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August 2013

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Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By August 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I test my blood sugars between 8 – 15 times per day, depending on trends, travel, exercise, food, and other variables.  I correct highs.  I treat lows.  I make a lot of decisions based on these numbers, and it scares the hell out of me to think that they might not be right. Food for thought. You might also like:…

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Strip Safely: Managing Expectations.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 14, 2013 6 Comments

I didn’t expect my pancreas to stop producing insulin.  That was a monkey wrench tossed into my life just before starting second grade, leaving my childhood intact, but including synthetic insulin.  Since my diagnosis, I’ve been managing expectations.  Will I be able to graduate high school?  (Yes.)  Will I be able to make friends, have fun, find love?  (Yes.)  Will…

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FFL: Social Media as Part of the Prescription.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

At Friends for Life this  year, there was a special panel discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Moderated by members of the diabetes online community, the panelists included: Korey Hood, PhD – Associate Clinical Professor…

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“OK.”

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 20 Comments

“Mawm, I can I help you put on your pump right now?” It’s always an issue of immediacy.  If Birdy sees me taking off an old pump site and preparing a new infusion set for insertion, she’s immediately taken with the urge to press all the buttons and cue up the dosing. “Sure, you can help with some of the…

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The Price of Being Stubborn.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By August 7, 2013 Tags: , , 12 Comments

“Huh.  Still in the 200’s.  That sucks.” But I’ve been stressed out and was on a train at the time, so I laced in a quick correction bolus and barely noticed that the site felt a little sore as I was sitting on the Acela.  Later that day, still in the 200’s.  But again, stress?  So I went to dinner…

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Despite Insulin …

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By August 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

The Sparling household has reached a frenzied pitch of stress this week, with a big project for me reaching the finish line simultaneously as a big project for my husband begins.  Overall, we manage our family circus (… could Billy ever get anywhere without leaving a trail of dashes in his wake?  Gross.) without stepping into the ‘unhealthy’ zone, but…

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