A calm, partly cloudy afternoon made for the perfect Sunday to gather at the Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN. The breeze blowing softly and the sound of people walking their dogs with their children. It seemed like a normal Sunday at the park. However, this day was much different. At the amphitheater was a group of dedicated volunteers advocating for a passion that is near to their hearts. That passion is insulin.
Affordable Insulin Movement
The Minnesota State Fair, Labor Day, and back to school is all upon us (insert excited, nervous laugh because the year is going by too fast). Summer is quickly coming to an end and already has for many students. Some might be lucky enough to have one last weekend of freedom. I never got to that drive-in movie, but I did make it to a Twins game and The Great Minnesota Get Together. Of course, I ate many goodies, but that’s what summer is all about, right?! Don’t fret about the endeavors ahead, instead, organize your life. I’m not just talking about planners and cleaning your room (although, they do help). I’m talking about organizing your mental and physical health, too.
Listen To Your Body
If you tuned in to our Facebook Live video yesterday, then you’ll already know a little about this blog. You can just tell your friends that you’re psychic and knew what GMS was going to talk about. This blog is about all things dinner, food truck festivals, brunch, and any place that involves food. If you’re anything like me, you plan your day around the meals you’re going to eat because let’s face it, we’re #foodies.
Food, Friends, and Pill Pouches
We’ve talked about our Summer bucket list and all the things that we want to get done before the leaves start to change color. No, I still haven’t been to my drive-in movie. *sigh* I’ll get there though! Typically, a lot of Summer activities include water sports in the Midwest like tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, wake surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, etc. Another big thing in the Midwest is town league softball. A lot of these fun activities can cause injuries ranging from rope burn, concussions, to sore muscles, and broken bones.
What Supplies To Keep On Hand For Summer Injuries
When we think of diabetes, we typically think of humans. Unfortunately, a lot of people still think it’s due to lifestyle choices and a diabetic person must be overweight. That is incorrect and offending to many that battle diabetes daily. However, humans are not the only ones that can get diabetes. Animals can also get diabetes (shocking, right?!) Having to inject your furry friend with a needle everyday just seems unbearable—I know I would feel awful doing it to my pup. But, it keeps them alive, so what other choice do you have?
Read More About Diabetic Dogs
Life can be a hard pill to swallow some days. Things seem to go awry all at the same time or it’s that day where you just keep spilling everything (me this morning…. Insert eye roll. I definitely came into work with an avocado mark on my shirt today). The saying, “it’s a hard pill to swallow” isn’t just a saying because people genuinely cannot swallow a pill. Ever tried taking a prescribed medication from your doctor and it got stuck in your throat? You could feel it just sitting there and you kept chugging water to get it down? It’s uncomfortable and kind of scary.
Tips and Tricks for Swallowing Pills
Approximately 75% of humans in America use some sort of vision correction. Whether that be glasses, contacts, or a form of Lasik eye surgery. The vast majority wear glasses because they are so versatile. Glasses are used for reading, computers, everyday use, and even fashion statements (insert the classic picture of a hipster wearing clear framed glasses and a fedora). They also provide some comfort for your eyes. If you’re wearing contacts all day, you might want to take them off and replace them for your glasses.
Learn How To Keep Your Glasses From Slipping
We are back for our second Monthly Spotlight—yay! Being a mother is hard work (I don’t personally know this, although my puppy is a handful. All I can think of is my mother raising me and two other daughters…. Can you imagine all the unnecessary drama that came through our house growing up?! I bet we made her want to pull her hair out). Now, imagine being a mother to twin toddlers, working a full-time job, and managing Type 1 Diabetes (which is basically another full-time job). This is what Michelle Grant does every day.
Managing Work, Motherhood, and T1D
Can you believe it’s already the middle of July?! This summer is just flying by, which means you better start checking things off your summer bucket list that we talked about last week. Did you end up going to that drive-in movie?! Me neither. Being active and doing everything you want to can be hard when you need to inject medicine every so often. You can’t live without it, so you need to bring syringes with you. But, how do you keep them safe?
Syringe Safety, Storage, and Disposal
Did you sing Katy Perry this week as the fireworks launched up into the sky? I’m guilty because I totally belched this song out at the top of my lungs and then went oooooohhh aaaaahhhhh as the firework burst into mesmerizing colors. What can I say? Science just fascinates me. Or did you miss some of the show because you were managing a chronic illness? As summer flies by, have you been spending more time managing your illness or doing the enjoyable things?
Completing Your Summer Bucket List While Having A Chronic Illness