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August 2013

5,000 Names Needed.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 14 Comments

There’s a petition circulating to add diabetes as a disease topic to be discussed over the next five years.  Diabetes, despite the number of people touched by it, isn’t on the list. Yet.  If we can gain 5,000 signatures on this petition, we have a better chance of adding diabetes to the discussion docket, helping improve the lives of those…

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Pile o’ Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By August 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

Borked cannula?  Compromised insulin?  Miscalculated food?  Wonky meter result?  CGM on the fritz? Diabetes?! My blood sugars been absolute crap for the last 48 hours, with more yellow on my Dexcom graph (indicated blood sugars above my target range) than I’d care to admit.  It makes me wonder if someone did a Folger’s switch with my insulin and a bottle…

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Shine On, You Crazy Pedometer.

Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness, Robot Life By August 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

I’ve spent a few weeks playing with the Shine fitness tracker from Misfit Wearables.  (Hence the title, which I’ve been itching to use since receiving the device.) As with any pedometer/fitness tracker/new thing, I’m paying attention to this device and becoming immersed in the data.  I use it as intended; I wear it all day long and sync it to…

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Diabetes Art Day: Strip Safely Edition.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

A long weekend’s worth of test strips for the Diabetes Art Day:  Strip Safely edition. Managing a disease and making medication decisions based on data that’s built on shifting sand is scary. You might also like: Strip Safely: Managing Expectations. Strip Safely: Taking to Twitter. It’s Just a Blood Sugar Check. You Don’t Look Like You Should Have Diabetes.

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Sort-Of Guest Post: What Do You Wish Health Care Professionals Knew?

Uncategorized By August 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

[Hey guys.  This post was not written by me, but was instead written on my behalf. It’s more streamlined and professional, and I didn’t want to toss it out there without some kind of explanation or positioning.  Take a look, read through, and please do participate if you’re inclined.  Also, please share this post if you’d like to help highlight…

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More Willpower Than Carbs.

Uncategorized By August 23, 2013 12 Comments

It’s been a week of strange and unusually clingy lows, and they are often to blame for a rough day of blood sugars, as it’s so easy for me to over-treat a low, causing me to bounce  up too high, which makes me aggressively correct with a bolus (rage bolus!), which sometimes makes me low again.  Vicious cycle involving too…

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Not What She Thought I Was Doing.

Blood Sugars, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 22, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

When you get into the car after going for a run and see a blood sugar of this: … it’s way past time for glucose tabs.  So when you reach into the Spibelt you’re wearing to retrieve the glucose tabs that you stuck in there, encased in a plastic bag once used for diaper discards instead of the travel tube…

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Strip Safely: Taking to Twitter.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By August 21, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

(Note that the banner looks like a test strip.  Clever, eh?) Wednesdays are usually a diabetes-heavy night on Twitter, since it’s the night that the #DSMA conversation takes place (at 9 pm EST – check out the #DSMA webpage for info, and for tips on joining the conversation, click through to this post on Diabetes and Twitter).  Lots of #diabetes…

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Going Solo.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 15 Comments

Seven weeks is a long time. It’s a lot of garbage days (I hate, hate taking out the garbage, especially since we have a crew of vindictive raccoons who have made it their agenda to bust into the garbage cans of everyone on our street, spreading trash all over the place and laughing maniacally whilst wearing hats).  Seven weeks is…

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On Being An Athlete.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By August 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 18 Comments

If this was college, and it was the night before the paper was due, I’d grab a dictionary and start feverishly typing the following:  “Webster’s dictionary defines ‘athlete’ as ‘a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.  Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein to contend for…

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