Monday, April 14, 2008

Unicorns Make Me Happy

Today, April 14th, is Raise Your Voice For Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day, a day designated by Kerri at Six Until Me to increase awareness of Type 1 diabetes since Type 2 gets most of the publicity. Honestly, I'm more excited about May 12 being National Wear Your Apron Day. Not that I don't think raising awareness about Type 1 is a good idea. I think it's a fantastic idea. But I wasn't sure about joining in since I just don't know if there is much I could say about being diabetic for 29 years without letting some pessimism, bitterness, and anger seep in, and really, who wants to read that? I sure don't. But then I realized it could be a chance for me to show my boobs and I signed on.

So, there's my insulin pump clipped inside my bra and working hard to keep my blood sugars under control. Go, Lil Pumpy! (Oh. My. God. I think I just named my pump. Please kill me.)

That was kind of a letdown, wasn't it? Trust me, the original picture showed more but I didn't want anyone to find it offensive or NSFW so I cropped most of the bra out of it. (And, isn't the rolled up shirt at the top a nice touch?)

Some diabetic bloggers used today to write about the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Or to blog about their daily experience with the disease. As I was reading some of them, I realized how tired I was of having diabetes. How sick I was of it. How I can't relate to those who say it's made them stronger or healthier. I wish I felt that way.

Then I was checking some of my favorite craft blogs and was once again reminded how I'm not working and have no idea when I'll be going back, thanks to my foot. No work equals no money to buy craft supplies (excpt DMC floss since it's so cheap). I can't even hold a giveaway because I can't get to the post office to send it to whoever wins since I don't have a car or a license anymore.

I know I'm just having a bad day and whining about it, and I apologize for that. I should be thankful that my "degenerative foot condition" can be treated (if I ever get a referral to a specialist -- tomorrow will make it a week since I saw podiatrist #2 and I still haven't heard anything) and isn't something like the dreaded kidney failure.

I've been embroidering a unicorn from Andrea Zuill's blog, and even though I'm not usually a unicorn person, I can't wait until it's done because I like it so much. I'm going to go work on that now so I can do something fun and stop dwelling on stupid crap. Maybe for a little while I can forget the reason Lil Pumpy (stop it!) is snuggled all cozy in my bra and just focus on stem stitching that unicorn.

Hope your day is going way better than mine.

This post was inspired by Cats 'n' Racks at Cute Overload.


The Apron Queen said...

Smile. :D The Apron Queen loves you.

Jennifer said...

Awwww - I'm sorry you're having such a lousy day. My DH is diabetic as well (though he's on medication, not insulin), and both my FIL and my grandmother IL are diabetic as well. It sucks, I know. ((({Patty)))

Lil_Birdie said...

Hope you feel better soon

woof nanny said...

Gosh Patty, all this going on in your life, and you reach out to me like you've been doing....

that, my friend, is quite amazing.
Thank you.
I wish you wellness.

Linda said...

I am sorry I missed this post. I just want to say that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Call that doctors office until they get so sick of hearing your voice that they give you what you need.
I am sending you good vibes and prayers. (let me know what craft things you may need. I have far too many and am happy to share).

Kellie said...

Hi Patty,
I've been away a while and missed this post too! My Dad is diabetic as was my younger brother. It's a pain & a struggle to deal with and I feel for you! I hope that my prayers and your unicorn get ya feeling better soon! cracked me up w/your "Lil Pumpy" remark!

muralimanohar said...

My ds is Type totally blows. :( I wish I had known about that day when it was around...I guess I'll just wait for the Australian version now.