I have two half-finished posts that I can’t seem to find the words for – I suppose it’s a good thing it’s Wordless Wednesday – but I’ve always liked pictures better anyway.
I had an endocrinologist appointment three days before Christmas. We looked at my A1c and my Diasend (pump, meter, CGM) download. My A1c was about the same as it was during the previous appointment. I remember the nurse practitioner specifically saying during the visit, “I don’t see anything to change.”
Something happened after that and I can’t figure it out.
Over the last few weeks, my daytime numbers have still been right where I want them. But the moment the sun goes down, the arrows on my Dexcom go up – or double up. I have a tendency to focus on the bad and not the good so I downloaded all my data into Diasend last night to make sure it wasn’t just my imagination. Unfortunately, I saw mostly red after 4 pm.
I did a complete nighttime basal overhaul (not medical advice: contact your favorite medical professional before making any treatment decisions). I’m hoping it will help get everything back on track. I just don’t understand. With no change in weight, food choices, food time, pump sites, insulin type, weather, or direction the wind is blowing – how could numbers work one day, and be horribly wrong the next?
In the spirit of the wrap up posts making their way around the blogging community, here is the list of the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs for 2014.
Each month, posts are nominated by anyone in the diabetes online community through email, twitter direct messages, and/or an online form. The host of the list for that month selects his or her favorite posts from among the nominated posts. Then at the end of the year, all the monthly favorites are compiled into one list for members of the diabetes online community to vote for their favorites. The voting period ended at 11:59 on December 31, 2014.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the process. This isn’t a list of MY favorite posts (in fact, most of my favorites did not receive the most amount of votes) but is hopefully a reflection of all the different aspects of the community.
Note: One of the categories is not listed below; there were some voting irregularities in that category so the best solution was to not include anything at all.
With no further explanation, I present some of the favorite posts from 2014.
Best Use of Humor
In February, there was Moira with “Those questions we all get: Helpful answers for the most common ones. A guide.”
Melissa entertained us (and raised money) with her parody videos, using some of our favorite songs with a diabetes twist (during September alone she posted I’m still here, Normals, 365, So High Today, For the First Time in Forever, and Treat More Moderately)
April brought Lindsay’s “Bacon Wrapped Ghee and Garlic Chicken”
In the midst of the viral videos in August, Moira (posting on A Sweet Life) wondered if the diabetes community needed something similar and asked “Does Diabetes Need An Ice Bucket Challenge?”
Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
As a member of the Nightscout/CGM in the Cloud community I certainly appreciate the post from July on Kerri’s blog that profiled an increasingly popular celebrity – “We Are Not Waiting: CGM in the Cloud (Part 1).”
Best Story of a D Meet-up
I didn’t end up in any of the pictures, but I was nearby in July when Briley was “Kicking Off 25”.
Best non-D Related Post
The two best non-D related posts both reminded us that there are other aspects of our health apart from diabetes that can also take our focus. First, Tina reminded us that sometime when facing other health concerns it is possible to have “Diabetes Anxieties Where There Should Be None”. Then in August, we celebrated with Marie as SHE celebrated “16 Years Cancer Free”.
Best Post by a Type 1
Part of me absolutely loves that there were FOUR different posts that received the same amount of votes in this category. I enjoy the different perspectives and purposes behind each of the posts. In March, George perfectly describes the battle and the comparable dangers of highs and lows with “The Dragon and the Cliff”. June and October brought diaversary themed posts from Alecia and Kelly. Alecia’s post came first in June sharing how she felt after “35?” years and then in October, Kelly shared how she felt on her “Diaversary: THIRTY-SEVEN Years Of Living With Diabetes ~”. Finally, in August, Renza recounts her transition to being described as “Brittle” to finding health care professionals who helped her find other ways to manage her diabetes.
Best Post by a LADA/Type 1.5/Not otherwise specified
I had the chance to meet and work with Barbara in the DHF booth at AADE in August of 2013 and then sadly in January of 2014, Manny described the lessons he learned in her unexpected loss – “If You Love Someone Call Them Today”.
Best Post by a Type 2
Last week, there was a post in a Facebook group I am a part of where a young girl (with T1D) posted about chocolate bars and getting diabetes. She thought it was funny and didn’t understand why other people in the group (also with various types of diabetes) didn’t agree with her joke. In June, Kate offered an important message about those types of jokes and “Why it isn’t funny”.
Best Post by a Type Awesome
When people on insulin pumps have a high blood sugar, why is the set change the last thing we (or maybe just me) finally attempt to bring the number down? In June, Meri explained “The five stages to an unplanned set change”.
