Thursday, May 14, 2015

Changing Minds

Today's topic - Changes
Today let's talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you'd most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people's perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?

Well, I have been through MANY changes in the past 44 years with Diabetes.
Emotional, physical, attention, methods, you name it, it's changed.

I've gone from a couple of pee-tests a day and one shot of NPH, to a couple of shots with NPH and Regular, to minimal blood tests and multiple shots. to using Lantus and Humalog, to many blood tests, an Omnipod pump and now the Dex CGM to boot!

I could talk all day about those changes, but I won't.

I'm going to reflect, as my buddy at Diabetesaliciousness did, on what I want to change.

I want to change the public's attitude on Diabetes.

         Type 1 is not "The most important kind" or the "Bad kind"

                   Type 2 is not the "Better kind" or "Caused by the patient".

         Type 1 does not just happen to kids - 50% are adults on diagnosis!

                   Type 2 does happen to skinny people - and children!

                               An A1C of 4.7 to 5.8 cannot be the end all be all of limits
                               for a healthy patient.

                                     Those above that range are not "non-compliant"
                                     or not trying!!

All people with Diabetes - Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, MODY, LADA - require
intense scrutiny of blood sugars, foods, activity, etc.

There is no Bad kind - as there is no Good kind. It all sucks!

There are no non-compliant patients - just those those who don't meet the
sometimes unrealistic standards set for us by the medical community.

OK, I have more to say, but I'll leave it there.

Love to all!

P.S. - If any of the above confuses you - ask, AND read the following
AWESOME explanation of Type 2:
Changing misunderstanding of type 2


  1. Yes, it would be great to change people's attitudes on those points!