All That Glitters, Just Might Be Gold

A medical ID is more than a piece of jewelry. It’s a kind of safety net. If I get so seriously injured or sick that I cannot speak for myself this ID says I need specialized medical attention.

Did you catch a glimpse of silver at my neck? Or was it gold? Maybe it was on my wrist you saw it.

The “it” is my medical ID. It’s a piece of jewelry (often kind of ugly) that identifies me as a person with a medical condition. It’s more than jewelry; it’s a kind of safety net. First responders and medical professionals are trained to look for it. If I get so seriously injured or sick that I cannot speak for myself this ID says I need specialized medical attention.

Several companies sell medical IDs. For a list just Google “medical ID bracelets.”

Medic Alert is probably the grand daddy of these companies. Continue reading “All That Glitters, Just Might Be Gold”

World Diabetes Day – November 14th

Today’s Theme: Let’s take control of diabetes. Now. With 285 million people worldwide (that’s 6.4% of the world’s population) living with diabetes it’s been called a pandemic.

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Today’s Theme: Let’s take control of diabetes. Now.

With 285 million people worldwide (that’s 6.4% of the world’s population) living with diabetes it’s been called a pandemic. I am one of those 285 million. And so is my sister. And my other sister. And my brother. And my aunties. And my cousins. And my friend. And my co-worker. And my neighbor. And. And. And…

People have estimated the cost in dollars of diabetes. US$376 billion? US$490 billion? More? How do you put a dollar amount on a life cut short or limited by infirmity? Continue reading “World Diabetes Day – November 14th”

And So the Day Begins…

Good Morning. So, how did your day start out?

Day 15 – The Routine from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

Good Morning.

My day starts out just like Bev’s. I prick a finger, draw some blood, and see what my number is. Lately the numbers have been higher than I would like. Why? It could be the congestion cold that stuck around for two weeks. Chicken noodle soup isn’t exactly low carb. It could be that I haven’t exercised for a month. See congestion cold listed above. It could be that my body isn’t responding as well to my medication as it used to. It could be a lot of things…

So, how did your day start out?

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”