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December 2013

Year in Review! Last Minute!

Diabetes Online Community By December 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Here’s what I wrote to introduce this post back in 2012:  “Yearly recap?  Sure!  Here we go: the first lines of a definitive post from each month in 2012.  With the same photo I’ve used for the last few years … maybe I’ll update that in 2013.  :)”  Clearly, I have done nothing to update things this year.  ONWARD ……

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Macular Edema and Pac-Man.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By December 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 27 Comments

I had been sitting in the darkened waiting room where people sit patiently, waiting for the dilation drops to take effect on their eyeballs.  The room is quiet and dim, with a television set at the front and chairs for people to ease into and watch the DVD menu screen (it was for a Discovery channel documentary about deep sea…

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When Sleep Becomes “Sleep.”

Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By December 26, 2013 Tags: , , , No Comments

‘Tis the season for sleep debt, right?  (Also ’tis the season for blog posts that start with, or include the phrase “’tis the season.”  ‘Tisn’t the season for originality.)  My goal today is to find a place in Birdzone’s room for her new Hot Wheels track (No batteries! Hours of entertainment! Loopy loves the loop-dee-loops!) and also to share this…

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The Amazing, Carb-Cancelling Power of Walking.

Blogroll, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By December 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Last week, Chris and I brought the Birdzone to Disney World for some holiday family time (since we are rarely in the same place at the same time, making trips like this a welcomed changed from the hustle and chaos of the norm).  The weather was much nicer in Florida than it was in Rhode Island (when we left, it…

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Holidays and Diabetes: Fun-Free Pie.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By December 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Last year, Abby and I took to the computer for a frank, serious discussion about the holidays and diabetes.  But then it digressed into a chat about how friends and relatives handle diabetes, what are our favorite holiday desserts, and the influx of fun-free pie (no recipe, but there is one for the pumpkin roll, which is mentioned several times…

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Looking Back: Santabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

‘Tis the season for giving Santa too much of the credit.  This morning, I’m looking back at a post from 2010 about my mental Santabetes. *   *   * [Note:  This post contains spoilers.  If  you believe happily in the story of Santa, skip down to where it says “Diabetes is like Santa Claus.”] My husband and I share a philosophy…

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Guest Post: Someone Who Understands.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By December 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

Part of what drew me to the idea of creating a diabetes blog was the search for, and the hope of finding, people who understood.  Google was a dark abyss of bad news and depressing statistics; what I needed was to connect with others who were living life, with diabetes along for the ride.  That same connection still feels necessary,…

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Power of Patient Communities.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

At the end of November, I had the opportunity to contribute an article to Pharmaphorum, which is a UK-based publication with the mission to “connect healthcare thought leaders to support the pharma industry in delivering innovation.”  Thanks to the thoughtful responses from Bob Pederson, Shannon Marengo, Laura Gibson, and Melanie Bunda, I was able to highlight some of the benefits…

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Gluten-Free Your Face: Nutella Cake.

Diet and Food By December 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Today is Cookie Day, as my mother is coming over and she, Birdy, and I are going to bake the hell out of some cookies.  (My mission is to make these and have them end up delicious.)  In keeping with the baking theme, and in time for the holiday gluttonous rush, I wanted to re-share a recipe for gluten-free Nutella…

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Slackertown Jones.

Diabetes and Emotions, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

In just over a week’s time, I let everything go to shit. Meter average is up 40 points.  (Note:  Do you call the mg/dL units “points,” too?)  I haven’t exercised since before the IDF Congress.  For much of the last two weeks, I’ve spent way too much time in the car, on a plane, on a train, or sitting in…

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