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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Mary PoppinsI sat down to write a blog post and put Pandora on, and of course Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious came on. And then, zam! topic change. I’m rolling with the punches here. (Disclaimer: no diabetes talk here. But I still like to think that I’m an interesting person.)

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t fall into the range of seriously enjoying or loving Mary Poppins. I may be about to be proved wrong with this blog post, but I really don’t care. I will always love Mary Poppins.

(Side note — my word processor thinks that ‘Poppins’ is spelled wrong. That’s irritating.)

I loved Mary Poppins when I was a kid. When we drove to the mountains, my parents would put show tunes on the stereo, and Mary Poppins was one of the favorites (the other being The Sound of Music, but honestly, who can go wrong with Julie Andrews?)

Mary Poppins came to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and my mother bought tickets. I’ve seen a ton of shows there, including The Lion King, and I’ve never been so transported as I’ve been with Mary Poppins. The music was wonderful, the actors were excellent, and she flew out into the audience. I’m writing about it now, and I’m getting goosebumps.

Saving Mr BanksAnd then I went to high school and took a lot of history classes and Mary Poppins took on a whole new meaning. For example, (“one night I said it to me girl, and now me girl’s me wife.” Just kidding. And you’re a champ if you get that reference.) Anyways, I understand why Mrs. Banks had time to be a suffragette, why she would do such a thing anyways, what economic and social class the Banks were in, etc. It’s even more fun to watch Mary Poppins now because I understand it on a whole different level. What a great movie.

About sixish months ago I saw Saving Mr. Banks when it came out in theaters with my grandmother and mom and I just about died when hearing the the Mary Poppins melodies used as the music score. I mean it. Dead.Mary Poppins Musical

And now my school has announced that out school musical this year is Mary Poppins. Oh. My. God. (Sorry, Mom. “Gosh.”) And we even outfitted our auditorium with aerial stuff so Mary can fly and Bert can walk on the ceiling. I’m dying over here of excitement. Holy cow!!

For the past two years I’ve participated in the pit orchestra for the school musicals (and that is a whole story unto itself, so I’ll tell you later) and now I am incredibly excited to try out this year. Mary Poppins here I come!

Lots of love,

Claire MontgomeryMary Poppins

Harry Potter is Awesome

rowlingI love Harry Potter, in case any of you were wondering. I can quote the first line of the first book word for word. I have read them a million bazillion times. I can trump anyone at a Harry Potter quiz. (Ask me something. I dare you.) My number in lacrosse is 7 because according to the Harry Potter books, seven is the most magical and powerful number. I am so obsessed that I am writing a fan fiction of what happens after the seventh Harry Potter book but before the epilogue.

(Fan fiction is where you write in the world that the author has created (ex. Harry Potter, Twilight, Star Trek, etc) and use their characters and make your own plot. There are multiple websites hosting fan fiction. I waste many hours of my life reading fan fiction. Look it up. It’s worth it.)

So one day I was looking for another interesting Harry Potter fan fiction to read, and I came across this really interesting one in which Harry had type 1 diabetes. Wow. So of course I had to read it. It was really interesting. This was a long time ago now, and I haven’t reread it or anything, but I remember Harry fainting a lot from low blood sugars and thinking that was weird because I’ve never fainted from a low or anything like that.

So while I didn’t exclusively enjoy the story, we’ll say, it did get me to thinking. So if Harry really did have diabetes, wouldn’t the magical world of Harry Potter be able to cure him, like, instantly?

Actually, when I was younger, I used to wish that I would get a Hogwarts letter and that I would show up and then Madame Pomfrey would say, “Hey, Claire, come here so I can cure your diabetes really fast,” and then I would never have to worry again.

So I was wondering how it would feel to be cured of diabetes instantly. I don’t think I would know what to do with myself. I feel like I manage myself relatively well so it wouldn’t be strange to just go eat and eat and eat. Though I would escape the whole exercise deal (managing your blood sugars seems like an impossible task while exercising). I don’t know. How would you feel if you had diabetes and then all of the sudden, alakazam, you didn’t anymore! What would you do?

Oh, and if you are interested in any good Harry Potter fan fiction to try out, comment and I will give you a suggestion!

Have a good day! And may all be well with your diabetes!

Claire Montgomery

Diabetes Awareness Month

blue_circleHappy Diabetes Awareness Month! I

So I was asked to do this a few weeks ago but I’ve been so busy that I don’t even want to talk about it. But November is running running running out so I’d best get on it. So hello again!

This is to spread the word. Thanks to my friends at American Recall Center.

So, diabetes, huh? Isn’t that the disease where you ate a ton and then got really fat so you got it? People don’t ask me that question, but I can practically hear them think it. And I am soooo sick of it. I have heard on national television, on Oprah no less, to Type 2 Diabetes referred to as Diabetes. Which ticked me off because I have “diabetes” and I didn’t have a terrible diet. In fact, I had pretty much stopped eating by the time I was diagnosed.

So I thought I would take the time to give a little lesson on the truths of Type 1 Diabetes. And while Type 2 Diabetes is a perfectly horrible disease in its own merit, it is NOT Type 1 Diabetes. They are two completely different things. I am not someone to be put into a compartment labeled “Diabetes,” but rather someone to be put into a box labeled “Type 1 Diabetes.

So here we go:

1. I did not have a bad diet that lead to my diagnosis with diabetes. My pancreas, for whatever reason, stopped making insulin, which makes me insulin independent.

2. I can eat WHATEVER “normal” people can eat. It is not required that I regulate my diet. I just have to give myself insulin for food intake. insulin-and-diabetes_1

3. I am capable of achieving everything a “normal” person can achieve.

4. Many people talk of something called a “diabetic diet.” It doesn’t exist. Different people do different things.

5. I am 100% capable of being an athlete. Being a diabetic does not make me a cripple. I just need to watch out for myself.

diabetes6. I check my blood sugar six to eleven times a day to make sure that I stay healthy.

Those are just a few things I think people should know about Type 1 Diabetics.

Please spread the word.

The Royal Wedding

I’m off topic, but what are you going to do?

Yes, this is exactly what you think it is. Somehow, my dad ended up on the balcony while the royal couple kissed. Hehehe (evil laugh). And I’m totally jealous.

He has a caption contest that you can participate in too.

All jokes aside, who woke up early to see them take their vows?Me? I’m content with YouTube.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetes, diabetes blog, Wedding guest

Interesting Diabetes Article

Hi guys! I just recently got an email about an interesting diabetes article concerning insulin. I thought that it was cool so I´m going to share it. Just click the link above.

I know this is a short post, but I just wanted to get it out there. Also, quick tip: Go down to view the article, there is a lot of ads and other stuff on top.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 diabetic, Insulin Pumper