One of my more shy readers (who worries he's "not blogworthy" -- pisha!) has emailed me with a long list of interesting feedback on recent posts. With just a little arm-twisting, I got him to agree to let me post it. So here we go, from R.J.:
ON SUING COCA-COLA:
No Coke, Pepsi!! (remember that from SNL? - maybe I'm dating myself). The thing I don't like is offering large amounts of money to cash-strapped schools if they just serve their product (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) at the concession stands for sporting events and placing their vending machines around campus. That's been an issue up here with the sadly underfunded schools in Oregon. Kids would much rather have a Coke than something bland and healthy. I'll still occasionally drink a diet soft drink because I still have a hankerin' for that cola taste (Yum!) Who knows, maybe it started at school drinking a pop?
ON MY WORST FEARS:
American Diabetes Association Names New CEO
Non-profit leader Kevin L. Hagan named as new chief exec of national diabetes org after six-month search.
FDA Approves New Basal Insulin
Sanofi's Troujeo has 'flatter profile' of action that helps to avoid lows.
Daytona Win for Racecar Driver with Diabetes!
Type 1 driver Ryan Reed wins first NASCAR series race at Daytona on Feb. 21.
Lantus/Novalog -- I read somewhere of a suggestion to take Lantus with a syringe and the bolus with a pen so the two aren't mixed up. (Amy's note: I do, btw, but still forget what I'm doing at times) Right now, I'm just taking Lantus, and my fear is that one day when I am old and forgetful (maybe a few years from now), I'll give myself too many units or as you indicated unknowingly take another dose. Having diabetes is such high-maintenance task, and it just adds to the stress.
ON THE ADA-CADBURY CONTROVERSY:
Sugar/ADA -- I thought that corn syrup (which is also used in soft drinks) was one of the causes for the increase in Type 2 diabetes in our country??? I'm awfully "cornfused" (sorry :). I wish people would quit playing politics and use *science* when making statements and creating policy (stem cell research comes to mind).
Speaking of knowledge, I frequently get burned out of reading all the information I can regarding diabetes (guess that's a different type of diabetes burnout, which I also seem to get). Thank goodness for Google! It's advantageous to be in or near a big city that is doing diabetes research. I went to a conference on diabetes in Portland last year (maybe that's not the same type of thing as the symposium you referred to) and I really enjoyed it. (Amy's note: yes, it is, and great!!)
I won't congratulate you on your anniversary...whenever I think about mine it doesn't invoke happy thoughts. But I *will* congratulate you on still being complication free and determined to take an active role trying to keep it that way:) ...and keeping your sense of humor!!
I've worn a Medic Alert bracelet for about a year now, and I'm still self-conscious of it. It was really bad early on, and I felt as if I should tattoo a big "D" on my forehead and get it over with. Since I normally don't wear jewelry (or "bling bling" or whatever it is called now, ha ha) I still try to hide the tag under my watch band a bit so it isn't as obvious, but I still think EMTs can spot it if necessary. It's just the plain bracelet that they offer, nothing fancy, and the red ink wore off which is fine by me since it looks less noticeable. I also have a necklace, but I felt too much like a rapper (I can do the hand motions, though) so I switched to the bracelet. For what it's worth, mine says to call collect rather than an 800 number. Maybe I got the cheapskate plan :)
ON EATING DIABETIC:
Eating - Yep, that was one of the big things for me too. As I mentioned before in a previous email, I could eat anything and everything at anytime without consequence (except for some occasional heartburn that Pepcid took care of). I didn't even have to worry about calories or fat content. Now, I can no longer eat my favorites, pasta and bread, at the amount that I once did and I'd rather not be teased with a small bite of pasta, for example, because I know I'll just want more -- better that I just not eat it at all. I won't even have a little bit of good ice cream -- another favorite. The low-carb stuff just isn't a good substitute. It still bothers me that I no longer have the flexibility of eating that I previously took for granted. I guess it could be worse, though, so it's probably best that I don't whine about it!
ON THE BUSH VETO:
I think you know where I stand on this, and it frequently amazes and depresses me how our leaders run this country. Nuff said.
I keep hearing in the press (print and radio) referring to "Juvenile Diabetes" all the time. That's misleading, implying that only children get this disease (Type 1), ignoring the fact that this happens in adulthood as well. I wish they would refer to it as just "diabetes" or "Type 1 diabetes."
Thank you, R.J.!! for taking the time to add your generous two cents. I deem you wholly blogworthy (!) -- along with all the other readers here. Now it's Your Turn ...