Wednesday, December 5, 2012

One Year Blogiversary/The Anti-Wordless Wednesday

Yesterday was actually my one year blogiversary, and I didn't even realize it! I was thinking about it today, so I checked to see what day I posted my first post on this blog, and it was December 4, 2011! Creepily enough, I posted 1 year and exactly 12 hours after my first post. Yesterday's post was posted at 10:33 PM and last December's post was posted at 10:33 AM. *DUN DUN DUN*

My pump battery also decided to give me the low battery alarm last night, so I decided I would change it tomorrow (which is now today) after school. My pump thought otherwise. It gave me the alarm at 9 AM-ish, so I had to walk all the way across the practice football field to get a lithium battery. (My high school has two campuses because it used to be a middle school and separate high school, but a new building for the middle school was built, so now my high school has to building separated by a practice football field.) Then I had to completely rewind/load cartridge/prime my  pump, even though I have to change it tonight.

I also have a new idea. I was reading Rachel's blog post and came up with an awesome idea. What if I made a diabetes starter kit for newly diagnosed children and teens? (I would make one for each group.) This could be an amazing Silver/Gold Award project, and maybe the DOC adults could work together to make a diabetes starter kit for adults! It would probably be a binder with printed pages about diabetes, what it is like, and actual quotes from people their age with diabetes. There would also be plenty of blog links/online resources on a website for my starter kit. I'll keep you guys updated on the current status of that project.

If you read yesterday's blog post, you would know that I wrote a piece for this year's yearbook. It ended up being way too long. (It was one full page typed...) It ended up being this paragraph instead:
Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am a type 1 diabetic. I've had type 1 diabetes for almost 9 years now. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease caused when the beta cells in the Isle of Langerhans inside your pancreas attack themselves. These beta cells usually produce insulin, a hormone your body makes to convert the carbohydrates from food into the energy you use. Since I have diabetes, I have to give myself insulin through an insulin pump. An insulin pump is a cell phone sized device that gives me insulin with a few clicks of a button through a tiny tube (called a site) inserted into my arm, leg, or stomach. It probably seems like an annoying disease to you, but it has introduced me to so many amazing opportunities! I am part of the DOC (Diabetes Online Community,) an amazing group of diabetics that are there for each other all of the time. To connect with the DOC, I have a blog where I talk about the crazy diabetes-related stuff that goes on in my life; I participate in Twitter chats with other diabetics; and most importantly: I support other diabetics as they go through hard times. On the other hand, diabetes can be annoying. I have to visit the endocrinologist every three months. I also have to constantly prick my finger to test my blood and change my site every three days. I may have type 1 diabetes, but I'm okay with that because I can still have fun. 
Yep, that is a lot shorter, but I fit it into the fourth of a page I was given. C:

Oh, here is my picture for this pretty much Anti-Wordless Wednesday:

I forgot to take the blue thing off before inserting my site. I didn't realize this until a few hours later...
 Moral of Story: I type a lot.


  1. I'm so glad that my post inspired you to try something awesome like that!

    I think having some sort of information packet when leaving the hospital (or while trapped there!) would have helped us get started with the learning process... way better than a video from the 80s.

    Happy Blogiversary!

  2. Hey Sarah!

    Matt here from the Type 1 Diabetes Network in Australia. You may be interested in our Starter Kit for newly diagnosed adults - can be found here:

    We are close to releasing our 4th version of the document over the coming months.

    Just thought it might be useful! Let me know if I/we can help.



  3. @Insulin Pumps Need Tetris
    Nice blog name & thanks for the kit, I might use it for some inspiration! C:


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