Off the Dial

The Beedies

One of the best ways we've found to deal with my son's diabetes is to try to see the humor in some of the crazy situations.  Obviously, I'm not alone in this.  Just found a terrific blog.  Click here to see some funny definitions and terms about The Beedies. Don't forget to check the carbage.

We need a laugh. Found out last month that my six year old cousin has type 1 diabetes.  Typical story. Tired all the time, losing weight, cranky, thirsty.  We last saw Aaron at my grandmother's 90th birthday party in December.  I'm glad he got to see Benny.  His mom says they were able to talk about our experience to explain the situation.  It helps that Benny was swimming, playing, eating cake and being crazy just like all the other little kids.

Until now, we've thought Benny was sort of a blip. One of the 90% of type 1 kids without another relative with diabetes.  Now we're all wondering if there's something in our genetic soup.  Doesn't really matter I guess.

Aaron's doctor has him on a different regimen than Benny ever went through.  We've always dosed him according to what he ate, mostly after he ate it. That makes sense with a toddler 'cause you can't predict exactly what they'll eat.  Aaron, though, is on a plan where he must eat meals & snacks with a certain amount of carbs to match the insulin shots he takes two or three times a day.  His mom tells me he's already asking for an insulin pump, so that routine will probably change in a few months.

We got a good A1c number last time around (the 3-month measure of blood glucose) and Benny's tolerating all his "gear" really well right now. So…..jinx!  Naah.. we'll just keep taking it as it comes. 

Friday August 14th 12noon

Great idea from a heart-wrenching story.  Tomorrow, Friday August 14th at 12noon EST, send a message of thanks to our troops over Facebook or Twitter.  

That's it. A simple, wonderful idea that's quickly gaining attention.  It started from the loss of 4 soldiers from North Carolina in June, killed in Iraq, all on the same day.  You can read that story, and more about tomorrow's 12noon event, at Mike Redding's blog (click here).

We talked to Mike this morning on WBT and we'll chat again tomorrow.  If you don't have a twitter or facebook account, you can send your thanks tot he troops through Mike's blog.

It's a social media story.  Interesting, because this is the first story on NewsTalk 1110 WBT that, as far as I know, originated purely through social media. (I know, I don't like that term either.)

Yesterday, listener Brian Christiansen sent me a Facebook message about Mike, known to most people around here at the Carolina Traveler – a terrific segment that used to run on our NBC affiliate. Brian messaged over FB that I should check out Mike's latest post. So I did.

Mike and I follow each other on Twitter.  So I sent out a tweet (hate that word, too) that we wanted to talk to him and he should send an email to our producer, Charles.  That was that and you can listen to the interview from today's show here.

So thanks to Brian – who also takes some incredible pictures with the NC National Guard.  And thanks to Mike for his great idea.  Now let's all say thanks tomorrow at noon.