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 15, 2016
Message Monday - Diabetic Blog Week Post 1!
Before I get into today's topic, you might be wondering, What is Diabetic Blog Week? Started by Karen Graffeo at the blog Bitter Sweet, 7 years ago, this annual event brings the Diabetic Online Community (DOC) together by sharing ideas about the same topic every day for one week.
Even if you do not blog, I suggest reading and following. In the last few years that I have participated, I always meet many open-minded people of different walks of life all dealing with Type 1 in various ways. Sharing our experiences always leaves me feeling a little less alone, and a little more knowledgable than I was a week before.
The first topic of the week is Message Monday. Why are we here? Why am I here? What is my most important diabetes message? Why is that message important, and what am I trying to accomplish by sharing it on my blog?
There are so many messages and lessons to be shared from diabetes and as a caretaker of a Type 1. But what is my fundamental reason for being here? To share my experience with others. Before my son was diagnosed with Type 1, I worked in healthcare management for many years. The gaps in care and patient experience bothered me - they still do.
Meaning that while I did not know much about diabetes at diagnosis, I at least had some idea of where to go, or where to look for more information. I was overwhelmed... and for a long time. Had I nor my husband not been in healthcare, I do not want to think about how much more overwhelmed I would have felt.
My purpose and message are pretty straight forward. I am here to help and advocate. I am here to help those in the medical profession understand what we deal with when we leave their offices. I am here to build a community in my part of the world. I am here to empower people with information.
While my purpose and focus may slightly change from day to day, my reason for being in the diabetic context is clear. I am here to (hopefully) make a difference.
For more information about Diabetic Blog Week, visit this link.