Sunday, October 2, 2011

Things diabetes has taught me this month: September edition

-That it's okay to not be perfect, either as a pancreas or a blogger (or a person for that matter). I didn't do a "Things diabetes has taught me..." post for August. Usually I start a draft and write little blurbs as the month goes by, because my brain is too mushy to try and remember anything. As the end of the month drew near, I had nary a thing to post about. I know I learned something, but had no clue as to what it was. I started to panic. I won't bore you with the details of my inner turmoil about missing a month, but eventually I came to terms with the fact that:

a) perfection is impossible

b) nobody cares but me.

c) it's okay that I am not perfect and that no one cares.

-The carb factor for my sweet coconut rice is .18. Remind me to post the recipe sometime. Major YUM.

-Jasmine rice makes Elise's BG soar into the stratosphere. Brown rice does not. Too bad you can't make the above recipe with brown rice.

-Choosing a pump is not easy. Or maybe it's just not easy for me.

-Giving a shot in a poorly lit area of an amusement park is not fun. Especially drawing up the insulin. Six Flags over Texas really needs to invest in a better lighting system. On a sort-of-related-but-has-nothing-to-do-with-diabetes note, my daughter is a total adrenaline junkie. Who knew?

-And finally, I learned that I love it when I write a post and it resonates with other people. I received a "Best of the 'Betes Blog" award in August for a post I did entitled, "Her Sam". I wrote that post with tears in my eyes; it meant a lot to me and I'm glad it meant something to others too. Me likey winning awards! Thanks Sara for putting it all together.


  1. Congrats on winning Jo! I love all of your posts, but I have to say that Her Sam really had the tears falling for me too. I just wanted to say that choosing a pump was not easy for us fact it was probably one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made.

  2. Congrats on the win! I remember the Her Sam post very well...very touching and brought tears to my eyes as well!

  3. Yep, we learned that lesson with jasmine rice, too. Brown rice is fine. Jasmine is NOT!

    I'm struggling with the pump decision, too. Definitely not easy!

    Congrats on winning!

  4. I need that recipe!!! It sounds superfab :)

    Congrats, my friend. You totally deserved your awesome award!

  5. You totally deserved the award! And ... damn... perfection is impossible???? Someone forgot to tell me! Gotta stop striving for it. LOL.

    Love you. Hope your brain mush settles soon. xo

  6. that post was wonderful and well deserving of an award.
    Sweet coconut rice sounds so good, where can we find the recipe?

  7. Unfortunately, we have to strive for perfection just to achieve mediocrity. But there are so many days and nights that, though no lack of trying, we fail. I agree, we should stop beating ourselves up and accept the fact that we are only human and can only strive to emulate the god-like perfection that is a fully functioning endocrine system. Because we can only "Think like a beta cell,"... what about the alpha and delta cells? All the other hormones (growth) that effect insulin. We can only strive to do our best. That may be enough to keep our children healthy in the short term and, hopefully, there will be advances within the next ten years.

  8. Congratulations on the blog award! Love that post, Love your blog and Love you!


    always love your 'taught me' posts :)


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