Here’s a little project while most of us are trying to keep our distance and stay at home as much as possible: send me your audio!
It’s easy, I promise.
It’ll be fun to hear some new voices on our show and maybe learn a little bit about what you and your children are thinking these days.
Sounds great, how do I do it? Use whatever recording software you have in your phone right now. You could download something fancy (I use Twisted Wave a lot) but your phone’s built in voice memo app is just as good. Go check it out right now. Record yourself reading this paragraph. See? Easy.
Once you’re finished recording you’ll be able to email it right from the app. Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO NOT WORRY about being perfect and don’t even think about editing the audio. I’ll clean it all up. Trust me, most people aren’t smooth talkers. We pause, we say “ummmm” a lot, we give one word answers, we make chicken noises (I’m looking at you, 2016 Benny).
This is OPEN TO ANYONE in the diabetes community. Kids and adults with any kind of diabetes, children of people with diabetes, parents and relatives of kids with diabetes. This is about sharing our thoughts at a tough time, not about picking and choosing subsets.
I’m including some suggested questions, but please ask whatever you want. A conversation between you and your kids would be great, too, just make sure you’re close enough to the phone.
Start the recording this way:
Kids: “Hi, my name is ______ (First name or nickname only, please) I live in (city, state) and I’m ___ years old.
Adults: Hi, I’m _____ (last name optional), from ______ (city, state) and I was diagnosed with ____diabetes when I was ___ years old OR my child was diagnosed with diabetes in ___ (year)
The above doesn’t have to be said exactly as stated. Just want to know who you are, where you’re from and what your relationship is to diabetes.
Suggested Questions (pick 2-3 at most)
What’s one good thing about being home right now?
What do you tell your friends when they have questions about diabetes?
Teens: what’s one thing your parents do that actually helps you with diabetes? What’s one thing that you wish they’d stop doing?
Does your diabetes doctor do anything funny or out of the ordinary?
Do you have any funny or silly stories about diabetes you’d like to share?
Do you have an inspiring story about diabetes you’d like to share?
Do you have a crummy story about diabetes you’d like to share? Did it ever stop you (or your child/parent) from doing something or slow you down and make you mad?
Was a diabetes or community event canceled that you planned to attend? Tell us about it and what you were looking forward to.
What’s it like knowing that the diabetes community it out there doing a lot of the same things you’re doing?
Deadline is Thursday 3/19 5pm ET.
We’ll see how many responses we get and if we want to keep going with this. I can give different, fun prompts. We can post as snippets on social media or create longer podcast episodes. It all depends what you send me. I will even air chicken noises if that’s what makes you happy.
Thank you all so much! Stay safe and keep talking!