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April 16, 2013

Diabetes Police: Revisited.

Sometimes crude animation, and the repeated mention of cookies, ends up stuck in my head all day long.  This is an older video (good grief, it's from 2008?!) about the often-times well-meaning diabetes police, and how the support of friends (and a good iced coffee delivered by a cat) can make all the difference.

April 02, 2013

Growing Up with Diabetes.

"With diabetes" isn't this big, prepositional phrase that hangs on to everything.  Growing up with type 1 diabetes was, as far as I'm concerned, just plain "growing up." And that's what this video is about.

(And I realized, after listening to my mom on DSMA Live 'Rents last night, that this video mentions a few of the same memories she mentioned, which further solidifies the theory that she and I may, at times, be sharing the same brain.)

December 27, 2012

Video: Holidays and Diabetes.

Once a week, Abby and I talk about ... stuff.  (I'd call it a "meeting," but it's never fully business and discussions usually digress into silliness.)  We were talking about doing a holidays and diabetes video, and our questions started off in some official capacity, but quickly wandered into the realm of "How many sweet pickles have you ever eaten at one holiday meal?" and which family member we wanted to dress up as a reindeer. 

So here's our Holidays and Diabetes video, with festive green scarves and reindeer antlers.  And good intentions.


August 08, 2012

Support for the Support Team.

I feel like, as the person in my family who has diabetes, that I have access to a lot of support.  But I wish there was more support for my support team, like my mom, husband, and daughter. This month's video on Insulivin' is about support for those who support us, the PWDs.

It's not a soloist journey; we're a big choir. 

(Beware of the impromptu ode to iced coffee after the credits.)

July 18, 2012

Beaching It (with Diabetes).

Living in Rhode Island, I grew up going to the beach all the time.  Seeing as how you can drive across the whole state, stem to stern, in less than an hour, and it's dotted with beaches the whole way through, it's easy to find a place to put your beach blanket.  We're the Ocean State, for crying out loud, so this makes sense.  ;)

This video is about the diabetes-at-the-beach routine ... and also what part of my diabetes supply arsenal I'd chose as Tribute, if we went all Hunger Games about things:

May 02, 2012

Ancient Glucose Meters.

Glucose meters have come a long way (especially since I was diagnosed, back when I used this old meter), all the way to now, when we can clip a glucose meter to our iPhones and test from the same device we check email and make phone calls from.  (I had a chance to check out the iBG*Star meter yesterday down at Sanofi, and it's pretty cool.  More on that later.)

Testing my blood sugar is a much more streamlined process now than it was twenty-five years ago.  Thankfully ... because that old, ancient glucose meter was a workout unto itself.  ;)

March 19, 2012

Diabetes, Love, and Puppets.

The title is self-explanatory.  :)

Love is all you need. Okay, love and insulin.

February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day with Diabetes: A Poem for my Panc.

Love is in the air ... and it smells like insulin.

Happy Valentine's Day!!  I'd like to dedicate this day to my endless pursuit of love from a certain organ of mine ... one who has evaded my embrace for over twenty-five years now.  Oh pancreas ... sweet little panc who looks just like a giant wiener ... this goes out to you.

Oh rotting, feeble pancreas of mine,
Won't you be my Valentine?
Won't you wake from your long sleep
And make some insulin, you creep?

What makes you sit, all shaped like a wiener,
Lazy and dull, with a pompous demeanor?
What makes it okay, that for your enjoyment
You've spent twenty plus years filing unemployment?

We need to start over; we need to be friends.
We need this whole type 1 diabetes to end.
I'm tired of shots and I'm sick of the lows,
So I think we should talk about ending this row.
I could use a break, my corn-cob-shaped friend.
I'd love to have 'old age' listed as my end.
I think that your time off has drawn to a close.
I'd like working islets, and plenty of those.

How 'bout it, old pal?  Care to start working?
Care to start minding duties you've been shirking?
I promise to be an attentive best friend,
I'll thank you each morning and as the day ends.
I won't take for granted the hormone you make
And I'll forgive you for the last 25 years' mistake.

I've brought you some flowers and a Border's gift card,
In hopes that when I bring milkshakes to the yard
You'll be so inclined to jump start all those islets
Who've been holding their breath for so long that they're violet.

So what do you say, oh pancreas of mine?
Won't you be my Valentine?

January 23, 2012

Diabetes Burnout.

I've been slogging through some diabetes burnout over the last few months, but I'm starting to feel much better.  Things aren't perfect (Are they ever? Answer: Nope), but I've finally reached that point where I'm completely tuned in, rejecting guilt, and feeling like I'm on my way back to better diabetes control.  It's as much an emotional thing as it is a physiological one, and this video is about crawling out of the (primordial, most likely caramel-flavored) diabetes burnout sludge. 

Small steps are what move me forward best.  What helps you start stepping out of diabetes burnout moments?

January 11, 2012

From Abby: Diabetes and the Cuteness.

The other half of Team Tupperware takes a crack at her own vlog post, talking about how diabetes isn't always necessarily "cute," but the stuff we tote around with us can be.  (Also, there are some wise words about the power of zebra insulin.  You'll see.)

How do you personalize your diabetes ... stuff?

