Attention!

I wore a Medic Alert bracelet and neck charm under my parents’ supervision when I was a child, but grew to resent it. After going through my rebellious streak and not wanting people to know I have diabetes, I finally got back on the wagon and decided that there is no harm in people knowing that I have diabetes. You never know when the situation may arise that someone needs to know. I could be stranded or having a low blood sugar while out in public or on the road. It would be helpful for people to know what to do. So, dun-dun-dun, I introduce you all to my new stainless steel medic alert bracelet:

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The purpose of showing off my new metal? For you to all be aware of Medic Alert bracelets. You could save someone’s life!

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Every last drop…CORRECTION

My friend Melissa pointed out that Maxwell House (R) is “good ’til the last drop” not Folger’s, as I incorrectly stated in one of my previous posts (http://julietalksdiabetes.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/every-last-drop/). My apologies to all the Maxwells in the world. I do still suck the life out of those juice boxes, though! And that’s not going to change anytime soon.

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DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women Conference

Almost 2 years ago, I heard about a wonderful non-profit organization called DiabetesSisters.

The purpose of this organization is to offer a range of education and support services to help women of all ages with all types of diabetes live healthier, fuller lives. DiabetesSisters understands the fear and isolation that often comes with living with diabetes because we are an organization that is managed by women who are living with diabetes.

DiabetesSisters recognizes that emotional and peer support is vitally important to a woman’s overall wellbeing. Through DiabetesSisters’ education and support services, women form a special bond and can freely share information, helpful tips, and stories of hope.

After hearing about the Weekend for Women Conference from two women who have previously attended, I decided to attend this year as well. The conference is outside Washington, D.C. the last weekend of April. I cannot wait to attend! I’ve been told that attending this conference is life changing!

To find out more about this conference, please visit my page at http://2014wfw.kintera.org/washingtondc/jbean_2. Donate if you’d like, too! You can also visit http://www.diabetessisters.org for more information about the organization.

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True Story, Part 2…CONTINUED…

I had some important feedback about my post from two weeks ago. My friend Art (read his Guest Blog here: http://julietalksdiabetes.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/guest-blog-spina-bifida-diabetes-by-arthur-l-aston/) asked me why my blog posts are so short.

Here is the conversation that occurred after:

Art: Why are your blog posts so short? I always want to read more.

Me: Thanks for the feedback. I am not sure. Sometimes I just have nothing else to say. Sometimes I think if I put too much it will make it too confusing for non-diabetics.

Art: You’re welcome. Being that I am not a diabetic I end up having questions. That’s why you have to explain it. Like with your post today (http://julietalksdiabetes.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/true-story-part-2/), I want to know, why don’t you wipe with an alcohol pad? I’ve been catheterizing my bladder through my belly button since I was 14 and I can’t tell you the last time I sterilized the area.

Me: Well, why don’t you? ;)

I guess I don’t because:

A) Too much extra time
B) “1 more thing to do”
C) I know I’m clean
D) Didn’t do it once and nothing happened so figured it was safe
E) No one else uses my needles

Ah, this might be the start of my next post…..

Art: I’m just about being open on my blog. Not saying you have to be on yours. But like I said, when I read your posts I often find myself having more questions because you didn’t explain it. It’s like a cliffhanger!

I don’t do it because of A, B, and C. I’ve had one bladder stone in 18 years, so I must be doing something right considering some have them every few months or once a year. Plus I protect my catheters and keep them clean.

Me: Exactly. We must be doing something right. I get what you’re saying though. I’m going to expand this week’s using this convo as a guideline for my next post….And you can ask me anytime about anything that leaves you hanging.

So, I ask you all: if there is ever a time when something doesn’t make sense or there is a question or a “cliffhanger” moment, please speak up so I can elaborate and answer any questions. The reason for this blog is to not just commiserate with other diabetics, but to also educate others in the community.

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True Story, Part 2…

“Oh my God! You didn’t wipe your skin with an alcohol wipe!” my coworker exclaimed as I was injecting my Novolog before lunch.

“Nope! Haven’t done that in years,” I responded matter-of-factly.

Now, while I am NOT condoning this type of behavior, I know for a fact that most diabetics out there do NOT routinely do this. (I’ve read enough blogs and social media posts about this same topic to know that I’m not alone!)

Just another day in the life of a diabetic and another day of a diabetic thinking to oneself, “Mind your own business!”

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Sharing is caring….

Happy New Year everyone! Today I am going completely off the diabetes track with my blog. It will still be a very personal post, but not diabetes-related. My family recently started a non-profit organization, Dreams from Drake. It is in honor of my godson, Drake Ross Pettit, who passed away at the young age of 4. The mission of Dreams from Drake is to provide local children and teens with various forms of support needed to move forward while experiencing the confusion and grief associated with the loss of a sibling or parent. The foundation’s hope is to make an incredibly difficult and painful time somewhat more bearable by providing these children and their families with resources needed to ensure that they go on to live healthy, happy, and productive lives. Next Friday, January 31, 2014, Dreams from Drake will have a Semi-Formal Winter Gala “Taste the Rainbow” (because Drake loved rainbows) so our city, county, and local community can get to know the organization, the Board of Directors, and our mission. If you are interested in attending the Gala, please visit: http://dreamsfromdrake.org/activities-events/ to purchase tickets. Please visit: http://dreamsfromdrake.org/ for more information about the organization. LIKE the organization on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsfromdrake. FOLLOW the organization on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DREAMSfromDRAKE. And always remember: SHARING IS CARING!

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Every last drop…

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Squeezing the life out of a juicebox is something diabetics do on a regular basis. I know I do. Sometimes, I even fold it once again after this fold just because I know there’s more in there!

They’re a little like Folgers (R) – “Good til the last drop!”

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