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January 2014

Spare a Rose.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By January 31, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

They’re so often a symbol of love and romantic relationships, but lovely as they are, roses wilt within a week or two, and eventually end up discarded. Five dollars per rose, sixty dollars for a dozen. But the cost of those roses can provide life-sustaining insulin for a child with diabetes for an entire year. Through the Spare a Rose,…

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Looking Back: Hawkey Playah.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

It’s a balmy 8 degrees in Rhode Island this morning, and we’re snapping icicles off of everything by the dozen.  Going out into the driveway and attempting to get into the car becomes an accidental hockey rink.  Which reminded me of the time a lady caught me changing my infusion set in a restaurant bathroom and then talking about her…

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Birdy’s Book Favorites.

No Diabetes By January 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 15 Comments

At least a third of my books were bloated when I was a kid, because I read them in the shower.  (Hold the book against the wall and turn the pages with one hand, and shower/soap up/rinse off with the other hand.  Then, at the end of the shower, toss the book out and quickly wash the Other Arm.) I…

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How It Might Look.

Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 28, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

Birdy tore by on a scooter and another little kid followed closely with a plastic shopping cart crammed with toy food. “We’re superheroes!!!”  she yelled, out of breath as she zipped by. “I can tell!” I answered, looking up from my papers. I am the mom at playgroups who spends some of the time staring at an open Word document…

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Food Reminders.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized By January 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 24 Comments

“Half a cup?  Let me get the measuring cups,” my mom would say, foraging around in her purse for the ubiquitous set of measuring cups she toted around. She always knew what  “half a cup” looked like because she didn’t guess.  Her management of my diabetes was precise when she was in charge, back in the day. I am admittedly…

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Smash.

Diabetes Products, Healthcare, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 39 Comments

It slipped out of my hand and smacked against the tile floor, making a thick, heavy sound that went silent and caused guilt almost immediately, like dropping your mom’s favorite Christmas tree ornament and watching it smash into a dozen pieces. Brand new bottle of insulin, used previously for one, single pump cartridge filling.  I had just taken it out…

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How Real Do You Want It?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching the articles about Lisa Bonchek Adams circle, ranging from the New York Times opinion piece by Bill Keller to the one written by Emma Keller (his wife) for The Guardian (which has been removed from The Guardian site but lives on in the archives), to the response piece written by Brian Loew…

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If I Knew Then: Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Dexcom.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy By January 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 70 Comments

I tried my first CGM system back in 2006 (this post outlines the very first awkward sensor application) and have spent the last seven years or so being thankful that this technology exists.  If I knew then what I know now … actually, I started on a CGM as quickly as I could, and stayed on it.  Why I wanted…

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OMG MY PHONE.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

“WaitasecondIcan’tfindmyphone.” A sentiment that comes tumbling out as one, single word, and impales me right through my social-media obsessed heart.  (Not really my social media obsessed heart, but the heart of someone who is in phone-tether-mode thanks to my littlest Bird, my job, and my diabetes-related discomfort at the thought of being out-of-contact with people who provide emergency medical care,…

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The Friday Six: Eyeballs, You Balls, We All Balls for Eyeballs!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places, The Friday Six By January 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Last night, my computer started to twitch because there were so many people sharing the link about Google developing a contact lens that monitors blood sugar levels through tears. Yep. “We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers…

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