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November 2014

Diabetes Month, Diabetes Year.

Uncategorized By November 26, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Diabetes Awareness Month is almost over, closing out on November 30th.  Throughout the month, I’ve watched some really inspiring efforts take flight to raise awareness for diabetes, including the Project Blue November campaign.  Project Blue November has been a big part of my Facebook feed throughout the month, showcasing photos of advocates and celebrities alike sporting their blue circle pin….

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Birdy the Kid and Jerry the Bear.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By November 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

“Jerry has diabetes, like you do, mom.  So I give him food and insulin and check his blood sugar and he likes to play archery.” A brief pause as Birdy rand her hands over Jerry’s soft bear ears. “Mom, what’s archery?” A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:41am PST [Disclosure:  Jerry was a gift…

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Airport Connections.

Diabetes Advocacy, Traveling By November 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

The plane from Cincinnati to Washington, DC was a petite one, leaving little room for carry-on luggage and even less for calm.  After ferreting out my medication bag from my suitcase, I checked it at the gate and ended up second-to-last to board the plane. “Smells like … something, doesn’t it?”  The gentleman behind me asked casually.  I wasn’t sure…

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Breakage.

Uncategorized By November 20, 2014 6 Comments

Yep.  Bullet points.  It’s that kind of post. It’s been several days since I’ve checked in on this blog.  Someone emailed me and asked me if I was still alive. This is to confirm that yes, I am still alive.  🙂 It was an unintentional break from blogging (and all things social media) due to the chaos of selling our…

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Revisiting: Undefined.

Diabetes Advocacy By November 14, 2014 Tags: 15 Comments

“You have diabetes  You seem fine.” “I am fine.” Diabetes makes me walk the precarious fine line Between “I’m sick” and “I’m not” and the whole in-between That makes diabetes invisible, and yet so seen. “Needles?  Every day?  I could never,” You could.  And you would, and you’d do it forever If that’s what kept you from good life or…

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Pumps.

Uncategorized By November 13, 2014 10 Comments

Actually, in this case, it was boots. Sometimes I can’t throw this thing into my bra or onto my hip.  I find the inability to be discreet with my hardware frustrating, at times.  Very.  In lieu of throwing it against the wall, I’ll clip it gently, and with purpose, to the top of my boot and pretend that the tubing…

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#WalkWithD: Lorrian’s Type 2 Experience.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By November 10, 2014 Tags: , , 10 Comments

(This might look familiar to you …)  A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was seeking to learn more about my peers with diabetes, specifically folks with type 2 diabetes.  Living with type 1 diabetes myself, it’s hard to me to “walk a mile in their shoes,” so to speak, when I felt so uninformed about type 2…

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Pun(ch) Line and Inkage.

Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I wish I could find the source for the following image, but I love it too much not to share.  (I think it was Type 1 Diabetes Memes but I can’t re-find it.  If you know the source, please leave a comment so I can link out appropriately!)  This is real life as a pancreatically-challenged cyborg: The punch line!  The…

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Tootsie Roll of Doom.

Blood Sugars, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By November 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

Low blood sugars can sound like stories told ’round the campfire, with great embellishments and drama as to who can tolerate the lowest number without tipping over. “Low?  I wasn’t just low.  I was so low that my eyes were swimming away from my face and my meter said 52 mg/dL but I still got my own juice.” “52?  I…

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#DayOfDiabetes Went a Little Rogue on Me.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 4, 2014 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

I started the day strong, but after hours of a frustrating high blood sugar and seemingly bolusing saline instead of insulin (but it was insulin – I checked), I hit a big NOPE when it came to documenting the end of my #dayofdiabetes. I didn’t want to keep documenting my frustrations, not because I was ashamed of them, but because…

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