Monthly Archives: February 2011

Major Change in Diabetic Food Caused Uproars

Yah. I’m being dramatic. But I do have some awesome snack ideas!

It’s sort of a fact that diabetics can’t eat what everybody else can eat. I hate that rumor. Well, I suppose it isn’t a rumor, because it mostly goes for type 2 diabetics, but on some days I just beg for sugar free, or mostly sugar free snacks. Like the days when I’m high and just wont come down. Like last night and today, for instance.

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but I’ve been living in Mexico for the past year. In Mexico, they’ve got some pretty crazy, but awesome snacks. For example: They take cucumbers or jimaca or watermelon or honeydew or pineapple or a mixture of all of the above and put salt, lime, and chile on it. Okay, I know that you’re thinking that I’m crazy and that nobody in their right mind would put chile(spicy stuff) on their fruit. But the combination between the sweet and the spicy is very good. I love it.

So this is pretty much a low carb snack, and therefore excellent for high-blood-sugar days. When I’m high and hungry, I usually don’t want to sit still and eat carrots. Give a little twist to your fruits and veggies!

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenage Diabetic Blogger, Mexican Food Lover

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I Do More Work Than Randy Jackson

Warning: All information in this post is totally biased and based on no research. Lets face it; I’m teenage and very stubborn. I refuse to do any research before I write!

Type 2 Diabetes. As far as most people are concerned, this is the only kind of diabetes. I know, I know. It drives me crazy too. They’re wrong. Quite frankly, I don’t know much about type 2 diabetes. Except that people with it have to watch what they eat. And that they don’t test their blood sugars very often, sometimes just a few times a week.

Here’s what I do know. Well, not exactly know, but feel in my gut. That us type 1 diabetics, do more work then type 2 diabetics. We test often more the four times a day, we experience high and low blood sugars.  We mess with carb ratios and sensitivity rates. We memorize lists of carbs give ourselves shots and put pump sites in our bums.

Do type 2 diabetics do all this work? Now this may be a complete and utter guess, but I shouldn’t say so. In plain words: NO. While we spend a major portion of our time thinking about diabetes, all they do is take a pill.

And yet, why do they get all the credit? Ask anyone on the street what diabetes is, and they’ll say that it’s a disease you get if your eating habits are unhealthy. Hello? Salad is one of my favorite foods! Why should they be recognized, when we are the ones who do the work? And then you throw the celebrity factor into it. Randy Jackson, Larry King. I mean, they didn’t get famous because of diabetes, but when people say that they have to balance it on top of everything else and it makes them just so much more awesome, I want to gag.

I wish that more people knew what type 1 diabetes was, and the challenges that come with it. I’m not saying that I want people to act like they’re sorry for me, I get that enough, I just want them to know what diabetes is. Not that they can do anything, but that they respect the fact that type 1 diabetics work hard. And especially  that they know that it’s a completely different disease than type 2 diabetes.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenage Diabetic Blogger, Easily Mad At Pop-Stars

My Favorite Diabetes Posts

So, I’ve been searching on the internet lately for other diabetes blogs, and I’ve realized that there is a lot of them. That should have been obvious, but nope, I actually had to do some research to find out that simple fact. I’ve run into some pretty good posts, so I thought I would put up a list of them. Most of them involve humor, but others are just plain old good stories. I hope you take the time to read a couple of them!

1. There’s a pretty popular blog that’s written by Kerri Morrone Sparling. I was looking around her blog, and I found this HILARIOUS post called Diabetes Terms of Endearment: Edition 1. This post was actually written six years ago, but I laughed so hard that I cried. Kerri’s current website can be found here.

2. Micah Marie Lynch is 19, and she paints pump caps and sells them, and donates some of her money to diabetes charities! Way to go! Read about her here.

3. Michael Park is a composer who is writing an opera about diabetes. That itself is pretty awesome. He needs some help from other diabetics, so visit his website!

4. Boy, I am into music! This blog is written by a number of people, and this post is about a musical about diabetes. I thought it was pretty cool.

5. Here is a poem written by Kerri Morone Sparling for diabetes on Valentines Day. I thought it was REALLY FUNNY. And I loved it! Click this link.

There’s only five, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them if you take the time to read them. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenage Diabetic Blogger, Blog Collector

Armed Summer Campers Revolt!

They’re all heavily armed…with needles.

The first time I went to a summer camp was three months after I was diagnosed with diabetes. And it wasn’t just any summer camp. It was the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Colorado.

I’ve only been to one diabetes camp, so I don’t know how this relates to other camps. Eagle Lake Camp has ten different weeks that you can go to. During Week 5, the American Diabetes Association comes in and pretty much takes over. During Week 5, all the campers are diabetic.

It’s pretty cool. When the American Diabetes Association “takes over”, they bring in a bunch of doctors and med staff and stuff to take care of all of us diabetics. One or two med staff are assigned to every cabin, and the doctors help lower your basal rates and carb ratios for meals because people tend to go low with all the exercise.

Okay. That was pretty technical. I’ll bet that you’re still wondering why you should go to diabetes camp. And the answer’s a pretty simple one. When you go to a diabetes camp, everyone surrounding you either has diabetes, or knows a ton about it. In any other camp, I have to explain to all of the other campers about what diabetes is and why I have to bleed during every meal. At Camp Colorado, there’s none of that. Everyone knows exactly what I have and how to take care of it. We all become automatic friends just because of that little similarity. During dinner there’s no explaining what a pump is.

And that isn’t all of the answer either. When you have diabetes, you’re pretty much a story collector as well. However, the stories aren’t relevant to anyone except those who have diabetes. So diabetes camp is the perfect way to share your stories! Weeks before diabetes camp starts I’m already reviewing what stories to share. You’ve got a bunch of people who actually want to hear what you’ve got to say about needles or going low at two in the morning.

But it isn’t all about the stories, and being around other people with diabetes. At diabetes camp, it’s a great time to learn how to manage your diabetes better. For example, I wasn’t sure how to wear a pump with a dress. So when I went to diabetes camp I asked around and now I wear shorts under my dresses so I have something to put my pump on. I would have never thought of that myself!

Okay, time to take a breather. I feel like I’ve just dumped a load on who ever reads this, but take my advise, and go to a diabetes camp! They’re awesome! You make new friends! You have fun! You learn more about diabetes! Go sign up now!

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Insulin Pumper, Diabetic Camper

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