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May 2016

Racing on Insulin: 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community By May 31, 2016 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

What did you do this weekend?  Me?  Oh, I spent Sunday afternoon with 41 of my DOC friends at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 race.  Sort of. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007, Charlie Kimball is driving the narrative about type 1 diabetes as the first licensed driver with diabetes and first licensed driver to qualify for and complete…

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Diabetic Pregnancy: 25 Weeks and Counting Slooooowly.

Infertility and Pregnancy By May 24, 2016 Tags: , , , 15 Comments

A quick-ish update on pregnancy stuff.  It’s week 25 and I’m deep into the second trimester, just about ready to launch into the third and final lap on this baby stuff.  Warning:  I’m feeling uncomfortable and whiny this evening, so read this post through a lens of hopefully-forgiveable waaaaaaaaah. Blood sugars.  I have them.  And they continue to be weird.  I…

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Diabetes Blog Week: Tips and Tricks.

Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes By May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Tips and Tricks:  Let’s round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways…

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Diabetes Blog Week: The Healthcare Experience.

Healthcare By May 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

The Healthcare Experience:  Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s your Healthcare…

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Diabetes Blog Week: Language and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, No Diabetes, Psychosocial Support By May 18, 2016 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

Language and Diabetes:  There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I’m willing to bet we’ve all disagreed with this at some point, and especially when it comes to diabetes. Many advocate for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or to people…

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Diabetes Blog Week: The Other Half of Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Poetry By May 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 8 Comments

The Other Half of Diabetes:  We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out…

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Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

It’s Diabetes Blog Week, a week in the year where diabetes bloggers can rally together and share their stories, following suggested (but not mandated!) themes and focusing on connecting with one another as a community.  And who better to closely knit our community together than Karen (who is known in my household as “The Knitter“)?  Karen kindly brings us closer…

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Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

People ask me why this conference matters, why the organization matters, and it’s sometimes hard to sum up.  What’s so great about sitting in a room full of people with diabetes?  Isn’t it like surrounding yourself with a reminder of something that is a pain in the butt (diabetes)?  Doesn’t it suck to talk about diabetes all the time? DUDE….

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Diabetes Access Matters.

Healthcare By May 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

A running list of medications/devices I currently use throughout the day to attempt to manage my type 1 diabetes: insulin pump (t:slim) insulin pump supplies (cartridges, tubing, cannula) glucose meter (Verio Sync) glucose test strips (One Touch) Humalog insulin vials continuous glucose monitor (Dexcom G4 at the moment) Toughpads (to prevent Dexcom adhesive reactions) prenatal vitamin And then there are…

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The Thin, Red Line.

Blood Sugars By May 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 9 Comments

For the last few days, I’ve been sick.  Sicker than I’ve been in several years – a man cold morphing into a respiratory infection with an agenda, evolving into nausea that rivaled all my morning sickness put together, crashing into having to visit the doctor and cancel a trip to California this week.  (For the record, I’ve never had to cancel…

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