Welcome?

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.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tips & Tricks

Diabetic Blog week is coming to a close, but that does not mean the writing will likely stop for any of those who participate. One thing we do a lot of through our blogs or groups is share our tips and tricks. New "diabetes hacks" are discovered all the time.. I hate that term, "life hack", but really if there is something I can do to make diabetes management easier, I am on board!

There are probably many things I should site here, but I will focus on two. My first, many may know, but I think it is worth mentioning again. In the iPhone, there is a Health App. It has a section for medical information and emergency contacts. While it is my son with Type 1, I complete this information for both of us. I am not sure if all medical personnel are trained about this, but it could come in handy. To learn how to set this up, visit this link.

My other "hack", that I still haven't perfected is travel. We love to travel and do it a few times a year. But traveling with diabetes is a whole different game. I always over pack in the anticipation of several scenarios.

In this older blog post, What's In My Bag, I share some of my travel prep. It is still relatively the same. This summer I will travel to the US, so I am now looking into TSA Pre Registration. I have not done this before, but I have read others' experience on social media and everything was very positive. I have already purchased our domestic tickets, so fingers crossed we will qualify!


2 comments:

  1. I got waived into a TSApre line a few months ago at O'Hare. Wow was I ever impressed.

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 16, 2016.

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    1. Thanks Rick! Lucky that you were waived! Hopefully you are now in the system and it happens again! I started to sign up yesterday.. I need to make an appointment to go for finger printing when I am in the US.

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