December 26, 2011

Vlog: Traveling with Diabetes.

Sometimes the iMovie little function things are too good to pass up, like the effect that lets you track travel as if you're Indiana Jones.  Which is what prompted me to do my last Animas vlog for 2011 on diabetes and travel.  (The last few months have been a little travel-heavy, which I'm glad is over for a few weeks, and I'm looking forward to being a complete homebody while Bird-watching.)

November 18, 2011

Team Tupperware.

Hot on the heels of marking her thirteenth diabetes anniversary (happy diaversary!!!), Abby is making her first vlog appearance.  Today, we're doing a quick intro to who she is, what she's about, and an update on her job search in Boston. 

Little did I know that Abby and I would both make tupperware an integral part of our vlogging process.  Check out the video to see what I mean:

And be on the lookout for Abby's next vlog, which involves a high level of zebra insulin.  You'll see ... ;)

Oh, and happy Blue Friday! Photos coming soon!

October 26, 2011

Getting Ready for Diabetes Month.

Diabetes Month is fast approaching, and I've been thinking about this community - our community - and how much it means to me. I was reminded of a poem I wrote back in 2007 about the impact this community has had on my own health and awareness, and I wanted to share it here, because you guys are what matters.  

What Matters (originally published in November 2007):

I live every day with a pump at my hip
A meter close by, and a smile on my lips.

So many moments there are in my day
When it seems that my pancreas gets in the way,
Be it exercise, cooking or sleeping or driving,
I’m constantly checking to keep myself thriving.
And while my fiancé, my family and friends
Support me and hold me and love to no end,
I started to blog because I felt alone -
The only diabetic as far as I'd ever known.
Needing to find others who understood
How a number was scary, how a food could be good.
How I worried my eyes were damaged from cake.
I worried my worries were too little, too late.
How I worried my feelings were strange and unique
And that my diabetes made me some kind of freak.

I wrote my first post, took a great gasp of air,
Hit the big publish button and from out of thin air
My words were set loose to the great world wide web
And I wanted and hoped to hear what others said.
Within just a week I had found several others.
Type 1’s and type 2’s and some fathers and mothers.
These people, they knew, and I felt less alone.
I feared less my future and all the unknowns.
The blogging took off and it chronicled things
Like my job and my friends and my engagement ring.
I poured out my feelings and dealt with my fears,
I let loose my laughter and reigned in my tears.
I felt so much stronger with all the support
Of the people who knew how my body fell short.

When I peel back the layers to what matters most,
It's not about how many readers I host.
It's not about statcounts and not about feeds.
It's not about fame and it’s not about greed.
It’s not about comments or big recognition,
It’s about all the challenges of this condition.
This community knows me where I hurt the most.
It makes me feel normal, supported, and close.

I'm thankful for every day towards good health.
I’m thankful I’m not doing this by myself.
Endless thanks to the people who read these brave writers
And for making the burden we carry much lighter.

 

October 06, 2011

Vlog: Interview with Charlie Kimball.

Charlie Kimball is one tolerant guy, because not only did he allow my child to sit in his racing helmet when she was two months old (risky move there, Charlie), but he also offered up some of his time to record a vlog interview about racing in Indy Car with type 1 diabetes ... and a car. 

And be sure to root for Charlie as he takes on his last race of the season next week, October 16th in Las Vegas, on his four year diabetes anniversary.  

(For more on Charlie, you can visit CharlieKimball.com or his personal Twitter account, @charliekimball.)

September 30, 2011

Halloween, Diabetes, and Wabbits.

Halloween (yes, it's a smidge early for this, but bear with me) is awesome, but can be a tricky time for people with diabetes.  Here are a few tips on trick-or-treating, saving candy for lows, and how to make use of that orange jumpsuit even after you've finished your time in the clink.

And thanks to the crew at Animas for their tolerance for my weirdness.  ;) (Also, for those of you on Twitter who have been wondering where on earth my avatar came from, this explains it.)

September 26, 2011

We're More Than Our Numbers.

I'm working on recapping the ePatient Connections conference from last week, but what resonated most for me was hearing patients reiterate "We're more than our diseases!"  And it struck me that I'm constantly judging myself on those tougher diabetes moments, and refusing to celebrate the successes.  I need a little more celebration. 

I know my cumulative health is what doctor's pay attention to, but sometimes I just want to sing from the rooftops about that nice, round 100 mg/dL.  Blood sugars that are out of range get all the attention; it's time for me to feel good about the wheels that don't squeak.  ;)

September 16, 2011

30 Things About My Invisible Illness: 2011.

This week is Invisible Illness Week, and type 1 diabetes is definitely in that "invisible" category.  I wanted to participate in this week's events, but a little Birdy and a little eyeball set me back a bit, productivity-wise.  So I'm defaulting to my favorite blog fodder:  a meme

Back in 2009, I did the 30 Things About My Invisible Illness meme, and I'm curious to see how much has changed in the last two years.  Bring out your memes!

