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June 2016

Plant-Based Faceplant.

Diet and Food By June 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , 51 Comments

Over the last few weeks, we’ve made an attempt as a family to eat more plants/eat less meat.  This is decision is rooted in a dozen different health reasons, but the end result is a move towards cutting back on the meat we’re consuming and integrating more than just a “meatless Monday” philosophy. All well and good, right? Except I…

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Diabetic Pregnancy: Third Trimester.

Blood Sugars, Infertility and Pregnancy By June 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Ten weeks left until the little man arrives, which means I’m in the third trimester and ready to fast forward through the summer.  FAST.  FORWAAAAAAAAARD!! Swelling.  So far, so good.  I don’t have any swelling to speak of, which is a far cry from my first pregnancy, when I was in StayPuft mode starting around 28 weeks and stayed there…

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Weak Away.

Traveling By June 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

I accidentally took a week off from blogging, but there are reasons.  And they involve dinosaurs.  Bullet list, because that’s the only way to organize what’s swirling in my brain?  Yeah, let’s do that. Last week started strong – a good visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Tuesday to confirm a strong and healthy growing boy.  More on the…

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Free Shower.

Robot Life By June 10, 2016 Tags: 6 Comments

Internet LOLZ suggest I title this post “Free Shower Be Like …” but I refuse to do that.  My dad, and every English teacher I’ve ever had, would throw things at my head. Instead, I’ll just assert that diabetes-device free showers are totally akin to this: AKA the happy dance of airy weightlessness, scrubbing skin unadorned with medical devices.  It’s brief,…

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Reimbursements.

Healthcare By June 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

“I’m not positive I can make it in for that appointment, since I’m traveling for work for the majority of those weeks.  Would it be possible for me to send my device data by email and have you review it for any issues?” Without pausing, my endo said, “Yes, we can do that.” We’ve seen a lot of one another…

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Fifteen Minutes, Fifteen Grams.

Blood Sugars, Diabetic Mommy By June 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

I just needed fifteen minutes, after fifteen grams of carbs. “I can’t go with you, because I need to eat something else and wait for my blood sugar to come up.  You guys can go without me and come right back, if you want?” The sentences sounded soft and measured.  Sure, go for the bike ride around the neighborhood, dear daughter…

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Blame the Hormones.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 7, 2016 10 Comments

I’m still angry that the UHC/Medtronic issue hasn’t been resolved.  There is/was a ton of discussion about how this is not a decision that takes patient needs and preferences into account but instead seems to cater to what’s best for business needs. “Resolved” would be a reversal of this decision and reinstating the patient/doctor team’s right to decide which therapy…

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t:slim with a Twist.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Infertility and Pregnancy, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Several months ago, I switched insulin pumps.  (Here is the post about the switch, and please read this post about the disclaimer that initiated the switch.  My full disclosure page is here.)  My first impressions of the t:slim pump were drummed up over a year ago, after trialing one for a few weeks, but my real t:slim immersion came once…

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It’s Just a Blood Sugar Check.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions By June 2, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

Checking my blood sugar takes less than 30 seconds.  Truly – upcapping the bottle of test strips, inserting the strip, pricking my finger tip, squeezing blood onto the absorption pad on the test strip, waiting the five second countdown of my meter to see the result up on the screen, and then taking the strip out and turning off the…

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