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December 2013

Organized Diabetes, Now With More Tips!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Just before the close of November, Susan Weiner was kind enough to guest post about tips and tricks on getting diabetes organized – and keeping it that way – throughout the hectic holiday season.*  In the comments section of that post, there were some awesome tricks, tips, and suggestions on keeping diabetes from tipping over your Christmas tree, spilling eggnog…

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Hacking Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

(Seems like that post title should end with “to bits!!” including a defiant shout and then the popping open of a can of Diet Pepsi.  Or something less specific.) Last week I traveled to Melbourne, Victoria to present at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress.  Long, Inception-esque flight.  Excellent flight attendant.* My presentation was anchored in the “Living Well With…

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Not Prescribed.

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

There are things that I use, regularly, to manage my type 1 diabetes that never end up on a prescription pad, but are instrumental in making the diabetes integration in my life reasonably seamless.  (In related news, I’ve never, ever owned a small purse.)   [None of this is medical advice.  You shouldn’t ever be taking anything from the Internet…

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Time is of the Essence.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

For the first few days I was here in Australia, I was wondering why my morning blood sugars were such crap. “Must be the travel, or the time zone change, or the lack of sleep, or the food-on-the-go,” I reasoned. Nope – it must have been the fact that I changed the time on my pump to PM instead of…

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Taste Test.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By December 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Since it’s December now, I hope it’s okay to revisit a video that includes a festive ol’ tree in the background.  This video is about how awesome coffee is … and why it matters that the order is RIGHT. (See also:  Now I put my own fake sugar in the cup, instead of playing coffee roulette.)     You might…

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Talking About Complications.

Uncategorized By December 3, 2013 6 Comments

I wanted to share a link to this month’s diaTribe column, because it touches upon a topic I feel strongly about: discussions about diabetes-related complications.  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes twenty-seven years ago, but with macular edema more recently, and am learning every day about the influence of stigma and fear on my own diabetes management. “Complications happen,…

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Guest Post: Telltale Signs That I Have Low Blood Sugar.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By December 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

My low blood sugar “tells” have changed over the last twenty-seven years, ranging from numb lips to crying jags to shaky hands.  The scariest symptom of all, though, has been the complete absence of symptoms, which is part of the reason why using a CGM has been such a big leap forward for me.  Dan Fleshler has had type 1…

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First Impressions: One Touch Verio Sync.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

[Disclosures up front:  I currently have a contract with Animas and I have received the Verio Sync meter for review prior to the full US launch. I was not asked to write this review.  Opinions shared, for better or for worse, are mine.  Typos, too.] “Mawm!  Are there cookies in there?” my daughter asked, after the package containing the Verio…

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