I DID IT!!!!

By Starry20 Latest Reply 2012-02-08 12:13:56 -0600
Started 2012-02-05 22:11:40 -0600

This is most likely something you all have done a thousand times, but this is something I've done for the first time in 10 years!!!!! It's a bit of a hollow victory tho.. Because all my friends do it all the time, can u guess why it is? Bet most of u didnt! I walked outside, without shoes on…! The first thing my mom was told about diabetes, was never let her walk outside with out shoes, idont even like the idea of her being in the house without socks. And since then if I attempt to walk outside without shoes I get told get on shoes dork! I have never not had on shoes outside, sure I've been in a concrete garage with only socks on… But I'm happy, and none of my friends would get this cuz they get to do that all the time. And last week I tasted real coke for the first time since I was 3… And may I say, EEEWWWWWWWW!!!! ahaahaha. I live in a small town, practically, its like my own small world. And I don't even live IN TOWN. I live in the country surrounding the town. But I'm happy.

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Karenformydiabetes 2012-02-08 12:13:56 -0600 Report

I was happy for you when I read your post Raven, hollow victory or not. As someone who's had T1 diabetes for 26yrs (since I was 9 1/2yrs old) - I wanted to commend you.
We do have to be careful because of our compromised immune systems, but one thing you have going for you is that your still young and heal fast than an older person. The older we get, diabetic or not, the slower we heal.
I think my parent's may have been told something similar as your mom, but my mom left when I was 11yrs old, so I spent my teens taking care of my own health (my dad's diabetes was not good then, he's a very brittle T1). I went without shoes and socks plenty of times, although not outside much because I have extremely sensitive feet and skin, and never had horrible consequences because I always took care of any "injury" (incld blisters because of footwear).
Advice: check your feet thoroughly on a regular basis (once/twice daily) and just be alert if you get any abrasions, blisters, cuts, wounds, that you take care of it right away and you keep it clean and it doesn't get all swollen and red.
Diabetics are as "normal" as anyone else, we just have to be more responsible and more alert, self-aware, and diligent than the average person. We can't be careless or oblivious. Basically we need to be more accountable.
Most importantly keep an eye on your attitude, the better and more positive your attitude and energy and confidence level is, the better your control on your diabetes is.
Have fun and enjoy your youth and energy Raven!

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-06 10:36:54 -0600 Report

Raven, you have been robbed of so many things in your youth that most just take for granted, you are a very wise young person whom at times is going t feel the urge to try something different, that's just natural, the only caution I have for you is not to fall into the trap or hole, that you loose what is good for you. There are so many young adults in the late teens to the mid twenties, who seem to loose track as to how to take care of themselves and their diabetes.
Take Care My Young Friend!

Jeanae 2012-02-06 08:35:13 -0600 Report

Yeah! I grew up in Michigan where the grass is thick and lush. I live in Texas where the gras is anything but. I don't go outside barefoot because it would not feel good. Plus I am a big chicken. I just know that the one time I do go outside barefoot a stray sharp rock or piece of metal will stealthily sneak into my yard and place itself right under my foot! So I always wear socks and shoes but when I go back to Michigan in the summer to visit, I will try to be brave enough to at least step one time onto the beautiful lush grass at my sister's house.

jayabee52 2012-02-06 17:14:41 -0600 Report

do ya have the "goathead" sandburrs in TX? When I lived in Nebraska and KS they were all over the place (in Ks I lived right above the panhandles of TX & OK) I used to wear flip flops (begfore my Dx with diabetes) and when my feet met with a goathead spike it was like YOWIE! The spike would break off into the flip flop and would work its way into contact with my tender feet.

Starry20 2012-02-06 06:56:10 -0600 Report

O yea, I was stickin To the soft grass! Haha… Like I said, bit of a hollow victory.

Young1s 2012-02-06 09:31:26 -0600 Report

Okay, but there can be bigger hidden dangers in grass. So if you must do this (every once in a while), just be careful.

jayabee52 2012-02-05 23:00:14 -0600 Report

I am glad you feel happy Raven. But please be careful without your shoes on (I won't call you dork, however — LoL!) I don't recommend going without your shoes very much due to your slowed healing time as a Person With diabetes. You wouldn't wish to lose a foot at your young age due to an injury which could have been prevented by taking some precautions.

I haven't tasted coke or the Dr Pepper drinks for quite some time now. I doubt it tastes like I remember it tasting either.

It is good you feel happy and are enjoying life.

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