Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The dorkiest thing I’ve ever done…

That’s saying a lot for those of you who know me in real life.

I am going to be on TV. Lifetime Television, to be exact. I was recently interviewed about having diabetes and growing up with it and all that jazz. It is part of a program that Walgreens is doing in combination with Joslin. So my doc called me to see if I’d be interviewed. Interviewed, no problem. You can probably tell that I really enjoy talking about diabetes and sharing what I’ve learned about living with it to anyone that will listen. You can interview me all you want…… taking film of me eating an apple and walking down the street in Boston chatting with my doctor – not really sure I was ready for that much cheesy stuff! I feel like it’s a bad reenactment of Anchorman.

If they wanted to show a clip of ‘you can live a normal healthy happy life’ they should have gotten shots of me and my hubby enjoying some raw oysters and a glass of wine or rocking out to a so-so cover band with my girlfriends. I’ll have to let you know when it’s on, so any one that wants to ‘see’ me, you can tune in…

In uber exciting news, I got my A1c back. I have never been lower. Rock. And. Roll. They wanted me under 6.5 and I clocked in at 6.3. I was more surprised than anyone else. The problem is that now I am getting a little obsessive about my control. Sometimes I feel like my body ‘plays along’ and makes it’s easy… you know those moments... ‘hum, I feel high, or maybe I am just thirsty’ … check your sugar and you ring in at a happy 109. ‘Diet coke, please’ I seem to be having less of those lately. A few more of ‘ what in the hell is going on.’ Ah, such is the up and down of diabetes. I see my TV star of a Dr in a few weeks and will have it checked again.

That’s about it… the party for my husband went really well, despite the down pour of rain. And in a few short weeks we are going to CA. Woo Hoo, then you know what time it is…. time for a new answer to the question “when are you going to try and have kids.” Thoughts on that, later…


Blogger Maura said...

Hey, great job with your A1C. I have not gotten below 7.0 yet. I'm so glad you are doing well! Definately will be looking for the tv segment.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Nicole P said...

OK - so I'll watch Lifetime this ONE time to see you. I think that's pretty cool, Caren.

Glad all is well.

4:30 PM  
Blogger type1emt said...

That's cool.And wow-that a1c is definatly moving towards Hall of Fame material yet..

7:11 PM  
Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

Very exciting!

And GREAT JOB with that fantastic A1C! Way to go!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Bernard said...

Wow, and wow.

The TV 'gig' sounds like it could be fun. Send us a pointer when it's available.

And congratulations on the A1c, that's just excellent.

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Blogger George said...

That is great! So exciting!

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Blogger Lyrehca said...

Hi Caren--I'm trying to email you but can't find your address on your blog. Would you shoot me an email at Lyrehca AT gmail DOT com?


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Blogger IDFSteph said...


Has your Lifetime debut aired yet? If it hasn't please let me know when it comes on. Although I may not be able to catch it, I will at least try.

Moving on, because you blog about living with diabetes, I thought you might be interested in helping the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with our World Diabetes Day campaign.

Here's how and why:
We are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day (www.worlddiabetesday.org) on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year - Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there's no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program - http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/go/wdd-2007/life-for-a-child. We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign http://www.unitefordiabetes.org/ has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here http://banners.worlddiabetesday.org.

The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

The UN's World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line at stephanie.tanner@idf.org and I will get back to you with more information.

Many thanks,
Stephanie Tanner
IDF- Communications Assistant

6:20 AM  
Blogger bob marley & lucy liu said...

Sweet A1C; I'm going to send my daughter to read your blog (she's 14). Her last A1C was 9.7! GULP! I think she thought it was okay to take a little "holiday" from the D. Sigh. Thanks for doing this blog!

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