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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Remember when you were little, and you saw a fuzzy bumble bee and you just wanted to grab it?! It looked so cute and tiny. Eventually, you forgot that it would sting you because you were just so infatuated with how it buzzed around the pretty flowers. So, you do the only logical thing and you lunged after it. It of course stung your hand. No? Was I just the weird kid who tried grabbing things that could hurt me? In the end it didn’t really matter because I’m not allergic to anything …. That I know of.
It’s the first day of Summer and you’re cruising down an empty highway, windows down, throwback songs cranked up. Your dog is sticking his tongue out the window in the seat next to you. You’re headed for a weekend of hiking in the mountains. (Or woods, depending on where you live…there are definitely no mountains here in Minnesota). All your favorite snacks are packed in the trunk. Life couldn’t get any better. You’re so happy that it feels like nothing could ruin your mood. You’re just thinking about adventure and relaxation.
How often do you clean your eyes? I’m not talking about trying to rub the dryness away. I am talking about physically washing out your eyes. Once a day? Once a month? Never? I’ll be completely honest; I have never washed my eyes. Sure, I’ve used eyedrops a couple of times, but not very often. However, washing our eyelids should be just as important as brushing our teeth!
Have you ever left the house and realized that you forgot something super important? Last week I left my favorite scrunchy at home. My super soft, red one…. it’s velvet!! (okay, not super important, but I felt off all day). Everything ended up totally fine because after all, it’s just a hair tie. I’m being a little dramatic, but you get the point—leaving items behind on accident is no fun for anyone! However, diabetics cannot simply forget their supplies at home. Accidents happen, we are all human here. But, the consequences are much more serious for those that are insulin dependent. If you hit a high or low and don’t have proper supplies, what are you going to do? Or if your pump stops working and you didn’t pack another one? The list is truly endless. Some things you can handle and manage just fine. But, why stress out about it when you can plan ahead with a travel kit?