though a carb-loaded meal often coupled with watching American football afterwards.

Gratitude and appreciation are something I place high importance on. We are truly blessed and fortunate for many reasons, and what we have available here to us to help manage my son's Type 1 is definitely something to not take for granted.

As I dropped him at school today for a field trip, I found myself thankful for everything and everyone working toward making sure he can do this and other activities as a non-diabetic primary school child does.

I am so thankful for the help we have that can cover these activities if I cannot go, the nurses in his health office that are always on top of everything at school, his teacher that was ready to carry his entire box of class emergency snacks and supplies on the field trip (although not necessary, but her enthusiasm and pro-activeness says so much), and the cooperation of everyone to make all this happen easily.

This week I met several people who have dedicated their life to diabetes. Other diabetics, caretakers, advocates, physicians, managers and many others who are dedicated to making life better for diabetics. For their time and effort, and the potential of what's to come, I am thankful.

And then of course there is insulin. That in itself is a miracle. Insulin and all the other medical developments that have gone into making it possible to live with diabetes. I am also thankful for those who continue to work diligently to improve what we already have and those with the hope for more.

Thank you...

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