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April 2014

What’s On Your Bedside Table?

Real Life Diabetes By April 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

What do you mean, all the glucose tab jars were in the car and you were out of juice so you stashed one giant marshmallow on your bedside table in case of low blood sugars? Potentially a bit gross, but practical.  Serves as a throw pillow when not in use. You might also like: DBlogWeek 2017: Diabetes and The Unexpected….

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Binge-Watching Causes Low Blood Sugars.

Blood Sugars, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Dead Poet’s Society.  It might be a film from 1989, but it remains one of my favorites largely in part to Josh Charles as Knox Overstreet. (He doesn’t care that Chris is with Chet.  Carpe diem!  And there’s a point to this – stick with me.) Chris and I don’t watch a lot of television, but we have been swept…

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Recapping #dayofdiabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By April 11, 2014 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

My documented day of diabetes wasn’t an all-star showing.  I didn’t hit one out of the park, but it wasn’t a complete shut-out, either.  I’m no bush-league player, so I knew how to handle the things that kept coming out of left field, even when a diabetes triple-play was in effect (morning highs! then a few lows! then a pump…

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If I Knew Then: Diabetes Blogging.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 11 Comments

I wish I had known, at the outset, what a “blog” was.  When Chris suggested I start one back in 2005, the face I made was as though he had shoved a lemon into my mouth.  “A blaaaaahgg?” I wish I had known that things like SEO would matter – not on the “I need more page views” sort of…

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Spring Cleaning.

Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By April 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Finally – FINALLY – the bulbs planted last fall are starting to make good on their promises. I don’t much care for resolutions that throw anchor in January, but I am a big fan of spring cleaning.  Organizing diabetes supply closets!  Rebooting an exercise routine! Scheduling the next slate of medical appointments (endo, primary care, dermatologist for a long-overdue re-examination…

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Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Quality of Life.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By April 7, 2014 18 Comments

I came home after two days away to a flurry of discussion about Sunday’s New York Times article, “Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills.” My knee-jerk response was to be thrilled that type 1 diabetes received above-the-fold coverage in the New York Times.  Reading the profile of and quotes from Catherine Hayley felt like a fair…

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Think Like a Pancreas: The Blog.

Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Pumping Insulin By April 4, 2014 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

I’ve known Gary for several years, and most of my interactions with him have been silly (confessing that my daughter busts out dance moves to the Philadelphia 76er’s theme song), so I leaned on his website to pull a formal bio description.  “An award-winning Certified Diabetes Educator, Masters-level Exercise Physiologist and person with type-1 diabetes since 1985, Gary Scheiner has…

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The Art of Compliance.

Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, SUM in Other Places By April 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Is the word “compliance” frightfully out-dated? Or misunderstood? This month, “compliance” is the word under investigation over at diaTribe, with some crowd-sourced input from fellow people with diabetes, stemming from the Facebook question, “As people with diabetes, how does the word ‘compliance’ strike you? (Positively? Negatively? Apathetically?)” “As with everything related to diabetes, your mileage may vary, and the concept…

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What’s Your Itch?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By April 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

My “diabetes advocacy itch” has always been emotional health.  I’m not a doctor and I don’t know everything about type 1 diabetes, but I do know that I pay more attention to my diabetes when my head is in a healthy space, and being tuned in to diabetes improves outcomes, for me.  Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, upset … any kind of…

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Excited About Exercise … Again?

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness By April 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

I’m climbing up on a new bandwagon. Oh hell yes I am, and I needed one.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve completely fallen off in terms of exercise.  I could blame the endless winter weather, or work, or the endless fuzzy hairballs that are Loopy and Siah, but the truth is, I just got lazy.  Laziness turned into apathy,…

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