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.
Today’s topic is Tips and Tricks. I’ve written about my tips and tricks in the past so I thought I’d take today to do a Wildcard entry: My Day in Food
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!
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: 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!)
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.