Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My (Type) Awesome Husband . . .

This month, the #dsma blog carnival is all about those non-diabetic people in our lives who make up our support system.  We were asked “What is a funny diabetes experience you had with a Person Without Diabetes / supporter / T-3?  Parents of CWd’s, please share your experience."

A couple of years ago posted my favorite funny diabetes experience with Pete, but I’m going to re-post it for the blog carnival since I’m sure the post is new to most of you.

Good help is hard to find . . .

CGMLately I've been having some issues with my CGM.  The sensors aren't working right and I'm getting tons of Bad Senor Errors.  (Yes, I am going to call Minimed about it - I just am lazy haven't gotten to it yet.)  However, the one I wore last week worked fine, so I'm wondering if it is a bit of user-error.  Maybe I need to plan my placement a little better instead of just slapping it on the same place over and over.

Sunday I decided to move farther around my lower back.  I knew it would probably be out of my reach, so I asked Pea if he felt up to inserting the sensor for me.  He's a pro at helping me attach the transmitter and apply the tape, but inserting the sensor would be new ground.

To start, I told him that it would hurt.  It always hurts, even when I do it.  I told him not to spend a lot of time worrying about if it will hurt me.  It will, but it's worth it and I'll get over it.  Then I had him do a trial run with an empty inserter.  This way, he could get an idea of how hard to press the button and what it would feel like.

Once that was done, I loaded the sensor and took off the needle guard.  One . . . two . . . three . . . shunk.  A small pinch, but not as bad as when I insert them.  One second later . . . OUCH!!!!  What was THAT?

As soon as the sensor was inserted, Pea was hit with a rush of excited pride and nervous panic.  The adrenalin caused him to yank the inserter away as quickly as possible - without holding the sensor down.  I turned to see the inserter in his hand with the sensor still in it.  A glance in the mirror showed nothing on my lower back except a small drop of blood.

Attempt #1 at the CGM?  Fail!

“This post is my May entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/may-dsma-blog-carnival/

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In need of a reboot . . . .

I seem to be in a bit of a funk.  I’m not Depressed.  (At least, I don’t think I am.)  I’m just kind of indifferent.  Everything seems like it will take more energy than it’s worth giving.  Even my usual OCD-SparklyClean house is looking a bit dusty.  It just doesn’t seem worth the effort to bother though.

This little funk has also seeped into my diabetes life.  Again, I wouldn’t say I’m dealing with Diabetes Burnout.  It’s more like Diabetes Indifference.  Basically, I’m getting sloppy.  I’m not testing nearly as often as I usually do.  Instead of planning out a meal, I find myself SWAGing a bolus and then grazing until I think I’ve eaten enough carbs.  If my CGM beeps, sometimes I’m treating without first confirming the reading with a finger stick.  The batteries in my poor food scale are dead.

rebootI guess what I really need is a Diabetes Reboot.  I need to reload everything and start fresh.  I need to get back to those good habits.  I have started exercising (yet again) so that is at least one small step in the right direction.  (Although the result has been lows in epic proportions that I can’t quite get a handle on - even when I measure precisely instead of SWAGing - but that is a topic for another post.)  But the rest?  Well, I wish it was as easy as rebooting my computer.  I wish I had that magic button to power my D-Routine down and boot it back up, all zippy and ready to go.

Do you ever go through bouts of indifference?  Ever feel like you need to reboot and start fresh?  How do you find your motivation when you just don’t feel like investing the energy?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Share Your Experiences . . .

It's been a little quite here at my blog as I continue reading all of the wonderful Diabetes Blog Week posts.  My efforts have been hindered by some epic lows I’ve been battling as I return (once again) to getting regular exercise.

So, while I’m reading and treating, I thought I’d take a minute to share a great new opportunity that WEGO Health has launched.  As people who live with a chronic illness day in and day out, we have a lot of experiences that we can share - and here is a great way to do just that!


