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May 2014

D-Blog Week: Mantras and More.

Diabetes and Emotions By May 15, 2014 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

Mantras and sayings aren’t really my thing, but if I had to tie my boat to one tagline, diabetes-wise, it would be this one: But most things like this give me a Pinterest rash, because it all seems to sound like: When I need an emotional lift, I turn to my friends, family, and DOC (which is an amalgam of…

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D-Blog Week: What Brings Me Down … and Then Back Up.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

Diabetes has made my body broken in ways I don’t readily admit, but I am sometimes forced to acknowledged.  People talk about my daughter’s chances of developing the disease and they always give me what they think is a comforting comment – “At least it would be the devil you know,” – but that doesn’t ease my boxed-away fears and…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Poetry.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Uncategorized By May 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

Today is Poetry Day for Diabetes Blog Week, and I’m paying homage to one of our favorite books here in the run-by-a-four-year-old Sparling household – Room on the Broom. There’s Room, I Assume? The Girl has a panc And islets that were blank And a long history With no pancreas thanks. Oh but how the Girl worked And how the…

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D-Blog Week: Change One Life, Change the World.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

My reasons for sharing my story of a life with type 1 diabetes were few, but definitive:  I felt alone.  I wanted to feel less alone, because the whole “feeling alone” thing was wrecking some havoc on my emotional health.  I didn’t have many peers, in my life, who were living with diabetes, and the Internet offered very little in…

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Friday Six: DBlog Week, Small, and BAMWD!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, The Friday Six By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I love Diabetes Blog Week.  It’s inspiring and encouraging, and reignites the blogging ecosystem for readers and writers alike.  Are you participating?  Head over to Karen’s blog for details. “This head-to-head-to-head comparative effectiveness study reveals the G4 Platinum as the most accurate and precise of the current generation of CGMs, followed closely by the Navigator, with both devices markedly more…

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Lies.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

I used to lie to my pediatric endocrinologist.  (Not proud of this.) She’d sit at her desk and look through the logbook with all my blood sugars mapped out (this was back in the day when my mom and I collaborated on logging my blood sugars, which meant that they were often accounted for), sometimes with a furrowed brow. “So…

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Nine Years of Blogging.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By May 4, 2014 Tags: , , 13 Comments

Today is my blog’s ninth birthday.  Tomorrow starts year ten and I still stand by the words I wrote in my first post, back in 2005: “The purpose of this is to make contact with other diabetics. It’s one of those diseases (or maybe they’re all this way, I’m not sure) where even if you have the mechanics of it…

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Friday Six: Twitter Chats, Museum Meters, and the Good Thing We Had.

The Friday Six By May 2, 2014 Tags: , 3 Comments

I used this meter.  And now it’s in a museum because it’s that effing old. This is the scariest claim made by children’s bedding that I’ve ever seen. This post from HelloMegAnne cracked my brain open. On Thursday, May 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, the American Diabetes Association will hold a special Twitter chat on travel rights and…

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Safety.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions By May 1, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

The beeeeep, beeeeeep of the Dexcom wakes us, showing the above-the-threshold red line indicating a high blood sugar. “Why so high?” And I thought about the low last night.  It was a gross one, with the shaking hands and the pajamas that needed to be changed because I sweated through my t-shirt and the hairdryer needed to be used because…

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