John, the subject on everyone’s mind. He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was only 4 years old, and back then, he needed people around him to help him manage his diabetes. He believed that adults had his best interest at heart and didn’t mind suggestions about what to eat. As he got older, his…… Continue reading John & The Diabetes Police
Before the birth of my son people would ask me “Are you scared?” and thought to myself every time, “Of what, being a father?” I would tell them no, and there was nothing else to say. But, why not yes? I guess being honest with myself, after spending 40 years taking care of diabetes how difficult could it be?
Support is hard to find even misleading at times. The family is supposed to be supportive but, what some people think is supportive, may feel just the opposite. Here is the dilemma at hand: Friends, family, and loved ones may believe that they’re supportive but, instead, they may be overly protective or punitive towards the…… Continue reading Diabetes & The Pitfalls of Support!
While living with diabetes making choices can be a difficult thing for some people, while other people find it easy. In my practice, I see extreme cases on both ends of the spectrum. When making our decisions every day we need to look at positive and negatives of each choice. That choice would be simple…… Continue reading Better Bad Choices (in diabetes management)
The phrase “Not one more…” is a saying that people tend to internalize. It tends to happen when something new is added to one’s life. Life is filled with plenty of “One more…” things. What happens when one more, is one too much? I will lose my mind if: One more, Person tells me I…… Continue reading Not One More! Thing?
So, it’s on to Tikal from Guatemala City. The trip from Guatemala City to Tikal is a short flight; all in all, it’s about an hours plane ride in a puddle jumper. After arriving at our hotel, we decided today would be the day that we go to the city of Tikal and see the…… Continue reading Riding the Roller Coaster
I hear over and over again to prepare. Always have a backup. I take 3 of everything just in case. I did have a situation where my backup pen broke and luckily I had a syringe and vial of Humalog for just such an emergency. I’ve written and read many articles and blogs on traveling with…… Continue reading Maneuvering the Airport!
As I lay awake staring at the ceiling, I wonder, ‘why me?’ I have stared at that ceiling over a thousand times. Over the past 36 years. “I can’t fall asleep,” I tell myself. Not yet! Not YET!!!!! I scream in frustration. My eyes are tired but not yet. I check my blood sugar, and…… Continue reading “I can’t fall asleep,” Not yet…
“Jane, own ” a Codependent Person with Diabetes Meet Jane. Jane is 25 years old, and got engaged last year. She has Type 1 diabetes, and is currently on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Jane came to me to address her fear of checking her blood sugar. She also expressed concerns about her…… Continue reading Diabetes Care or Codependency?
Without support, diabetes is painfully hard. Total independence is not a good Idea. In my previous blog, “How Denial Impacted My Life as a Diabetic,” I talked about the impact of denial on my life. Maybe if I were less independent, I would have avoided some of my sufferings. Now, the important question is, “How…… Continue reading Building Your Diabetes Health Care Support Team