Life When Every Day Can Be a Medical Emergency

A couple days ago, I decided to walk to Chipotle. It was a little over a half an hour walk, and my blood sugar was in a decent spot. It was hot despite it being late. So I didn’t bring my bag. I hate correcting with sugar right before I eat anyways. With 10 minutes to go, my vision became blurry and walking straight became a challenge. I knew I was getting dangerously low even though my CGM read in the 100s. I began mentally attacking myself for trusting the readings before I left. I have to choose when to trust my medical devices because the accuracy can still be very poor. I didn’t know what scared me more as I walked those last ten minutes, sweating profusely and wondering if I was going to make it - the thought that anyone walking or driving right by me might see how I was struggling (surely they’d think I was drunk and not dying) or about no one noticing if I did pass out with no one to contact out on my own.
Last night before martial arts, I hated myself for trusting my meter again. It was reading high again, and I bolused before realizing I was low. I wondered if anyone noticed me shoving packets of fruit snacks down my throat before class or if they judged me for eating before exercising or having food near the mat. Diabetes isn’t THAT dangerous right? People just abuse their need for food to bring stuff into movie theaters and theme parks. It’s not like they could actually need that stuff at a minute’s notice, when an invisible but very real medical emergency is just part of a daily routine.
Most of the times people have noticed me treating a low, they haven’t been helpful. I’ve had people steal my ice cream out of my hand saying “YOU CAN’T EAT THAT” when my blood sugar was in the death range, I’ve had people come over to me as I try to stabilize my hand enough to spoon food in my mouth, lecturing me on how I should really eat better since I have diabetes, and I’ve had to learn how to put up with the mean looks some people give me when I have dessert, even after I politely explain that I can eat whatever I want.
Life is an everyday emergency for me, and I’ve had to figure out and manage everything on my own while simultaneously figuring out college and soloing life in general. So don’t judge or insult diabetics for eating anything and don’t assume that our special food rights are abused because we live in a reality when any moment, unprepared or even over prepared, could suddenly change to fighting for our lives without anyone even noticing.

@mhfurer belaying our new friend Jeff at our micro-meetup! We dodged some raindrops and compared blood sugars and managed to get some really fun routes in–and eventually the skies cleared. That’s life, and #type1diabetes has got to fit in and come along. Fetal position is not an option, so we struggle when we must. #adventureRx #gobeyond #diabetes #climbing

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I’m sorry, but nothing aggravates me more than bitter type 1 diabetics throwing type 2 diabetics under the bus. As a type 1 myself, there is no reason for us to be jerks to them. Type 2 diabetics will have diabetes forever, it absolutely cannot be cured. They can and do take insulin shots or have pumps (if they’re lucky and their insurance isn’t actively trying to screw them over), and unless it’s being implied that they brought their genetic predisposition on themselves I’d say they didn’t give themselves a lifelong chronic illness anymore than we did. Of course there are differences between the types, but I’ve never had trouble relating to or understanding a type 2 diabetic. We’re not THAT different. The fact of the matter is type 1 and type 2 are like cousin illnesses. Society is always going to be dumb and education lacking, but there should at least be understanding in our own community. Stop hurting people.

I don’t know how many people have heard of but they make great key ring cards that explain various medical conditions, mental illnesses and symptoms like sensory overload in simple and often humorous language.

Great if you have too many conditions to fit onto a traditional medical alert bracelet. They even sell lanyards so you can wear them round your neck.

I got the EDS, M.E., Fibro, Tummy Troubles, Sensory Overload, Joint Problems, Allergy and Emergency Contact cards :)

They also have various cards for Autistic Spectrum Conditions including Communication Cards.

16 Reasons to Eat Vegan in 2016

1. Protect Animals From Abuse and Neglect

Animals on modern factory farms are subjected to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and a merciless slaughter.

2. Battle Climate Change

Climate change is easily one of the biggest issues threatening our very existence on the planet. By ditching meat and other animal products, you’ll significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Save Money

A vegan diet is loaded with inexpensive fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, beans, nuts, and more! Click here for seven tips for eating vegan on a budget.

4. Protect Endangered Species

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, reducing meat consumption is one of the best ways to save wildlife, including endangered species.

5. Prevent Disease

Many of today’s top killers are directly related to what’s on our plates. A vegan diet has proven helpful in preventing diabetes and cancer.

