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Stacey Simms 0:26
How is everybody doing? I’m not exactly sure how to even start these episodes anymore. We’re not really doing regular episodes, full episodes of Diabetes Connections. But I didn’t want to wait until I’m doing a full episode or a regular episode to let you hear what is in this one. So hi, I’m your host Stacey Simms. You know that and just like probably the vast majority of you almost everybody listening. I’m home.
I’m very, very grateful to be home with my family. My daughter came home from college and you know, my son’s at home. school my husband often works at home. In fact, he almost always works from home unless he is traveling for business. So he’s either on the road or in the house. And I’m so grateful that he hadn’t been traveling a lot this year already. And you know, we’re very fortunate that he can work from home. So what have we been doing? Well, I will share with you I may have mentioned this on a previous episode, we moved recently, just across town, not the best timing because I do have a house to sell now, but we will be fine. We will figure that out. But in the meantime we have a house just set up we have lots of things to unpack. We have lots to keep us busy. We spent yesterday cleaning the house we’ve been in for about 10 days. And we just did the regular type cleaning that you would do you know dusting laundry, that kind of stuff. I can’t say it was a lot of fun, but it was certainly something to do and we realized we were missing a few things including a broom. Apparently our broom did not make it my husband said it was trashed on the way out of the old house. So add broom to the list of things that we are picked up at the grocery store when we had to go out the next time, it’s kind of a weird thing to have in your grocery store list. But you know, we don’t want to be running around town to different places. I don’t even know what’s open right now. Got our broom. So my husband who is the much more fastidious cleaner in the family was very happy with that.
Our dog is very happy that we’re all home. I think like most dogs right now, she’s pretty confused as to why the heck everybody is in the house all the time and why we are walking her and living with her. My daughter and I have started doing yoga. we’re grabbing a YouTube channel and just trying out some different yoga classes online. I’ve been taking yoga in person for about a year and a half. But I’m certainly not very good at it. But it’s fun to do with my daughter. But our dog is super confused and she’s coming in there with us and wondering why we’re on the floor and was very concerned. But now she’s calmed down. She just kind of lays there with us while we do yoga.
And Benny I think like most 15 year old has been keeping really busy on his phone, facetiming all his friends. He was taking these long bike rides. Before everything got shut down, he was by himself. You know, he wasn’t with other people. But he’s staying home now. And I think that’s why. So that’s our situation. But I wanted to share more of your situation. And that’s what this episode is all about.
A few days ago, I put out a call I, you might have seen the graphic, I put it out on social media, and it said, stuck at home, share your voice. And I really wasn’t sure if anybody would respond, right? I was trying to make it easy. Just use your phone and tell me what’s going on in your world. I did put out a few prompts. I’ll talk about that in a moment. But a bunch of people sent in their audio and that’s what this episode is going to be just a short episode to share some other voices from the diabetes community.
And then in a couple of days, I will be putting out another episode our next full regular episode, whatever I’m calling them these days. I’m excited about that because I was able to talk to just a great guy, a chef with a child with type one he’s an adult child is type one now, but he was diagnosed very young and Mark Been a chef his whole career. And we talked about what are we cooking now that we’re stuck at home? It was a really fun interview. And I’ll be sharing that in just a couple of days.
I don’t know if you can hear it, but I feel like my voice is not that great right now. It is allergy season here. I mean, it’s always terrible. And then, you know, I feel like if I’m coughing or sniffling, gosh, you know, I mean, I’m just home, there’s nobody to look at me, give me a nasty look or worry about me, but it really is just just allergies right now. So I apologize if you’re hearing any of that in my voice. And if you’re going through it, you know exactly what I mean. We’re just you know, we’re all worried we’re all on a bit of an edge. So rather than hear from me the whole time, let’s get to the people who sent the audio in.
Let me just set this up a little bit. Some of the audio here is great. Some of some of the audio here is as you would expect, you know, people just talking into their phones. There’s some homes and some buzzing, that we were not able to take out and that’s okay. I was just hoping for some real voices and some real feedback. back. So I do hope you’ll listen. None of these clips are especially long, but I think they give really good insight into what we’re all going through at the moment.
So we are starting with Molly Johannes she was diagnosed 22 years ago. She lives in Massachusetts. I’m smiling because I have met Molly. I’ve been fortunate enough to be at events with her. She has a blog called hugging the cactus. And I mentioned I had put out some prompts and some questions. One of which was, what is it like knowing that so many people with diabetes are stuck at home right now? Here is Molly answering that question and more.