Here is some more information, straight from WEGO:

"Here at WEGO Health HQ, we often work with reporters, magazine writers, authors, conference planners and event organizers who want to feature Health Activists as examples of empowered health leaders taking the online health world by storm.  In the past, we’ve connected dozens of Health Activists to national news stories, international conferences, and prestigious online events.

Members of the WEGO Health Activist Speakers Bureau receive exclusive invitations to present at conferences, speak to members of the media, and be featured on WEGO Health.

Interested in joining the WEGO Health Activist Speakers Bureau? Apply today! It only takes a few minutes and they’ll email you as soon as they have opportunities relevant to you and your interests."
I filled out my application yesterday and it really did take just a couple of minutes.  If you are looking for a way to spread more information about diabetes and to do more with your health activism, why not apply too?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Where did the week go??

ThanksThe second annual Diabetes Blog Week is over already?  Is it just me, or did last week fly by??  Once again, I am so thrilled with how many bloggers got behind DBlog Week and agreed to participate.  I am proud of each and every post you guys have put up (even though I haven’t read all of them . . . yet!!)  I’ve been crying (in a good way) since I first opened up sign ups - the D-OC is amazing!!

And now . . . . what’s next?  For me, I’ll be making my way around the D-OC to read each and every post, and I’ll try my best to leave at least one comment on each participating blog.  In the mean time, there are a couple of videos you should go check out.  Mike put together an amazing thank you video for Diabetes Blog Week.  (I would like to thank Mike and everyone in the video for taking the time to put it together.  And, of course, the thanks go out to everyone who was a part of DBlog Week - the week would be nothing without all of you!)  Next, hop over and see Hallie’s amazing compilation of blogs participating in DBlog Week and her powerful statement reminding us that we are not alone.  (Hallie, what a great job you did gathering up all of the blog names / banners for an amazing video!)

Now, some housekeeping and clean up.  If you’ll take a look at my sidebar, you’ll see I’ve moved a link to the DBlog Week Participant List over there.  I think I added everyone I heard from, but if you should be on the list please check and make sure you are there.  Blogger can eat comments . . .  emails get lost in the interwebs . . .  and while adding 182 blogs there is a good chance I messed something up!!  Or maybe you just forgot to let me know you were in for Diabetes Blog Week.  Whatever the reason, if you should be there but aren’t, just email your name and blog URL to DBlogWeek@bittersweetdiabetes.com and I’ll get you on the list.

You’ll also see the Linky Lists are now in the side-bar.  I’ll be keeping them up there so people can refer to them in the future.  There have been more than a few instances of spam, which I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for and clean up.  In about a week, I’ll be closing the lists to new entries - so if you’ve forgotten to add your links you might want to pop them on the lists this week.

If you didn’t get your posts written during DBlog Week, but still want to do them, please do!!!  And don’t forget to add them to the link lists!  If you need a post added once the link lists are closed, simply email DBlogWeek@bittersweetdiabetes.com and I can add it for you.  Also, if you are going through the lists and find a link that seems to misdirect or has some kind of error, please let me know and I will fix it.

Several people have asked if I could post one blog prompt each month to keep the momentum going.  I like the idea, but I’m quite sure I’d never be able to come up with a great post prompt each month!!  However, I do help out with the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy - or #dsma - Blog Carnival each month.  For those of you not familiar with it, #dsma is a weekly twitter chat  held on Wednesday evenings to discuss various diabetes-related topics.  Once a month, we select a topic from one of the past month’s chats and use it to create a prompt for a blog carnival.  Whether or not you are able to participate in the Wednesday #dsma chats, you can (and should) participate in the blog carnival and share your thoughts on the topic of the month.  Bang - there you go - monthly blog prompts!!  (Check out the May topic here!!)

Looking ahead to next year, if you have suggestions for post topics or for ways to do things better, please shoot me an email.  I’ll be collecting notes throughout the year so we’ll be ready to do it all again next May!

And I guess, **sob**, that’s it.  Another DBlog Week is over.  Thanks to everyone from the bottom of my bloggy little heart!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What I’ve learned . . .

