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March 2015

Looking Back: Visual Reminders.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food By March 30, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Nothing helps remind me more about the importance of being familiar with serving sizes and what they look like than being on the road for a few days.  Meals away from the comfort and familiarity of my kitchen make for some guesswork, and these last few days have shown me that I could use a refresher on serving sizes.  Here’s…

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Stress!!!! and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Do your blood sugars respond to food?  Of course.  How about to insulin?  And exercise?  A big “hell yes” to those, too.  Food, insulin, and exercise have tangible influence on my blood sugar levels.  But one influencer that I don’t often take into account is stress … which is a ridiculous variable for me to ignore because stress can make…

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The Last Straw.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By March 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

“Mommy … I had a nightmare.” She shows up in the middle of the night sometimes, evicted from her warm bed down the hall due to a nightmare.  “I had a dream about a blue monster with no arms and popcorn on his feet.”  She’s clutching her blanket, her water, a flashlight, and a stuffed animal; clearly she’s in for…

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Unraveling the UnConference.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 19, 2015 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

Thanks to the vision, dedication, and determination of Christel Aprigliano, the first Diabetes UnConference came together in Las Vegas last weekend. “Wait, what?  I didn’t see anything on Twitter or Facebook!” And that’s because there was a social media blackout on the whole conference during the actual course of it.  No live-Tweeting, no live-blogging, no live-streaming. As my daughter used…

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McDave from the Plane.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By March 18, 2015 14 Comments

“Were you saving these seats for us?” I travel regularly for work, and because I’m usually on the road without my family, I end up in various discussions with strangers to fill the time.  Since my days as a breakfast waitress in college, I’ve always enjoyed those snippets of single-serving conversations.  Airplane travel can offer insight at 30,000 feet (sometimes…

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Stream of Consciousness.

Uncategorized By March 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Time for a bullet list of purged thoughts, brought to you by the bottom of my coffee pot. It’s not snowing.  I don’t usually have a rage response to winter, but this one has been more than we could properly manage.  (Like when our snow shovel broke under the weight of the drift we were shoveling through.  Or when our…

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Practice Turkey.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 82 Comments

Chris and I are both from big families with piles of aunts and uncles and cousins at every birthday party.  Part of being part of a flurry of people means big holiday gatherings, and Chris and I are prepping ourselves to start hosting some of the holidays. Problem is, I’m a terrible cook.  Or, better stated:  an inexperienced cook.  Cooking…

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Sleep Cycle Your Face.

Blood Sugars By March 9, 2015 Tags: 4 Comments

A normal sleep cycle: Which is what I thought I had last night, until I woke up and saw evidence on the bedside table that suggested otherwise: And then I remembered the whole thing:  normal sleep pattern interrupted by one very sweaty low, followed quickly by a  juice box, then another low a few hours later, and another juice box,…

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