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March 2016

Fingerpricks: An Interview with Haidee Soule Merritt.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 31, 2016 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Haidee Soule Merritt has the uncanny ability to illustrate what’s going on in the minds of many people touched by diabetes, and she’s sharing her talents yet again in her second book, Fingerpricks, Volume 2.  It’s not that her cartoons are just good, but they are poignant and insightful and have a way of seeing diabetes through a very specific,…

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Guest Post: Taking Steps Towards Better.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 29, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Emotional health can influence someone’s physical health, and after decades with type 1 diabetes, I know that my health is best when I’m being cared for as a person, with mental health categorized as high a priority as my A1C or standard deviation of blood sugar.  How you feel about the disease you live with every day matters. Today, my favorite texting…

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Healthcare Hamster Wheel.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 28, 2016 Tags: , , , 48 Comments

For the last few years, doctor’s appointments have felt like an exercise in “checking the boxes.”  Yeah, I called and made an appointment with my endocrinologist.  Yeah, I had my A1C drawn and the result was either given to me that day or a week later by way of calling the clinic.  Sure, I get weighed and we download my…

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Guest Post: Making Connections.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 25, 2016 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Stephen Shaul is one of the most insightful – and kindest – people I’ve come across in the last few years, and I really respect his thoughts on all-things diabetes.  (Links to his blog and podcast are in the bio below.)  Today, while I’m en route to 10,000 doctor’s appointments, Stephen is taking over SUM to talk about the simplicity,…

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Phone Call Shuffle.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By March 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

The appointment scheduling protocol sheet was long, but had all the right information and phone numbers for the different hospitals and specialists.  The hospitals are all part of the same group, so my information should be on file, in theory.  Should be easy enough to jump right in and start making phone calls. Lots of shoulds. “Hi, I’m a patient…

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One, Stupid High.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 23, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

On any average day, my glucose meter results are just mine. … mostly.  I worry about lows while I’m driving my daughter or traveling alone, but while a low might be witnessed by someone else, it’s my body that goes through the experience.  (Not to minimize the experience of watching diabetes from a distance; that’s a whole other post.)  The…

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Diabetes Privacy?

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

I was thinking about diabetes privacy this morning while I was poking through the archives, and came upon this post from Diabetes Blog Week last year.  (Here’s a full list of the contributions generated by that prompt.) What do you share about your diabetes? And what is on your List of Absolutely NOT Sharing, diabetes-wise?  For me, I don’t share…

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Guest Post: The Cost of Staying Alive.

Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

Charity Shuster-Gormley is a native Vermonter who currently works as a mental health worker in a psychiatric hospital. She was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the summer of 2000 at 15 years old. Charity holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She lives with her husband, their 6-year-old Dachshund Amos,…

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Gimme a Beet!

Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Beets haven’t always been top-of-preference for my palette.  I read somewhere that people either love the taste of beets or think they taste like dirt, and I used to be in the latter camp.  But these days, beets are most desirable and I am looking for a calendar dedicated entirely to them, preferably wearing suspenders … and only suspenders. Problem is,…

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Differences So Far.

Diabetic Mommy, Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 17, 2016 5 Comments

The differences between Kid 1 and Kid 2 will be stark, I’m sure, and it’s starting with their respective pregnancies.  This attempt is very different from my first in some ways, but refreshingly similar in others. There was morning sickness.  Not actively throwing up, but a moderate-to-high level of nausea that kicked in first thing in the morning and stayed…

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SOP for TSA and PWD.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 22 Comments

This past week, when leaving Las Vegas and heading home to Rhode Island, I had another new experience.  The TSA pat-down agent, after making a horrified face when I told her I was wearing an insulin pump, told me she has to check the pump itself and then my skin where I was wearing it. Since it was in my…

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