Monday, 30 July 2012

The Boo-Boo Report

On Saturday night I dialled up my 20u of Lantus (increased due to hotter weather) and started clicking away 1u at a time. I'm a bugger whilst injecting, trying to do other things such as moving to grab stuff, texting, internet shopping - you get the idea :P

Whilst surfing the web I moved my hand and caught my pen. Being such a small needle, you'd think it wouldn't hurt that bad or make a mark.

Holy bleep on a bleep did that hurt!

The worst part is that I was only just under half way through, so gritted my teeth and continued to click away. Before I'd even finished taking my needle out, blood starting oozing out like lava from a volcano. Yuck! The feeling of the needle sharply moving in my stomache made me feel a little.... GAG!

The following day I saw the mark it made, I now have a lovely vivid purple bruise the size of a 50p - or a quarter for Overseas blog readers :) - just to remind me what a dumbass I am for multi-tasking whilst jabbing and to teach me a lesson!

(apologies for the cruddy picture quality!)

What's the worst injury you've had with your D equipment? Self inflicted or other :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Diabetic Dictionary

Since finding the DOC over a year ago, I've learnt lots of new phrases and words to describe certain Diabetic problems/instances. Unfortunately there isn't a Diabetes manual.... so I thought creating a Diabetic Dictionary would be a close second :)

What words/phrases would you have in your Diabetic Dictionary? Mine to start off is Glucoaster, as I've been riding it for a good couple of weeks now, which sucks big time!!!!

A - A1c
B -
C -
D - Diabetes mellitus
E -
F -
G - Glucoaster
H - Haemoglobin
I - Insulin Dependent Diabetes
J -
K -
L -
M -
N -
O -
P -
Q -
R -
S -
T -
U -
V -
W - WTFructose!
X -
Y -
Z -

Thursday, 12 July 2012

DSMA July Blog Carnival - Winging It

The diabetes community has taught me how to _______ and _______.
This for me opened up so many possibilities! I found the DOC around a year after diagnosis. I was doing okay with my levels, but I didn't feel like I owned my Diabetes. I felt like I was almost a slave to it. I didn't have the right people around me at the time, and as most PWD know, a good support network is crucial. I felt incredibly isolated, confused by my feelings towards my diagnosis and if I could ever own my Diabetes.

Reading tales of how people have coped with Diabetes for years, mixed in with hospital visits and changing their regime's gave me hope that I could do the same with mine. I wasn't alone and I was in control of my Diabetes.

So here's my list, thank you DOC for everything.

.. not beat myself up too much and to keep trying.
.. to find humour in D situations and to look after myself better
.. to be more open and honest and to advocate whenever possible :)
.. to deal with the food police and to tell them where to shove it
.. that with Diabetes it isn't a race and you have to go at a steady pace
.. that I can do things and I shouldn't be afraid to do so
.. that I am not alone and there are millions of others in the same boat as me
.. that Diabetes can be a bitch and there is ALWAYS more to learn!

"This post is my July entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at"