6. Help Feed the Hungry

To put it simply, there are over 800 million people who do not have enough to eat, while 90 million acres of land are currently used to grow corn to feed factory-farmed animals.

7. Save Water

It takes 576 gallons of water to produce one pound of pork, 880 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk, and a whopping 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

8. Lose Weight

Last year, a study conducted by the University of South Carolina found that a vegan diet is best for weight loss.

9. Stave Off Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

The practice of cramming animals together on factory farms while pumping them full of antibiotics creates a breeding ground for dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

10. Protect Workers From Unsafe Conditions

Factory farm workers are exposed to countless workplace hazards, including injuries, respiratory illness, PTSD, and exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In fact, the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that 10 out of 22 workers who were tested carried potentially deadly bacteria.

11. Prevent Pollution

Animal excrement and other agricultural runoff from large-scale farms has polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S.

12. Preserve the Rainforest

The World Bank reports that the majority of Amazon deforestation has been to clear land for cattle grazing and growing feed for farmed animals.

13. Respect Farmed Animal Intelligence

According to Christine Nicol, a professor of animal welfare at Bristol University, chickens are capable of mathematical reasoning and logic, including numeracy, self-control, and even basic structural engineering. These traits are not seen in children until the age of four.

14. Live Longer

According to a report published in Men’s Journal, a large-scale study of 73,000 Americans shows that eating a vegetarian diet promotes longevity.

15. Enjoy Delicious New Foods

With the wide array of delicious plant-based foods on the market, there’s never been a better time to ditch meat, dairy, and eggs.
For a list of meat and dairy alternatives, click here.

16. Create a Better World

Factory farms, and the widespread problems they create, are simply out of step with the values of the majority of Americans. We can all work towards a less violent, more compassionate (and sustainable) world just by eating vegan versions of our favorite foods.

So there you have it! 16 great reasons to eat vegan in 2016!

Click here to take the pledge to go veg in 2016, and we’ll send you a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide along with a bunch of tips and tricks to make the transition easy!

Click here for a list of things every new vegans need to know.

fun things you get to experience when you have diabetes
  • getting to stab yourself with needles all the time for fun! except not for fun, but to keep you alive
  • that one oral med you’re on? yeah sometimes it’s just gonna give you diarrhea lol have fun figuring out when
  • your whole body being hot and cold at the same time. like you’re cold, but you’re overheated and you want to take your shirt off but if you do you get massive chills and there’s no winning
  • walking up the stairs when your sugar is high? more like you’ve never done squats that burn this much
  • really bad circulation in your extremities. like your torso is hot but your toes are fucking freezing as hell.
  • being told that your kidney function is “thankfully still okay” or that “you don’t have retinopathy yet
  • stumbling to the kitchen in the middle of the night and having to decide which food will work best to treat a low when your brain doesn’t work and your body doesn’t work and if you don’t pick fast enough you’ll pass out and maybe die
  • going to bed in range and waking up feeling like hell on earth
  • dealing with shit like this:
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  • having to force yourself to drink water when you’re really really nauseated and want to throw up everything in your stomach. nausea so bad water makes you want to puke
  • ppl telling you it takes 15 minutes to recover from a low when it’s more like 2 hours before you feel like your previous self (and recovery from a really bad high takes like 3 days)
  • an achey body for no good reason
  • friends being like “we should work out together” but you’re like “how tf do I manage my blood sugar while I’m doing that”
  • having to push through and still go to work/school when you feel like shit
  • things that hurt. those pump sites and injections that feel like you’ve been stabbed. your body begging you to feed it. your eyes. your muscles. your head. your stomach. your lungs. everything hurts.
  • having to hear diabetes jokes “lol it was so sweet it gave me diabetes” “omg it’s like a big bowl of diabetes” SHUT THE FUCK UP THATS NOT HOW DIABETES WORKS YOU PIECE OF SHIT but having to hear it and stay calm
  • losing the ability to tell when you’re low so lol you’re in the 30’s and you only just realized
  • having to stop having fun or hanging out with people or having to go home because you’re out of insulin or strips or needles or your site fill out. and by extension, never really being able to do something spontaneous because you always have to think how will i manage the sugaz when I do
  • always worrying about food. where it’ll come from, how to count it, where you can get some of you suddenly drop. food is your biological imperative. if you can’t answer those questions you’re this much closer to dying.
  • you don’t even know who you are without this disease. you know it’s not everything about you but it consumes you. literally. it eats away at your body, eats away at how long you have left to live.
  • having to deal with the monetary cost. like, pay or die? what kind of life is that?
  • never getting to take a break from the ridiculously difficult task of keeping yourself alive.
To the People Who Make Diabetes Jokes:

I hope you realize that it’s not sugar and “diabeetus.”

