Karen in her own unique way, managed to guilt me into writing this post. How? By complaining about her computer needs. I figured, if she can do this, through all of the issues she has been having, so too, can I. So today’s theme is: In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?
So apparently, I should start by stating, that while I know I can write blog posts, apparently the past two months, I can’t seem to do it. I mean the ideas are there. I have two happily written in my head and the comments people have left me are amazing. So thank you for the comments. Maybe, eventually, the posts will magically type themselves out too.
This post in all truthfulness is one of the easiest to write on the outside. What can I do? Anything, I freaking want to do is the simple answer. Well that’s not true. Currently I cannot do one handed pushups or stand on my head, but that has nothing to do with having type-1 diabetes. That is all centered on lack of upper body strength.
This post though is something that needs more thought. I know there is no limitation on what I can or can’t do. I mean I have done some pretty crazy
shit things. I’ve been SCUBA Diving, I’ve been to Rome and Jerusalem, I have traveled all over these here United States. Anything that I have wanted to do. I have done. The only time I think that being a person with type-1 diabetes has stopped me from doing something is my own “Fears” or “Stupidity” in regards to certain things. It is very frustrating at times, but it is something I have been better able to work at. If that wasn’t the case, I’d be sitting at home on my ass all the time playing video games…. Wait, you know what, I think that is what I want to do today.
But truthfully, this disease can only hold one back if we allow it to hold us back. It is stupid to let it as we are better than this, and yet sometimes our fears and concerns do just that. Stop us from doing something that we love or want to do. On a completely separate note, I have made some pretty awesome friends I wouldn’t have if not for this illness. A few weeks ago I was traveling. Depending on who you ask I was possibly in Key West, Salt Lake City, Denver, Cape Cod, I was in Petaluma, I was at the Coit Tower, and even on the Potomac with various friends. Anyway, I was away somewhere and I asked my friend Tina, to keep an eye on my numbers using the Dexcom Share while I was away. Not that I was expecting anything to happen, but heaven forbid I have a major low somewhere and there is no one to help. At least Tina would have an idea and be keeping an eye on things.
My friend set this picture to me a few weeks ago, and made me think about anywhere I traveling this could happen and frankly, I don’t want that to happen.
Mind you, that is not where I was in my travels, but you get the idea. Anyway, back to the derailed train. Thanks to someone like Tina, I could escape and not worry about things as much. Which is GREAT. I have some of the bestest friends in the world. They know who they are. I’m way too lazy to link them all, otherwise I would not be driving all over the US to see them, if even for a few short hours. It is worth it. You guys rock. You make me smile. You make me…. squirrel.