What we’ve learned - Sunday 5/15: Last year, Wendy of Candy Hearts made a suggestion for this year.  She commented “I think Day 7 should be a post about stuff we've learned from other blogs or the experience of coming together online...”  Today, let’s do just that!!  What have you learned from other blogs - either this week or since finding the D-OC?  What has your experience of blogging the DBlog Week topics with other participants been like?  What has finding the D-OC done for you?  If you'd like, you can even look ahead and tell us what you think the future holds!

First, I want to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated in Diabetes Blog Week - the 182 bloggers who signed up, the Twitter users who tweeted about #DBlogWeek, the commenters who left such wonderful feedback on everyone’s posts, the lurkers who took the time to read what we had to say.  Without all of you, Diabetes Blog Week wouldn’t exist.

learnedI’m not really sure how to sum up what I’ve learned this week.  I’ve gotten so much out of the past seven days that it seems impossible to put it all into words.  But here goes:
  • Secretly worrying that the participant list will be much much smaller than last year is just silly.  (Last year we had 142 participants, this year we topped that by 40!!)
  • Knowing the D-OC is enthusiastic, supportive and extremely creative is one thing.  But actually seeing it in action is quite another!
  • Bloggers can Step Outside the Box and be braver than anyone could imagine.  And for better or worse, they will inspire me to step outside the box too.
  • Things can go more wrong than I ever could imagine and I will have no control over them.  (Hello, Blogger shutting down and eating posts and comments right in the middle of DBlog Week.)  This is a great lesson in not being so OCD and not stressing about things I can not fix.
  • The D-OC is always ready to jump in and help when ever they can.
  • There are a lot more diabetes bloggers out there than I ever could’ve imagined.  We are SO not alone!
  • Sometimes, I need to learn not to be so sensitive about things.  But on the other hand, being sensitive enough to cry over post after post after post is not a bad thing.
  • Reading all of the new posts each day is impossible.  I will get to them all - but it’s going to take me quite a while.  I’m absolutely fine with that!
  • It is possible that some people might be interested in doing this all again next year, for a 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week.  (Crazy thought, huh?) 

And last, but certainly not least . . .
  • SUPPORT IS PRICELESS, THE D-OC ROCKS, AND I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!  (But, of course, I knew that long before Diabetes Blog Week!!)

    Don’t forget to add your post to the What we’ve learned-Sunday 5/15 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    Outside The Box . . .

    Step outside the box: Take your diabetes thoughts and instead of blogging about them as usual, push yourself to express them in a different way today. Make a vlog. Create a piece of D-Art. Write a poem. Draw a cartoon. Post a collage. Anything goes - as long as it is outside of your usual bloggy comfort zone!

    Yesterday I said I wouldn't sing.  I’m not brave like Reyna, who rocked out.  When Meri showed she’s just as brave and sang a lovely ballad for us, I did wonder if I should be more brave - but quickly decided NO!!  But then, last night, I saw Kathy’s post.  Kathy (or Minnesota Nice)  has long been a hero of mine.  When I watched her video, I cried.  I was impress by her courage, I was touched and I was inspired.  She stepped WAY outside of her comfort zone - not just by getting in front of the camera, but also by talking about diabetes and sharing.  And I thought “Look how freaking brave my friend is.  If she can do this, can’t I put myself out there and sing?”.

    So this video is for all of you.  But first and foremost, it’s for my wonderful friend and fellow knitter, Minnesota Nice.  I love you, Kathy!!

    Don’t forget to add your post to the Saturday snapshots-Saturday 5/14 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Awesome Things & Blünt Lancet

    Today's post topic is the most awesome thing you’ve done because of diabetes.  Obviously that’s a no-brainer for me. (Which is good, considering my brain is feeling pretty fried right about now.)  I mean really . . . . what awesome thing have I done because of diabetes . . . .gee, I don’t know . . . .  .maybe . . . .


    I’ve had so much fun organizing DBlog Week for the past two years.  I’m excited to read all of the posts and get to know my fellow bloggers better.  I hope it not only bonds our community but also teaches a thing or two to those OUTSIDE the D-OC.  Yup, Diabetes Blog Week is by far the most awesome thing I’ve done because of diabetes!

