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September 2014

So Many Things!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, The Friday Six By September 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A Friday Six on a Wednesday!  Because why the hell not. The FitBit obsession. Renza talks about the messaging of diabetes, and what we can do to get it right. Here is some damn sneaky research. Seb is still running. And I’m still supporting the hell out of him, because he’s incredibly dedicated. You can still support him, too. I…

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An In-Depth Look at the Diabetes UnConference.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships, SUM in Other Places By September 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Peer to peer support has been shown to be highly beneficial to those living with diabetes. The report, “Peer Support in Health – Evidence to Action,” summarizing findings from the first National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network shared that: “Among 20 studies of diabetes management, 19 showed statistically significant evidence of benefits of peer support.”  In keeping with that theme, The…

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Free Foods!

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Diet and Food By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , 3 Comments

…  “You can have pickles?  Or gelatin?  Or cucumber slices!” My mom tried to make these options sound appealing and delicious, but when I was a kid and my blood sugar was super high, pickles weren’t what I craved.  My body wanted to chug water and cheeseburgers simultaneously in efforts to cleanse the ketones and sate the high hunger. “Can…

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Changing the Set.

Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

Changing out an insulin pump infusion set is a methodical moment for me. I do things in the same order almost every time, with the same mildly frenetic mindset. Remove old set from my body so I can enjoy the “connected to nothing” feeling for as long as possible. Take out a new infusion set and new reservoir. Ferret out…

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Bag of Hope … For Adults?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

I’ve always thought Rufus was pretty cute, so when the JDRF link for their Bag of Hope flew by in my Facebook feed, I clicked.  (Rufus is my clickbait.) According to the website, the Bag of Hope includes (but isn’t limited to): Rufus Comes Home, A First Book for Understanding Diabetes, reference books A JDRF DVD An ACCU-CHEK® Nano SmartView…

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Diabetes Relics: Accu-Chek II.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By September 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

[here’s a link to a full size photo] Scanned from the pages of the Fall 1986 issue of “Diabetes Forecast: The newsletter for people who live with diabetes,” this was my first glucose meter. Next week marks 28 years with type 1 diabetes for me, and looking back at the technology I used upon diagnosis, I see how far things…

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Pre-Bolusing for Snacks.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By September 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

“Do you pre-bolus for your meals?” “I do.”  (I was happy to answer this question because I actually do pre-bolus.  Pre-bolusing is my A1C’s saving grace.) “Okay, that’s great.”  She made a few notes in my chart.  “How about for snacks?  Do you pre-bolus for those?” “I … um, nope.  I am horrible at pre-bolusing for snacks.” Unfortunately, hat is…

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Not A Single Decent Number.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

“Huh.  223 mg/dL.  Still.” This was the mumbled mantra of our vacation to Maine. Aside from the long drive to Bar Harbor (six hours, plus coffee stops and bathroom stops and “Hey, look at that lobster!” stops), the time we spend in Maine is usually very active.  As a family, we did the hike around Jordan Pond (about 3.5 miles),…

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Mainly Maine.

Traveling By September 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

(There were about a dozen different places called “Mainly Maine” that we saw en route to Mount Desert Island.  Also, every time I saw a sticker boasting “MDI” I thought about multiple daily injections.  Diabetes for the acronym invasion win.) A few days in Maine helped sweep away some mental cobwebs. Blood sugars were pretty much crap the whole time…

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