1. The illness I live with is: type 1 diabetes
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:  1986
3. But I had symptoms since: 1985
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: ... this is a trick question. I don't remember the "before" diabetes moments in my life, so I've been adjusting my schedule, decisions ... life to diabetes for the last 25 years.
5. Most people assume: that I did something to cause it.  Or that it's "no big deal."  Or that after my pregnancy was over, my diabetes would go away.  Or that I "can't eat that." Or that the insulin pump and the CGM automatically regulate my blood sugars, leaving me sitting by the pool and sipping mango margaritas all day long while my blood sugars roll between 90 - 115 mg/dL.  ( 
6. The hardest part about mornings are: when there isn't time to make coffee.  (What, it's not all diabetes!)
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Glee?
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: Toss up between my insulin pump, Dexcom, and Macbook.  Those three things are my best inanimate friends all the livelong day.
9. The hardest part about nights are: being a little anxious that I'll have a blood sugar issue that makes the morning disappear.
10. Each day I take 1 pill & a billion vitamins.  And I infuse insulin 24/7.  (The meme said "no comments" here, but diabetes maintenance drugs are more than worth mentioning.)
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: believe that holistic health and and nurturing the emotional self is just as crucial as daily insulin doses.  But I don't have other alternatives to insulin.  It's kind of the missing link.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose:  While I am sometimes frustrated that PWD (people with diabetes) don't "look worth curing," I would much, much rather feel good and look healthy than to have tangible, outward symptoms of my medical condition.  I appreciate being incognito with my diabetes as much as I can. 
13. Regarding working and career:  I used to just "work."  Now I have a career, and a passion, and I credit that to the influence of my diabetes.  Can't lie.
14. People would be surprised to know: that I don't talk about diabetes all the time to my real life friends.  Actually, I hardly bring it up.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: that I don't remember the "old reality."  I'm a little moody about that, sometimes.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: have a baby.  (Boo.  Yeah.)
17. The commercials about my illness: are just now starting to resonate for me.  Prior to the new class of commercials that speak to the type 1 community, I just couldn't get into that oatmeal guy from Cocoon.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: making my own insulin.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: ... hmm.  I don't think I've given anything up because of diabetes.  To the contrary - I think I've worked harder and earned more (emotionally) due to this mess.  :)
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: caring about my health.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: just relax.  And revisit the mango margarita thing.
22. My illness has taught me: that "control" is a state of mind. 
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "You can't eat/do/think/be that."  Hey, want to know a secret?  I CAN.
24. But I love it when people: love me for me, and not because of or despite diabetes.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: Don't eat fructose snow?
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: that they aren't alone.  And there is a very good, very full life, even after diagnosis.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: that there are a lot of other people who are living with this illness, too.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: not say, "What did you do?"  As if I caused the whole not-feeling-well moment.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: if we're not involved, our disease remains invisible.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: like you have an appreciation for life with diabetes, and that a small part of your brain is thinking about doing this meme, too.  (DO IT!)


September 05, 2011

Vlog: Name That Tune.

So I was afraid to say "Top Gun" or "Maverick" or anything related to Goose in this new Animas video because I never know where the copyright sidewalk ends (whoops), but just to confirm:  the Top Gun theme song both rules and is my new pump tune.  Here's the full vlog over at Animas:

Also, Jana started a wiki page for Animas pump tunes, so if you have a tune you want to share with the masses, visit her wiki and upload it!  Or visit her wiki and download Top Gun.  Either way, it's 'peace out' to Für Elise!

August 25, 2011

Everybody Bloops.

Most of the time, when I record a vlog, the final product ends up being about three minutes long.  This is after cutting the video down from fifteen assorted minutes of nonsense and rambling.  And this blooper video is ... well, embracing the rambling.  :)

Diabetes bloopers was a theme from D-Blog Week back in May.  Everybody bloops.  Have you blooped today?

August 23, 2011

Where the Islet Cells End.

(A tribute to Shel Silverstein's beautiful, "Where the Sidewalk Ends.")

There is a place where the islet cells end
And that's where diabetes begins.
In this place, you can stumble and things can get scary
Those moments when numbers make you feel so wary
And the burden is almost too heavy to carry
This is where our community comes in.

Let us leave this place where misconceptions grow
And the damaging articles win.
Where the blood sugar pendulum swings to and fro
And the mindset of fear leads to … well, I don't know
Past the place where you're told that you reap what you sow
To that place we find strength deep within.

We'll all write with a purpose that's true and we'll know
That our words make a difference; the world we will show
What it means - "Diabetes" -, and together, bestow
Our support on each other.  Our friends.


Image credit to the epically talented Shel Silverstein.

August 04, 2011

Animas Vlog: A Day at the Beach.

Sometimes I forget that not everyone has diabetes.  Here's a quick video about two different reactions from my trip to the beach last week.  (And how many cell phone/insulin pump references can I make in three minutes?  Several.  You'll see.)


July 01, 2011

New Animas Vlog: Welcome to My Garden Party.

Normally, I have reasonable control of my nouns.  I know the words for things, but for some reason, this video had me completely tongue-tied.  I tried to talk about how moments of exercise have been sneaking into my daily routine, almost by accident, but ended up talking about the "secret weapons" of my garden. 

I apologize for not knowing the word "watering can."  Somehow, it completely escaped me.

(Also, my columns have been updated for June on "Life, Uninterrupted."  Skip on over to read "Those Online People" and "The Pee Alarm."  Thanks for checking them out!)

March 23, 2011

Bloopers: 2011.

I've been recording vlogs on my YouTube channel for a few years now, and for Animas for the last 15 months, but for all the footage I've recorded, there are only a few actually usable minutes.  The rest of that nonsense?  The wicked verbal stumblings and the puppets? 

Blooper reels:

February 23, 2011

Awesome Video: Insulin Pump Art.

I did not make this video, but fellow PWD and pumper Hannah Lambert did. I think this video is a really cool way to show how an insulin pump site change takes place ... if you were the Sorcerer's Apprentice and you could accomplish most of this task without using your hands.  Clever stop-motion animation here.  Check it out:

And now I'm dying to figure out how to create a stop motion animation video of my own.  You know, in my free time.  While the kid naps.  ;)

December 28, 2010

The Wrong Order.

A new Animas vlog is up on their site:  The Wrong Order.  What happens when you get the wrong coffee order from the coffee shop?  You end up with wicked high blood sugar.  And subtitles.  (Christmas tree not included with aforementioned wrong order.)

(And, as a total sidenote:  thank you guys for your support on yesterday's post.  It means a lot to me, and I really appreciate it.  Can't say much more than that without welling up and not being able to see the computer screen, so I'll just leave it at that:  thank you.)

December 21, 2010

Tangled.

I love my insulin pump (well, as much as you can enjoy anything that's used to manage a chronic disease), and it's a constant part of my daily routine.  It goes with me EVERYWHERE, from the car to the supermarket to the bathroom and to bed at night.  This pump is never more than a few feet away from me, and I keep close tabs on it.

And sometimes it keeps wicked close tabs on me.  See also:  tangled.

Have you ever found yourself wrapped up in a pump tubing hug?

December 20, 2010

What NOT to Say to the Parent of a Kid with Diabetes.

I didn't make this video, but the fact that it quotes questions I've heard people ask the parents of children with diabetes time and time again makes me smirk.  This video is anonymous - I don't have a clue as to who crafted it up.  It's a little bit sassy.  And my goodness did I laugh when I first watched it.  The second time I watched it, I paused it to write down my favorite line.

"There are only two things my daughter cannot eat:  poison, and cookies ... made with poison."

(Note:  If someone can hook me up with this moss that supposedly cures all things that ail ya, let me know.  I'd love some in time for the holidays.)

Found out where this video was born - on Joanne's Death of a Pancreas site. Thanks for the laughs, Joanne!

December 01, 2010

Real People Sick.

Since the beginning of November, I've been dealing with a random few weeks of feeling "real people sick."  Like I wrote about last week, diabetes is something I'm used to and can deal with pretty well, but the common cold knocks me right on my end.   I deal with colds like a guy.  I hate being RPS.

Real People Sick:  The differentiation between blood sugar issues and the common cold. Phrase slips out most often when the diabetic admits to not feeling well and must specify that it is not blood sugar related.

This month's Animas "Life, Uninterrupted" vlog is about being "sick" on top of having diabetes, and about how cracked out squirrels and I sometimes share the same vocal patterns.  Unfortunately, there's another cameo by Abby (the Cat) because she's usually lounging, all lazy, while I record these things.  (That cat needs to get on the ellipmachine or something - chubby little chomper.)

Enjoy, and thanks for not judging me for the squeaky voice and the whining!  :)


November 24, 2010

Feeling Thankful.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States, and I'm feeling pretty thankful.  While tomorrow is reserved for turning hand tracings into turkeys, today is a good day to highlight what I'm thankful for this year:

I'm thankful that we have a backyard that the cats can go crap in, because I was tired of cleaning that litterbox.  (And I'm also secretly glad that our neighbors have a ridiculous cat that comes over and starts trouble with ours, because when they pile into the bushes out back and cause the shrubbery to vibrate with their Andy Capp-style battles, it cracks me right up.)

I'm thankful for our family and friends, who have helped Chris and I adjust to our new lives as 'parents' and who make "home" a place that matters.  We're so glad to be sharing this chapter of our lives with the people and in the places we love the most.

I'm thankful for having good enough health to take it for granted, and to actually have the luxury of feeling frustrated when I'm "sick" because it's such a foreign concept.

I'm thankful for the wonderful work opportunities that have come up in the last few years, specifically for the companies and organizations that have embraced the voices of patient advocacy and who have decided to become part of the conversation.  

I'm thankful I have an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor that can help me make sense of the holiday meals.  Also known as:  Pie?  Yes, please.

I'm thankful that the lady across the street doesn't judge me when I wander in the front yard to check the mail, clad in workout clothes, slippers, a sloppy ponytail, usually with the baby strapped to the front of me a la Bjorn, my cell phone secured to one ear, pump tubing swinging in the breeze, and an army of cats weaving in and out between the maple trees.  She must think I'm a work-from-home crackhead.

I'm thankful that the Internet has brought a group of fellow PWDs into my life, and that I'm healthier and more informed as a result.  To boot:  I've made some very close friends through these bloggy blogs, and I'm grateful for their friendship every day.  Life is good when you're surrounded by those who don't make their own insulin. (And let's not forget that I'm also thankful for Abby the Person, who already rocks.)

I'm thankful for my husband, who is my best friend, my partner in parenting, my editor, and remains my hero.  And I'm thankful for my healthy and extremely happy baby bird, who wakes up every day with a smile, and helps me to do the same.  I didn't realize how much I missed her until she arrived.

And with that, I'm thankful for video:

September 06, 2010

Diabetes Art Day: What If You Missed It?

Diabetes Art Day took place this past September 1st, and so many members of the diabetes online community tapped their inner artists for inspiration.  But what if you missed the day?  Can you still get your art on?

Visit Lee Ann's blog, The Butter Compartment, for more details on Diabetes Art Day and to view some of the submissions! And if you're looking for a labor of love this Labor Day, bust out your crayons (or your Photoshop) and see what you can create!

June 18, 2010

Diving into the Diaper Fish.

Chris and I have a selection of diaper bags to choose from when it comes to toting around BSparl's stuff, but regardless of the bag we choose, that thing is heavy. Heavy because it's filled to the gills (Gills? Great, now picturing a diaper fish.) with not only baby-related goodies, but a pile of diabetes stuff as well.

Le video to follow:

And now le weekend to follow le video. (Once I find a cartoon representation of a diaper fish, that is.)

May 24, 2010

Vlog: Nine Months.

(Okay, eight months, but who's counting?)  A vloggy look at our nine months of pregnancy and the arrival of Ms. BSparl.

April 01, 2010

Animas: Vlogs n' Columns.

I'm proud to be working with Animas on the Ping sponsorship, but I also wanted to share some of the editorial stuff I've been working on with the company as well.  I'm writing a few blog posts every month over at the Animas website in the "Life, Uninterrupted, with Kerri" section, and they've also convinced me to put my puffy, pregnant face in some vlogs, as well.

If you're not too busy, please pop on over and check out the features on Animas - and forgive me for including Siah in the photo montage.  (But come on ... that face?  Is one of the goofiest ones I've ever caught on camera and it makes me laugh every damn time.  ... Yes, I am always this highly professional, why do you ask? :D)

March 09, 2010

Siah Has Opinions.

A guest vlog, by Ms. Siah Sausage, expressing her views on BSparl, sandwiches, and her desire for world domination.

January 05, 2010

BSparl and the Buried Poster.

It's been aaaaaaages since I recorded a new vlog post, and much of my delay was the fault of my old PC (and its magical, melting hard drive).  That and I lost the tripod for the Flip, so it's taken me a while to figure out how to wrangle in iMovie and all the Mac crap. 

Here's my first Mac vlog, touching upon that moment every mother-to-be experiences as her baby is growing in the womb ... when she realizes that the ultrasound pictures sort of look like her husband's film poster.

(Sundance in less than two weeks - I can't wait!!)

November 28, 2009

What NaBloPoMo Has Done to Me.

Poor cats.  We forgot to buy cat food.  Forced to supplement with a can of tuna fish.  Mewing cats went berserk.

(And I am not doing NaBloPoMo next year.  Because I'm embarrassing myself with these filler posts!  :) )

November 19, 2009

When in Doubt ...

When in doubt about what you really want to write, go with a bloopers video.  If nothing else, it will become clear why these segments never made it into an actual vlog post.  :) (But doesn't explain why I'm talking about books for no reason, what's with the cursing streak, why the cat is on the toilet, and why Abby is impersonating the MGM lion.)

November 07, 2009

Diabetes Archives: The Diabetes Police.

This cartoon took FOREVER to make, complete with bouncing chocolate chip cookie and a broccoli tree, and it's pretty terrible.  But it still makes me laugh.  So I'm revisiting this one - The Diabetes Police video. 

November 03, 2009

Taste, Now With More Math!

I think this video is brilliant, and I'm not just saying that because I adore these two fellas.  George and Scott teamed up to create a Making Sense of Diabetes video for TuDiabetes and they focused on taste ... showing how we, as people with diabetes, don't get to taste much of anything without embarkng on some kind of blood sugar testing, carb calculating, math confusion adventure. 

As I said - brilliant.  These guys raise awareness using humor, but boy does this message resonate. See for yourself:

Taste, Now With More Math!

I think this video is brilliant, and I'm not just saying that because I adore these two fellas.  George and Scott teamed up to create a Making Sense of Diabetes video for TuDiabetes and they focused on taste ... showing how we, as people with diabetes, don't get to taste much of anything without embarkng on some kind of blood sugar testing, carb calculating, math confusion adventure. 

As I said - brilliant.  These guys raise awareness using humor, but boy does this message resonate. See for yourself:

October 21, 2009

Unpacked and Vlogging.

Here we go:  diabetes vlogging about the potbelly, our new apartment, sharing a bathroom with the cats, and a craving for Apple Jacks.

And please excuse my belly rubbing fixation.  It's new, so I keep touching it.  :)

August 24, 2009

Purse-Diving and Googly Eyes.

It's been aaaaaaages since I recorded a vlog post, even though I've had my Flip camera stashed in my travel bags over the last few months.  But I couldn't think of what to vlog about and quite frankly, I didn't know if I had the patience to sit and edit a video. 

Thankfully, Lee Ann over at The Butter Compartment inspired me to go purse-diving and see what's hiding in the depths of my massive shoulder bag.  And while I have plenty of loose change, test strips, and gum wrappers in there, I did uncover a few oddities:

So the gauntlet has been thrown down:  Are you willing to show the crap you're carrying around in your purse/man-bag/satchel?  And are you willing to Photoshop googly eyes onto things?  My mind, she is an inquiring one!

June 18, 2009

Working On Working Out.

Way overdue on a new vlog post, but I was inspired by George's post yesterday about getting back on track with exercise.  So here's my vlog post about diabetes, working out, and what motivates me to move.

Some of my reasons are a little goofy, but I think whatever gets me to exercise is well worth laughing at myself a little bit.  What gets you to break a sweat?

May 07, 2009

Wrist and Shout: The Vlog.

I have a lot of things I need to follow-up post on (i.e. product reviews, the guy from Panera, guest posts, etc.), but I found myself recording a ridiculous lunchtime vlog about the cortisone shot, blood sugars, and my ridiculous wrist issue.

Thankfully, my wrist seems to be on the mend, but the shot wrecked some havoc on my numbers.  I'm hoping that this is the beginning of the end of this ridiculous problem.

Also - Siah?  Ridiculous.

April 23, 2009

When Larry Bird Calls.

I tapped the Twittersphere again for some vlog ideas, and Windy came through with a ringer:  When in doubt, talk to the Bird.

I could have slapped myself in the forehead.  Of COURSE!  Larry!  My fictional personal trainer!  God knows I've been having trouble making exercise ends meet these days with my schedule and that stupid wrist thing.  I could use a few minutes with Larry

So I donned my best southern accent to bring you "When Larry Bird Calls."

(Note: No medical advice was given during the course of this video. This video barely makes sense as it is. But southern accents are, and remain, adorable - twangy or not.)

March 10, 2009

Blooper Reel: SUM Diabetes Vlogging.

I have the Flip camera in my bag almost all the time, so I make attempts at vlog posts pretty often.  Thing is, they are usually chaos and never make it to the SUM YouTube channel as a "real vlog."

But they do make it into blooper reels.  

Sara, Rachel, and Julia - this is for you. (And my apologies to the French.)

March 06, 2009

Kerri's Diabetes Technology FAIL.

I've had about three solid weeks of good blood sugar control, with just one or two lows and not many excessive highs.  I celebrated regularly, because this kind of even keel isn't common for me.  And because I'm in hot pursuit of a lower A1C.

So you can imagine my frustration when I had a 400+ blood sugar with no detectable cause - until I realized the pump tubing hadn't clicked into place properly after my shower.  (Something about the sweaters on my teeth and the fact that I was falling asleep face-first into my laptop didn't tip me off, apparently.   I had to wait until the realization of "Hey, haven't you peed three times in an hour?" hit me in full.)

Kerri + Diabetes Technology = FAIL.

(And also, be on the lookout for "fox paws." You'll see what I mean.)

February 05, 2009

Vlogging While Low.

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Internet last week.  I wanted to record a vlog post on my lunch break, but my blood sugar took a bit of a dip. 

Moron that I am, I still recorded and talked my face off.  

The point I made at the end of the video is one that I've thought about a lot - diabetes is an invisible disease, especially for those of us who are younger.  Even though we are dealing with diabetes every day, it's not a disease that is visible to people on the outside.  There's a certain blessing to people not knowing we're "sick," but does it make it seem like we don't need our cure?

Oh hell yes we need our cure.

January 14, 2009

A1C - Sigh.

I had my A1C drawn on Monday.  Late.  I haven't had one since like June and that's waaaaay too long between results.  The last one, taken a few weeks after we returned from our honeymoon, was extremely high (or at least extremely high for a woman who is trying to gain better control as she plans for pregnancy ... in third person) and I was very reluctant to have another one done.

I hate negative reinforcement.  I don't like that feeling of "Hey, you worked hard.  You really put a lot of effort into managing this disease.  Here's your shitty A1C."  And that feeling of "ARGHHHHH!" is what I'm vlogging about this week.   

(Also, guest appearances by Siah, the Dexcom, and some bed dinosaurs.)   

December 09, 2008

SUM Bloopers.

I like to vlog, but I talk nonsense about 80% of the time.  (Those of you who know me in real life can attest to my ability to spew nonsense.) Only a small portion of what I end up rambling on about makes it to the vlog post, and the rest remains on the cutting room floor (also known as the folder on my laptop marked "Vlog Crap").

Since I haven't had a chance to vlog recently, I thought I'd share the running blooper reel of outtakes from SUM vlogging attempts.  Unfortunately, I could do a new blooper reel every damn month, but eventually the cats would tire of being pulled in front of the camera. 

I present ... the sad little blooper reel:

Being awkward is my specialty.  :) 

November 09, 2008

SUM Diabetes Blogging.

Today is the fourth D-Blog Day, and I'm proudly raising my voice with you guys, the diabetes community.  Three years ago, I wrote about why my blog is called "Six Until Me."  Two years ago, I wrote about my heroes.  And last year, I wrote about what matters.

This year, I wanted to thank you guys for being such a crucial part of my health.  You are all heroes, and I appreciate every one of you.

October 23, 2008

Halloweenin' Diabetes.

Folks who commented on the last vlog post gave me some stuff to talk about, and this round I've tackled diabetes management and Halloween.  I was diagnosed in 1986 and have spent almost all of my Halloweens as a diabetic, so I've been trick-or-treating around the block for decades now.  (Hmmm ... that sounds a bit ... odd.  Yet I've digressed again.)

If you have any tips on managing diabetes during trick-or-treat season, feel free to toss 'em in the comments section! And share what your costume idea is for this Halloween! Chris and I are dressing up as ... well, you'll hear at the end of the video. ;)

October 15, 2008

Dexcom In Le Honda.

Vlogging - still haven't qute figured out the format yet.  But this time, I'm vlogging from my new car and hooked back up to the Dexcom - with a little Weezer in the background because they are just cool.

I am, however, running out of ideas to vlog about, and would really appreciate any suggestions.  SuperG answered some questions from his comments section a few weeks back - anyone have anything they want to ask?  How to build a rocket ship?  (No idea.)  What's the best way to control blood sugars?  (I don't have any answer to this, but I'd love to hear your suggestions.)  What's it like, living with that weird little gray Sausage cat?  (Oy - I could vlog for days about that.)

Oh, and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister, Courtney!

September 26, 2008

It's Friday. That Means ...

The Friday Six:  September 26, 2008 edition... The Friday Six.  It's time for a week-end wrap-up, and to share some of the latest bits with you.  I hope you're all having a good week.  I am so ready for the weekend (and the debates tonight)!!!  I'm going to just jump right in with number ONE ...

1.  Last week, I posted a photo on D365 of Tickles the Tapeworm, and just a few days after posting it, a package of Parasite Pals stickers was delivered to my office, courtesy of my Flickr friend, Stinky_Harriet (aka Liz).  THANK YOU, LIZ!!!  You totally made my day, and I shared these stickers with my editorial team.  (We thought they were digustingly awesome.)  If you're following the Diabetes365 crew over on Flickr, you may have seen some of the wonderful photos from Liz.  Click through and check out the photos, and give some love to Sara, who is on the cusp of finishing her 365 days!! 

2.  In CGM news, there's a chat with Aaron Kowalski on Monday, September 29th, in the DiabetesTalkFest chatroom.  Dr. Kowalski will be answering your questions about the JDRF CGM trial that was in the New England Journal of Medicine last week, so check it out if CGMs are on your wishlist.  (It's on mine!)

3.  (Full disclosure:  This next bit has it's fair share of we in New England call "wicked bias.")  My husband has teamed up with some of his old buddies from the fitness world to create a cool and informative health and fitness site called I Look Like Fit.  There's a ton of useful information on the site, including workouts, diet ideas, weight loss tips, and even a social networking page called - wait for it - FitHeads.  So, if you're looking to tone up or trim down, this new site and its social networking sidekick could be a good fit for you.

4.  This Sunday, Fairfield County is playing host to the JDRF Walk For A Cure, and the dLife team will be there.  (I'm hoping it doesn't rain all over our heads during the walk, but we're badass enough to take the risk.  Diabetics don't melt!)  Are there any SUM readers who will be walking on Sunday?  If you're there and you see a cloud of white dLife t-shirts, come by and say hello!  :) 

5.  In cake-related news (this may be my favorite segue ever), the popular site CakeWrecks has its first comment controversy going on, all about a cake shaped like an insulin pen.  Personally, I find this cake to be amusing.  The comments on this post, however, are less entertaining.  Plenty of diabetic-bashing going on in there, from laying down guilt on people with type 2 diabetes to the stereotype that diabetics on the whole can't eat anything but carrot sticks and ... dreams, I guess.  If you want to weigh in on this mess, feel free.  Stop the ignorance, if you can.

6.  And finally, I vlogged.  I vlogged from my stupid car, because time is limited this week but I've felt delinquent as a vlogger (and I've been enjoying the ones from SuperG and Sara and Windy, and Landi even joined the fray!) and I needed to catch up.  If you skip on over to my YouTube channel, you can find my latest attempt at vlogging.  And, like George mentioned in his post today, I'm open to any questions because, quite frankly, sometimes I have no clue what to say.  :)

The weekend should be rainy here in New England, but it's still the weekend, and that makes it awesome.  Have a good one, and I'll catch you on Monday!

September 19, 2008

Arghhhh, Me Hearties.

The Friday Six:  September 19, 2008 edition

Holy late post, but better late than never, right, me hearties?  (Oh, this pirate crap will be the very death of me.)  Jumping right into this week's Friday Six!

1.  Yes, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day.  In celebration of this silliness, I offer you the Pirate Translator, some pirate jokes, and a Twitter avatar, courtesy of my extremely silly brother:  Kerri the pirate.

2.  The JDRF is still taking applications for the 2009 Children's Congress - but not for long!  The deadline for application is October 6, 2008, so if you and your child are interested in applying and representing the diabetes community before Congress, now is the time to apply.  Visit the JDRF website for more information.

3.  Another D-related event is the First Annual Diabetes Rockstar Cruise, brought to you by the folks at Diabetic Rockstar.  According to Sara, a SUM reader and a member of the Diabetic Rockstar crew, "The most exciting part about the cruise is that Carnival has a program called Cruising for Charity, where we will be receiving a portion of the proceeds for Fight It! our charity arm at Diabetic Rockstar.  Our funding goes to uninsured, in-need and newly diagnosed diabetics who need supplies and additional help."  Unfortunately, I won't be attending this event, but if you're interested in learning more about this cruise, taking place next May, visit the Diabetic Rockstar website

4.  And in my own personal diabetes news, I've been embroiled in the battle with Oxford Health of Connecticut for CGM coverage.  Fun.  (Sarcasm.)  I have a solid insurance representative at Dexcom who is helping me get all the paperwork together for my external appeal - yes, this is the one I have to send them a CHECK for, greedy bastards - and I'm working with my endocrinologist on a letter highlighting pre-pregnancy planning and the need for tighter diabetes control.  This is a paperwork nightmare, and now I understand why lots of people never get to this stage of the appeal, because it's so damn complicated.  BUT I am moving forward and will file this external appeal by the end of next week.  Hopefully this will overturn my previous three denials.  In any event, I'm almost positive they won't refund the $25 filing fee.  Pricks.  ;) 

5.  On the Children With Diabetes site, there's a short video about Friends For Life 2008, and you'll find a smattering of diabetes bloggers in there, including Sara, Heidi, Bennet, and me!  (And I look seeeeerious, since they caught me in the pregnancy seminar and I was all panicked ears.)  Check out the video!

6.  And I'm still woefully behind on vlogging, but I'm hoping to get a clip up here by Monday or Tuesday.  Next week is pretty nuts - I have plans for dinner in the city, I'll be at a seminar at the UN midweek, and I'm gearing up the dLife crew for our JDRF walk next weekend - but I need a little face-time.  I'm sort of short on vlog topics - any ideas from you guys?  For now, all I have is this sort of crummy quality clip from The Swell Season show on Wednesday.  I have another one, of one of their new songs, that I can post this weekend after I pull it from my KerriBerry

For now, I'm off to RI for yet ANOTHER wedding this weekend (btw, Chris and I have been married for four months as of yesterday - holy cow!) and to spend time with the family.  You guys have a great weekend!!!

September 05, 2008

Old-School Support.

I'm coming up fast on my 22nd anniversary with diabetes, and one of the things I've had as part of my management arsenal is Kitty.  Kitty was the stuffed animal cat that my parents bought for me before I went in for my 12 day hospital stay after diagnosis.  Kitty used to have fur, and visible eyes, and other cat parts, but he's since been matted and hugged into this almost unrecognizable blog.

Kitty turns 22 next week, and it's amazing to realize that diabetes has been in my life for that long.

Do you have any diabetes benchmarks hiding in your linen closet, or under your bed, or in your memory?  Share them! 


August 22, 2008

Friday Face-Time.

Six Until Me - Vlogging Since ... Three Weeks AgoLow blood sugars are not fun.  Over the past ten weeks or so, I hadn't experienced many lows, but I've hit more than my fair share of highs.  (And not normal highs - instead, those warm, feverish highs that made my eyes ache and suits my teeth up in sweaters.)  But the lows seemed to have returned a bit, in part to a tendency to aggressively correct highs and the lack of carbs in my house this week. 

Like this morning:  I woke up and sat on the side of the bed for a full five minutes before getting up to test. I knew I was low, but it's like I'm unable to let myself drink the juice before testing.  Instinct?  Impulse? The room was thick with a cottony fog and my head was spinning, but I couldn't function clearly enough to grab the bottle of juice from the bedside table.  I grabbed my meter, waited patiently for the 52 mg/dl to pop up on the screen, and only then would I let my hands wander towards the grape juice bottle. 

It's frustrating.  My lows over the years have become progressively stickier, taking longer to come up and with symptoms that linger far beyond their textbook-issued 15 minute window.  This week's vlog entry is about lows and their irritating ways.  (And I tried my best to speak  more slowly, but I think I'm somehow related to the Micro Machines guy.  I just talk too damn fast.) 

Click on the logo to visit my YouTube channel, don't laugh at my crappy flashcards, and let me know what kind of vlog topics you want to see covered in the future! 

August 15, 2008

The Diabetes Police.

The diabetes police are usually well-meaning, usually nice, but most often think they are the resident experts on all things diabetes. Frustrating for sure. Dealing with the diabetes police usually means supressing a sigh, carefully explaining the situation, and hoping it sinks in.  But when the person policing you is someone you love, it can be tricky.

My video post this week is a short cartoon about being hunted by the diabetes police and how Siah, a little iced coffee, and the support of some friends can make a difference. 

Stick people have it easy. They don't even have faces. And cookies fall from the sky.

August 08, 2008

My Glucose Meter Talks To Me.

I spoke with my meter about whether or not he's comfortable talking on camera.  After some cajoling, Meter decided he was ready for his close-up.  He wasn't happy about the nose, and he was a little frustrated that cars kept driving by as we were taping, but overall he was pleased to share his perspectives with the diabetes community.

My Glucose Meter Talks To Me.

Coffee?  Yes, it's making me do strange things.  Why do you ask?

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