For those of you who haven’t discovered this yet: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation launched a so-called Blogger Round Table back in January. It’s organized by Allison Blass with two members of the JDRF communications team. Participants are: me, Kerri, Bernard Farrell, Scott Johnson, Allie Beatty, Manny Hernandez, Scott Strumello, Sandra Miller, and Gina Capone.
Round 1 was an intro, all about making connections through blogging.
Round 2 was a discussion on insulin pumps: who uses them, who doesn’t, and why.
Round 3 was all about travel with diabetes. Criminy, I’m bad at it. More on that later.
Round 4 got hot and heavy, talking about romantic relationships and intimate moments. I’m not sure that one’s been posted yet.
This month, we were asked to give our input on nutrition, our “food philosophy” and what kinds of foods we avoid or prefer: low-carb, high-protein, vegetarian, no-sweets, some-sweets, some random combination, etc. Basically it’s to get a sense of how us vocal PWDs deal with food in real life.
I’ve had a lot of fun being brutally honest for this forum. I’ve also noticed they pick and choose bloggers’ answers, since it would be too cumbersome for each of us to answer all six questions each month. So in the spirit of enjoying some clips off the cutting room floor, I thought I might share some of my answers that never saw the light of day:
What’s your story behind deciding to go on an insulin pump?
Three years of frustration — never getting very precise BG control. Still, I wouldn’t be on the pump today if it weren’t for the OmniPod. I just couldn’t do tubing.
What is your favorite part about being on an insulin pump?
Not having to mess with screwing little needles on my insulin pen every time I want to eat. And being able to just “push a button” any time I need a little more insulin.
Was there a time when the insulin pump came in handy in a particular way?
Family road trip vacations used to be a huge drag. When I would drive my kids down to Disneyland, for example, I had to stop the car to give myself injections. Now I can test BG and deliver insulin without stopping anything.
When flying, what kind of experience do you usually have with airport security? Have you ever had an issue with your medical supplies?
I go by the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule. Even though I wear an insulin pod on my body (OmniPod system), and carry lots of syringes, etc., I’ve never been interrogated about anything diabetes-related. Dumb luck?
If you’ve been on a long-term (2 weeks or longer) trip, how do you manage all the supplies you need?
We travel to Europe for a whole month every summer. I usually make my husband carry some of my backup supplies, because apparently he doesn’t need as many shoes and outfits as I do. It’s a pain lugging all that stuff along, but I’ve learned that you really never know when you might need it. Better safe than sorry.
With your current relationship, how did you tell your partner about your diabetes? How did they react?
He is my very best friend in the world, and we had already been together “forever” when I was diagnosed in 2003. He was extremely supportive. I don’t think it ever occurred to him that he would “lose me” over this. It was just another one of life’s major obstacles we would face together.
Have you ever been rejected or afraid of being rejected because of your diabetes? How did you overcome that?
I’ve been very “fortunate” in that being diagnosed at age 37, I had absolutely zero self-confidence issues about being diabetic. It’s just a crappy thing that happened to me, but it isn’t “me.” If anyone is negative about it, the first thing that comes to mind is: Be happy. Thank your lucky stars that YOU don’t have to live with this chronic and exasperating illness.
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