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August 2015

Looking Back: Taking the Plunge.

Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 31, 2015 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Summer is coming to a close over here and as we prepare to send Birdzone to kindergarten, I am spending the last few days of summer with my child velcro’d to me.  In an appreciation for family and for how mine handled diabetes as I was growing up, I wanted to look back at a post from five years ago…

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Guest Post: Let’s Talk About It.

Diabetes Complications, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Diagnosed with type 1 at age 15, Kimberly Hislop has been living with diabetes for 18 years. She’s been an insulin pumper since 2009.  Kim is currently studying psychology with hopes of one day working with people who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses. She’s been a guest speaker for pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, teaching about diabetic complications…

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Guest Post: Does Diabetes Tech Assist or Insist?

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Robot Life By August 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Several years ago, I “met” DCScribe (who remains mostly anonymous) on Twitter and he and I did not see eye-to-eye on much, aside from sharing the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.  For a while, the lack of common ground frustrated me because I identify with and bond over experiences, but then I realized the alternative viewpoints he provided were not…

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Guest Post: LIVE! On-Air with Diabetes.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By August 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

When I do speaking engagements, I get a little nervous about the arrow on my CGM before going on-stage, because a low during a presentation would be less than optimal.   How do you keep your wits when your blood sugar is tanking in front of an audience?  Live television anchors with diabetes know that feeling.  A few years ago, I…

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Guest Post: Keep Calm Once They Cover Dexcom.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger By August 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

Today, Colleen is taking over my blog while I’m taking a few days off.  And I love her introduction bio so much that I’m pasting it in without edits.  Colleen is terrific, opinionated in a way I respect deeply, and today she’s talking about the importance of having access to a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) as she ages.  Take it…

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Guest Post: “KITTY!!” and Other Low Tales.

Blood Sugars, Guest Diabetes Blogger By August 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Mindy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during the age of NPH (not the actor) and Regular when she was 7 years old. She’s been involved in the diabetes community since she was diagnosed and got involved in the online community when she started her blog (Telling Type 1 Diabetes Who’s Boss – which she recently changed to There’s More…

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Change Your Lancet.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By August 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

This morning I woke up And reached right over to the table. Grabbing my receiver, I saw my blood sugars stable. Meter confirmation Showed a 107 number And that things had been quite steady Overnight, while I did slumber. (“While I did slumber?” Yes, I used that phrase despite it sounding formal. It’s fun to turn a stodgy phrase To…

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Gluten-Free Bread Showcase.

Diet and Food By August 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

For those who are unaccustomed, gluten-free bread is kind of terrible.  It’s like the bread can’t commit to being bread.  It starts out strong – looks good, smells good – but once you try to make a sandwich out of that sucker, it falls apart into a crumbly mess in a matter of milliseconds.  For the last year, I’ve been entirely…

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Slightly Charred.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 18, 2015 13 Comments

Diabetes burnout and social media burnout have a tendency to go hand-in-hand for me because it becomes tiresome to document my failures. “No, the failures of your pancreas,” said a friend. Nope.  The failures of me, pancreas and all.  I can’t separate the two.  Diabetes challenges me emotionally and physically because I am lucky enough to deal with a disease…

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Diabetes Lifehack: Travel Tape.

Robot Life By August 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

Sometimes it’s an insulin pump infusion set that starts to peel back.  Other times it’s a Dexcom sensor that gives up on the edges and needs reinforcement.  And there are times when you just need a band-aid for one of those rogue blisters that pops up. Which is why I keep little slips of Opsite Flexifix tape tucked into my…

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