Welcome to Blood Sugar Blog! The purpose of this blog is to provide my own thoughts and ideas to you the reader in order to start conversations. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February of 2011 and I remember how lost I felt at that time. In a matter of a couple short weeks my entire life changed. Besides the typical office appointments, I had no one to ask simple questions about day to day routines. For example, “Do I need to take my new glucometer, insulin, needles, and glucagon emergency kit with me when I go to the grocery store now?” (Eventually I figured out the answer to this is NO!) I would love for this site, the posts, and subsequent discussions to provide relatable peer to peer experiences and advice to anyone seeking personal experience with diabetes.
My name is Jeremy and I am currently a 2nd year Physician Assistant student at Des Moines University trying to balance school, a family, and type 1 diabetes. As part of a final project, my class was given broad instructions but one requirement was to find something we were passionate about. Some of my classmates struggled to decide what to do but it only took me about 5 seconds to make my mind up. I wanted to create this blog in order to allow questions and discussion. Differing opinions are great to offer so everyone can make their own informed decisions and that can happen here.
While diabetes is intimately intertwined with my life and something that I never go very long without thinking about, it is not something I talk much about. My wife is keenly aware and my family is generally familiar with the disease but outside of this small group, it is not something I discuss often. It’s not that I have trouble talking about diabetes but depending on a person’s level of understanding I find I often must start with a 20 minute lecture on what Type 1 Diabetes is before we can delve into substantive conversation. For this reason I rarely go out of my way to talk about it. Another reason I don’t talk about it is because I don’t want to use diabetes as a reason to be treated differently. I have encountered others with type 1 diabetes who use it as an excuse or a disability rather than a unique struggle much like every person has. I don’t want to play the part of a victim because I am very blessed and know things could always be much worse.
On a final note I want to stress that information presented on this site is opinion based and should not replace a treatment plan anyone agrees upon with their medical provider.
I hope you enjoy the site. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions. Thanks!