And now… the Diabetic Internet Meme (because every disease needs at least one)

After seeing this, I decided I’ll follow the crowd and join in on the diabetes meme.

What type of diabetes do you have: Type 1

When were you diagnosed: When I was 27 (I was fashionably late to the Type 1 Diabetes party).

What’s your current blood sugar: 100 mg/dL before breakfast

What kind of meter do you use: The Lifestyle one built into my OmniPod and the Dexcom Seven+ when I’m not completely ticked off at it.

How many times a day do you test your blood sugar: At least 7 times (pre- and post-meals, and bedtime) and sometimes up to 11 times a day depending on how I’m feeling.

What’s a “high” number for you: For resting anything over 110 mg/dL, for post meal, anything over 160mg/dL

What do you consider “low”: Anything below 75 mg/dL, I feel it

What’s your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater: Some sort of candy like Skittles or M&Ms

Describe your dream endocrinologist: Not having one :), but since that isn’t the case right now, I really like the one I have.  They allow me to have a lot of say in what I am prescribed and explain everything to me.

What’s your biggest diabetic achievement: Not getting completely down about having it, especially after knowing what it’s like to not have it.

What’s your biggest diabetes-related fear: Amputation of a body part and/or failure of a vital organ (other than the pancreas).

Who’s on your support team: Parents, family, close friends, and my dog.

Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime: Honestly, no, there needs to be a shift in the way diabetes is viewed.  We’re controlling the symptoms and not the cause.  I know some people are working on the cause, but I believe there are going to be many reasons why the auto-immune system decides we don’t really need beta cells.

What is a “cure” to you: Having my body go back to how it was before I was diabetic.  Otherwise, I’d like to see the loop close between the CGMS and Insulin Pumps.

The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is: Did you eat a lot of sugar as a kid?  (What person DIDN’T inhale massive amounts of sugar as a kid?)

What is the most common misconception about diabetes: That type 1 can be controlled through diet and exercise like type 2.  This is just a problem of both types being called “diabetes” and then when newscasters and articles talk about “diabetes” they really mean “type 2 diabetes.”

If you could say one thing to your pancreas what would it be: It’s not your fault my auto-immune system hates you.  Then I’d need to have a sit down talk with my auto-immune system and figure out what it doesn’t like about my pancreas.

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