    Since today’s post was so easy , I thought I’d tackle one of the Wild Card topics - particularly D-Myths:

     * D-Myths: I’m not talking about D-Myths like “people with diabetes can’t eat sugar” or “you get diabetes from being lazy” - we work to disprove those every day.  Today lets PROVE some fun d-myths like #dprom (the prom for diabetics around the world), Sprinkles (the glittery unicorn of advocacy), or Blünt Lancet (the diabetic heroes of rock)!  Choose one of these “d-myths” (or create one yourself) and take it someplace creative!  You might write about the time Sprinkles visited you to spread the advocacy love - hopefully he / she/ IT?? brought you a cupcake too!!  You could compose a new song for Blünt Lancet’s next album.  Or you might give us every details of the night you went to #dprom.  Write about any "myth" or story-line you can dream up!  Let’s bring those “myths” to life!

    So there’s been a rumor going around that Blünt Lancet is getting ready to go out on tour.  And that they’ll be covering the popular Police song “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”.

    Mmmm, Sting. *ahem*  Anyway, I hear that although the lyrics to this song are quite fabulous, they’ve been updated for the upcoming tour.  My sources even slid me a sneak preview!!  (I thought about Stepping Outside The Box and singing this song on a vlog - but I love you all too much to subject you to that.  And apparently just THINKING about singing on my blog was enough to crash Blogger for more than a day!)

    "Don't Judge My A1C”
    Lab-work time, the subject
    Of of lots of stress for me,
    What I want so badly
    Is one great A1C
    Inside me there's longing
    I’m just an open page
    Appointment - it’s so close now
    My nerves begin to rage

    Don't judge, don't judge my
    Don't judge my A1C

    I have tried so hard now
    You know how tough things get
    Sometimes it's not so easy
    And there ‘aint no cure yet
    Temptation, frustration
    So bad it makes me cry
    Huge cupcake, will’s fading
    Can’t eat just one french fry

    Don't judge, don't judge my
    Don't judge my A1C

    I wish you understood
    You know I try and try
    Strong words are just no good
    The accusations fly
    It's no use, please listen
    Or else you’ll piss me off
    Just like my last endo
    Who got a quick sendoff

    Don't judge, don't judge my
    Don't judge my A1C
    Don't judge, don't judge my
    Don't judge my A1C

    Please don't judge my A1C

    Don’t forget to add your post to the Awesome things-Friday 5/13 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Ten things I hate about you, Diabetes . . . .

    Ten things I hate about you, Diabetes - Thursday 5/12: Having a positive attitude is important . . . but let’s face it, diabetes isn’t all sunshine and roses (or glitter and unicorns, for that matter). So today let’s vent by listing ten things about diabetes that we hate. Make them funny, make them sarcastic, make them serious, make them anything you want them to be!!

    I'm doing my list in reverse order, like David Letterman does.  Although really, diabetes is so darn cruddy, it’s hard to prioritize what I hate most and what I hate least.  The priorities can change on any given day - as can the things I hate!!  But hey, you have to start somewhere, right?

    Top 10 Things I Hate About You, Diabetes

    10 - I’m low when I need to drive and high when I want to eat
    HateDiabetes9 - all of the stuff I need to carry around in case of any d-emergency
    8 - the stupid Diabetes Guilt
    7 - the “my grandmother had diabetes and this terrible thing happened to her” stories
    6 - what works wonderfully one day doesn’t even remotely work the next day
    5 - exercise helps blood sugars, but knitting is not considered exercise
    4 - did I mention the Diabetes Guilt??
    3 - the D-Police
    2 - I never get time off for good behavior

    and the number one thing I hate about you, Diabetes . . .

    1 - vegetables are easy on the blood sugar but ice cream is not

    There is plenty to hate about diabetes . . . . .what makes it onto your list?

