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July 2015

Food Frustrations.

Diet and Food, SUM in Other Places By 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 By July 30, 2015 Tags: , , 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 By July 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 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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A Matter of Apologies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Relationships By July 28, 2015 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

“I was low.  I was frustrated because of the low blood sugar.  I’m sorry.” “It’s okay,” and I can tell she means it by the look in her friendly, brown eyes. I used to be very terrible at saying, “I’m sorry.”  I would hold on to frustration and anger in a way that was not good for me or anyone…

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Untethered, After a Fashion.

Dexcom, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

Around 8.30 am, I took an injection of Levemir. At about 9 am, I switched my basal profile to “OTHER” and disconnected my insulin pump.  The OTHER profile has me at 0.025U basal rate per hour (as close to zero as I can get on my pump) but still holds all my other settings.  I kept the pump in my…

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My IOB and Me.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin By July 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 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 By July 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 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 By July 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 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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Feed Me.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By July 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

“I spent [insert slightly obscene amount of money] at the grocery store this afternoon … again,” I said as I put the grocery bags on the kitchen floor. Chris looked over and assessed the content of the bags.  “It goes into our bodies.  This is what we should be spending our money on.” Food is an important topic in our…

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The Emerging Diabetes Online Community.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, SUM in Other Places By July 17, 2015 4 Comments

I’m really proud of this paper, The Emerging Diabetes Online Community, written with Marisa Hilliard, Jeff Hitchcock, Tamara Oser, and Korey Hood, about the diabetes online community and the importance of peer-to-peer support between patients on the Internet. The official abstract: “Diabetes self-management is complex and demanding, and isolation and burnout are common experiences. The Internet provides opportunities for people…

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