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October 2013

Halloween Rules for Kids and Adults with Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By October 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Halloween DOES rule!!  It’s fun and gives people the opportunity to make costumes, hang out with friends and family, and collect some tasty treats and … Wait, you thought there would be rules?  Like actual rules to enjoying Halloween? There aren’t any set rules to doing the whole Halloween-and-diabetes thing.  Back when I was a kid with diabetes (we went…

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Ketchup and Mustard.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 27 Comments

Blood sugar excursions are one thing (little trips to the grocery store, short flights to Canada … those sorts of excursions are fine) but the long-haul ones are not okay (BOS -> MEL).  I can deal with a sticky high of 180 or 200 mg/dL without getting fired up, and lows are less frequent these days, so I’m not as…

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Of Cocktails and Community.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 18 Comments

“So what you should do is see what people are searching for and then carefully tailor your posts to draw in those searches.  Pick the search engine terms that there isn’t a high competition for, giving you an advantage in Google’s search algorithm.” The example he used was pretty simple:  “10 Best Cocktails for People with Diabetes” In a discussion…

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Halloween Prep and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Between the finishing up of Birdy’s Spidergirl costume (a labor-and-tulle intensive endeavor), carving our pumpkin (she wanted a big Batman signal on it this year), and the creation of a cemetery cake (which Birdzone renamed “the grave garden” – a name I like more than the original), we’re getting our Halloween on here in a big way. Way back in…

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So Fresh and So Clean. (Clean.)

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 22 Comments

I rarely clean my pump.  I hope that doesn’t make me a complete dirtbag (though the more I think about it, the more I should regularly clean this device that is with me 24 hours a day, every single day, and is brought everywhere but in the shower, so it’s likely to be the most filthy thing I own). But…

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Looking Back: Law and Disorder.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Today, I’m looking back today at a post from December 2006, talking about an infusion set that went wonky on me during dinner.  This was all pre-engagement, pre-marriage, pre-Bird (“Play Pre-Bird!”), but not pre-diabetes,  because my blog doesn’t go back far enough.  *   *   * *Dun dun (the Law & Order noise)* Prosecution Attorney:  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,…

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The People in the Computer.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , 20 Comments

Who are the people in your computer?  (In your computer … in your com-puuuuuter …)  For me, a whole community of people with diabetes live just a click away. You might also like: Unraveling the UnConference. Guest Post: Someone Who Understands. If I Knew Then: Diabetes Blogging. An In-Depth Look at the Diabetes UnConference.

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Spectacular!

Robot Life By October 22, 2013 Tags: , , 7 Comments

Last night, we checked out the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular display here in Rhode Island (we went to a similar one in Norwalk a few years ago – thankfully, the maddening theme music remains the same, and is permanently lodged in my head), and it was awesome.  Birdy was impressed, and a little nervous (though she claimed not to be), but…

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Reduced to Rubble.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By October 21, 2013 Tags: , , 16 Comments

Walking down the hill towards the restaurant, I felt the low start to kick in.  The symptoms started their awkward osmosis, triggered once I felt the buzzing of the Dexcom but eventually flooding my body with that tingling confusion, knees that buckled just a little with every step, and eyes that wouldn’t focus but darted around in my head like…

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The Friday Six: Poutine Edition.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, The Friday Six By October 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

I have some very useful, informative links to share today, but before I do, I have to admit:  I don’t like poutine.  It looks like discarded fries that someone fished out of a garbage can.  My husband loves the stuff and is trying to convince me that it’s a delicacy, but I’m not converting.  Being in Montreal this week for…

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One Size.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 16, 2013 Tags: , 7 Comments

“Just bolus fifteen minutes before you eat, and you won’t see that post-prandial spike.” “Just bolus thirty-five minutes before you eat, and you won’t see a post-prandial spike.” “Have you thought about Levemir?” “Have you tried Apridra?” “Have you seen any difference between Humalog and Novolog?” “If I use the Opsite tape, I can get a sensor to stay on…

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