Sunday, November 21, 2010

Checking Blood Glucose Levels

(NaBloPoMo Day 21)
Having T1 Diabetes means that YES we have to poke fingers 8-10 times per day (or more).

And YES this means we have to use BLOOD to do this. (I have gotten this question!)

There is NO other way to check BLOOD glucose levels than using ACTUAL BLOOD.

Diabetes Fact #15: Having Type 1 and getting an illness (especially a tummy bug) CAN be dangerous.

Diabetes Fact #14: Without insulin, a person with T1 Diabetes would DIE within ONE week.

Diabetes Fact #13: Type 1 Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it CAN be diagnosed in adults as well.

Diabetes Fact #12: It is important for families of Diabetic children or the people with Diabetes themselves to genuinely try to understand what we go through, to learn about Diabetes along with us, and to support us through encouraging comments.

Diabetes Fact #11: Diabetes is ALL consuming. It is NOT our life, but it is a HUGE part of it.

Diabetes Fact #10: Parents of children with Diabetes HATE when people say "I could NEVER do it!" when referring to the management of their kid's disease. In reality, YOU could, and WOULD do it if you HAD to. We probably had the same thoughts as you and now look at us, doing it 24/7.

Diabetes Fact #9: The term "Juvenile Diabetes" is outdated. We now call it "T1 Diabetes" or "Insulin Dependent Diabetes". People with this type of Diabetes will NEVER outgrow it. EVER. They will have this relentless disease until a CURE is found.

Diabetes Fact #8: A cure would be great, but a long life without complications is a close second for people with T1 Diabetes.

*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*


mrskatv said...

Have I mentioned how strong and brave you are? I love how you are posting this information for others to read. Educating is the only way to combat ignorance.

btw: I did ask my principal if I could do a "jeans on Thursday for $5" thing and he said that since I wasn't actually walking I couldn't do it. Looks like next year I'll have to find a "walk" out here and walk in his honor!

Heather said...

I can't believe that people still ask this question!!!

Reyna said...

OH DEAR GOD...REally???? I think my jaw would hit the ground if someone asked me that. Your post would have tied in nicely to mine today Tracy. xoxo

Again, another great one to add to the list.

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