Diabetes Blog Week #5

Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions? (Thanks to Jane of Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE and Bob of T Minus Two for this topic suggestion.)

Bigfoot maybe OK site-specific alopecia, or OCD house-cleaner. One week only, right? Probably should instead choose disease swap for child. T minus 2 nail it.

I once heard a story…about “the trouble pile”. It concerns a man who felt deeply burdened by his problems. He hears about a place called “the trouble pile” where you can exchange your sack of problems for another sack that somebody else has left. This sounds like a great plan to him, but when he gets to the pile and comes to understand the things others deal with, he ultimately decides to keep his own.


I don’t even want to trade cars or hair colors.

Not many diseases make good trade—Type 1 pretty good deal if used to it & chronic disease required!

Seems OK:

  • asthma
  • the ADHD that is handled with sit on yoga ball instead of chair @school (F-U-N)
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroidosis (every person make this seem like could handle w. eyes closed, hands tied behind back. Actually already have this but never do anything with/for. Kind of interested see how HT work, Friday to Friday)

Interested in sample if promise switch back T1D next Friday—because interesting—though realize none is disease:

  • deafness
  • transgender
  • kid obsessed with football/hockey
  • supertaster
  • Down Syndrome


  • celiac (because constant battle get people believe real)
  • ditto peanut/nut/mango allergy
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • Type 2 diabetes (too much blame mother/stigma)
  • cystic fibrosis (this short film!)
  • extreme shyness
  • anything else

This exercise make Bigfoot adore diabetes. Already know language & customs. Who knew T1D = such a keeper.



  1. rpederse · May 17, 2013

    Thank you for the shoutout. 🙂


  2. Scott E · May 17, 2013

    My pediatric endo pretty much said the same thing you did about Hashimotos (do nothing, if he could choose any disease in the world it would be it).

    I’m curious about the third thing you’re willing to sample. Is that football/hockey reference an either/or deal, or both? Because a hockey obsession is great (except for the spouse, whose partner vanishes every other evening from October through June). But football — well, I personally can’t take obsessive football fans, even in small doses… there’s a reason they are sometimes considered “rabid” fans.

    Eewww… football rabies. Where does that compare with diabetes on the disease-suckiness scale?


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