• tigr876

    December 10th at 9:18pm

    @slamt1d on @mlb .com right now. Look for the #fightingfulds comin up next.

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    December 10th at 5:25pm
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    December 10th at 2:29pm
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    Let's do this.

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    December 10th at 6:17am
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    There is hope. I shared a lot this week. About T1D. About my life. I think everyone has there own unique mountains to climb. πŸ” And I don't think mine are any steeper than anyone else's.

    I'm thankful for both the gifts and challenges that I've been given. I believe the former far outweighs the latter. βš–οΈ T1D is a part of me. I am thankful that there are organizations like SlamT1D and the Sam Fuld USF Diabetes Sports Camp which are dedicated to improving lives. I am thankful for the people I've met and the things I've learned. They helped turn a lonely climb into a team effort.
    I am thankful for and humbled by the positive responses I've gotten the last few days. πŸ™πŸΌ I am thankful for the love and support that I am surrounded by from my family and friends. It keeps me motivated. ❀️ I am even thankful for tiny pieces of metal. 😜

    David πŸ’‰πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ #whyweplay

  • tigr876

    December 9th at 3:12am
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    Managing T1D can be expensive. I'm talking about insurance and copays and prescription refills. Yes, oddly enough, I do have to pay for all the tiny pieces of metal that I jam into my body. πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ˜« But I'm also talking about the human cost. The mental and emotional drain that continues to chip away at you and those that love you. Like a steady rain that never stops.🌧 I'm not the only one who is affected by this. Alexis worries constantly. Asks me how I'm feeling. Tracks my numbers. Gives me looks when it's high or too low. We have had 3am arguments when I'm incoherent having a hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episode.
    Her: "What are you talking about? That doesn't even make sense, you need to eat something right now!"
    Me: "No! But you can't just....saying things....I need to think. YOU don't make sense while I'm trying to think!" 😐

    True story.
    My mom asks me if I can eat that. My father-in-law sends medical journals. My sister tests potato substitutes on me. Sometimes I have to delay storytime with my kids so I can go make a correction. But they actually like to help me with finger sticks. So that's a positive! Translation: It changes lives.
    But I'm an adult. I was diagnosed as an adult. I did not have to face this disease and its challenges as a child. According to #jdrf about 20% of the 1.2 million Americans living with T1D are under 20.
    Think about the kid that grows up as the "diabetic." Probably the only one in her school. Who has to shun pizza and cake at birthday parties. Or wonder why she has to get a shot for every meal but her siblings don't. Or why she has to stop in the middle of tag to test. Or her parents that have to try to explain it all.
    How can a parent explain that in order to survive you have to eat food. Oh and it is slowly poisoning you. πŸ’€ And then you have to inject the antidote. πŸ’‰ But not too much. Or you could die. Seriously?! πŸ€”

    One answer is creating a supportive network that brings these kids and their families together. So they can talk and learn and grow together. Get answers and encouragement. And just be kids.
    Managing T1D can be expensive. But there is hope. More on this next time. πŸ’‰πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ #donate


    2 days ago
    You are opening my eyes to what I thought was "just" diabetes - and u know what I mean. It's incredible and truly remarkable. Kick some @$$ this weekend!


    2 days ago
    David, you're the man. Only those who can handle life's struggles are given the task. God bless ya bud.
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  • tigr876

    December 8th at 6:25am
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    Dosing insulin requires knowledge of a few key components to help with your calculation.
    First is math. πŸ€“ Super important.
    Next is carb counting. If you can't assess your carb intake πŸ—πŸ•πŸͺ your math skills become less useful.
    Then there is your insulin/carb ratio. That's how many grams of carbs are covered by one unit of insulin.
    And THEN there is your insulin sensitivity factor. That's where you stop reading and fall asleep because, I mean, cmon. πŸ’€πŸ˜΄
    Translation: Lots of brainpower is required to solve real life word problems to eventually get to the fun part; jamming tiny pieces of metal into my body. 😫

    I have a few tools at my disposal to help me out. Two in particular have been truly transformative for my ability to effectively manage my #T1D.

