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July 2015

Food Frustrations.

Diet and Food, SUM in Other Places July 31, 2015 3 Comments

“What frustrates you most as someone living with diabetes when eating out or attending an event that isn’t necessarily friendly to your dietary needs?  How do you overcome those challenges?” Diabetes makes food an out-of-the-gate loaded topic.  Food isn’t ever simply nourishment.  When I look at a plate of food, I see it as a math problem with a dozen…

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Looking Back: Thank Goodness for Whiskey.

Diet and Food July 30, 2015 3 Comments

This is a post from February 2013 about the “diabetic diet” perceptions from back in the 1940’s, and when I came across it again this morning, I marveled once again at the power of whiskey.  See below for what old school diabetes diets were once in play. *   *   * I received an email from Krista, one of my oldest…

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Entering the Mancave.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes July 29, 2015 11 Comments

There are issues we talk about openly in the diabetes community – tips on how to wear a pump, resources for good diet and nutrition, exercise goals, frustrations with blood sugar control, research, and on and on.  All of these topics matter because they play a role in diabetes management, and life as a whole.  But some of these topics…

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My IOB and Me.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin July 23, 2015 5 Comments

There’s a lot of data that PWD (people with diabetes) spin through on a daily basis – carbs counts, insulin units, blood sugar results, blah, blah, blaaaaaaah there’s so much shit sometimes.  I’ve been encouraged by my endocrinologist to download my data and review it every week or two in order to assess trends over time, but I don’t do…

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Couched.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life July 22, 2015 1 Comment

“Can I lay here?”  I pointed to the almost-available section of the couch, where if Chris moved his legs juuuuust a little bit and Siah got her fat furry butt off the cushion, I could curl up and let my brain go quiet after a full day of writing. “Sure thing,” and Chris adjusted his body. “No,” was the message…

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Running the Gamut of Emotions.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places July 21, 2015 2 Comments

In my diabetes life, emotions are right up there with insulin and food as influencers of blood sugar management.  And I wish it wasn’t so, because stress and excitement are hard to “plan.”  (Replace those actual quotation marks with finger quotes, because they fit the bill a bit better.)  And the emotions that come up as a result of diabetes…

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