Sunday, August 18, 2013

Teaching Aids for Diabetes

Saw this great Video about using a Teddy Bear to solve the problem of teaching little kids how to deal with Type 1 Diabetes.
Very novel idea.
It would be good to design more things like this for adults. I am tired of explaining the difference between Sugar and Carbs :-)

Jerry The Bear. Teaching about Diabetes

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

New Year, new resolutions, new challenges

So now a new Year rolls by.
Not sure why, but most of us seem to give this some importance and take it upon ourselves to resolve to do some things.
So I am resolving to do -
1) Exercise regularly.
2) Check sugars more consistently.
3) Always remember to take my medications
4) Work on being happy with life

Things looked up on the first day of the year.
Then on the second day I got a voicemail that my trainer decide to go back to school and quit the gym.
That is a bummer. Now I need to find a new trainer and do not know if that will work good or not.

So signs from the universe are that challenges will come with resolutions :-)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Experimenting with medicine timings

I am not always open to moving the timings around, but I tried it out last week and now it seems to be working better.
I used to take my 24 hour insulin in the night before I went to bed. It was working great for my wake up sugars, but the day time numbers were not doing so great.
So last week I tried to move the insulin to the mornings and lo and behold I have a lot more control during the day.
So happy to report that changing the timing can sometime actually help make things better.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Taking a stand against your disease

Sounds crazy but sometimes I think that I am in a war situation against diabetes.

The disease and my mind are both striving to control the same resource, my body.

My brain is the benevolent ruler of the the domain. It currently control all the pieces of the body and tries to do the best job so that they are all coexisting together in harmony. It tries to keep things going and if something fails, it tries to compensate and see if others can take over.

The diabetes is like an invader. It wants to take over this strong resource and use it up and leave it for dead. It does have accomplices that help it invade the body. It works slowly and methodically. It slowly starts to open up various different fronts to start to make it harder for just one brain to keep fighting. Diabetes is a fearful foe as it does not need any rest. And when it takes over an organ it has no intention of making it better, stronger, faster. All the diabetes wants to do is conquer, use it all up and leave it behind to rot and die.

So what is my body supposed to do?
Simple, the body needs to know that the brain needs to be helped. So at every point each organ and muscle needs to do everything to help the brain in the fight.

So send good vibes through your system and tell it to stand strong and not let this external foe get a strong hold on you.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Wanting everything just right

As I sit here thinking what do I really want, I cannot help but notice the desires of most human to want everything right.

I want my diabetes to not just be in control, but to go away. But then I also want to be able to eat whatever my heart desires but not loose weight. I also want to not have to have a rigorous exercise schedule. Basically I want everything without having to work hard. Even I know that is not feasible :-)

So I will learn to be thankful for what I have rather than complain.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Drugs and Side affects - Actos this time

I have always been cautious of drugs that I take.

My philosophy is that I want the drug to be in the market for atleast 10 years before I am willing to consider taking it. The only logic behind this is that that is ample time to start to hear about any serious issues. It is not foolproof but seems to make sense to me.

I continue to be amazed by the issues related to medicines that keep coming up.

The latest controversy is about Actos. Some serious side effects have been identified.
Check out this article on drugwatch.com - http://www.drugwatch.com/actos/side-effects.php 

The FDA announced that there might be risk while taking this medicine. But most doctors are taking a wait and watch attitude -
http://www.diabetes.org/for-media/2011/medical-societies-respond-to-pioglitazone.html

I do not take this medication, so not sure what I would do in this case. But everyone taking this medication should have a serious chat with their doctors.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Returning to the blog

It has been a long time since I blogged. Last weekend I had some inspiration from someone who accidentally discovered this and used some of the information and I remembered why I started this in the first place. So I will start pthis blog up all over again.