Sunday, May 17, 2015

Diabetes Blog Week - Continuing Connections

The very first inspiration for Diabetes Blog Week was to help connect our blogging community, and that continues to be the most important reason it's held every year.  So let's help foster and continue those connections as we wrap up another Dblog Week.  Share a link to a new blog you've found or a new friend you've made.  Or pick a random blog off of the Participant's List, check it out and share it with us.  Let's take some time today to make new friends.

I love diabetes blog week because each year I have come across so many new blogs that I might not have ever had a chance to read had it not been for diabetes blog week. Over the years, it has been so nice to see that I am not alone in life with Diabetes and that there are so many others out there like me who enjoy being diabetic and sharing their story. Here are the two blogs that really stood out to me this week. Kelley at Below Seven, she is just as real as they come. All of her posts this week were completely relatable and worth the read. Sarah at Coffee and Insulin her writing is out of this world! I couldn't even handle the creativity that came from this beautiful blog. Her honesty and comedy were so refreshing! I am so grateful to have found these blogs this week and look forward to reading more from them in the future. 

I'd also like to give a quick shout out to Karen at Bitter-Sweet Diabetes. This is her brain child and I am so grateful for having this opportunity not only to get my own blog out in the DOC, but also to get a chance to meet others out there like me. Thank you again Karen for making this week happen! It has been so great finding new blogs, and catching up on old favorites. I look forward to next year! 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Diabetes Blog Week - Favorites and Motivations (Day 6)

If you have been blogging for a while, what is your favorite sentence or blogpost that you have ever written?  Is it diabetes related or just life related?  If you are a new blogger and don't have a favorite yet, tell us what motivated you to start sharing your story by writing a blog?  (Thank you Laddie of Test Guess and Go for suggesting this topic.)

Picking my favorite blog was harder to do than I thought. So I picked my top 3...Please don't judge...

Officer Diabetes: This post if about my encounter with an officer who thought my needles were for illegal drug use, not legal drug use. 

"Apple my Pretty": This post was fun to write and totally hit the nail on the head with what the affects of a low blood sugar can do. 

Diabetic Mood Swings: We've all been there when our numbers are going crazy and the biggest tell is that we are either bawling our eyes out or ripping someones head off. 

I hope you enjoyed these as much I did writing them. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Diabetes Blog Week - Foods on Friday (Day 5)

Taking a cue from Adam Brown's recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.  (Thank you, Katy of  Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes for this topic.)

I am beyond excited about this topic! I have wanted to do something like this forever, but was always slightly scared... People often think that because we have diabetes we have to be on a special diet, which is semi-true for some, but every diabetic is different. Food is a huge trial and error part of my world, especially when I have to take into consideration how my body is going to process a meal, how active I have been, and where my current numbers are. Thankfully, I have a full proof method for the majority of things I love to eat. Sadly no matter how hard I use my trial and error method, Chinese food will always be a mystery. 

Here is what a typical day of meals looks like for me. 

Expectation: Two cups of black coffee and whole wheat toast with some Nutella and strawberries or a high fiber cereal. It all depends on how much time I have before work. 

Reality: I may snag a glazed donut or maybe even a cupcake that someone brought to work. That is the beauty of having an insulin pump. I will easy bolus that stuff all. Day. Long. 

Expectation: I pack a salad or sandwich for lunch. I love a spinach salad with blackened Salmon, bell peppers, green onions, tomatoes, and sun flower seeds with a miso dressing. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

Reality: I get an ichat from someone asking if I brought my lunch and then might go grab food with them or snag a diet coke with them to get out of the office. 

Expectation/Reality: This is the one meal of the day that I don't splurge unless it is date night or we are both so tired and busy that I grab something quick. Dinner for us is a home cooked meal possibly vegetarian or maybe tri-tip and veggies. I usually stick to the plate method when making dinner. 

For the most part I eat as normal as the next person, thanks to the flexibility of my insulin pump. Though this isn't how I eat every day it is how somedays tend to go in my world.