And I have to say that I’m finding it a lot more unifying than isolating. What I mean by that is, it’s really nice to go on to all of my social media channels. And for the most part, I’m seeing a lot more positivity than negativity. A lot of people are coming up with different ways to stay entertained at home, whether that’s going outdoors and enjoying nice weather when it’s around. Or if it’s staying inside and pursuing hobbies or spending more time as families, it makes a big difference. I think in my mindset just to see something other than the news, you know, certain social media sites, you kind of log on to them. And it’s nothing but a barrage of like what’s going on in the world right now. And while it is super important to stay informed, it’s also important to focus on mental health. And I think that distractions are one way to kind of make sure that mental health is not ignored. It’s really nice to just be able to talk to others and know that we’re all feeling the same way right now. So with that said, I’d like to share some of the things that I’m doing to stay busy. So when I’m not working, I am lucky enough to work a job remotely. So that’s something I’m very grateful for. So when I’m not working, I am watching TV, watching movies, you know, typical things like that, but then I’m also pursuing hobbies that I don’t normally have enough time for, whether that’s knitting or reading some new books or you know, just spending some more time I’m working on my blog, which is important to me. And I find that a lot of the times Monday through Friday, it’s really hard for me to focus on certain aspects of managing my blog. But now that I’m, you know, spending a lot more time at home, I don’t have a commute, things like that, it is nice to be able to work on it a little bit more. But besides that, I am just spending time with my dog making sure that I’m connecting with my friends, you know, all of my group chats, we’re just kind of checking in with each other on a daily basis. And I’m thinking of doing a couple of other things to really just promote the feeling of togetherness. So with some of my friend groups, that’s probably going to be a couple of virtual sleep overs that we’ve talked about. We’re discussing certain movies that like we can watch together as a group. So that would be really fun. But I’m also thinking for the diabetes community. Like it might be really cool to do a virtual meetup slash Hangout, and I don’t know I think I’m gonna look into that and hopefully come up with some dates that might work for people get a whole bunch of people on camera and maybe we can just get to know one another and play games you know, just things that will keep us going. That will Keep conversations going and reassure people that they’re not alone right now. That’s the big message that I think it’s important to bear in mind. So yeah, with that said, Everyone, just stay healthy be well and don’t forget to take care of yourselves and keep mental health a priority.
Stacey Simms 8:16
Thank you so much, Molly. It is great to hear from you. I really appreciate it. Okay, next is Doug. He is from Florida. He was diagnosed when he was 15 years old. He says he’s 27 years into it. Now. He is currently finishing his dissertation he sent in his audio and this you’ll understand why I’m saying this one. You hear him on March 17, which was the day of the Florida primary. So he talked a little bit about that. I did not include it all because it was very important to that date, but that’s what he’s talking about voting by mail. So thank you, Doug. And here’s what he had to say.
I am doing fine. It just so happens that I am a bit of a socially awkward introvert Bert, and the kind of self isolation and social distancing policies that have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These are things that come quite naturally to me. I don’t spend a lot of time in crowded environments and I’m not a touchy feely person. I hope you all will continue to stay safe, wash your hands, don’t touch your face or other people in the future. And consider using some social distancing practices in your ordinary life outside of this type of pandemic situation. For example, mail your vote, mail your ballots, and I hope everyone out there is taking care of themselves.
Stacey Simms 9:53
The next bit of audio came from Saudi Arabia. I was so surprised and really Just pleased to get this. So Sarah, who lives in Riyadh city, thank you so much for sending it in. She was diagnosed in 2004. And she makes a really good point about how everything around us seems to have changed except for diabetes,
to all type one D nation. I’m so happy today that everyone can hear me through this podcast. I’m sada. I have been living with Type One Diabetes since 2004. And from Saudi Arabia, I live in Riyadh city. And currently we’re living in a very, extremely and exceptional situation. The whole world literally is facing the same problem of a smooth, tiny virus that changes all our meanings of life. I’ve been questioning myself the last two days. What are the essential things in our life? What do I really want to do? If I don’t have any plan today to go to, to study, or to go to visit, what’s add stress to me is living with type one D has no No, no break. So I kept saying to myself, everything has stopped. We stopped education. And we have been learning now not really stopped education. I mean, we have stopped going to schools or universities, but we’re learning now through virtually and everything we’re doing now is virtual, except diabetes. Nothing has changed about it. Every day. I check my BG every day I monitor my CGM every day or every three days I changed my pump site. So everything has changed except my type one D So I looked at myself and I questioned myself, the way we deal with type one D really shapes big Big, big part of our lives and really need to make sure that the way we approach and you will type windy, really healthy, and guide us toward better control. And I’m so happy to share my thoughts with you guys. I was trying to be as much as continious. Thank you Stacy for this amazing opportunity. And I want to say thank you, everyone, and hope you stay safe and healthy. And thank you very much. Thank you, Sarah.
Stacey Simms 12:37
All right. This is Michael and a lot of you regular listeners who are also on Twitter probably know Michael without really knowing him because he’s very active on Twitter. He’s MTL 613 and when I heard him say that I was really excited because I we’ve been following each other for a long time now, but of course I’ve never heard him. He was diagnosed with type one at the age of 420 years. ago, he starts out by answering that question about knowing that the diabetes community is out there right now, even as we feel very much alone.