Best Story of a D-mistake
It’s not exactly a diabetes mistake. It sounds like the decisions that I am forced to make every day and every night and the consequences of those decisions. Renza told the story of the way that she was able to explain those decisions and their repercussions to a group of health care practitioners in honor of World Diabetes Day in November and, in turn answering the question in the title of her post – “Do We Need World Diabetes Day”.
Best Motivational Post
Everyone can use a little extra motivation, so it is fitting that there was (another) tie in this category. Alecia reminded us in March that sometimes we need to put ourselves out there and reach out to other people, especially when “Captain, Tenille and Dora the Explorer Take the Subway”. Then during Diabetes Blog Week, Ilana shared the mantras that have helped guide her life in the post, “D-Blog Week Day 4: Mantras and More (Telling Stories)”. Finally, in November, Renza shared her perspective on living with diabetes and the outlook she chooses to focus on with “My glass is half…”.
Best Diabetes Art
I don’t know if I should apologize for laughing at Meri’s post from April, but if you’ve ever taken a spill while trying to be extra quiet and careful after bedtime (I had an encounter with a Lego set just last night!), you will appreciate “The Fall: In Drawings”.
I think I am supposed to call it a “Suesflash” that Kelly’s comment in June on a post on Test, Guess, and Go was voted the favorite comment of the year!
Whew! What a great summary of posts from 2014. Thank you again to everyone involved.
I really, really, really need help to keep this going in 2015. If you would like to host one of the monthly lists this year, please email email@example.com. I will send you the directions all you have to do is help share on social media that you are hosting that month. I organize the list of nominations and then you get to pick your favorites!
This is the post where I typically share my holiday card including my cats in adorable Christmas costumes (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, and 2007). Unfortunately the time got away from me and I was not able to continue the tradition this year.
Thankfully my beautiful niece contributed her art to a holiday card decorating contest we had through the local JDRF office. I bought a few packages of cards, wrote my own version of the holiday newsletter in rhyming form, and got the cards in the mail a few days ago. And at midnight last night, I think I finally finished the rest of my Christmas preparations. I’m looking forward to the time off and to rest, refresh, and make memories with friends and family during this season.
Something a little different for holiday cards this year
No pictures of cats in costumes, I fear
This year I started working at JDRF to find a cure
A world without type 1 diabetes would be great for sure
We had a contest in the local office to design a holiday card
My niece’s art was included so picking what to send was not hard
Family and friends joined TriSaraTops Diabetes again for the walk
In case my pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter you didn’t stalk
Traveled to New York with family, a cousin’s wedding to celebrate
And later to Florida, seeing far away friends is always great
Wishing you a happy holiday season and Merry Christmas this year
May your new year bring happiness and times of good cheer.
It’s that time of year again – we’re wrapping up the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs of 2014. I’ve visited the posts for all of this year’s hosts and compiled their lists of the best posts for this year. It was really interesting to look back at all the posts that have been written over this past year and see all the changes we have experienced.
[If I told you it actually took me HOURS to look up all the posts and write the code for all the links in all the categories, would that make you more likely to vote? Please vote!]
From now until 12:59:59 PM PST on December 31, 2014 visit the links below (all links open in a new window so you won’t lose your place!) to select your favorite posts from 2014. Then after the first of the year, we can see the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs of 2014 as we begin sharing about our meet-ups, d-mistakes, vlogs, advocacy, humor, and all the other best moments of the diabetes community in 2015.
What was the Best Use of Humor in 2014?
- February: Moira with “Those questions we all get... (59%, 48 Votes)
- October: Renza with “The greatest advancement in diabetes” (9%, 7 Votes)
- August: The Grump Pumper with “20 Shades of D” (7%, 6 Votes)
- January: Mike with “If My Broken Pancreas Was On Social Media” (5%, 4 Votes)
- June: Scott E with “You Might Be a DOCaholic” (4%, 3 Votes)
- April: George with “Diabetes Court - Ninjabetic TV” (4%, 3 Votes)
- March: Kim with “Starch Madness” (4%, 3 Votes)
- May: Joanne with “How to handle your tubed pump when you are naked or scantily clad” (2%, 2 Votes)
- September: Catherine with “The 10 Best Things About Diabetes” (2%, 2 Votes)
- November: Courtney with “I like to laught at diabetes” (2%, 2 Votes)
- July: Dayle with “Lows and Laughter – or, the Underpants Story” (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 81
What was the Best Vlog of 2014?
