crazy going slowly am i 6,5,4,3,2,1,-switch!
for many, many years, i pretty much ignored Diabetes. by that i mean, i just didn't talk about it much. i did not advertise my Diabetes. i played along, by occasionally testing my BG. i counted carbs sometimes. i did my MDI's based solely on how i "felt" at the time and a lot of swagging. obviously my family knew i was diabetic. my friends knew. some of the people i worked with knew (but probably only because of a low blood sugar episode).
Diabetes was my private demon.
so over the course of the last year or so, i have taken ownership of my Diabets. i test somedays up to 10x. i now have an insulin pump. i have become a lot more vocal about it. and a lot more obvious. i am not really afraid to talk about Diabetes. to educate people when it seems necessary.
i plainly wear my pump hanging out of my pocket. i test in public if i need to. i started blogging, instead of just creeping. i wear my Blue Circle lapel pin everyday! in september i even got a tattoo telling the world i am a Type 1 Diabetic.
and yet, i really don't know any other Type 1's in "real life". i think i have mentioned this before. i have an estranged niece with Type 1. i work with a lady who is coming to terms with her Type 2. i met with a women from Medtronic when i was deciding on which pump to go with who was a Type 1. but this isn't what i need.
i need to be able to meet people. have a coffee (or diet pop), talk about diabetic things, face to face.
i love the DOC, don't get me wrong. i really do. and i think it is what's pushing me forward to being more active in the D-world.
i have thought about volunteering with my local chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Assoc. i have thought about attending one of their Information & Support Group Sessions. the problem with these is the time of day. i have a list of sessions all the way up to June. each and every one takes place at 10:00am - 11:30am. this, unfortunately, is not a good time of day for me.
i need to find another way to meet up with other PWD's. i cant be the only one. there have to be others.
my family thinks i have gone off the deep end. they ask why i feel the need to meet others. i try to explain it to them, but for the most part, they just don't get it. i think, out of all of them, my daughters are more able to relate, especially my youngest. and in all honesty, i don't really even understand this new need. i just know it is something i need to do.
i would greatly appreciate any ideas any of you may have, on how to go about meeting others.
should i take out an ad in the local paper? should i put up notices in the local grocery stores? perhaps a radio announcement?
"Hi. My name is Kim. I am a Type 1 Diabetic in desperate need of meeting other PWD. if you too are looking, call me at ***-***-****. lets meet up for coffee"
i am slowly going crazy, 1,2,3,4,5,6, switch ~ crazy going slowly am i 6,5,4,3,2,1 switch!!