Ni hau @meaganpavey welcome. I can’t wait to hear about life as a diabetic in China. Do you get your diabetes care locally? How do you find it?
We were there for 4 weeks a few years ago and loved it. Whenever we walk around a market now we’re always disappointed when we don’t see a child wandering round chewing on a frog on a stick like a lollipop. We loved the food out there but I did have a bit of a carb counting disaster with a dumpling banquet in Xian! http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/2009/05/the-chinese-dumpling-experience/
Alison, love the dumpling saga! Tonight I’m headed out for some Hunan food … the usual chili yak, garlic yak, and sauteed mystery vegetables. All delicious. No clue on the carbs. Those handy dandy aps for my iPhone for carb counting don’t seem to include the category “mystery”, so guessing it is.
Must admit I’ve shied away from the Chinese doctors apart from some awesome acupuncture for aches and pains. (When they hook up the electrodes to the pins in you, feels like a primer for electric shock therapy or a funky way of cooking you from the inside-out.) I make my annual pilgrimage to my endo back in Canada when I am home and cart all of my supplies back to China with me. With 1.3 billion people in this country, chances are there are a few other type 1’s around … would be interesting to see how the medical community approaches things here. Will investigate.
Wow, I whinge about how much diabetes junk I have to cart around for a few weeks holiday, that must be quite some suitcase you’ve got to carry a year’s worth of diabetes junk, and I assume a few spares too.
I’d be really interested to know what diabetes care is like in China. I was impressed with their holistic approach to medicine, and I think we could learn a lot from that over here, where we tend to separate out all the things that are wrong with us and treat them individually rather than looking at the full picture. That combined with more standard approaches could be really powerful.
I’ve never been to China, the most exotic I’ve managed was a blagging a short break in Singapore (where my grandparents lived for some time). I did make it out away from the central you-could-be-anywhere-in-the-world parts and did have a “there is no food on sale here that I even vaguely recognise” moment in a food market. A samosa stall tucked away in a corner saved the day.
Wow China! It’s somewhere I have always wanted to visit although some the stories my friends have told about the “delicacies” have turned my stomach somewhat! Snakes, frogs, eggs with a foetus still inside bleugh!!!
Hello all and thanks for the warm welcomes. I’ll do my best to keep you entertained with pics of frogs on stix and the likes. Carting supplies from Canada ain’t that bad so no sympathy needed there. As for encounters with the Chinese medical system, I can’t knock it ’til I’ve tried it. (I have had one experience, non-diabetes related … rabies shots after losing a battle with a cat in an airport, which I was transporting for a friend … long story, which I will post in the non-diabetes section in the future … and the hospital and docs/nurses had a smooth running system … didn’t have a clue what they were saying to me, but I didn’t die from the injections, which I had to trust was not concentrated SARS virus. BTW, interesting Guangzhou tid bit … this city has the honor of being ground zero for SARS … found in a hospital not far from where I work.) So, as I say when out recruiting, “Come to Guangzhou … It’s better than you think”. I’m happy to host a shoot-up gathering for anyone visiting this neck of the woods.