Medtronic Blog

Hi guys!! Sorry it’s been so long, but I have a new post on the way.

I wrote a guest blog for Medtronic’s blog, the Loop. It took a while, but it’s finally been edited and approved. Here is the link:

http://www.loop-blog.com/Blog_Full_Post?id=a09C000000Cr66sIAB

I hope you like it, and I’ll have a new post out soon. Cheers! 🙂

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 diabetic, diabetes blogger, teenage blogger

Diabetes…

Don’t you love it?

And this is exactly my point. Don’t we spend too much of our time bad mouthing diabetes? It’s always, “Diabetes sucks” or “I hate diabetes” or “We need a cure”.

Okay, I agree that we need a cure, but is it really that bad? (No, I did not hit my head last night, just in case you’re wondering.) Whenever people talk about diabetes, the conversation is focused on how good your control is or how soon in the future can we expect a cure. Well, I’m tired of that. I think that diabetes is part of our life, and that we need to just deal with it. Which most of us do. But deal with diabetes, with a couple of good things to say about it. Are you up to it? I’ll go first.

1. Without diabetes, I would never have started blogging.

2. I go to an awesome camp every summer because of diabetes.

3. I’ve met some pretty cool people because of diabetes.

4. I have an awesome conversation starter.

5. Because of diabetes, I can eat candy in school.

Was that so hard? Now I challenge you to leave a comment with a good thing about diabetes.

I think that a cure would be great. But you might as well live with what you got.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, diabetes blogger, happy diabetic

 

My Diabetic To-Do List

I have come to the conclusion that it would be really nice to keep my A1C at the level it was when it was last checked: 6.7. However, at the moment I really think it is a lot higher then the wonderful number of 6.7.

The last time I checked my A1C was last summer, because there is no Barbara Davis Center here in Mexico.The summer is approaching fast, and I’d really love to have a wonderful A1C, and not to mention excellent health. So I have compiled a to-do list for the next month or so, in order to have a wonderful A1C.

1. No sugar drinks (soda, etc.) In Mexico, they love their Aguas de frutas, or fruit drinks, which have a ton of sugar. I like these, well, I love these, but no more.

2. Three solid meals a day.

3. No snacking.

4. Bolus for everything. I’m rather bad at this, so I really need to REMEMBER to bolus.

5. Regular exercise.

Yup. Stick to the rules, Claire.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Diabetes Blogger, Teenage Diabetes Blogger

How To Cure High Blood Sugars

Ok, not cure.  But it works.

I figured out this helpful tip a couple of nights ago.

For me, when I’m high, I feel horrible. I don’t really know how to describe it, but I’ll try. I will have a bad taste in my mouth, my whole body feels like it’s up there. Thats the best I can do. I think every diabetic has problems explaining how it feels to be high. I know I do.

Anyway, a couple of nights ago I woke up at about 3 o’ clock in the morning. My blood sugar was 300. I got up and  gave myself a new site because my current one itched. Then I bolused. After that I brushed my teeth. And I discovered something miraculous. That bad feeling that I get in my mouth when I’m high, it disappeared! Not all of my high symptoms disappeared, but that one did! Wow!A Diabetic Brushes her Teeth

So I thought that I would just tell everyone! It makes me happy to know that there is at least one way to help reduce symptoms instead of waiting an hour for your insulin to kick in. Yes! Quite an achievement.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Blood Sugar Tester, Tooth Brusher