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Blog entries by leslie10152

  1. In my life I have experienced hatred. I have hated people and concepts. I raged out of control for years until diabetes taught me a powerful lesson. When you hate, when all you can understand is hatred and intolerance - then you are dying by your own will. When you hate another, only you are...
  2. Yes I was warned, make sure you get vaccinated for inflenza this year. Did I? Nope. 9 weeks, and still I am suffering the fallout from a B grade influenza. Yeah, I know...ten foot tall and bulletproof! I had to learn the hard way, and I did. :meh::facepalm:
  3. Where would I be without hobbies? Photography, graphic arts, meditation, this is what makes being diabetic tolerable. I need distractions. Something that takes me out of the normal lifestyle and gives vent to my creative nature. I can lose myself in a book for hours, track down movies and...
  4. Syringes are an everyday part of insulin therapy, their storage, use and disposal are clearly outlined. I keep a high standard of use/disposal to ensure safety from accidental injury and infection. I have come across some unusual and rather disturbing practices in the use of syringes that...
  5. Lipoatrophy occurs when an injection site is used too frequently, and a hardening of the subcutaneous layer occurs. The ability to absorb insulin is reduced, and complications such as hyperglycemia become apparent. It is advisable to rotate injection sites to avoid this problem. Keep track of...
  6. I have often wondered what is it that makes people push the subject of diabetes under the rug. The general attitude that 'we don't exist', it is just an excuse for laziness and uncaring attitudes. It never occurred to me that the human mindset tends to compartmentalise those things that...
  7. Since becoming a diabetic, I have been mentor to five different people. I have watched struggle with the diagnosis, go through the denial stage to final acceptance. Now, like me, they support others in their families and circle of friends. This brings me great joy, to see others begin to live...
  8. As a diabetic for the past 11 years, I sometimes get irritated and morose. I tend to dwell on the negative aspects without seeing the positive. Just about every diabetic in the world has taken this path. But I am becoming aware of the good things that have happened in the last few years. So...
  9. The human psyche has an inbuilt sense of being part of a group. Being a part of a team, tribe or movement, if you understand. We all want to belong to a like sense of understanding within a group. This is a survival trait, to group together to be able to survive against adversity. This trait...
  10. When you draw blood for a glucose test, especially at the fingertips - beware of foreign material lodged in the skin in that area. This can radically alter the reading on your glucose meter. Ensure the area is clean and free of any possible material that could be holding any form of sugar. The...
  11. I think we've all been through it at least once in our lives. The Rebound Effect, YO YOing, The Bounce. The situation where you find yourself falling into hypo territory and you frantically try to rescue yourself by any means possible. I have fallen into this trap on occasion, and it never gets...
  12. Too frequently, I hear people say that they are treated poorly by medical staff who indifference to people with diabetes. You are not a burden, you are not a drain on health services.....you are a champion!! Every day that you live, you fight for your life. Is that not true strength? Some...
  13. From the early days after diagnosis, when I was terrified to eat anything that was thought to be 'unsuitable' for diabetics, I nearly starved to death! Surrounded by armchair professionals and people who genuinely wanted me to get healthy again, I lived in a constant state of seige. Over the...
  14. Yeah, OK! I am as guilty of this as anyone else. Lancets are not designed to be used more than once. The tip is fragile, and can leave fragments in the tissues which promote infection. Coupled with blood components from previous usage can instigate localised infections that could enter the blood...
  15. I take this moment to thank all of you who have heard my story and have rallied around me to give me strength. This is great moment in my life, where I have joined a noble clan - and I feel the strength of many in this cause. From a shaky start, I am well settled. I have accepted the facts and I...
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