For today’s post I’ll be talking about Charlie. Another cool friend through the awesome Facebook group Diabuddies Support Group . I’m asking him the same questions and he’s just giving his responses. Keep on reading to hear more about Charlie.
What type of diabetes do you have?
Charlie: Type 1
How long have you had diabetes?
C: 25 yrs
How did you manage, growing up?
C:I was 29 yrs old so I went to an endocrinologist
What was hardest for you and your family — emotionally? Or financially?
C: Emotionally, and I also have great insurance
What treatment do you use to treat your diabetes?
C: I use a pump and a cgm
How often do you have to test your glucose levels?
C: 8 plus times a day and use a cgm
What kind of insulin do you take?
What insulins have you had throughout your diabetic career?
C: R. N and Humalog
How well do you think you manage your diabetes?
C: Pretty good
Can you recognize the symptoms of a low/high blood sugar?
C:With low,yes and highs not so much
What symptoms do you get, and how often?
C: Tiredness, confusion, sweating, but not that often
What do you eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner? When?
C: I eat what ever I want but I will eat around 7 am, noon, and 6:30
Do you vary your insulin dose if you eat something that is not really good for you?
Do you eat snacks or have drinks in between meals?
C: Yes to both
Do you eat vegetables and drink lots of water?
C: I love veggies and yes I drink about 8 bottles a day
Do you ever skip meals or find the diet restrictive?
C: I don’t really follow a diet
Do you get annoyed when people ask if you should be eating a certain food?
C: big time
Do you do anything else to manage diabetes better?
C: Yes, I exercise
What is the hardest part of being diabetic? And the best part?
C: The hardest part is worrying about my health. The best part is the great friends I have found
Does your diabetes cause you any other problems?
C: Weight gain and joint stiffness
What would you like a non-diabetic to know about having diabetes?
C: The constant awareness that we live with
What would you tell someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes?
C: You can deal with it
Who do you get support from? Who treats you?
C: I get support from my wife. I go to an endocrinologist
I want to thank Charlie for letting me ask him some questions and be a part of this series for this month that is National Diabetes Awareness Month. If you’d like to check out Adam’s Story, click here: https://thelyndsimaeblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/interview-with-adam/