Diabetapedia and Check-in Day

In looking up a reference URL to link here for DOC (Diabetes Online Community), I came across said link to Diabetapedia.com – am I just slow on the uptake of finding this? How long has this been around? Have any of you guys submitted information to it? And does anyone else think they are kind of stealing Kerri’s tagline? I’m not sure how I feel about this…..I really like the idea of a diabetes-wikipedia-type site, but I guess I am a little suspicious when anything is sponsored/run by “big pharma.” There always seems to be a (not-so) secret agenda of them getting money and marketing from it, and regardless of who provides the information, there’s always something in the back of my mind that questions their motivations and the data that’s given because I feel they have their own agenda behind providing it.  I must noodle on this a bit more.

Switching gears (because I’m a bit off-kilter this morning after enjoying too much Stark Raving wine this weekend), how often is it that we let others in the DOC know that we read what they post, understand where they are coming from, and give them that little piece of moral support that can help them learn a new diabetes tip, or motivate them out of a bad case of diabetes burnout? Probably not often enough! So, today, if you’re reading this blog, please post a comment – even if it’s just a “check!” to say you’re here and you read this.  Chris at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia had this idea, and I’m participating today as well (as soon as I have time enough to read all the blogs I need to.)

Another switching of gears….we got some much needed relief from the heat yesterday at the misty-water-zone area at the Durham Museum of Life & Science. We took Penny there for the 1st time since she’s become a truly aware little person (the time we went when she was 8 months doesn’t count, since all she did that visit was sit in the stroller, sip milk, cry, poop and pee in a diaper, and nap. Oh, how life has changed!)
Kids in the MistFunny with my buddy Seth!One cool kid.

Games Kids Play

Over Memorial Day weekend, our family traveled to the NC mountains area to visit friends who have a 4 year old son. Our “vacations” are quite different now that we have a kid – the focus is more on finding things we ALL will enjoy instead of it being a sight-seeing adventure for just myself and my husband. Visiting friends who have children is a win-win because, since our daughter is a rambunctious and curious 2 year old, we knew we were heading to a kid-friendly house that would provide plenty of new distractions, and would hopefully hold some fun for all of us. Our daughter could be involved in various kid-activities and play games with their son, and while they were self-entertaining, it might allow us parents to play some games of our own – like Settlers, Puerto Rico, and Tichu.

Bless you!

Tichu special cards – Mah Jong, Dog, Dragon, Phoenix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Penelope and Magnus (code names invented to protect our innocent kids who may not want their names splashed all over the internet) had an awesome time playing together with his drum-set, guitars, rescue helicopter, train set, and even built (with some parental assistance) a fortress/tunnel out of couch pillows and ottoman cubes.

Then a game seemed to sprout up mysteriously (to the untrained diabetic eye) where they took these little Leap-Frog game cartridges and lifted up their shirts to put them underneath. I heard them saying “meh-sin” (medicine) a lot, and then they would run around and show these cartridges to us. It was funny how both of them had one, and would mimic doing the exact same thing.

Of course I knew where this game had originated – the night before, they caught me pulling out my pump from underneath my shirt and giving myself a bolus before dinner. “What’s that?” Magnus asked. “It’s my medicine, ” I said. “It helps me be able to eat and process my food so I can have the energy to be healthy and strong.”

Penelope has always been curious about all my diabetic accoutrements – insulin pump, CGM site on my thigh, and testing my sugar using the finger-stick meter. She’s getting old enough now that I’ve started giving her a little more information about my “meh-sin” and how I take care of myself. I follow several other diabetes patient blogs (like SixUntilMe) where the bloggers have children of similar ages to Penelope, so I’m paying attention to the various conversations people have with their kids surrounding diabetes. I don’t ever want to scare her or make her worry about me, but I do want her to be cognizant and informed about my condition. Always a new frontier where diabetes and my family is concerned 🙂