If you know me or have been following my blog for a while, you know that I love to read. So when I was contacted about reading a new book, where the main character is a Type 1 diabetic, I had to jump at the chance to read and review it. The Freedom Broker is K.J. Howe’s debut novel and it is fast paced with lots of action and suspense.
The 8th annual Diabetes Blog Week (thanks Karen!) came and went by way too fast! I always enjoy this week because it’s a great chance to find some new DBlogs and it gives me some motivation to write my own posts. This year the topics were good but I’ll admit by day 4, I was starting to feel pretty down about diabetes. I somehow did manage to read all the posts and I tried hard to comment on as many as I could. Here are some of the posts that I enjoyed:
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week topic: More Than Diabetes:
Lets wrap up the week by sharing a little more about ourselves, beyond the chronic illness we or our loved ones live with. Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU. If you want to explore how it relates to or helps with diabetes you can. Or let it be a part of you that is completely separate from diabetes, because there is more to life than just diabetes! (This topic is a suggestion from the 2016 #DBlogWeek survey.)
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week topic is What Bring Me Down:
Today let’s revist a prompt from 2014 – May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks again to Scott for this 2014 topic.)
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week Topic is the Blame Game:
Having diabetes often makes a visit to the doctor a dreaded experience, as there is invariably bad news of one kind or another. And sometimes the way the doctor talks to you can leave you feeling like you’re at fault. Or maybe you have a fantastic healthcare team, but have experienced blame and judgement from someone else in your life – friend, loved one, complete stranger. Think about a particularly bad instance, how that person talked to you, the words they used and the conversation you had. Now, the game part. Let’s turn this around. If you could turn that person into a puppet, what would you have them say that would leave you feeling empowered and good about yourself? Let’s help teach people how to support us, rather than blame us! (Thank you, Brian, for inspiring this topic.)
Let’s see…the cost of lancets has caused me to use the same lancet for months on end. Just kidding. I have a lifetime supply of those. I remember when my husband and I first moved in together and he realized I only had old lancets (like 10 years old), he bought me several boxes of lancets and guess what, those are now 10 years old. Do they expire? I’m not sure. I think he is still mortified that I don’t change it more often and I probably should be but I have more important things to worry, stress about. Like cost of test strips, insulin, health insurance, etc.
This week is Diabetes Blog Week, one of my favorite weeks of the year. I love participating and reading other diabetes blogs, finding some new ones and catching up with some old favorites. I’ll be attempting to write each day in answer to the day’s topic.