We're relaxing this weekend in honor of another annual Labor Day holiday, enjoying some good ol' American outdoor grilling before we hit all the hectic of Fall.
In Indiana, Mike's enjoying the three-day weekend just taking it easy. This past Saturday, he took part in the diabetes community's virtual Diabetic Ice Cream Social, revisiting that whole "ice cream controversy" that originally exploded in 2011. He also celebrated his wife's birthday on Sunday with a special trip to the Cincinnati Zoo and riverfront area to enjoy the end of summer. Lots of fun times, there!
Here on the West Coast, my family and I always look forward to our hometown's "Arts & Wine Festival" -- one in a series of street fairs across the San Francisco Bay Area thatfeature local wines and craft vendors; two outdoor stages with rock music from adults and kids; and magicians, bouncy houses, desert animal visits, and much, much more. This giant local street fair is always bittersweet, as it marks the definitive end of summer for my family and I. (Note: lots of UNdiabetic-friendly food choices abound ;0)
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As we're taking a break from our usual work routines, let's take a moment to reflect on this collection of uplifting "work" quotes from Parade magazine. A personal fave of mine:
"I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it."
— Ray Bradbury
And let's also take a moment to honor of all those who've been a part of creating the miracles of modern medicine through the years -- you know, like those little insulin vials that keep us alive.
With that, it's also a good time to revisit this fun poem we penned a couple of years back, paying tribute to all the diabetes workers who've done so much for us!
An Ode To All Diabetes Workers
To those who make the "magic elixirs"
Mixing the fast-acting or long-acting mixtures
Putting these live-saving meds in bottles, pens or vials
To help us endure our daily blood sugar trials
We thank you for the work you do.
To the meter-makers and the pump assemblers
Whose work rarely a patient remembers
Building the systems and evaluating, testing
We raise our calloused fingertips in thanks — no resting!
We test our blood many times a day
On any meter brand, in many a way
Waiting for the countdown to see our #bgnow
Hoping for little effect of our chow
Hoping, believing, the meter never lies
We pay a lot, but we thank you for producing these supplies.
To the pump and CGM production people:
You give us sensors and sets that require fewer jabs
(No one likes to endure daily stabs)
With them we can better manage each number and dose
And so we thank you ... almost the very most.
Innovators all deserve our thanks
Every single one among your ranks
Because you've applied your imagination
To assist PWDs throughout the nation
And turned device dream to reality
From 1921 insulin to 21st century technology
We are lucky that you work for us!
Endos and educators, you're on our team
Keeping us healthy and sane (it seems)
So thank you for data review and routine tweaks
In the little time we have every few months (not week).
Lastly, to every Person with Diabetes (or PWD)
Who doesn't have one single day free
No matter if it's a holiday...
We salute you, for the "Manual Pancreas" you play
On this yearly Labor Day!
To all in our D-Community, we say: