Visualizing Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes April 19, 2018 1 Comment

Last week, I had the pleasure of connecting with Katie McCurdy through my work at The Patient Revolution, and she and I talked about her health visualization tool, Pictal.  (That interview can be found on the Patient Revolution blog.) From the article: “Pictal is a set of worksheets that patients can use to create a health history timeline and show…

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I Can’t Feel My Face

Blood Sugars April 10, 2018 25 Comments

BEEP BEEP BEEP!! Insistent noise, drowned out only slightly by the sound of two toddlers dunking basketballs on each other in the living room. “Do you have any juice?” My friend reaches into her fridge and pulls out a 1/4 full carton of lemonade.  “Would this work?” She and I know one another, but we’re fledgling friends.  Still in that…

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The One About Steel Magnolias

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes April 9, 2018 11 Comments

I remember sitting down to watch this movie, not knowing how it ended. “How scary can it be?  Julia Roberts has such a big laugh.  Mom likes Sally Field.  Diabetes in it, too?  That’s cool.  Let’s make some popcorn.” record scratch Narrator’s voice:  Yeah, that was me, around the age of 10.  I didn’t know anything about the movie Steel…

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Victoza for T1D?

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes April 5, 2018 9 Comments

I am way behind the curve on any drugs that have been making the off-label rounds in the type 1 diabetes community because I was attempting pregnancy/actually pregnant/then breastfeeding my son for almost four years in total.  I wasn’t willing or able to dabble in anything deemed experimental or unapproved.  But I will never have another pregnancy (thanks, tubal ligation!),…

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Dexcom G6 Approved by FDA

Blood Sugars, Dexcom March 29, 2018 17 Comments

Thirty-one years ago, I was checking my blood sugar with this giant lancing device, using a heavy brick of a glucose meter, and chasing my blood sugars with Regular and NPH insulin.  If you told me that the future of diabetes would include streaming video of where my blood sugars have been and where they might be headed, I’d have…

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Instagram Artwork: An Interview with Danielle Newett

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger March 26, 2018 1 Comment

My favorite thing about Instagram is seeing a constant stream of creativity. Whether it’s men hating shopping or the hipster barbie one, I love scrolling through my feed and seeing people’s stories. When I stumbled upon Danielle’s account a few weeks ago, I was immediately intrigued by her unique and highly stylized expressions of life with diabetes. Today, artist Danielle…

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Reclaiming my time in range

Blood Sugars March 20, 2018 5 Comments

My morning blood sugar seems to set the stage for my whole day. Yawn.  94 mg/dL to start my day?  Hell yeah.  It becomes a whole new version of those coffee commercials, where a sleepy someone rubs their eyes and stretches their arms above their head, lifted Pepé Le Pew style out of bed and down the hallway riding the…

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Great Job! Stellar! You’re a Star!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes March 16, 2018 11 Comments

Man, all of this.  The big mountain that is “the healthcare system?”  That thing seems gigantic. But small changes make a big difference.  I think about the stickers I used to get on my school papers back in grade school.  The happy, bright yellow star grinning its toothless grin at me, delighted by my spelling homework.  It seems goofy to…

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