Ok I slacked off yesterday and I actually couldn't come up with anything to write. So now that I'm kinda stuck in TX things morning, I'll take it upon myself to concentrate.
Today's installment of Diabetes Blog Week is “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”. Well me being the kinda person I am there can't be just one. So I've made a list of several things I would tell people (specifically people I know and meet) about living with diabetes.
"You have no idea what the hell you're talking about"
"Yes I ate a lot of candy as a kid. Simply because I was a kid and not a cow and spent my days eating grass"
"You cannot catch my diabetes. So to the hot chick that was hesitant about hugging me, I will never forget that"
"No my blood does not taste sweet and why are you biting me sir?
"Yes I can take my pump off dear. And no its not the same thing as that whip"
"I'm about to miss my flight. Yes, I repeat its an insulin pump"
"I'm diabetic. No its not heroin. I would be in a much different mood if this was heroin. Yes you're an idiot."
"I'm going to be really pissed if I miss my flight. I-N-S-U-L-I-N PUMP."
" You know *insert known sexy celebrity's name. Insert porn star's name in case of emergency* is a diabetic" (it doesn't have to be true because do you honestly think I can pick up a woman by telling her about Wilford Bremley??!!)
"Screw it! I'm gonna drive from Atlanta to Kansas. Where's the rental car booth? Stupid TSA!"
Enjoy your Friday folks!!
Yeah, yeah I know. You’re saying “Hey I thought this was a comedy blog!” Well if you didn’t know I am a Type 1 diabetic. I’ve been diabetic since I was 25 and I perform for diabetes benefits as well as my own creation Sugar Free Comedy. No diabetes itself isn’t funny but the crap I have to go through certainly is. But this week is Diabetes Blog Week and I wanted to participate in my own little way.
Today’s installment is about introducing you to other diabetes blogs that I think you should know about. If you knew me you would realize that I’m the worst person for this job. Why? Because I bury my head into so many other things online except blogs about diabetes. I should read more blogs about diabetes and I have lately. But prior to me finding so many blogs about diabetes I was spending a great deal of time trying to find ridiculous things online like why Anthony Bourdain is such an assclown. I mean Paula Deen seems to be a sweet enough broad that I trust her better judgment when it comes to butter. (For the record I feel that if God wanted us to be strict about our health he wouldn’t have made salt and butter taste so good together. I’m just sayin’) But Bourdain needs to chill cause he’s really not a better advocate for healthy eating. Especially in that episode of No Reservations where he’s stuffing an In and Out burger in his pie hole. What was this post supposed to be about again? Oh yeah…
Now, after I got wise and started meeting more and more people from the DOC (that’s not really a gang. Well it could be) *Diabetes Online Community* I discovered some really good blogs by some awesome advocates that I’m glad that I met.
First is Kelly Kunick at Diabetesaliciouness. What I like most about Kelly is she’s funny. I first met her through a conversation we had on Facebook and I hope I get a chance to work with her sometime. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who can look at a disease like diabetes and still find the will to help others and not feel sorry for themselves. I’m big believer in by teaching you become smarter. And I think by helping others the look past anger and self pity through humor its also a great medicine for the for the deliverer of the funny (Note: I tend to write the way I talk so please don’t blame my computer) Please check out Kelly’s blog and you’ll see what I mean!
Next is Diabetes Social Media Advocacy. Its not so much a blog but and online community. Once again Facebook had dropped a great community in my lap and it has been great getting to know them. Cherise Shockley, Scott K. Johnson and George Simmons are the folks that put it all together and they reach out across the internet looking for other like minded advocates to create and community of really great people. Each week they have a live chat through Twitter and it has a great following. If you area diabetic or you’re a diabetes caregiver you’ll love the chats as well as the BlogTalk Radio show they do every week on Thursday nights
Last and by no means least is Michelle Litchman. A few couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Salt Lake City, UT to perform for The Diabetes Mixer. It was something I’ve never seen before. A social gathering of Type 1 diabetics meeting vendors as well as experiencing entertainment and awesome food. What?! A bunch of diabetics gathered together without having to hear about horror stories of diabetes complications?! Yep, you heard me. And I was the entertainment. Much of my material is about my diabetes and the craziness I have to deal with. I was referred to Michelle about performing at the mixer and I think we were both nervous as to how it would be received. Some people aren’t very open to humor when it comes to conditions like diabetes or cancer. I know I was nervous because I wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves. I couldn’t have had a better time and Michelle and her friends who put together the Diabetes Mixer were beyond awesome. The mixer attendees keep increasing and in time I think they’re “gonna’ need a bigger boat.” Michelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in diabetes care. With all that she does she’s also studying for her Phd. ( I like being friends with doctors, it sounds cool when I hang out with other broke comedians!) Michelle offers some great personal insight to her experience working with diabetics in a comfortable manner. Usually we think that healthcare folks are always bringing the bad news and making us feel worse. We she’s not like that at all and you’ll enjoy every post.
This is only a fraction of the great diabetes blogs and online advocates so definitely do a search for others or use the ones I wrote about to help you find more. Here’s to Diabetes Blog week!! See ya’ tomorrow.