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September 2013

Weird Together.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By September 30, 2013 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

“I travel a bit and go to conferences and events where there are people who have diabetes, too.  It can be kind of isolating, diabetes, so knowing other people who have it makes it easier to manage on all levels.  Does that make sense?” “Yeah.  It’s like, ‘Hey, we’re weird together.’  And when you’re weird together, you get closer.” That…


Diabetes Reality, Reframed.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Recently, I read a blog post about the concept of “reality reframed,” which is basically the photo practice of cropping-out of the tougher stuff in life, and giving focus to the positive and “prettied up” stuff. As Tracey wrote: “I figure instead of abandoning the art I love, I will show the reality along side of it. This is how…


European Blogger Summit: Photo.

Uncategorized By September 24, 2013 2 Comments

The time zone shuffle isn’t doing much for me, in terms of finding words to describe this meeting and Internet to send out those words, so for now I have a photo of the amazing fellow PWD I’ve had the pleasure of seeing here at EASD, and a big thanks to them for doing all the work they do. You…


Flight Risk.

Dexcom, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

I’m not a fan of traveling by air (major understatement) and my flight-related anxiety has ebbed and flowed over the last few years.  Actually, it’s been way more flow than ebb, because traveling by plane has a direct and predictable influence on my blood sugars, in that the anxiety of air travel causes my blood sugar to rise with the…



Real Life Diabetes By September 19, 2013 Tags: , , 1 Comment

I am the zookeeper today.  The keeper of the zoo of chaos.  The same zoo that the cat keeps walking through, like Loopzilla.  With a test strip in her Zoopzilla mouth, no less. Whoops. You might also like: Rewind. Diabetes Art Day: Strip Safely Edition. Ten Things About Things. This is how we do it.



Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 17 Comments

Recently, I stumbled onto a site called Daily Prompt, and I have used it from time to time to jostle the thoughts in my head into a more respectable state.  This was a prompt from last week:  “The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance: today, simply be thankful for something (or someone).” I’m thankful for so many…


Short Dexcom Break.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

It’s not just a matter of slapping on a new sensor, queuing it up, and making use of the data once it’s available on the graph.  Wearing a Dexcom sensor has now become this intricate pseudo-science of site rotation, skin maintenance, and scheduling, thanks to the dreaded Dexcom rash. My first skin irritation from the Dexcom sensor popped up in…


A Plethora of Pancreases.

Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By September 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Etsy is great for finding pretty jewelry.  Or beautiful gifts for a baby.  But then you can find yourself deep down the rabbit hole of purchasable pancreases, and that’s where shit gets weird. Here are some of the search-return endocrine gems that popped up: Crochet Plush Pancreas from An Optimistic Cynic Anatomical Pancreas Cufflinks from Anatomy Art Gall Bladder, Spleen,…



Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , 18 Comments

“How long have you been on the pump?” He stood next to his car, holding the gas pump to his tank, filling up his car while I was putting my debit card into the console near my car. “I’m sorry?” “Insulin pump.  How long for you?  I just got mine a few weeks ago.” “Oh, I’m sorry!  I thought you…


Filling Back Up.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 65 Comments

It whispered in my ear two January’s ago, when a low blood sugar came too close to becoming terrifying as I felt the whoosh of that bullet go by. I’d never felt anything like that before, that aftermath of fear and numbness.  Then I marked twenty six years with type 1 diabetes, and I just wanted to outrun this disease,…


Wordless Wednesday: Birdzone in the LHJ Zone.

Diabetic Mommy By September 11, 2013 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

(Just a few words:  Ladies’ Home Journal contacted my family about featured Birdy’s Batman princess costume in their October issue, and here’s outcome of those discussions.  Birdy, upon seeing herself in a magazine:  “Batman is going to love this.”) You might also like: Wordless Wednesday: Diabetes Blog Search Terms. Wordless … Tuesday? Comfort Zone ———> Me Batman Princess.