Friday, May 08, 2009

Ninjabetic Vlog - A Familiar Situation

Diabetes is a pain. But it is even more of a pain when it gets in the way of everyday life. I was able to catch diabetes in the act of doing just that and decided to share this with you all.

This may not be one of my most entertaining vlogs but as you watch it, I think you will understand why I needed to share it.



Unknown said...

I've never dropped down below 90! But from the way I feel at 90, I KNOW I'd know something was wrong at 53! I'm a new diabetic so my head starts hurting alot at 90.

George said...

What is scary is, the more often you are down in that range, the less you can feel. I thought I was just tired from running around until I stopped and I could not draw a breath. Not to mention I was shaking. Ugh I hate it.

Take Care R.L.

Crystal said...

I cried Ninja.

I hate Lows. SO unfair.
Watching someone else go through this... Kills me.

((((hugging You right now))))

I HATE this disease!!!!!

and really Google Word Verification, REALLY? --> expires


Karen said...

Your face said it all - and I know that look so well. A few weeks ago, I tested before my ballroom lesson and was absolutely shocked to see a 41 (and even worse, I had just been driving). No symptoms, until I saw the 41 and they all came rushing in. Drank juice and ate smarties and tried to dance, but couldn't. Decided to sit down for a few minutes and let Pea dance with the instructor - but she told us to just go home and we could come back the next day for our lesson. I have never felt so humiliated as I did leaving the dance studio that day. I know we shouldn't let blood sugar results make us feel like failures, but it's so hard not to. Thank you for sharing yours with us.

Here's to a "flat" weekend - as in a flat-line graph of blood sugars. At 100, of course!!

Kerri. said...

George, you looked mad. And that's how I feel sometimes when I'm low - that snapppy, angry, frustrated, sort of want to cry but instead will be ranty feeling. :(

I identified with this vlog so much. Because it was like looking in a mirror.

Only in the reflection, there was a wicked awesome Ninja. Which was a nice turn of events. :)

Chin up, my friend. You are totally not alone.

Araby62 (a.k.a. Kathy) said...

Glucose tabs...mmm, crunchy ;-) (Sorry, just trying to find some funny there...)

You summed it up perfectly--sometimes the D just sucks. I *hate* having to pause life when lows/highs intrude, and it pains me to have it affect my husband & family too. And like you & Karen, sometimes I don't feel a thing until 'that' number appears...then it hits me like a wave. Sneaky bugger, that D.

Hang in there bro. I hope you have a 'Target Range' weekend too!


P.P.S. Word verification is 'wins'--it's a sign, dude ;-)

Anonymous said...

George, THANK YOU for sharing. As a mom of a young adult with t1d, I appreciate how well you expressed how truly shitty you felt.

For those of us on the outside, we may never fully grasp the gravity of the real experience, but the more we learn, the easier it is to want to be in a position to be as helpful, non-judgmental, and caring as possible.

I suppose that scenario may very well be one my son will experience someday and I hope he too will have wonderful children who have empathy and love for their dad as your children have for you.

Thank you again. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Dang man, watching that made me a little homesick.

Lows stink man. I hate how they put a stop to whatever is going on. Especially when it is having fun with your kids.

I think it is so awesome that your kids are understanding, but also feel you on why that too sucks.

I'm glad you shared that video, as it helps us all know we are not alone, and helps others see (although from the outside) what we have to deal with. Major suckage.

JaimieH said...

Happy in-range weekend my brother...(((HUGS)))

I think what gets to me is not only the highs and lows but the 'time' in general it takes away from my husband and kids...the other day I cleaned out 2 cabinets, my closet, a box in garage, plus I had just got my big box from animas...put them all in the living room to sort out all the misc. stuff I've accumulated...I started to just have this overwhelming feeling of guilt...from all the seconds,minutes, hours, of testing, reading, injecting and learning about the big D....what if I could add up all those hours of my life and play more basketball with my kids, take more bike rides, read more books with them, spend more quality time with hubby....but those are all what ifs...

on the blessing side George, look at what you are teaching your children ...your children are your mirror image and I know from being around them the short time I have that you have mirrored great qualities into your children...strength, determination, compassion, commitment, hope! and OH so much more! Your children will not remember bringing you glucose tabs and putting test strips in machines as much as they will remember that their dad was warrior with a super-D undershirt!

Molly said...

Lows suck. I HATE when diabetes gets in the way and changes your plans. sigh.
Teddy is so cute! Funny, at the end when you called him over you grabbed his snout. I have found out that I grab Dixie's snout when I'm low. Not sure if it's emotion and I'm smitten with her cuteness, or if it's security like don't leave me...
Anyway. Here's to an in range weekend.

Sara said...

George -

You are not allowed to make me cry. :(

karend1 said...

Breaks my heart.

Please always remember that you are so very very lucky to have children that love you, with or without diabetes.

I chose not to have children and so regret it.

My four year old niece sometimes pushes the buttons on my pump and then says to her mother, mommie, I gave Auntie Karen her medicine, oooo what a feeling of love I feel when she says that.

Sooo... your kids helping you out may be something you hate, but know this, they love helping you.