Diabetes Blog Week Recap

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Last week, I participated in Diabetes Blog Week. I love Diabetes Blog Week because it’s such a great way to reconnect with the Diabetes Online Community. I’ve been a little MIA in the DOC because of this pregnancy and taking care of my toddler and trying to work takes up a lot of time. But when I participate in the DOC, my care is so much better so I’m glad to have had a reason to reconnect. I attempted to read every DBlog entry last week and I tried to comment on as many as possible (a few blogs gave me trouble when it came time to comment). Since I did read so many, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the week (this is several days late because I had to try and catch up on work that I missed from last week when I was busy reading all the blogs!).



Diabetes Blog Week-The Healthcare Experience

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Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s your Healthcare Wish List or Biggest Frustration? Today is the day to share it all!


Diabetes Blog Week-Language and Diabetes

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There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I’m willing to bet we’ve all disagreed with this at some point, and especially when it comes to diabetes. Many advocate for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or to people with diabetes. For some, they don’t care, others care passionately. Where do you stand when it comes to “person with diabetes” versus “diabetic”, or “checking” blood sugar versus “testing”, or any of the tons of other examples? Let’s explore the power of words, but please remember to keep things respectful.


Diabetes Blog Week-The Other Half of Diabetes

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Diabetes Blog Week-The Other Half of Diabetes: We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk? (If you are a caregiver to a person with diabetes, write about yourself or your loved one or both!)


Diabetes Blog Week-Message Monday

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This week, I am participating in Diabetes Blog Week, hosted by the amazing Karen at Bitter-Sweet Diabetes. I discovered Diabetes Blog Week back in 2013, so this is my FOURTH time participating-pretty crazy! Karen has been hosting this week for seven years and she has given a little back story for information on how it all got started. I was so happy to find out about it in 2013 because it really helped me to feel a part of the Diabetes Online Community. Over the years, I have received many new readers and support and I have also found a lot of new blogs to read. This week is the 7th annual Diabetes Blog Week and I am going to do my best to write every day (and read as many as I can!). You can find the participant list here and the topics and posts here.


Celebrations

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Last week my family had a couple of big celebrations.  Baby #2 officially entered the third trimester, my first baby turned 18 months old and my husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary. Back for our first anniversary, we went to Europe for three weeks.  When we were staying at Lake Como, Italy, I […]



Day of Diabetes

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Last week, I did a #dayofdiabetes on Twitter, where I tweeted all of my dealings with diabetes for the day. The day was started by Christopher over at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia and you can learn more here. I’ve participated a few times in the past, in 2013 and 2014 (I guess I missed 2015?). It’s interesting to compare this year to 2014 because I was pregnant both times but in 2014 I was early on in the pregnancy versus this time where I am further along.


Second Trimester Adventures

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As my second trimester is drawing to a close, I thought I’d share some of the fun stuff that I’ve been up to as my baby has been growing. Last weekend, my family and I went to my alma mater, Virginia Tech for their spring game. It was a lot of fun but also very exhausting. It was the first time doing a three hour plus car ride with my son and our first overnight stay with him since he was 8 months old (he’s almost 18 months now).