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October 2013

Halloween Rules for Kids and Adults with Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes October 31, 2013 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…


Of Cocktails and Community.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships October 29, 2013 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…


Halloween Prep and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes October 28, 2013 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…


So Fresh and So Clean. (Clean.)

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life October 25, 2013 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…


Looking Back: Law and Disorder.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life October 24, 2013 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,…



Robot Life October 22, 2013 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…


Reduced to Rubble.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling October 21, 2013 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…