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October 2015

Sticky JMedical Giveaway Winner.

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products By October 30, 2015 Tags: , 3 Comments

Through a very official and terribly complicated process of asking a friend to pick a number between 1 and 169, we have a winner!  Congratulations to Jennifer, who is a sentimental fan of Kermit. (Yeah, I called you sentimental.  Mostly because you told me to.  Also, Sentimental Jennifer, I sent you an email this morning, so please check your inbox!)…

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Looking Back: Of Cocktails and Community.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 29, 2015 Tags: , , 3 Comments

Today, after a lovely morning at the dentist (once again fixing this issue), I’m recovering from a half-droopy novocained face and, as a result, am looking back at a post from 2013 about search engine optimization, diabetes, and cocktails … sort of. * * * “So what you should do is see what people are searching for and then carefully…

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You Don’t Look Like You Should Have Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 18 Comments

“And this, too, please,” I said, sliding the opened and half-consumed bag of gummy candies across the counter, my hands shaking. This low was bad.  The symptoms were very visible, with unsteady hands and knees that were buckling out and sweat beading up on my forehead despite the 40 degree weather outside.  I knew I was the color of a…

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GIVEAWAY: My Favorite Medical Alert Bracelet.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products By October 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , 170 Comments

The “long and overdue” part of this post cannot be over-stated.  I have had the best medical alert bracelet from Sticky JMedical for a very long time now and am just writing about it this morning. But it’s lovely and discreet.  Because of that, I wear this bracelet every, single day, which helps protect me in the off-chance that something…

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Livongo Health: First Impressions of Their Meter.

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 23, 2015 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

Disclosure:  Manny Hernandez, SVP of Member Experience at Livongo Health, reached out to me a few weeks ago about test driving the Livongo meter.  Manny is my good friend, and diabetes is not my friend, so anything that helps a friend and also helps me take a bite out of diabetes is a welcomed opportunity.  For the purposes of this…

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As a Kite.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Woke up to this little gremlin number on my meter: Gross, gross start to the day. #DOCtober #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Oct 20, 2015 at 6:11am PDT I pulled my site and immediately blood streamed out, leaving a trail down the side of my hip and actually running onto the bathroom floor (which is DISGUSTING…

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If I Knew Then: Traveling with Diabetes.

Traveling By October 15, 2015 Tags: , , 11 Comments

I wish I had known, years ago, that blaming diabetes for my lack of travel experiences was a stupid excuse.  Sure, I didn’t backpack around Europe after college for a dozen different reasons, with the need to work a structured job immediately after school was done so that I could have medical insurance to cover all my diabetes shit, but…

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These Boots Were Made For Talking.

Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By October 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

At the airport two weeks ago, I was coming home from Washington and my flight to Rhode Island was delayed.  The wait in the cramped US Airways terminal was long and oddly warm for October, giving people a certain irritated twitch.  I was still dressed from my meeting, with a dress and tights and boots and not enough real estate…

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Back to School.

SUM in Other Places By October 13, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

How is “going back to school” like “going to the endo?”  I’m learning more about life’s parallels every day.  New column up over at Animas: It reminded me of going to the pediatric endocrinologist’s office when I was a little kid, sitting in the waiting room with my mother.  After checking in with the receptionist, my mom and I would…

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