And I think that’s a very important thing. Generally, for me even without, you know, this whole situation, to know that there are people out there who are going through the same or similar things that you’re going through is very important to that you don’t feel alone. And it’s even more important now with this whole virus situation and, and a lot of people, myself included, are trying to stay home and avoid direct contact with other people. So being able to connect over social media and in different ways and to see that other people are doing the same things you’re doing even now is even more important than usual.
Hi, my name is Maddy. I’m from Arizona, and I’m 14 years old.
Hi I’m Mandy from also Arizona. My daughter was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. So Maddie, what is one good thing about being home right now? I think
one good thing about being home right now is that it’s easier to control my height a little bit better, and catch my lows. Because when you’re at school, you’re mainly focused on your work. And then you always hear though, beeps and alarms and then it freaks everyone out and embarrasses you while me. And so it’s sort of nice to have it at home and we can control it and yeah, okay. What is one thing your parents do that actually helps you with diabetes? Well, um, they do of course, everything and I love them so much, but my main thing I guess is that my mom especially makes food that is easier on my blood sugar and dinners that coordinate with like, how Having good blood sugars, and it also helps our family in general because she has celiac. And that’s hard to have, as you know, eating too and just keeping family healthy.
Yeah, we are watching our carbs a little, a little bit. It helps both of us. Yeah, for sure, was a diabetes or community event canceled that you plan to attend. Tell us about it and what you were looking forward to.
Unknown Speaker 15:27
So one event that was cancelled was the jdrf walk. And I was diagnosed a year and a half ago. And one of the first things we did was go to the JRF talk. And it was just really nice to see that there are so many other people that you know, we’re going through the same things as you and that I always love to see and I made a lot of friends and camp diabetes camp has really helped that and so I would be really missing out on seeing more of that, I guess.
Unknown Speaker 15:56
Yeah, but it hasn’t been canceled, right? It’s just it’s a Virtual walk now.
Unknown Speaker 16:01
Yeah. So it was still having virtual walk and of course will still
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but it’s just different than, you know
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in person and we’re waiting to hear about camp or keeping our fingers crossed cross cross capsule on. We’ll see that was one of my favorite ever things and
Unknown Speaker 16:20
of course when you’re newly diagnosed it’s you get a first step in but it was just one of my amazing most amazing things that have ever experienced. So Absolutely.
Stacey Simms 16:32
Okay, thank you. Big thanks to Maddie and Mandy, I appreciate you sending that in. I am thrilled to hear that you are still cooking healthy and doing what you need to do. I’ll be honest with you. We have a talk in my house the other day about eating and it was basically about how well we don’t have a house full of junk food. But how we’re not going to police each other because there’s enough stress right now and if somebody wants to eat a big cheese knows, you can go ahead and eat a bag of Cheetos. I will say that Benny is probably eating the best out of all of us right now. He has some wrestling goals that he is still keeping an eye on and he’s doing great. But the rest of us might be a little bit on the track to game the unknown about the freshman 15. But the quarantine with what goes with that. quarantine? 15? I don’t know. I’ll keep you posted on that.
Big thanks to everybody who sent in their audio. I know that’s not easy to do. You know, even if you’re bored, and you think, Oh, this is gonna be a way to pass the time. It’s still hard to open up your phone and press record and then just talk and share your thoughts and then hit send. You know, I get butterflies every time I do a podcast episode. So I can’t imagine what it’s like for everybody just kind of talking and sending their audio in big, big, big thank you. If you’d like to do this again, let me know I’ll put out some different prompts. Because I’m so thrilled to always hear more stories in the diabetes community. Everybody’s story deserves to be told. Everybody has something to say we can all learn from your experiences. So stuck at home, share your story. We’ll keep doing this if you’d like. I really enjoy hearing from you. You can refer back to the original blog post for how to do this. It really is as easy as opening the voice memo app on your phone. Every phone has something like this, recording something quick and sending it in. As you listen. I know you’ve heard some different backgrounds there it is better to go to a quiet background if you possibly can. some suggestions, a closet is great. Your car is a great little studio, a bathroom, you know any place in your house that is kind of small and quiet. But we will take as you here, we will take what we get because to me the message is so much more important. And yeah, I cleaned all those up. I can edit those out and things like that. And john Buchanan, of course, my editor really does the magic there. So we want to hear from you. Maybe it’s even just an activity With the kids for a few minutes, thank you so much for joining me for listening regular episodes different episodes more Facebook Lives Who the heck knows what we’re going to do is we’re all stuck here at home. But thanks for sharing your story. I’m Stacey Simms, and I’ll see you back here for our next episode.
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