    Don’t forget to add your post to the Ten things I hate about you, Diabetes-Thursday 5/12 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Diabetes Bloopers

    Diabetes bloopers - Wednesday 5/11: Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong.  But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful - instead sometimes they are downright funny!  Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper - your “I can’t believe I did that" moment - your big “D-oh” - and let’s all have a good laugh together!!

    When you come right down to it, I’m basically a living walking blooper - diabetes or otherwise.  I trip, I walk into walls, I spill things on myself (and others!!), thoughts get lost in translation on the way from my brain to my vocal chords and come out sounding stupid or embarrassing.  So yeah, I’ve got a few diabetes bloopers too . . .

    • like the time I programmed my breakfast bolus, then decided I needed to check my tubing for air bubbles.  I disconnected the pump and examined the tubing . . . . while an unknown amount of my breakfast bolus dribbled to the floor.
    • or the time I was doing a pump site change and instead of pulling the protective cap off of the needle, I pulled the needle right out of the site.  Yeah, kind of hard to insert the cannula without the needle!
    • another time I inserted the site correctly, but pushed the button to fill the cannula before removing the needle.  Don’t suppose much insulin gets into the cannula with the needle still taking up all of the space in there.
    • how about the time that, in an effort to use new “real estate” for my CGM sensor, I inserted it so far on my back that I couldn’t reach around to remove the needle.  Thank goodness my husband was home and got the needle out for me - otherwise I suppose I would have had to walk around all day with it sticking out of my back.  OUCH
    • of course, I’ve dropped my pump more times than I can count.  Like really dropped it, with a loud THUNK as it hits the floor and then bounces around.  Luckily it has survived each Death Drop.
    • and I was a Blooper Pro long before I was a pumper.  While on MDIs, I once (or more than once . . . ) took 13 units of Novolog (my short-acting insulin) instead of 13 units of Lantus (my long acting insulin).  That’s the only blooper I still don’t laugh about, because that’s a very scary mistake.
    If I needed to, I’m sure I could come up with a few more bloopers - but I think I’ve embarrassed myself enough for one day.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who has made these silly mistakes!!

    Don’t forget to add your post to the Diabetes bloopers-Wednesday 5/11 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Letter Writing Day

    Letter writing day - Tuesday 5/10: In February the Wego Blog Carnival asked participants to write letters to their condition.  You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further.  How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them.  How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams?  Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes.  Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were.  Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.

    Dear Test Strip,

    You are small, yet you are mighty.  You carry the weight of my world, plus one droplet of blood, on your skinny little shoulders.  In mere seconds, you can deliver wonderful news.  Or news that makes me frown.  You can be the deciding factor between a nice dinner with my husband, or no dinner and a few big glasses of water.  Other times, you force me to eat even though I’m not the least bit hungry.

     Oh test strip, sometimes you even love to toy with me.  You’ll give me a number that seems highly unlikely - so unlikely I burst out laughing in your face. (Remember that 16 you flashed last week?  Yeah, that.)  So I’ll call on one of your buddies for a more reasonable result.  (That’s right - my blood sugar was low but way way way higher than 16!!)

    I know, I know, little test strip.  You think I’m being a bit unfair.  Yes, most of the time you tell the truth.  I shouldn’t really harp on a few “jokes” here and there.  You rule my day, you guide my insulin dosing, you help me time and time again.  When you come right down to it, test strip, you are priceless.

    But really, do you have to cost so darn much??

    Don’t forget to add your post to the Letter writing day-Tuesday 5/10 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Admiring Our Differences!!

    Diabetes Blog Week kicks off today and I’m thrilled to report that there are currently 159 participants signed up to blog along with all of us this week!  If you still want to sign up, it certainly isn’t too late.  Leave me a comment on the DBlog Week post or send an email to DBlogWeek@bittersweetdiabetes.com and I’ll add you to the list!!  Now, on to my post for Day 1!!


