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Entries from September 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009


MSoD and NDD

There are two things I wanted to tell you about today.


“Making Sense of Diabetes” – This is an awesome project. You should check it out and get involved. Here’s the deal in a nutshell.

To enter the “Making Sense of Diabetes” contest, anyone with diabetes over the age of 18 is asked to record and submit to MakingSenseofDiabetes.org a video (up to three minutes run time) that demonstrates life with diabetes through one of the five senses. The online video submission should express creativity and originality, be truthful, and convey emotion in a compelling, evocative and personal way.

Each week submissions about different senses will be accepted. (all times are PST)

Sight: Sept. 28, 2009 at 12:01am thru Oct. 4, 2009 at 11:59pm

Hearing: Oct. 5, 2009 at 12:01am thru Oct. 11, 2009 at 11:59pm

Touch: Oct. 12, 2009 at 12:01am thru Oct. 18, 2009 at 11:59pm

Smell: Oct. 19, 2009 at 12:01am thru Oct. 25, 2009 at 11:59pm

Taste: Oct. 26, 2009 at 12:01am thru Nov. 1, 2009 at 11:59pm

Keep an eye out, there may just be a submission or two from someone you know. J

SECOND (and on the flipside)

“No D-Day!”

Tomorrow the plan is to not tweet, blog, or even chat about the D. Not that it doesn’t matter. Not that it should be ignored. There is a lot more to us then a disease and for one day a year, I think we should focus outwardly about those other things.

Every October 1st is going to be “No D-Day” for me from now on. If you decided to blog about anything but diabetes tomorrow, please use this pic at the top of your post so it can quickly be identified as No D-Day post! (I think the hashtag should be #nodday on twitter)

Thank you to all of those who jumped on board. I think it goes to show that we all need a break.

Can't wait for tomorrow AND to hopefully see your submission to MSoD!


You Tube Tuesday #139

This is a Two for Tuesday kind of a day. And it's double the Ninja so double the fun! Wait, that makes no sense at all.

Anyhow, my sister Anna told me to search good old You Tube for my high school and see what I could find. Lo and behold I found a couple of SWEET clips from when I was drum major my senior year.

This first one is a little over a month after I was diagnosed (and do I look like I was type 2 at the time?) and my first parade of the year since I missed the first 2 due to the D. Damn the D!

Check out the mad twirling skills!

Now this one is from the last parade of the year AND the only parade I placed 1st in!

Check out the First Place skills!

That performance was one of the best days of
my high school career.

Maybe even the very best!

After a year of missing so much school, being in and out of the doctors office and trying to
understand what this disease was all about,
It was good to do something that proved to
myself that the D would not hold me back.



No D-Day

I get tired of diabetes.

You all know what I mean when I say that, but I mean it in a different way. I sit down to the computer and I read tweets about diabetes. I read blogs about diabetes. I look at websites about diabetes.

When I am off of the computer I check my blood sugar several times a day. Make sure my pump is working and has insulin in it. I am now working with Symilin and a continuous glucose monitoring system to try and better tighten up my numbers.

I get tired of diabetes.

The thing is that I love to read about all of you. I love to know what is going on and how I can help or support you. This community is on my mind all the time because you are all apart of a family, my diabetes family. I celebrate your triumphs and cry with you when you have hardships.

I just want a break.

Maybe we should plan a day to not let diabetes into our blogs or tweets or browsers. Do you think that would be a good idea? One day when we talk about other stuff in life. Not even say the D word!

Now of course I do not mean ignore your disease. You have to still take your medicine and check your blood, but wouldn’t it be great to read all of our tweets and blogs and never EVER mention this stupid disease?

I think it would be a challenge but also kind of cool. We may learn some other stuff about each other that we may have in common besides a dumb disease.

So here’s the deal. On October 1st, I will celebrate “No D-Day” and completely avoid blogging or tweeting about diabetes.

Let me know if you want to do it too.


Ninjabetic Vlog - 9-25-09

Just a vlog on what I've been thinking about and what's been going on.



You Tube Tuesday #138

This video makes me thankful for many things.

My wife.

Not being a girl. (How do you girls put up with some stuff guy's say?)

eHarmony. (I know several happy relationships because of it and this way of finding a date seemed pretty rough.)