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.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Does Alternative Medicine Help It?

I often describe diabetes as our Zen. It keeps us in the present. You can't live in the past, and you can't plan too far into the future all the time. You have to always be on top of it, and deal with that number you have in your monitor at that time - not at a later time.

I still perfect my art to think like a pancreas and predict blood sugar while balancing a tight rope, juggling fire balls as I whip up the perfect soufflé.

Armed with information, some days I still feel like I need a magic 8 ball when the school nurses ask me how they should bolus at the next blood sugar check. As awesome as they are, even the three of us cannot crack the code sometimes. No two diabetics are alike, and for the same diabetic, no two days are alike!

I continue my open door policy around advocacy and education. Just last week someone asked me why I had not tried homeopathy or ayruvedic medicine to help with my son's diabetes. It was a naive question. This person had good intentions. However, she asked me if I was afraid of alternative medicine.

Ha! Little did she know I am a huge fan of acupuncture for myself and other alternative therapies. Despite our life with needles we hate, the irony of how relaxing other needles are is crazy. What I do fear is the reality of sending my child quickly into DKA if I actually took him off insulin and relied on an alternative treatment.

So for any of you spammers out there that post the latest and greatest cure in my Twitter and Instagram account with your cute cat pictures, I am not falling for it. For my friends who send me miracle cure links in WhatsApp, be sure - be very sure - if there were an alternative medicine cure for Type 1, I would not be writing this.

Between the crazy questions, the compliments still make me very proud. The latest was about how well adjusted my son is. He is only eight, and was diagnosed so young that he was robbed of a carefree life "before" that he remembers.

This has enabled us to be matter of fact about diabetes and just get on with it. Which is what I love about him. Diabetes just is. Yes, we have our challenges, but we deal with it. It does not stop him, and I am not planning to let that become a thought.

We are also learning about new ground in the social scene with D. For example, some mild bullying at school. It is heartbreaking to watch as a parent, but sadly these things could happen even without D. Life's lessons are not always fun.

This one offers no random cure, and she has diabetes herself. Type 2. She is doing well, and I have even impressed her vet at my amazing ability to adjust her insulin needs correctly according to her weight. I can't imagine where I got that idea from!


  1. Before many people in my part of the world understood acupuncture, someone asked my mom about it (mom was a type 1 in the 60's). So she came home from work and looked it up. She was perplexed. Yes she told her friend, she took 4 shots a day. :)

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 2, 2016.

    1. Thank you Rick! Really honored - a lot of great stuff in TU!