I hope you realize it’s waking up at 3AM, shaking and dizzy and using all of your energy to find your blood sugar kit, and then more to find something to treat the low.

I hope you realize that it’s little black bumps on your fingertips from countless blood sugar checks.

I hope you realize that it’s scarring on your stomach, arms, and legs from injections and insulin pump sites.

I hope you realize it’s not being able to just eat anything when your friends do without worrying about a major blood sugar spike.

I hope you realize it’s getting unwanted attention in school when you do a blood sugar check or one of your devices beeps.

I hope you realize that it’s trying to stay in the best shape possible, and still hearing all of the fat and eating jokes.

I hope you realize that we’ve been hearing these jokes all our lives, and we’re going to be hearing them until the end.

I hope you realize that these jokes aren’t cool or funny.

I hope you realize that using our struggle as the punchline to your jokes makes you look like an ass.

I’ve had diabetes t1 for over 3,5 years now. A short time compared to the people who have lived with it for almost their whole lives now.
I learned at a young age about diabetes, my older niece got it at years before I did. Only I didn’t understand quite how difficult and how hard it was. (Until I stood in her shoes)
I still remember one time, my niece was having a low and she got to eat, (it was before bed and I wasn’t allowed anymore) I still remember being jealous of her. That she got more attention and that she could do things I couldn’t.
So I’ve lived on the other side, of having a loved one being diabetes, and I am actually mad at myself for ever being jealous of her.
The moment when I got it, it felt like someone was punishing me for thinking like that.
Luckily my niece was and is strong and never held it against me. And we have even gotten closer now.
But sometimes I still think about.
Potential diabetes cure to begin human testing
Therapy involves inducing embryonic stem cells to turn into insulin-producing cells and implanting them under the skin.

Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem-cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

They’ve already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients. If it works as well in patients as it has in animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing.

ViaCyte and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen BetaLogics group said Thursday they’ve agreed to combine their knowledge and hundreds of patents on their research under ViaCyte, a longtime J&J partner focused on regenerative medicine.

The therapy involves inducing embryonic stem cells in a lab dish to turn into insulin-producing cells, then putting them inside a small capsule that is implanted under the skin. The capsule protects the cells from the immune system, which otherwise would attack them as invaders — a roadblock that has stymied other research projects.

Researchers at universities and other drug companies also are working toward a diabetes cure, using various strategies. But according to ViaCyte and others, this treatment is the first tested in patients.

If the project succeeds, the product could be available in several years for Type 1 diabetes patients and down the road could also treat insulin-using Type 2 diabetics.

“This one is potentially the real deal,” said Dr. Tom Donner, director of the diabetes centre at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “It’s like making a new pancreas that makes all the hormones” needed to control blood sugar.

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Two years ago, Anja Busse, then 11, created a video andonline petition urging popular toymaker American Girl to add a little something to its lineup of toy offerings.

Three months earlier, Anja had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to stop producing insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugars. Without replacing insulin, either via multiple daily injections or an insulin pump, a Type 1 diabetic like Anja will die.

The new American Girl Diabetes Care Kit includes all the things a Type 1 diabetic needs: a blood sugar monitor, lancing device, insulin pump, insulin pen, medical bracelet, glucose tablets, log book, ID card, stickers, and carrying case.

This isn’t the first time American Girl has made an effort to create toys for kids facing differences or challenges.

They’ve made several accessories, like a hearing aid and arm crutches, and even a lunch kit for kids with food allergies.

Yes, T1 is known to be genetic, but there are various factors involved, and depending on your age, gender and even age at diagnosis the risk of your child developing the disease can vary greatly. Personally, my paternal grandfather and aunt had T1, but my father doesn’t. Yes, I have it, but nobody else in the family does (three other aunts, nine cousins and 24 children among us). It is not inevitable. Search online, there are plenty of articles about it.