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Shots Shots Shots

May 16, 2013

We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).

DBlog Week 2013

When I interned with a child life specialist in college, we brought oranges and fake needles filled with water to an elementary school for a health career fair. The kids were able to give the oranges a shot in order to become more comfortable around needles. At the end of the day I called my mother to find out why she never had me do that.  Once she stopped laughing she explained that they tried, but I wanted nothing to do with it.

I remember giving myself shots long before I would measure my insulin.  Holding the insulin bottle and the needle and making sure it all stayed straight was tough work with little hands.  I remember there was some magnetic contraption at one point so I could do it on the fridge, but I remember that being more frustrating than not being able to do it at all.  When I went to camp before fourth grade, dinner was our first meal with the medical staff.  We were given our insulin, needles, and how much to take, told to find a counselor and off we went to draw up our insulin.  I sat and did it as though I had been doing it for years.  Of course I hadn’t, but no one knew that.  When camp was over, I kept drawing up my shots, unless I was extra low, or tired, or sometimes I just didn’t want to, but for the most part, I did it.  I realize that this accomplishment is almost 20 years old, but it is still the one that sticks out most in my mind.

Thank you to Karen for hosting and to Hilary for the topic suggestion.  If you’d like to see the rest of the DBlog Week Accomplishments, here they are!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2013 8:11 AM

    Way to go, Little Briley! Now that you take care of kids, you can EXTRA appreciate what an accomplishment that was for little you.

    That magnetic thing sounds so kind-hearted, even though ineffective!

  2. May 16, 2013 8:21 AM

    I still haven’t done that – used a syringe. I started on pens and now my Ping. I do have some though, just in case…

  3. May 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    I don’t want to say that I “missed out” on things like that by being diagnosed in adulthood, but it’s an amazing experience to read stories like yours.

    Giving myself my first shot was a huge accomplishment.

  4. May 17, 2013 1:15 AM

    Since I was diagnosed just after 4th grade, I was intrigued by the whole process and fancied myself important and professional when I drew everything up and gave my injections. I often wonder how I’d have adjusted if I had started with someone else handling my syringes. Great story, Briley!

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