    Admiring our differences - Monday 5/9: We are all diabetes bloggers, but we come from many different perspectives.  Last year, Diabetes Blog Week opened my eyes to all of the different kinds of blogs (and bloggers) out there – Type 1s, Type 2s, LADAs, parents of kids with diabetes, spouses of adults with diabetes and so on.  Today let’s talk about how great it is to learn from the perspectives of those unlike us!  Have you learned new things from your T2 friends?  Are D-Parents your heroes?  Do LADA blogs give you insight to another diagnosis story?  Do T1s who’ve lived well with diabetes since childhood give you hope?  Pick a type of blogger who is different from you and tell us why they inspire you - why you admire them - why it’s great that we are all the same but different!!

    admireI love that the D-OC has so many different types of diabetes bloggers.  I gain so much from reading and pondering other perspectives and situations.  I love that we are all the same but different.  So it was hard to decide exactly which type of blogger I wanted to talk about today.  BUT I’ve had a certain post brewing in my head for a while and haven’t gotten it written yet.  AND yesterday was Mother’s Day.  AND next month we’ll celebrate Father’s Day.  SO today I’m going to admire the D-Moms and D-Dads!!

    The parents I’ve met, both on-line and off, who give their all 24/7 to help their children live happy, normal, healthy lives with diabetes impress and astound me each and every day.  Reyna, Meri, Wendy, Lorraine, Renata, Trev . . . . I could continue this list all day and still not be able to link everyone.  And I want to mention my Real Life friend Joan, who is a D-Mom Extraordinaire!!

    I would like to thank you all for sharing so much about the job of being a full time pancreas for your child or children.  You give me a much better understanding of a side of diabetes my own parents didn’t share much of, probably because they felt that burden should be theirs to bear.  I know it can’t always be easy to share your experiences, but so many readers learn so much from you.  You are heroes in my eyes.

    And I want you to know, deep inside, I sometimes fantasize about completely handing over my D-Care to you for a day (or more??).  Any takers??? 


    Don’t forget to add your post to the Admiring our differences-Monday 5/9 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Nothing to see here . . . .

    unless, of course, you are looking for information about Diabetes Blog Week.  Or if you want to take a look at who has signed up to participate.

    stop_diabetesHowever, today I have the huge honor of being a guest on the ADA Blog.  I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the fabulous Dayle, and if you are interested you can read it here!!

    But wait, there’s more!!  Last night, #dsma revisited the topics from last year’s Diabetes Blog Week in the weekly Twitter Chat.  Don’t worry if you missed it, because you can always read the transcript.  And tonight, I’m nervous . . . excited . . . nervously excited to be a guest on #dsma Live!  The episode airs at 9pm EST if you’d like to tune in.  You can even call in and participate on the show with us.  (Please do - because I’m sure nobody wants to listen to me babble on for a whole hour!)

    A huge thank you to Dayle and ADA, and to Cherise and #dsma, for helping to promote Diabetes Blog Week!

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Successful Support

    SupportGroup(Subtitle: The Post where I Overuse Exclamation Points!!!!)

    We started planning way back in December.  We were so excited when the day of our first event finally arrived.  On Thursday evening, Joan, Erin, Rachel, Kathleen and I gathered together for our first JDRF Adult Type One Support Group event.  What would happen?  Plenty of people had RSVP'd, but how many would they really show up?  What would go wrong?  (Because when you plan an event, you always worry about what will go wrong.  Or is that just me??)

    I arrived early and saw a section of the bar area reserved for a private party, just as we’d been promised.  Terrific!!  Until I checked with the bartender and found out that our group was not that private party.  Okay, at least we were getting the “something always goes wrong” out of the way early.  We were welcome to use the rest of the bar area, but we quickly realized that wouldn’t work when our planning group couldn’t even squeeze in with the regular Happy Hour patrons.  Luckily, we snagged two big tables in the dining area - problem solved!!

    Soon people started arriving and the whole night really took off!  I can’t even tell you how much fun it was to meet so many new friends with diabetes!  We met two women diagnosed over 50 years ago.  We met a brother and sister who both have Type 1.  We met a woman diagnosed less than a year ago.  We met a woman who has been pumping (if I remember correctly) for about two weeks.  One couple squeezed the meet up in even though they were leaving for vacation at 4:00 the next morning.  An excellent friend drove from another state to join us!  Altogether we had over 20 people in attendance.  We sipped, we nibbled, we talked about all things diabetes and all things not . . .  we had a blast.  It was like one big party with a great group of friends, and it never for one minute felt like we had only met that night.  I’m still always so amazed at how quickly the diabetes bond brings us together.