- September: Melissa with (basically) all her parody videos (47%, 20 Votes)
- June: Kerri with “Video: Diabetes Complications” (21%, 9 Votes)
- October: Kim with ”A Minute.” (16%, 7 Votes)
- August: Spotted on Chris’ blog, an episode of “My Diabetes Kitchen” (7%, 3 Votes)
- February: George with “Back to D Future" - You Tube Tuesday” (5%, 2 Votes)
- January: Gavin with “How to Inject Your Insulin Into Your Arm” (2%, 1 Votes)
- November: Jen with ”missjengrieves Switches to Omnipod Pump Therapy” (2%, 1 Votes)
- April: Katie with “OmniPod: Pod Change Live” (0%, 0 Votes)
- May: Heather with “Diabetes Blog Week 2014: Day 5” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 43
What was the Best Recipe of 2014?
- April: Lindsay with “Bacon Wrapped Ghee and Garlic Chicken” (45%, 10 Votes)
- February: Katy with “Waffle Factory Tour” (23%, 5 Votes)
- May: Katy with “DBW #1 Change the World (change my grocery list)” (23%, 5 Votes)
- August: Katy with “Both Sides Now” (9%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 22
What was the Best Use of Photography in 2014?
- September: Frank with “It Was 3 Years Ago Today…” (90%, 223 Votes)
- April: Laddie with “M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E” (2%, 6 Votes)
- June: Renza with “Report Time” (2%, 5 Votes)
- October: Melissa with “More Than A Number” (2%, 5 Votes)
- February: Stephanie with “Insulin Street Art” (2%, 4 Votes)
- January: Alexis with “Guest post: Electron Microscopes and your lancets. Because science.” (1%, 3 Votes)
- March: Zakary with “Organizing Insulin Pump Supplies” (1%, 2 Votes)
- November: Jessica with “Untitled” (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 249
What was the Best Advocacy of 2014?
- August: Moira (on A Sweet Life) with “Does Diabetes Need An Ice Bucket Challenge?” (50%, 29 Votes)
- February: Melissa with “Snickers” (9%, 5 Votes)
- September (tie): Reva with “The Epic Letter of Complaint” (9%, 5 Votes)
- April: StephenS with “I’m Looking At You” (7%, 4 Votes)
- May: Scott J with “Changing the World? One Connection at a Time – dBlog Week” (7%, 4 Votes)
- September (tie): Craig with “D-Stigma in the Idaho Leadership” (7%, 4 Votes)
- March: Bennet with “Meth. Or Insulin” (5%, 3 Votes)
- January: Sue with “Baby Steps” (3%, 2 Votes)
- July: Sarah (Sugabetic) with “Keep a Close Eye on Your Eyes” (2%, 1 Votes)
- November: Sophie with “PC goes DC: Diabetes and the art of social...” (2%, 1 Votes)
- June: Chris with “Making History at Scientific Sessions” (0%, 0 Votes)
- October: Jen with “Talking to 5 News About Type 1” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 58
What was the Best Reference to a D-Celebrity in 2014?
- July: Kerri with “We Are Not Waiting: CGM in the Cloud (Part 1).” (25%, 8 Votes)
- April: Christel with “Dear Usher and the Diabetes Community…” (22%, 7 Votes)
- November: Alecia on A Sweet Life with “My First Night on the AP" (19%, 6 Votes)
- June: Sarah with “I met my favorite band last week, and we talked about diabetes” (16%, 5 Votes)
- October: Charlie with his diaversary and his wedding (16%, 5 Votes)
- August: AuntlyH with “Meet Rebecca Young, My Favorite Speedskater” (3%, 1 Votes)
- January: Katie with “Almost Famous” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 32
What was the Best Story of a D Meet-Up in 2014?
- July: Briley with “Kicking Off 25” (33%, 8 Votes)
- November: Alexis with “ Orange Juice Duty: a.k.a. In Praise of the Diabuddy” (25%, 6 Votes)
- March: Jess with “NY Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn gets social media savvy... (17%, 4 Votes)
- April: Alexis with “Copies” (8%, 2 Votes)
- June: Meagan with “Three Sweet Girls” (8%, 2 Votes)
- October: Heather with “ground control to major tom” (8%, 2 Votes)
- January: Courtney with “D-goals for 2014” (0%, 0 Votes)
- August: Alexis with “More better.” (0%, 0 Votes)
- September: Alexis with “The Why.” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 24
What was the Best Non-D Related Post of 2014?