    An insulin pump. ~~~~~~~πŸ“Ÿ
    And a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). πŸ“ˆπŸ“‰ What makes these items so important?πŸ€” First the pump. It's a small machine that delivers an insulin drip throughout the day. It takes the place of my math skills since I can program all my calculations into it. It also takes the place of multiple daily injections. (See tiny pieces of metal above 😫) I plug in my infusion site once and I'm good for three days! I wear it 24/7. It also allows me to more accurately customize my insulin therapy to my needs. Like wearing a tailored suit πŸ‘”vs. a poncho.

    Second game changer is the CGM. If managing diabetes is like driving a car with your eyes closed, then a CGM is like having x-ray vision. And a GPS. πŸ›£ I insert a sensor under my skin (yes, tiny piece of metal πŸ™„) once a week and it transmits a blood glucose reading every 5 minutes. Straight to my iPhone. Game changer.
    Hemoglobin A1C is a measure of the long term trend of your blood sugar control. The target for a diabetic is under 7. For the first time since I was diagnosed, I was able to get there with the help of these tools. πŸ‘πŸΌ But you know, managing T1D can be expensive. More on this next time. πŸ’‰πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ crowdrise.com/Sam-SamFuldClassic/fundraiser/davidochotorena

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    December 7th at 4:06am
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    Managing blood sugar is a round the clock job. And it's a bloody business. In order to know the concentration of sugar accumulated in my blood at any point in time, I have to "check my blood." Translation: I have to jam tiny pieces of metal into my fingers, and deposit droplets of blood onto a test strip that is inserted into a little machine that gives me a readout.
    How many times per day? πŸ€”Glad you asked. Usually about 6 to 10 times. Most commonly before meals. Or bed. Or long car rides. Before a meeting. Or yard work. Or exercise. Or a movie. Or a flight. Or when I just feel "off." In my lifetime since diagnosis, I've endured probably about 17,000-18,000 finger sticks. Honestly though that part is not that big of a deal. It doesn't usually hurt much and I'm tough. πŸ’ͺ🏼😜 The hard part comes after I get the number and decide what to do next.
    Managing diabetes is like driving a car. 🚘Except your eyes are closed. 😌 And you only get to open them for a split second 😳 to check your status and try to course correct. β¬†οΈβ†—οΈβž‘οΈβ†˜οΈβ¬‡οΈ Fun!

    Eating food (carbs) makes your sugar go up. Insulin makes it go down. And I have, through continuous trial and error, arrived at different calculations for administering corrective doses of food or insulin to help steer the car in the right direction.
    But I have a few tools at my disposal to help me out. More on this next time. πŸ’‰πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ crowdrise.com/Sam-SamFuldClassic/fundraiser/davidochotorena


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    December 6th at 5:36am
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    This weekend I am playing Wiffle Ball to raise awareness (and hopefully money) for Type 1 Diabetes. And over the next few days leading up I want to share a glimpse into what living with #T1D is like. If you're feeling generous, you can help me support @slamt1d by donating here.
    β€”β€” This picture is a vial of insulin. That stunning hand model is me. That insulin keeps me alive. More specifically, it helps me to regulate the sugar in my blood, which if managed properly, keeps me alive. Too much sugar = bad. Too much insulin = also bad. You probably have never thought of your blood sugar levels. I think about mine constantly.
    How does it work? πŸ€” Normally your pancreas naturally produces the insulin you need to move sugar out of your blood and into your cells for fuel. My pancreas doesn't do that for me (thanks a lot diabetes!) so I have to do it manually. Which I do by injecting units as needed into my "subcutaneous tissue." Translation: I have to regularly jam tiny pieces of metal into my love handles to take my medicine. On top of that there are constant finger sticks, calculations, curveballs, and guess work.
    Managing blood sugar is a round the clock job. More on this next time...πŸ’‰πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ

  • tigr876

    November 27th at 12:22am
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    Detour. Kiddie cone. 🍦


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    November 25th at 3:24am
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    Best brothers. Maybe reflecting on their last days as a duo. πŸ’™πŸ’™

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