Twelve years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Through hard work and the support of my wife, family and close friends I found the strength to manage that disease. Because of a recent challenge with another autoimmune disease, my wife commented that I had forgotten how hard it was back them. Perhaps I have. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps in another twelve years, I will be commemorating the “overcoming” of Graves’.
My dream diabetes device would be a device as compact as an iPhone. It would receive BG readings wireless from small sensors embedded in my skin. The device would allow me to record all my BG readings in real time and provide graphing and analysis via an app. The app would have a scanner–may be using the device camera— to use for scanning a bar code so that I don’t have to enter nutritionally. The app would use nutritional information and BG readings for trending analysis and to guide how my pre-meal bolus or basal insulin should be adjusted to meet my diabetes management goals. The app would suggest the bolus and then prompt me to send that information to my insulin pump. All my data — BG, nutritional information, insulin — would be kept in my health record (PHR) and easily shared with my diabetes care team.
I don’t think this is a dream. I think this could be done today.
There were a lot of great posts from people throughout the week, and I don’t recall them all. However, two posts did stand out to me. These are my picks but two bloggers that I’ve never read before. These are the ones that I bookmarked for later reading and want to share with you.
Carlyn took us down memory lane writing about how she found the love of her life. Someone willing to look past her disease and see her for a person. I found the story quite touching.
He’s been by my side ever since, cheering me on, helping me out of bad lows (while helping himself to glucose tablet ‘candy’), changing my pump sets and soothing my fears. He’s a huge reason I’m in such good control today. He’s knowledgeable, patient and compassionate. He gets more excited about seeing a PWD in the wild than I do sometimes. He has become my biggest supporter and my best friend. He helps me laugh about this disease, and he lets me cry.Carlyn
Suzi wrote that her greatest accomplishment was in changing here attitude toward diabetes.
Because, well, there isn’t anything I can do other than deal with it, otherwise I’d be dead. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s the truth. Diabetes could kill me. Some days it’s hard to remain positive about it but that is why I have thrown myself so hard into natural health and healing. I will try and do whatever it takes to ensure I’m healthy to prevent long term complications. Suzi