LifeAfterDx--Diabetes Uncensored

A internet journal from one of the first T1 Diabetics to use continuous glucose monitoring. Copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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Location: New Mexico, United States

Hi! I’m William “Lee” Dubois (called either Wil or Lee, depending what part of the internet you’re on). I’m a diabetes columnist and the author of four books about diabetes that have collectively won 16 national and international book awards. (Hey, if you can’t brag about yourself on your own blog, where can you??) I have the great good fortune to pen the edgy Dear Abby-style advice column every Saturday at Diabetes Mine; write the Diabetes Simplified column for dLife; and am one of the ShareCare diabetes experts. My work also appears in Diabetic Living and Diabetes Self-Management magazines. In addition to writing, I’ve spent the last half-dozen years running the diabetes education program for a rural non-profit clinic in the mountains of New Mexico. Don’t worry, I’ll get some rest after the cure. LifeAfterDx is my personal home base, where I get to say what and how I feel about diabetes and… you know… life, free from the red pens of editors (all of whom I adore, of course!).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A poor role model

At a recent group meeting of Type-1s at the clinic I was accused of being a good role model. I beg to differ. I think I’m a crappy role model and I told the assembled mini-throng exactly that. They all protested that I was solely responsible for lowering their collective blood sugars.

They don’t give themselves enough credit.

There’s a lot of things that could go on my tomb stone, but role model is not one of them. My last A1C was 7.85, I eat Fudge-fudge Walnut Brownies at the Elephant Bar, my SG plots look like earth quakes. I sometimes eat French fries. And Oreo cookie blizzards. I supersize my pasta. I smoke. Sometimes I drink. We all know I swear.

Do what I say, not what I do.

I’m a very poor role model. A good cheerleader, yes. A walking encyclopedia of diabetes facts and fictions, maybe. A compassionate empathic shoulder to cry on, absolutely. A religiously passionate diabetes advocate, hell yeah.

So what should go on my tomb stone? Well, it’s gonna need to be a big stone!

Loving husband and devoted father. Photographer, writer, thinker. Pilot. Master darkroom printer. OK. Well, maybe not that big a stone after all. But go ahead and add one more thing:

Type-1 Diabetic.

Yeah. Go ahead and put it on my tomb stone. I don’t mind. I’d love it if my great-great grand children could stand at my grave and say, “Wow, poor Great-great grand Dad. He actually had to live with diabetes. How primitive it was back in the dark medical ages! They had no cure. They actually had to pay for their health care! Can you imagine? Do you think it’s really true that they actually had to plug their computers into the wall to charge them and their cars ran on some kind of black mud pumped up from underground?”

Yep. I’m proud to be diabetic; but I pray that I’m the last generation.


Blogger Penny Ratzlaff said...

I'm praying the same thing.

8:46 AM  
Blogger RichW said...

Our treatment of diabetes in the 21st century will be viewed someday as blood letting or going to the barber to get a tooth pulled (without Novocain).

4:07 PM  

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