Thursday, January 23, 2014
www.LivingVertical.org in which he took his diabetes out on the road and climbed 365 days consecutively while living out of his car. This documentary was amazing, and the things he had to overcome to achieve the consecutive days of climbing were amazing. His car was attacked by a bear, then later the car died, and then throw in all the weather and not to mention diabetes. The documentary really engages your inner diabetic child and gives you this feeling to not just live with this disease but to push it to the limits. I was definitely inspired to do more with my diabetes after seeing some of the awesome places he dangles his diabetes off of. Normal slacker diabetics like myself often see people like Steve and think they are super duper diabetes avengers and stuff but after the showing of the documentary he took questions and in the end Steve is just another diabetic like you or I. He has just channeled that inner diabetic child to motivate him to live better. I would definitely tell every one of you to go out and see his documentary on: www.LivingVertical.org
Monday, January 20, 2014
www.insulindependence.org Carlsbad Marathon event, and it probably was one of the greatest diabetes filled weekends to date. I think mainly because I didn't offend too many people too much and that I met alot of people that allowed me to be a juvenile like I am because of my juvenile diabetes. Then hanging out and catching up with old friends with diabetes and that always leads into us working on our diabetes comedy routines, which then leads us to coming up with some wacky diabetes inventions that would rock the world but would and could never be a reality. The entire weekend was capped off with a simple marathon at the end in southern California. I always tell people I meet with diabetes that to overcome all these millions and millions of issues we deal with in the diabetes community you have to increase your network of friends, family and people with diabetes. There are no doctors, lawyers, or scientists that don't have diabetes that can help you as much as a group of misfit odd people that have diabetes. Then you always have to keep an open mind about anything and everything. Heck even the cinnamon might actually come out to be a real cure one day or something but to say "oh I only eat this or do that" in any certain situation is being closed minded and limits your possibilities. When you get a gaggle of weirdo diabetics in the same room we teach each other how to cheat the system, how to deal with the "others" (non-diabetics that want to preach to us), and alternative forms of diabetes management like nutrition, medical devices, and treatments. I even learned what they call non-diabetics in Canada, they call them 5.5's. Then I learned that type ones are not called loonies and type twos are not called toonies in Canada. Who would have thought I would have learned so much?
Monday, January 13, 2014
So recently I had serious viruses and diabetes and all sorts of non-sense going on so I am way, way, way behind on blogging. Then last week was the great 2014 freeze and if you didn't know it but I am located in the warm state of Texas and we had it cold down here as well. So I do an organized outdoor group workout after work Monday's through Thursday's. When I workout I just take my pump and CGM off so they don't get in the way of squats, jumping jacks, and all sorts of stuff. Then last Tuesday with the 2014 polar vortex bear sitting on us when I went back to put my pump on after the workout, the little guy was buzzing and beeping like crazy with a low battery issue. So I get in my truck, replace the battery (because all of us diabetics keep a stash of batteries on us at all times) and the pump instantly goes into low battery mode again. Then I changed the battery again, and the pump has low battery issues all over. Then I put my diabetes detective hat on and remember way back in the day when I was camping in Paulo Duro canyon and it was freakin cold as can be and all my meters wouldn't work. So I put my pump where the sun doesn't shine for a few minutes and put the battery in my hands and blew on it to warm everything up and sure enough I was back in business. This also reminds me of a diabetic friend that lives north of US and she has written about having to put meters and pumps down bras and stuff to try and keep her diabetes stuff working. Here is Scully's awesome blog: http://canadiandgal.blogspot.com/