Archive for November, 2010


Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

So I was invited to Dubai next December – pretty cool hey?  I am to speak of my life after islet transplant – and good thing too – as I know a few things about that!

I will probably have 30 minutes to speak, and then some Q and A – which is great.  In return I get 5 days in a hotel in Dubai.  Good trade I would say!

St. John’s NL Presentation

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

A few people asked for it, so here you go.  Of course no Audio – if you want email me your phone number and I would be happy to explain them…  Thanks to @VirtueB and @j2hanson for the technical advice in the conversion.  It is not perfect, but likely good enough.

Guest Post Goodness…

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

So thanks to Kathleen over at Bradley and Me, and Cherise at Diabetes Social Media Advocacy for the opportunity to guest post over the last little while.  It is always nice to see someone else post what you write – then you know people are actually interested – and you have a bit of an audience.

Basically – I broke up a longer story into more manageable bits.  The first part is on Kathleen’s site and covered why I needed a transplant  Part two went to Cherise – and recapped the testing and waiting part of an islet transplant.

Part three, oh part three.  You I shall tackle as soon as I can….

What would a cure mean to you?

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

What would a cure for diabetes mean for me?

Lest we Forget….

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918), Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

6 things I want you to know about diabetes

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

  1. I never ever asked to have diabetes.
  2. I did not eat too much sugar as a kid.
  3. I am allowed to eat whatever I damn well please.  I just need to compensate more then you do when you eat the same thing.
  4. I am stronger because I have diabetes in some ways, but weaker in others.  Its a trade-off.
  5. Having Diabetes friends helps.  A lot.
  6. Diabetes sucks.

I am not home today -

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

But you can find some thoughts over at Bradley and Me.  My first ever guest blog!!

Bayer A1CNow test…

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

So a couple weeks ago when I was in Edmonton for the Canadian Diabetes Association AGM – at the trade show there was a Bayer booth – and they were showing off a 5 minute A1C test that is designed for doctors offices, pharmacies – that type of thing.  So I thought – let’s test it out.


30 Diabetes Posts in 30 days!?

Monday, November 1st, 2010

November is Diabetes Month (amongst others like Movember!).  November 14, is Frederick Bantings Birthday – and is now recognized by the United Nations as World Diabetes Day.

Because of all this – I will attempt 30 diabetes posts in 30 days to post as I can about various topics that cross my mind.  May not have a ton of islet stuff this month, but it may pop up here and there.

I have had Diabetes for 10105 days.  If not for the transplant – at 4 glucose tests per day, and 4 insulin injections per day – I would have a minimum of 40420 each.

Diabetes Fact:  Ancient doctors would test for diabetes by tasting the urine of a suspected sufferer of diabetes. Sweet urine is high in glucose, suggesting the presence of diabetes.  Aren’t you glad you are not an Ancient doctor!