~A Note From Britt~
Diabetes is a big part of life, but it's not as hard to deal with as some people, myself included until just a few months ago, sometimes think. If you work hard to keep your blood sugars level and are responsible and take all the shots or medicine you're supposed to, life is for the most part normal. At times the shots and blood sugar checking can get to be bothersome, but after too long it becomes a very routine part of your day, just like brushing your teeth or showering. My friends have been supportive of me through my transition into life with diabetes (besides the occasional Wilford Brimley joke) and have really helped me along, even if they don't entirely understand WHY I'm "sick" or have to take shots.
World Diabetes Day should be used as an opportunity to help those around us understand what diabetes is and to bust some of the common misconceptions and stereotypes about people with diabetes. Based on some of the questions I get on an almost daily basis from my peers, ("Doesn't sticking yourself hurt?", "Did you get it from eating too much sugar?, "Are you really allowed to eat that?") there are a lot of questions that would do well to be answered for the normal-pancreased among us.
Diabetes is a disease that can be dealt with when you take the proper measures, and it's not as different of a lifestyle as you might think. Let's use today to help people understand what it's all about.
(Thank you sweetheart for sharing with all of us. G'ma and G'pa love you!)
1.Frequent trips to the bathroom
3.Losing weight without trying
4.Weakness and fatique
5.Tingling or numbness in your hands, feet or legs
Causes: Too much food, too little insulin or diabetes medicine, illness or stress.
Onset: Gradual, may progree to a diabetic coma.
- Extreme Thirst
- Frequent Urination
- Dry skin
- Blurred Vision
- Decreased Healing
~What To Do~
- Test Blood Glucose
- If over 200 mg/dl for several tests or for 2 days >CALL YOUR DOCTOR<
~Signs Of Low Blood Sugar~
Contrary to popular belief, when you are Diabetic and taking insulin or diabetic medicine you do need to have some carbs in your diet. If not you will find your blood sugar bottoming out on you.
Causes: Too little food, too much insulin or diabetes medicine, or extra activity.
Onset: Sudden, may progress to insulin shock.
- Fast Heartbeat
- Impaired vision
- Weakness and fatigue
~What To Do~
- Drink 1/2 glass of juice or regular soft drink, or 1 glass of milk, or eat some soft candies (not Chocolate).
- Within 20 minutes after treatment Test Blood Glucose. If symptoms don't stop, call your doctor.
- Then eat a light snack(1/2 peanut butter or meat sandwich and 1/2 glass of milk).
I hope that when you leave Moodscapes, you will be leaving with a little more knowledge of Diabetes. The greatest gift you can give someone with Diabetes is the gift of support and understanding.
I pray that we will see a cure for Diabetes in our lifetime. May your day bring you many blessings and more happiness then you know what to do with.