- August: Marie with “16 Years Cancer Free” (22%, 4 Votes)
- July: Tina with “Diabetes Anxieties Where There Should Be None” (22%, 4 Votes)
- May: Colleen with “Why I’m not celebrating Mother’s Day w/ my... (17%, 3 Votes)
- November: Heather with “ and the love for what you hide” (11%, 2 Votes)
- April: Libby with “Humanity Strong” (11%, 2 Votes)
- June: Jen with “A Glimpse of Low Vision” (6%, 1 Votes)
- February: Heather with “Being Addicted to Poetic Prose: ... (6%, 1 Votes)
- January: Chris with “Yes” (6%, 1 Votes)
- March: Melanie with “The Mouse and the Bird” (0%, 0 Votes)
- October: Jenn with “You are worth more” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 18
What was the Best Post by a Type 1 of 2014?
- June: Alecia with “35?” (16%, 6 Votes)
- October: KellyK with “Diaversary: THIRTY-SEVEN Years Of Living With D... (16%, 6 Votes)
- March: George with “The Dragon and the Cliff” (16%, 6 Votes)
- August: Renza with “Brittle” (16%, 6 Votes)
- July: KellyK with “Because Sometimes Diabetes Is Hard & You Have To... (11%, 4 Votes)
- November: Jen with “ Teachable Moments” (8%, 3 Votes)
- April: Scott E with “What Excites Me” (5%, 2 Votes)
- September: Dayle with “Hypoglycemia: What I Remember vs. What Happened” (5%, 2 Votes)
- February: Meredith with “The Truth About Diabetes” (5%, 2 Votes)
- January: Renza with “The C Word” (3%, 1 Votes)
- May: Bram with “Losing My Identity From Diabetes” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 38
What was the Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified of 2014?
What was the Best Post by a Type 2 of 2014?
- June: Kate with “Why it isn’t funny” (50%, 8 Votes)
- February: R.C. with “What do you see?” (19%, 3 Votes)
- November: Kate with “Battling Stigma From Without and Within” (19%, 3 Votes)
- April: Lizmari with “Keeping the Patient Dignity” (13%, 2 Votes)
- October: Kate with “Diabetes: Not to be ignored” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 16
What was the Best Post by a Type Awesome of 2014?
- June: Meri with “The five stages to an unplanned set change” (32%, 16 Votes)
- August: Meri with “Their Diabetes” (28%, 14 Votes)
- March: Scott with “Pitstop Fail” (12%, 6 Votes)
- May: Tamara with “Running with Diabetes” (10%, 5 Votes)
- October: Mike’s dad on DMine with “Diabetes Partner... (4%, 2 Votes)
- April: Joanne with “The Ugly Underneath” (4%, 2 Votes)
- September: Hallie with “Why It's a Big Deal: Miss America, Insulin Pumps, &" (4%, 2 Votes)
- January: Olly with “Sugar Brothers” (2%, 1 Votes)
- February: Wendy with “2014 Animas National Sales Meeting: I was there for 15 (2%, 1 Votes)
- November: Wendy with “Dr. Frederick Banting in His Own Words” (2%, 1 Votes)
- July: Wendy with “Going Bionic: The Dropoff” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 50
What was the Best Story of a D-mistake of 2014?
- November: Renza with “Do We Need World Diabetes Day” (29%, 9 Votes)
- June: Reva with “Oh the irony” (16%, 5 Votes)
- January: Joanne with “Pop Quiz” (13%, 4 Votes)
- March: Katie with “A Brother, Two Weddings, and a Friend” (13%, 4 Votes)
- October: Tina with “Purple Because Aliens Don’t Wear Hats” (13%, 4 Votes)
- August: Allison with “The Case of the Possessed Dexcom Receiver” (10%, 3 Votes)
- February: Victoria with “Miss Manners got it right.” (3%, 1 Votes)
- July: Courtney with “50 Shades of Red” (3%, 1 Votes)
- May: Naturally Sweet Sisters with “Tubing Mishap” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 31
What was the Best Motivational Post of 2014?
