Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ABC Wednesday - I

(The Wordless Wednesday post is beneath this post.)


I is for Insulin .......




a syringe and a bottle of insulin



Insulin injections are a daily part of life for a person with diabetes.

My Mom was 17 when she was diagnosed with this disease, and we grew up with the knowledge of her having daily injections.

By the time I was 10, she had taught me how to give her her shots, and even now, 40 years later, I still get weak knees when I give them to her.

Since she has Type 1 diabetes, she will never be free from these needles. What used to be one a day many years ago has turned into five or six a day depending on her glucose readings.

This disease runs rampant in my family, and when having children, I was so worried for them.

Watching my Mom, though, helped me realize that this treatable disease can be managed and one can still live a full life.









36 comments:

  1. Great choice for I for you. I'm glad you have come to a positive outlook about this disease. I hope they find better ways to treat it...

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  2. Insulin was a great discovery. Good post!

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  3. Very good post, with marvellous photograph and a bitter but genuine history!
    I wish exists a discovery finishes this illness that is sneaky!
    The God you it gives health and you it protects!

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  4. What a wonderful post - very educational and informative. My daughter had gestational diabetes and it has been found on both sides of her family. Did you know that Drs. Banting and Best were Canadians? :D

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  5. I am alwasy sorry to hear about anyone with diabetes, but am thankful that insulin can help to regulate blood sugars and keep people healthy!

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  6. What a great "I"post something we should all heed too and learn.

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  7. Thank you for sharing, this was a good post and hopefully inspiring to others.

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  8. wow...insulin in an injection...interesting! Actually, a very sweet post....Dot is right...it was a marvelous discovery. Hopefully they will find a cure soon.

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  9. I am fortunate that my type 2 diabetes can be controlled by diet and oral meds. I am healthier than ever in some ways because of it.

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  10. Insulin - necessarily for life!
    Good choise and focus on the I theme! :)
    Happy Easter!

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  11. Just to say your mom must be a mentally strong woman. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. A very treatable disease and education is so important in controlling it. My sister is Type 1 diabetic and leads a full and normal life ..

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  13. Diabetes is a great concern to many, more and more people are being ‘schooled’ in how to correct ones diet for instance… It is, as you pointed out, possible to live a good full life and still deal with this disease… You have a very good post…

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  14. I am sure most of us could learn to give shots if we had to , sorry you have had to!

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  15. Diabetes is tough, but thank God we have ways to at least manage it these days.

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  16. Serious post. The photograph is technically excellent.

    I loved your WW post, also.

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  17. My grandmother had diabetes and my mother had to test her urine every morning in those days.
    They always then blamed it on sugar and I grew up not taking sugar in tea or coffee as a result.

    My wife was diagnosed type 2 diabetes about a year ago - one possible benefit is that it has encouraged us to move to a more healthy diet but there are so many factors that one is never certain whether one is treating it correctly or not - our main philosophy is just to get on with it.

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  18. That's a very informative post. I'm glad your mum has shown you it's possible to deal with it. She must be a strong person putting up with that everyday.

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  19. Bless her heart. Aren't you glad they discovered insulin to help your mother? Great "I" post.

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  20. Diabetes is one of those diseases that used to be a killer. Insulin is a lifesaver.

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  21. thank goodness today there is so much more info on this disease... a lot can be done to help live a healthier and fuller life...like you said.

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  22. Great informative post. It is impotent to learn about this. Thank you for sharing:D

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  23. My dad actually had type 2, though you have my sympathy with the injections I also had a diabetic cat that needed medication every day.

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  24. Great post Kathy, I knew someone who got it later in life, we all have to watch what we eat.

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  25. I'm sorry you've had to deal with this your whole life, and your mom, too. But it's wonderful that you're pointing out how the disease can be managed. Hopefully neither you nor your daughter will develop it.

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  26. What a wonderful, and positive post. You show that having a disease doesn't mean you can't have a full life.

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  27. Thank you for the education about insulin. Great entry!

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  28. I like how you laid out the items for your shot. You are always so good at that. Anyways, my husband was recently diagnosed with pre-type 2 diabetes. We are both changing our diets drastically.

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  29. A thought provoking post - Type 2's prevalent in my family...

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  30. My son also has Juvenile Diabetes...he's 18 and was diagnosed @ the tender age of 12...he is on the pump now, which is a WONDER of modern technology..no more shots, better control AND, he has his independence..living the life a a college freshman and he's doing better than ever. My heart goes out to you...I remember giving him the shots...it just never gets easier...all the best to you and your family!!!

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  31. Type Two for me I had to lose a bunch of weight and exercise more, but it has helped me tremendously and for the better, I feel for you Kathy I know its tough.

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  32. This certainly is a novel choice for ABC Wednesday, but an excellent one, too. And thanks for your explanatory comments -- a good reminder to all of us.

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  33. Kathy sorry about your mother. This must have been really hard on you. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

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