February 14, 2010

A Ninja Thank You

Recently, Mike and I had the honor of being featured in a NinjaBetic VLog. That was awesome.

He made a video recently featuring a special gift we sent him this past week. Here it is below:

This was awesome. Thanks for the shout-out, George. I'm honored and LOVED IT!

Here's the story behind this ninja-making project. Mike for many years has claimed he's a ninja, something that goes back to his college newspaper days when this apparently was a joke. Anyhow, when we discovered NinjaBetic and his great D-Blog, it changed everything and the Ninja-themes became more diabetes-focused. Then, one day he showed me a blog about how Kerri at Six Until Me got a little surprise gift in the mail - a mini-ninja. Thought that was cool, and it gave me the idea to make one. Christmas just seemed like the best time.

So, the XmasNinja Lance was born. Complete with little Lancet-made NinjaStar and numchucks. Classicly awesome-ness.

Making Lance was pretty inexpensive and easy to do. Apparently, Mike saw the "ninja" pattern laying around the house while cleaning before Christmas. But he says he didn't see the final product, and was so incredibly geeked about it once opening the gift. His parents were in town, and they probably thought it was a little strange - even with an explanation. But, we had a blast.

Since then, Lance has hung out in various places around the house and just been around to watch over things. We wanted to send one to George, being the inspiration for this whole thing. After his blog, Mike blogged about it on The Diabetic's Corner Booth and the reaction on Twitter has been great. Someone even asked if I was going to start a business making these ninjas. Funny. Like I'm crafty like that. Making more ninjas or even for a profit wasn't the point and not something that interests me. This was simply a fun little craft project and I had the joy of making a few extras to have on hand and send out to those D-Friends who've made a difference to us -like G who it's in honor of. That's a fun way to say thank you, and that's all. Hope it's enjoyed.

February 6, 2010

Pet Peeves

After watching Oprah's show on Thursday about the growing epidemic of Diabetes, it got me thinking about some of the things her and Dr. Oz mentioned and how much they irritated me.  While much of the information mentioned was true, it wasn't in the correct format and the use of a Type 1 to show the side effects to Type 2 diabetic seems slanderous (not sure if that's even the correct term, but it sounds good). 

Anyway, it got me thinking about many of the "terms" one uses when talking about this disease, how they are incorrect and my thoughts behind their meaning.  So, here we go...

1) "Got sick" - When you "get sick", you can "get well".  You can recover from the flu or heal from a broken bone, but you don't recover or heal from a disease.  Sorry, it just doesn't work that way.  When people find out that Mike is diabetic, they ask when he got sick.  Well, he doesn't have the flu so he's not sick - he was diagnosed at 5.  Same thing for some Type 2's I know, they didn't get sick 2 years ago; they were diagnosed 2 years ago.

2) "Bad food" - There is no such thing as a bad food.  All foods are good, IN MODERIATION.  It's called a serving size.  The only "bad foods" are the ones that we are allergic to.  For me, any form is seafood is a bad food for me.

3) "Wouldn't understand, you're not diabetic" - That's true, I'm not diabetic.  It it's such an awful disease, you should be thankful that another person doesn't have to go through what you've gone through.  But at the same time, you don't know what it's like to be me - to have my thoughts or feelings or even go through my own personal health issues.

4) "Your waist should be half of your height to avoid diabetes" - Thank you Dr. Oz.  If this is true for me, I would underweight and my doctor would have issues with this.

5) "You'll pass it on to your children" - Yes, this can be true.  But we can also pass on the fact that I have hazel eyes and Mike has brown.  My mom has green eyes so there's a chance they can get that too, heaven forbid.

6) "Can you eat that?" - See bad food pet peeve.  If you're not allergic to it and actually have the capability to eat it, then it's not a problem.  Just dose correctly for it - oh, and don't complain afterward that you shouldn't have eaten it. 

7) "Is he OK?" - The assumption of being high or low when acting silly.  Mike enjoys quoting movies and making up stories about the dog being a black cochroach or the cat being an iguana.  The cochroach or iguana stories rarely leave the house, but the movie quotes do.  We have a friend and sometimes when Mike will text him with quotes, the friends response to me is normally "Is Mike off his meds?"

8) "Pre-diabetic or border-line diabetic" - To me, this is like saying that we are pre-children.  It's a stupid phrase.

9) "High at 121" - This is mainly for Type 2's who test their sugar and take the test results to the extreme when they are not in the "normal range".  Result is 121, while the normal range is 80 to 110.  The world is going to end!!

10) "Maybe if you had taken care of yourself, you wouldn't have developed diabetes" - This is for Type 1 and the people who seem to believe that those who were diagnosed at 13 months, if they had more exercise in their daily lives, Diabetes wouldn't have happened.

These are just some of my Diabetic pet peeves.  There are more, but a list of 10 is a good start.  What are some of your pet peeves (they don't all have to relate to Diabetes)?  Maybe we can all learn something about eachother and how communication can effect us.

February 2, 2010

Randomly Posted

The Shadow Cat.

Eying Me.

Wondering why I haven't posted more blogs....

Yes. Sorry cat. I'll do better.