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.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
All month I have attended events, posted a fact a day and bombarded my social media with other things to raise awareness about diabetes.
I wanted to highlight that many may be tired of my daily posts about diabetes.
I wanted to highlight that this is okay because it is small in comparison to how often a diabetic has to consider the information I have shared over the last month.
I wanted to highlight that diabetes is more than a post, or internet meme you can scroll through and pick up a quick soundbite.
It is more than walks and fundraisers.
It is more than the smiling faces of the children you see representing research efforts.
While many diabetics manage and live with diabetes every day, all day, to the fullest, they are too often reminded of how horrific this disease can be.
This morning, I was sadly reminded once again. A beautiful young woman lost her life to diabetes last night. I do not know her personally, but I do know her face and her smile. I do know the disease that took her life too soon. I am not sure of the circumstances of her case, but I do know that she was in DKA because of Type 1.
Please know the signs, symptoms and what to do in the event of a diabetic emergency.
If you are diabetic, please consider all the risks and what you need to do to manage those.
Please be more than aware..
Please know there are people out there fighting the other 335 days a year..
Monday, November 28, 2016
|The First Insulin Pump - Invented in the 1960s|
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Some diabetics already miss more school because it takes them longer to recover than the average non-diabetic child.
I won't lie that these situations where he is sent home healthy frustrate me and make me wonder how many low grade fevers and other flu-like symptoms are lurking in the school hallways unnoticed or unreported. Sometimes it feels like my child gets the short end of the deal because no one runs around the halls with a thermometer checking anyone else that is symptomatic for flu.
|Sent home from school with a fever one decimal above the school limit - only|
discovered as a result of high blood sugar.
|A diabetic sick day. It looks like the flu. Please know|
the signs! It could save a life.
Monday, November 14, 2016
What's to be happy about a chronic disease you may ask? As difficult as diabetes is, we have a lot to be happy about on this day that brings the world together to raise awareness in fighting this beast of a disease.
Every year on November 14th, the world marks this day with events, campaigns, activities and other things to help those with diabetes and raise awareness about its diagnosis, treatment and management.
This all started in the early 1990s by the World Health Organization and International Diabetes Foundation. The day got the extra nudge when the United Nations adopted it as an official day of observance.
Why the 14th? This is the day that Dr. Frederick Banting was born. Dr. Banting and Charles Best discovered insulin in 1921. This forever changed the lives of many people living at that time, and continues to impact those who are diagnosed with Type1 and insulin dependent in Type 2. That in itself is a celebration of life - many lives that would not be here without their discovery.
So how am I marking this day? I am celebrating the entire month with a social media campaign that focuses on a diabetic fact a day. I am also visiting several hospitals and clinics to share my mission while participating in diabetic events in the UAE. It has also been an honor to be invited to speak to companies, universities and other organizations about diabetes this month.
While I am pretty busy, I still find this very small in the grand scheme of things. There is much to be done to support the estimated 415million diabetics in the world. This number continues to grow. And at the rate it is growing, it will likely have an impact on all of us, if it has not touched your family and friends already. We all can do something.
As I told the employees at Eli Lilly yesterday where I shared our story, everything counts - no matter how small. If you are part of an organization that is making life saving supplies - in their case insulin - your contribution in your job is important. As they were about to go on about their work day focussing on various projects and initiatives, I closed by asking them to consider the drop of insulin in the image below. This tiny drop of insulin has such a huge impact for so many. Yes, something that small makes a huge difference.
Of course every diabetic wants nothing more than a cure. But thankfully, we have insulin until that time. Without it, my son and so many others would not be here. It is huge. These small tiny drops keep him alive. It looks small, but its impact is so big.
So what can you do? A lot. Even sharing any of the factual internet memes that you see about the signs of diabetes could save a life.
If you are diabetic or a caretaker of one, and have ever thought about sharing your story, I encourage you to share it. It will definitely have an impact and help someone! If you don't have an outlet to share it, I welcome you to write a guest blog here!
Another great way to get involved is to participate in your local diabetes activities. Not only should it highlight the facts about diabetes, but it is a great way to raise awareness and get active in the process.
In the region, there were some great events held last weekend that you probably attended such as those in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon and Turkey. If you could not attend these, bookmark their sites and reach out to them for more information about future activities. In Saudi, reach out to the Saudi Diabetes & Endocrine Association to learn about upcoming events.
If you are in Dubai and Kuwait, there are events coming up this weekend:
- Dubai Beat Diabetes Walk, Zabeel Park. November 18th
- Kuwait's Dasman Diabetes Institute is having an event on November 17th
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016
This is The Supply Closet. I would say these are just 50% of the supplies we use.
In a closet that used to be covered with pre-school art before we passed that age, hidden behind one of those doors is a mini pharmacy. We have other supplies in the bathroom, a slew of fast acting sugar in the kitchen and traces of diabetes in almost every room of our home. And don't forget our life line, insulin, in the refrigerator.
This does not include the emergency bags in cars and the backpack we never leave home without. There is also a larger emergency backpack behind the door if we ever needed to evacuate.
Overkill? I don't think so.
With the exception of our big survival backpack we use every single supply we have and have to restock often.... This is Type 1.
|The Type 1 Diabetic Supply Closet|