Thursday, September 9, 2010

Because I never post here anymore

Why not do a meme? (I suck at blogging. Oh well, see first entry. I knew it from the start.) Saw it on Kerri's blog first:

What type of diabetes do you have: Type 1

When were you diagnosed: March 31, 2002 (Easter Sunday...damn you, Easter Bunny!)

What's your current blood sugar: Dunno, have yet to do my fasting. It's early, man.

What kind of meter do you use: One Touch UltraLink or the One Touch UltraMini

How many times a day do you test your blood sugar: Not pregnant, about 6 times a day. Pregnant (like now)...uh...well. With my first pregnancy it was about 15 times a day. With this baby so far, closer to 8 times a day. I'll be stepping it up as the second and third trimester insulin resistance ramps up.

What's a "high" number for you: Anything over 150 mg/dl, unless I'm only 1 hour post-prandial in which case I ignore pretty much any number.

What's do you consider "low": Anything under 80 mg/dl. 70s (and even 80s) are almost never stable numbers for me, and mean that I'm headed to the diabetes basement.

What's your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater: The quickest cures are 4 glucose tablets or a juice box, but eating a whole sleeve of cookies is more fun.

Describe your dream endo: Also Type 1. Preferably female. Realistic. Honest. Up to date on the latest technology and open to discussion. Sensitive to the emotional impact of diabetes. Way better at math than me.

What's your biggest diabetes achievement: Keeping my A1C in a good range since diagnosis? Having a healthy baby? I dunno. I think keeping my sanity while living with this disease is my biggest achievement.

What's your biggest diabetes-related fear: Being alone and low with no carbs and no way to get them. Or some sort of apocalyptic nuke/deserted island scenario. It pisses me off that I wouldn't have a chance.

Who's on your support team: My friends with Type 1, my husband, my endo (who isn't my "ideal", but who is pretty decent all things considered)

Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime: Like so many others, at diagnosis I was told that it was a "great time to have this disease" because we were "so close" to a cure, and also that it was so much easier to manage than it had been previously. I agree on the second part, not so sure on the first. I think it's more likely that the diabetes community will have the opportunity to sample ever-fancier band-aids for our condition as medical care progresses, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to pick my jaw up off the floor when/if someone figures out how to stop my immune system from being such a crazy bastard AND manages to resurrect my pancreas (and thyroid). I think there will be an effective treatment for the newly-diagnosed before there is a treatment for the old-timers, which makes me both excited and insanely jealous.

What is a "cure" to you: A true cure would be as I stated above -- stop or reverse the autoimmune response, return all hormones and C-peptide levels and islet cells and who knows what else to normal. Normal function, without any mechanical bells or whistles or whatsits attached to or inside of my body.

The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is: I can't decide between the "You can't eat that" diet assumptions or the "Your pump takes care of it all for you" assumptions. One assumes the disease is much more limiting than it actually is (and implies that I'm either some sort of saint or some sort of dismal failure), and one assumes that there's nothing to worry about.

Don't get me started on how angry the word "compliant" makes me. That goes way beyond annoying and into ignorant/offensive territory.

What is the most common misconception about diabetes: That it is controllable, 24/7/365. Also, if a person has complications from the disease, it is his or her fault.

If you could say one thing to your pancreas, what would it be: I'm sorry this happened to you. Let's go have some cake.