Happy New Year Everyone.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. I hope everyone gets whatever they have asked for. May this year brings you health, wealth. I know it is almost end of January and I am wishing late. But hey everyday is a new day, that’s what I believe in and it will never be too late to wish anyone a very happy new year. Me and my husband have at least 3-4 new year celebrations every year spread over the year. It starts with English Calendar new year in January, then around March-April time frame we have Maharashtrian New Year called Gudi Padwa ( The region I belong to.), then around September there is business New Year and in October-November time, in Diwali we have Gujarati New Year.(I have a lot of Gujarati friends.) So you see I celebrate new year , year round. 😉 When it is new year, we have new resolutions.

This New Year started with few health challenges I had to face but now I am recovering from it. So my number 1 resolution is to get into optimal health. I gained few pounds when I went for my sister in law’s wedding in India. So my resolution is to become like previous one and I don’t have to worry. Because I know my genetic type for food and exercise. When I follow that pattern, losing weight is just a piece of cake. ( not putting in mouth 😉 ). 2nd resolution is to finish 24-30 self-help books by December 2015, and third is more disciplined in life. These are some of the resolutions for new year 2015. What are your resolutions?

Care of Feet.

This is one of the dear topic to me. I had prepared this presentation for one of the educational camps for children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus organized by Juvenile Diabetic Parents Association of India. (JDPAI). There are some scary pictures in this presentation and I thought younger kids would be frightened. But they responded exceptionally well. They liked the idea of cartoon type appearance of the presentation and  some of the kids related to some of those pictures and told me that is exactly happened with my masi/aunty few days back. I was touched. I hope I can help other people get knowledge of foot care too. So here is my small contribution.

Disclaimer: People with Weak Heart should not see it. You should watch at your own risk.

And today is Halloween. Happy Halloween people. 🙂

 

 

 

 

CARE OF FEET

A person is Diabetic or a person has a diabetes- What is the right way to address?

   I have completed my 23 years of journey with Type 1 diabetes mellitus in the march of 2014 and I am looking forward to celebrate 25 years successful marriage with it.  I had seen diabetes as a 7 year old kid going to my friends birthday party and telling their parents not to give me sweets or cake during party. My parents had struggled to manage two kids with type 1 diabetes mellitus. I had been referred previously a diabetic child. Or Deepti is diabetic. All the doctors , nurses, relatives calling you a diabetic all the time. You might say- “So? How is that different from being Deepti has a diabetes or Deepti with diabetes? Isn’t that just play of words?” 

     Well..It might be just play of words for you “normal” people..But that play of words unknowingly makes the huge impact on the person who is actually living the life. Do you think about it? As a kid I had developed self image before that ” I am Diabetic. So I am not good enough to help others. I would be dependent on other people and always would be asking for help.” LIttle did I know that I was thinking wrong just because fell for play of words Diabetic. Even the identification cards that I had to carry with me said in bold red letters.” I AM DIABETIC”  Even now people call other people diabetic or themselves as diabetic. That is so wrong!! Seriously!!!

     A person should never be labelled. Yes. I agree that my Beta cells in the endocrine pancreas are not working and that I have deficiency of insulin. But I am not dead pancreatic beta cells. I am still alive. I breath. I dance. I think. I argue. I just do same as any other people do. Diabetes is a part of my life. Period. It is not my life. That’s why I call myself that I have Type 1 Diabetes and not that I am type 1 Diabetic.

  Ok. For an adult with diabetes saying that might be a trivial thing. But for a kid who has been diagnosed with diabetes, that creates a huge positive difference. It says ” Hey kid, I know that you have diabetes. But that is not the end of the world. That is a part of your life. You still have your dreams and your goals to achive. Go ahead. I am with you.”

   When I started exchanging emails with my husband when we first met virtually.( that is another story to tell.) I argued with him for I think an hour on how should we address ourselves. And I impressed him with it. And now whenever he meets other people saying the word “Diabetic”  he immediately corrects them. This is also true for parents introducing their child to others. Because a kid develops self image when he/she hears how his/her parents introduce their kid. The ideal way to introduce is “My kid is so and so.He/She has a diabetes and I am so proud that he/she takes such a good care of himself/herself “. Say it in front of the kid. The positive boost will definitely help the kid for the better future. So all my readers, followers and visitors , would you please spread this message to all the people you know?  They will thank you and you will feel good. Have a blessed life. 🙂

Too many life partners makes life….Interesting. ;)

I know it is not legal to have more than one life partners. And those who are reading are shocked. Right?  But yes I say, I have many life partners besides the person I am legally married to.. Type 1 Diabetes mellitus. Autoimmune hypothyroidism, Insulin pump and glucose sensors etc, etc to name few. Now you got the title right. 🙂 .

I call them life partners because I have to live with them till I can have permanent cure. Should I cry and be grumpy about it or should I smile and face the situation? ? It is totally up to me and I have made the choice to call them as my life partners. You like some habits and you dislike some habits in your spouse too right? So same for me with these other partners. All I have to do is to take care that they do not invade my personal space. 😉  I am very much bold about telling people that I have Type 1 Diabetes and love to hear what they say ” So you are diabetic! What do you take ? Is it very severe? Can you eat this? How can you eat those? etc”

I laugh and tell them – I am not “Diabetic”. I am a person with some extension/partner called diabetes. And I control diabetes , he does not.( Being a woman I address Diabetes mellitus as HE. 😉 ). And I can eat everything in moderation. You should try what I eat. It is not only healthy for me but also for you. :).

Oh, I am off track now. So I wanted to tell you that my life is more adventurous and interesting because of him. And all other partners that came with him. And sometimes I do take advantage of that. 😉 How?? I may share it later on..But because of this I could meet so many famous doctors in India and found my mentors. “He” was one of the reason that I became a diabetologist and could meet so many wonderful people. “He” was the reason that I gained so much knowledge and learnt so much about nutrition and exercise and found my passion. Because of “him” only I could meet my husband. So many good memories and some not so good memories attached with it!! So I think there was a reason and a purpose behind me meeting my first life partner. So ” Thank you my first life partner for making my life interesting. I love you too.” ( Sorry but not as much as my best life partner – My husband 🙂 )

Hello Everyone!!

Hello Everyone! I would like to welcome you to my blog with “Something health related.” Let me introduce myself. My name is Deepti A. Kulkarni. By profession I am a medical doctor and I have specialized in the field of diabetes. I have type 1 diabetes mellitus since I was seven. So I have been to both sides of the doctor’s table. 🙂 (Patient’s side and doctor’s side as well) . From this blog I am going to share my experiences, my beliefs, and everything related to be as “normal” as possible. You will find in my blog – some posts on receipes that I love, some posts on how I manage my diabetes and fun related to it, some posts on the exercise, some in general about prevention of diabetes complications( I can not separate the ‘doctor’ in me) . Basically everything that helps me and my friends to head towards better health. I would like to thank here my Mother and my Father for constantly encouraging me to write down my experiences and my experiements and share with the world so that other people will get benefitted with it. And dear husband how can I forget to thank you??  You are the one who is the backbone of our little world. And also you are the one who is also part of my experiments. 😉 Also I would like to thank my friends who were constantly insisiting- Write your blog Deepti, you have to write. Share it with everyone that you know. So here is my ‘Sree Ganesha’ to my blog writing. I am certain you are going to enjoy this. Have a blessed life. 🙂