    And over and over, my new friends expressed the same sentiment.  “I was so excited to find out about this group!”  “I’ve been asking for something like this for years, but there was never anything.”  “An adult support group was just what I’ve been wishing for”.

    As far as I can tell, our first event was a big success!  I’m so grateful to have helped make this group happen.  I’m thrilled to be working with the other wonderful members of the Adult Outreach committee.  And I can’t wait to start working on our next event!!  Thank you, Joan, Erin, Rachel, Kathleen and Kady.  (We missed you Thursday, Kady!!)  And a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to join us.  I can’t wait to see you all again!!

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Second Annual Diabetes Blog Week!!!

    So last year I had an idea.  I wondered if anyone would be interested in joining Diabetes Blog Week and blogging about a set topic each day.  The response was overwhelming and the whole week turned out more awesome than I ever could have imagined!!  Many asked if this would become an annual thing - and at that time I couldn’t even start to think that far ahead.  Once everything settled down, however, I knew I wanted to do it all again!  And now, the time is here!!


    For those of you who weren’t a part of this event last year, the idea is that bloggers sign up to post about a set topic each day for a week.  This way, readers can jump around the D-Blog Community and get a plethora of different perspective on a single topic.  This year will be very similar to last year.  I’ve posted the seven blog topics for next week here - just in case you want to start drafting your posts in advance.  Use these topics as a starting point for your post each day and see where it takes you.  Write as much or as little as you like.  There are no right or wrong answers - just read over the topic and start blogging!  I've also included two wild card topics to choose from.  If one day’s topic doesn’t inspire you, feel free to post about one of the wild card topics instead!

    DBlogWeek2011ButtonAs you can see from the banner above and the button to the right, Diabetes Blog Week will run from Monday, May 9th to Sunday, May 15.  It is open to anyone who blogs about diabetes - be it Type 1, Type 2, LADA, or gestational, and it’s also for parents, spouses and caregivers to someone else with diabetes.  If you blog about diabetes in any capacity, please join us!  If you don’t have a blog but have thought about starting one, now is the perfect time.  There are free blogging sites you can use (such as Blogger or Wordpress).  Also, members of sites such as TuDiabetes or Diabetes Daily have a blog built right into their profile!

    Of course, the idea for Diabetes Blog Week is that everyone who signs up to participate will post on all seven days.  Although that is the goal, I understand that life sometimes gets in the way, so if you end up falling short of seven posts that’s okay.  D-Blog Week is meant to be fun and stress free, so the blogging police aren’t going to hunt you down and take away your bloggers license! 

    Once again, the key to making Diabetes Blog Week a success is YOU!!  Leave a comment on this post and let me know you're in!  Or send me an email at DBlogWeek@bittersweetdiabetes.com with your name and blog address.  (Also let me know via comments or emails if you have any questions.)  I will compile a master list of participants so you can easily see who is joining in.  I will also be adding daily Link Lists to the Diabetes Blog Week topics page.  (If you aren’t sure what a link list is, you can check out the one for D-Feast Fridays for a great example.)  Be sure to add your blog posts to the corresponding list each day so we’ll have all posts linked in one central location - this makes it easy for people to hop around and read all of the posts.  Please feel free to grab the banner or button (or both!!) and post about it on your blog if you’d like to help me spread the word.  If you want to tweet about it to your fellow D-OCers, you can use the hashtag #DBlogWeek!!  Together I bet we can make this year’s Diabetes Blog Week an even bigger success than last year was!

    ***Edited to add:  To make things easier, here are the HTML codes for the button and the banner, if you'd like to add them to your blog!!  Simply copy the entire code from the box and paste it into your blogs HTML editor.

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