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June 2014

Tamagotchi Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By June 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Remember the little Tamagotchi pets that were creepy/trendy 20 years ago?  (Yes, that was 20 years ago.  I’ll wait while you pluck out the gray hairs.)  As much as I wanted to not give a shit about that weird little egg, I did.  I wanted to press the buttons and feed it, pet it, care for it, and when the…

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Dexcom Rash.

Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By June 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 25 Comments

The itch started back in July 2012, when I pulled off a Dexcom sensor and saw a prickly, hive-ish rash underneath where the sensor and transmitter had been placed.  Blaming it on the summer heat and the recycled, dry air of airplane cabins, I figured it was a one-time thing and I’d be sorted out on the following sensor placement….

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Sparkly, Like Her Shoes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes By June 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

As a family, we went to dinner and Birdy’s sequin-covered shoes sparkled furiously in the afternoon sunlight.  Her shoes were downright distracting and I found myself low-staring at them, focusing on the individual sparkles being projected onto the tablecloth at the restaurant.  My brain had hit an uncomfortably steady pace with the anxiety of being under 60 mg/dL for more…

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I’m That Type.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes By June 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

Last night closed out a long week+ of travel, and it closed out with style at the JDRF TypeOneNation Texas event, where I was honored to be a presenter at the conference (talking about balancing diabetes – HEY-O! – and getting the most out of your medical appointments).  More on those sessions once I dive into this basin of coffee,…

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Masterlab: Tides are Rising.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By June 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

In the last ten years, the DOC has evolved from a small pocket of voices to an entire choir that can’t be housed in one town, or state, or even country.  I love seeing more hands raised and more people saying, “Me, too!” and providing support and understanding for one another.  Patient stories matter.  Our stories matter. The DOC is…

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Looking Back: Dining Out.

Uncategorized By June 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

I love going out on the town for the night And having a meal by a soft candlelight (Because I know, at a restaurant, meals are yummy; For the food isn’t prepped, touched, or cooked by me.) But to dine with type 1 can be quite complex, Because restaurant food has a whole set of specs That require some SWAG’ing;…

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Guest Post: Adventure D!!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By June 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Hi!  I’m on the road again this week (ADA and a quick visit to Canada and then down to Texas … hence the digital tumbleweeds here), but thankfully, a good friend from across the pond has stepped in to say hello and share a little bit about why she’s created a really col project called Adventure D.  Please welcome the…

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Hypo Effery.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 15 Comments

BEEEEEPBEEEEEPBEEEEEP!! My purse start vibrating in a panic. 79 mg/dL and two arrows down – how the hell did that happen?  I just dropped my daughter off at preschool.  My blood sugar was 139 mg/dL before leaving the house with a steady, easterly arrow. I pulled the car over and put on my hazard lights so I could bust out…

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Video: Diabetes Complications.

Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By June 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 21 Comments

I feel like when people are diagnosed with diabetes-related complications, all of a sudden they feel like they have to hide somewhere and they aren’t allowed to talk about it, so they’re not able to get the support that they need to deal with this new diagnosis. My macular edema diagnosis didn’t mark the end of my life as a…

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ADA Tweet Up for DOC.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

“You can’t eat that.” “You shouldn’t travel.” “You can’t have children.” “You aren’t worth curing because you did this to yourself.” “Insulin means you have it ‘bad,’ right?” “Did you catch it from eating candy?” “Isn’t that cured by flax seed oil?” … living with diabetes means also living with the stigma of diabetes, and perceptions of life with diabetes…

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