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.