Word in Your Hand REVISITED

This diabetes awareness video pictures the hands of people with diabetes and the word that comes to mind when thinking of the disease. Why hands you might ask? Because hands are what you use to reach out. Hands are what you use to hold on. And hands are what you use to test your blood glucose—several times each day.

 

Word In Your Hand: A World Diabetes Day project from Tu Diabetes on Vimeo.

A couple of years ago the folks at Tu Diabetes put out the call for photos to make a video to increase awareness. They asked people with diabetes to write a word on their hand. The word reflected what that person thought of when they thought of diabetes.

Why hands you might ask? Because hands are what you use to reach out. Hands are what you use to hold on. And hands are what you use to test your blood glucose—several times each day.

Words like “endless,” “complicated,” “tired” and “weak” reflect the frustration and discouragement of dealing with a chronic illness. But words like “cure,” “esperanza (hope),” and “balance” reflect a coping outlook.

What word would you write on your hand?

By the Cup: Chocolate Cake

It seemed simple enough. Eight ingredients mixed in a coffee mug, then microwaved for three short minutes.

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I ran into the idea of making a single serving of chocolate cake by microwaving it in a cup in the most unexpected place.

It was a blog called New Dress a Day. On Day 260. 105 days and $106 lefttogo. [sic] not only did the blogger document the dress she made by altering a thrift store find, she also included the chocolate cake recipe.

It seemed simple enough. Eight ingredients mixed in a coffee mug, then microwaved for three short minutes. Continue reading “By the Cup: Chocolate Cake”

Most Precious Blood

I never thought much about my blood before my diagnosis. Now I think about it every day.

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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother…
William Shakespeare, Henry V

I never thought much about my blood before my diagnosis. Now I think about it every day.

As a generally healthy person I got my blood drawn at all the expected times. At my annual check-up. In science class to identify my blood type. (Type O. Very common.) While pregnant.

The vampires (that’s what they called themselves) would poke me in my left arm. Had to keep my right arm free from possible pain so that I could go back to work and use the mouse. Sometimes the vampires would have a hard time getting a good vein. Mine run deep (like still waters). Continue reading “Most Precious Blood”

Today, I Got Nothing

Some days are just about nothing. Nothing special. Nothing exciting. Nothing unusual. Nothing inspirational.

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I’ve hit the blogging wall. Nine days into National Blog Posting Month and I got nothing…

I’ve got nothing to say today. No new yummy recipes to share. No tips or tricks. No insights. No encouragements. Nothing.

Having made the commitment to blog every day this month, so I went looking for inspiration. Continue reading “Today, I Got Nothing”

Potluck Favorites That Require Little or No Effort

No time to cook or bake for tonight’s potluck? No need to panic. You can still get something healthful from the club store, grocery store, or in a real pinch the drug store. Here’s some ideas…

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No time to cook or bake for tonight’s potluck? No need to panic.

We’ve all been there. Got to get something on the run for the office/ school/ church/ neighborhood holiday potluck. No time to do much more than pick something up and get it to the table. You can still get something healthful from the club store, grocery store, or in a real pinch the drug store. Here’s some ideas I’ve used when caught in this pinch. Continue reading “Potluck Favorites That Require Little or No Effort”