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We recently came across an article by Healthline.com that had us both laughing and crying. CLICK HERE to read the article. It is so nice to know that others get it and can join us in laughing about the daily struggles of living with this disease.
We are particularly fond of the following:
#2 – You have an entire drawer, dresser or , or closet devoted to diabetes supplies.
#7 – Your fingers appear to speall something in braille.
#10 – You should test your blood sugar six times a day, but insurance only approved you for one strip a week.
#17 – You find used test strips in your refrigerator, but don’t know how they got there.
#29 – To lick or to wipe? That is the question. (I never knew that licking was an option until I met Ryan – who knew?).
Anyone associated with diabetes knows what a test strip looks like because they are everywhere and seem to pop up in every nook and cranny. The DDG documented a few recent sitings and would like to challenge others to participate by sharing their photos. If you locate one of your own pieces of blood-spattered plastic in an unorthodox location, share it with us! Post your photo to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the #stripsearch. The award for Most Outstanding #stripsearch location will be announced next Monday. Start the search!
I’ve been pool side or in the ocean for a good part of the summer. Life is good. Last weekend, I was hanging with my women’s group (think book club with no books) in one of their pools and after four hours of sun bathing, fruit and cocktails, we moved to the hot tub. As most PWDs know, the hot tub is a taboo area in our world. I love the bubbly hot water and can’t help myself. While relaxing the muscles in somewhat steamy water, I happened to notice my wrinkly digits. They’re never pretty, but my tips seemed to be more frightening than the others. Upon close inspection, we realized my calloused fingers were not from working in the yard or weight lifting…. it was a war zone of finger pricks!
Viacyte, a San Diego based regenerative health/drug company, set off ripples of hope and relief in the diabetes community. We’ve been dreaming of drinking coffee without blood sugar spikes, running an hour without being low for the next hour, and not having to smother my pump’s low battery alarm during meetings.
Here’s a quick review of the announcement—Viacyte is moving forward with an application, to the FDA, to initiate Phase I/II clinical trials in Type 1 diabetes patients. They’re testing safety and efficacy of an implantable device that secretes insulin through enclosed stem cells, turned to pancreatic beta cells, effectively removing the need for diabetics to take insulin. Found on Viacyte’s website, here’s their grandiose take on the product’s possibilities:
“In short, ViaCyte’s VC-01 combination product has the potential to transform the way diabetes care is managed. The product could be a virtual cure for type 1 diabetes and an important new therapy for insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes.”
The DDG has officially embarked on our first road trip. We set out for Emerald Isle, North Carolina somewhat early last Sunday. Ryan’s car was packed to the rooftop with Amber’s ridiculous luggage (ample amount of clothing and shoes for any social situation) and Ryan’s athletic crap (bike, camping gear, etc.) The one thing that both DDG’ers combined their efforts on included groceries, LOTS of groceries. We packed fresh fruit & veggies, nuts, trail mix, blue corn chips, salsa, hummus, some weird vegan stuff , cashew butter, good beer and red wine. North Carolina here we come!!! Continue reading →
Low blood sugar makes people crazy. Even normal people understand this concept of being “hangry”. When there is no standard, low BG relief available (Gatorade, granola bars, OJ), the hunter-gatherer in us appears.
Here’s the list of the Top 5 Craziest Foods ever consumed while low by The Grind: Continue reading →
The DiabetesDailyGrind.com Kickstarter campaign has officially launched. As many of you know, this has been a year long mission about sharing our life with Type 1 diabetes. This campaign provides the opportunity to develop the site to its full potential in the next year – a place that offers real support for the diabetic life.
AC – I prefer a vodka with soda, single, tall with a splash of bloody mary mix. Lime as a garnish. I seem to consume them quickly so the extra soda water helps me from becoming intoxicated too quickly. I LOVE a good bloody mary, but don’t want the sodium so a splash adds flavor. At home or with my friends I am definitely a red wine person.
RF – I’m going beer. I lean hard toward the IPAs. Here in OKC I like to go with the Titan or Caldera. Or I like to find a cool looking/sounding beer on tap and order that. Red wine has its own time and place too.
If you know you’re staying out past midnight, what are you packing with you?
AC – I am rarely out past 10pm, but I always have a fruit strip or organic gummies. I know that both items will raise my blood sugar enough w/o spiking it. Worse case scenario I would ask the bartender for a shot glass of cranberry juice.
RF – Rarely will you find me without a Clif Bar in my back pocket. I’ve found that if you end up going low at the bar, that usually means you’ve had more than a few. If you’ve had more than a few, asking for cup of soda incognito usually doesn’t keep it up for very long. The combo of carbs, fat, and protein works for me. Plus they hit the spot when everyone else is chowing pizza. I usually break down my tester and distribute the parts into 3 separate pockets. Continue reading →