- November (tie): Renza with “My glass is half…” (20%, 7 Votes)
- March: Alecia with “Captain, Tenille and Dora the Explorer Take the Subway” (20%, 7 Votes)
- May: Ilana with “D-Blog Week Day 4: Mantras and More (Telling Stories)” (20%, 7 Votes)
- November (tie): Celine with “ Let's Change the World” (9%, 3 Votes)
- September: George with “Voices Carry” (9%, 3 Votes)
- July: StephenS with “#dblogcheck – It’s baaaack” (9%, 3 Votes)
- November (tie): Ally with “When I Grow Up I Want To Be A… Patient” (6%, 2 Votes)
- June: Heather with “Don’t you want somebody to love?” (3%, 1 Votes)
- April: Alexis with “He Needed This” (3%, 1 Votes)
- February: A post on C’s Life with D (no longer available) (3%, 1 Votes)
- October: Alanna with “Being balanced is key” (0%, 0 Votes)
- November (tie): Chris with “The Informed Bubble” (0%, 0 Votes)
- January: Jen with “New Year, New Chat. Expanding The Site!” (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 35
What was the Best Diabetes Art of 2014?
- April: Meri with “The Fall: In Drawings” (38%, 19 Votes)
- July: Meri with “Summertime basal changes: In drawings” (24%, 12 Votes)
- September: Heather and Mike with “oh, the activated patient?” (6%, 3 Votes)
- August: Kim with “What Diabetes Awareness Month Feels Like to a PWD.” (6%, 3 Votes)
- January: Kim with “Steampunk: Diabetes Style.” (4%, 2 Votes)
- June: Tom with “An Incredible 8th Grader+Kerri Sparling+Sir Fred... (4%, 2 Votes)
- May: Katy with “Contact Detach” (4%, 2 Votes)
- March: Sarah with “Opinions” (4%, 2 Votes)
- February: Reva with “Diabetes Art Day 2014” (4%, 2 Votes)
- October (tie): Andreina with “Hand in hand, art for diabetes” (4%, 2 Votes)
- October (tie): Ginger with “Make Your Own ‘Betes Workshop” (2%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 50
What were the Best Comments of 2014?
- June: KellyK from a post on Test, Guess, and Go (32%, 8 Votes)
- March: Melissa from “Sweetly Voiced” (28%, 7 Votes)
- September: Ria from a post on Six Until Me (12%, 3 Votes)
- August: Darth Skeptic’s diabetes education on Twitter (8%, 2 Votes)
- July: Denise from a post on Six Until Me (8%, 2 Votes)
- January: Jessie from “T1D Active Living” (4%, 1 Votes)
- April: Stephen from “Happy Medium” (4%, 1 Votes)
- February: Linda from a post on Bigfoot Child Has Diabetes (4%, 1 Votes)
- May: Rhonda from “Fifteen Wait Fifteen” (0%, 0 Votes)
- October: Jennifer from “Despite my pancreas” (not currently available) (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 25
A few months after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I moved back home so I wouldn’t have to work multiple jobs while in graduate school (thanks Mom!). I was still getting used to the highs and lows of diabetes at that time and because I was taking the notoriously difficult NPH, the lows came pretty often.*
*side note: I used to think diabetes meant a person was low every day at lunch tie because I was – EVERY DAY!
One night around the holidays I was just hanging out on the couch when I suddenly felt low – desperately low. I yelled for my mom to come help me. She told me that she would be right there after she finished moving the clothes from the washer to the dryer. My (low) brain told me I couldn’t wait that long so by the time she found me I was halfway through a gift box of chocolates intended to be given a few days later to a friend. All that chocolate was not the best low treatment and I am sure now that I could have waited two more minutes for some help.
I had difficulty communicating my need for help during a low blood sugar at 22+ years old so I can’t imagine trying to communicate diabetes needs with someone who doesn’t yet have any words. That’s why I was so in awe listening to the parents in the newest group video from the You Can Do This Project. These parents all managed diabetes in their children under the age of 2.
I loved listening to the wisdom and words of encouragement and support from this group and think that they have great advice to share with anyone living with diabetes, no matter the age at diagnosis.
I had a new desk delivered to me at work yesterday. I started my job almost 3 months ago now and I have been looking forward to this new furniture almost since the first day.
As they were bringing in the boxes, one of the deliverymen asked about the organization. I explained what we do, and he explained that he was asking because he has diabetes.
He went on to explain that he was diagnosed about 10 years ago. His doctor originally thought he had type 2 diabetes but his blood glucose “skyrocketed” the first time he accidentally went a day without insulin and his diagnosis was changed shortly after that.
He had no idea what locations were on his delivery route yesterday and had never heard of our organization. I don’t believe situations like that are random or just happened by chance and I am thankful that I was able to share my story with him and connect him with some resources.
Because when you live with diabetes, even a desk delivery is never just a desk delivery.