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andthereshestood said: THANKS!(idk why i want to share a t1d so 1st story)1st time i saw him low(didnt tell me that grumpy/sleepy can=lbs) i tried to get him out of bed & after an hour of pleading &his grunts, his roommate casually says "he looks low-feed him" i tried cheese&applesauce(his go-to) he threw both across the room. but recovered enough to be coherent w/ me. he later asked why his room was covered w/ food &refused to believe it was him & i kept laughing @ how that was all that mattered to him after all that

Awww. But now you know! And some people get soooo loopy with lows. (I kept claiming that this was my mortal end last time and my boy was like, “…no.”) 

Here at FYDC, we we really appreciate that you care so much about this guy. He’s lucky to have you!! Thank you so much for asking and for sharing this story! 

-K

charmelic said: I'm a "new" pumper and by that I mean the last pump I had was 5 years ago. I've only tried to put a site on the top of my thigh and it was painful an a bleeder and I want to try my legs again I just have no idea where. Please help

Make sure you are doing the outer parts of your thighs—the mid/inner part tends to have more blood vessels. Here’s a lil diagram (good sites are in the green boxes)

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On the other hand, I avoid my legs completely just because I’ve had so many issues there? I know it’s odd and no one likes to think about using their butt but like, upper butt works really well if you can figure out the right placement so you aren’t sitting on it and it’s not in the way of a waistband.

Not every site is gonna work for everyone. Don’t be too scared to try a new placement!

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On the other hand, I use my legs almost exclusively. I love to do it there. My doctor does not. (mostly because absorption is best in the tummy). Mostly what Sarah said. I find that mid, almost a little upper, thigh is the most comfy for me (though I have a generous amount of squish there) going to high on the leg has left scarring and memories of the pump war for me - like you said, PAIN. Find the squish and a place that doesn’t make you want to cringe to death when you insert. 

Honestly, if you keep trying and it just is one giant suck-fest after another, the upper butt is rumored to be a great place to go (and by rumored, I mean, my sister almost doesn’t like putting it anywhere else) People have fave spots, and that’s okay. The leg doesn’t have to be yours. (but it can be!) Practice makes perfect? That advice sounds not great, but I unfortunately think it’s true. 

-Kerry

andthereshestood said: so my boyfriend has t1d and was diagnosed 23 years ago, and i was wondering, as a diabetic, what is the best way to support someone when they start panicking about future diabetic related problems, or during a bout of hypo/hyperglycemia etc. These are topics I never dealt with before meeting him, and I want to be there for him the best I can, but i also know that there are common (unknown to me) pet peeves that can just make the situation worse

The most helpful thing, I think for me, during a high/low is having my significant other just simply ask, “what can I get you?” or “what do you need?” There have been times I’ve just been cowering in bed with a low bemoaning my life and saying I’m going to die and he’ll just be like, “I’m gonna get you an airhead [or whatever preferred sugar], what flavor do you want?” or with a high, “I’m gonna get you a glass of water”. We can be super irrational during hypos/hypers so just being a soothing presence is honestly, I think, the most helpful. 

As for the future stuff, I know hearing “everything will be okay” or “don’t worry about it” doesn’t help ever. Because there’s a huge chance it won’t be okay and that’s terrifying. I think trying to understand the fear and where it’s coming from is super helpful. I know it’s vague and probably unhelpful, but just supporting and listening to the fear and validating it is the best. I know all humans react differently to things, but validation is 100% never the wrong way to go. 

This is mostly how I see it. If anyone else on here has another way they like this to be dealt with, feel free to comment. I hope this helps somewhat!

-Kerry

Yep! What Kerry said. I think knowing the signs of hypos and hypers can really help, and knowing how to treat both. We can get SUPER irrational in both. Sometimes when I’m low I struggle deciding what to eat so I just forget? It’s not good.

In terms of pet peeves, I think the best thing to do is to not assume anything? Like try and get rid of any perceptions or judgments you have or things you think you know and really open up to hearing what diabetes means for him.

Honesty it’s just really cool that you care this much!

-Sarah

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As a current substitute teacher, I tend to judge other adults who excuse a child’s poor behavior on a “sugar high.” They’re excited that they get candy, not “hyped up” on sugar. Trust me, they’d be irritable and grumpy if they had a sugar-high.

As a current substitute teacher, I tend to judge other adults who excuse a child’s poor behavior on a “sugar high.” They’re excited that they get candy, not “hyped up” on sugar. Trust me, they’d be irritable and grumpy if they had a sugar-high.