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December 2014

SMASH.

Uncategorized By December 26, 2014 6 Comments

Sometimes the symptoms of my low blood sugars are frustration and anger, which is often misplaced and taken out on the people closest (proximity-wise, and emotionally) to me. I was trying to explain this to Birdy two days ago, as I was treating a low blood sugar that was making me feel every inch angry and disoriented. She nodded solemnly….

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Chocolate Chip and Heath Bar Cookies OMG.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free By December 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

I can’t cook, but I can bake.  (Which is a bit ironic, because the things I create are best avoided, for my own, personal blood sugar reasons.  /digression)  And for our annual holiday dessert party, I worked with a cookie recipe from the How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook to bake up some delicious treats. Here’s the low-down on…

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Missing Meter.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By December 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

The initial search through my bag was kind of nonchalant.  “Where is my meter bag?”  Bright pink with a smiling bear on one side, it’s a hard bag to misplace, even in the seemingly unending abyss of my purse. But the flurry of leaving the house that morning to catch an early flight left me mentally snowed-in.  I brought it…

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Looking Back: Humalog Christmas Lights.

Insulin By December 17, 2014 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

What says “holiday festivities” like insulin bottles fashioned into Christmas lights?  (You’re right – gingerbread cookies would be a little more ho, ho, ho, but stick with me.)  In anticipation of the coming holidays, I’m looking back at a post from two Februaries ago, which went live on Diabetes Art Day but is holiday-relevant, so let’s roll.  — For my…

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“Instead of making insulin …”

Diabetic Mommy By December 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

“What’s insulin?” my daughter asked me as I was buckling her into the car seat. She knows the word because vials of insulin sit where the butter usually resides in other people’s refrigerators. “Insulin is a hormone that people’s pancreases make.  It helps make the foods we eat into something our bodies can use for energy.  My pancreas doesn’t make…

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“Real People” Sick.

Real Life Diabetes By December 10, 2014 Tags: , , 4 Comments

For months, I escaped most of the germ cycle.  I received my flu shot.  I wash my hands.  I don’t lick doorknobs or shopping cart handles or people I don’t know.  My ears, nose, and throat remained plague-free. Until about four days ago. I have a rotten cold.  And if you know me at all, you’ll recall that anything to…

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Not Diabetes: Window Seat Cushion.

No Diabetes By December 9, 2014 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

Things I can’t do:  make insulin. Things I can do:  make a window seat in less than ten minutes. Armed with fabric, padding, plywood, a staple gun, and a very helpful YouTube video, it took me ten minutes to make a window sat cushion for the bench beneath our window.  (The pillows were a different story and required a sewing…

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Hypo Management.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By December 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

“Ninety-five percent of the time, I’m fine.  The lows are ones I can treat myself, even if the number is really low.  Usually my symptoms are shakiness or like this brain fog.  When the lows are really gross, I usually cry at random.  Or I throw things.  No real in between.  But the majority of the time, I can take…

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