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July 2016

Sweet Little Lancet.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Poetry July 27, 2016 12 Comments

Sweet little lancet You are so damn tough. I keep you until All your edges are rough, Until your sharp peak Becomes dull and harpoons. Oh sweet little lancet, I will change you soon. Sweet little lancet, You deploy with a thud. It can take several tries To get you to draw blood. And at that point, you’d think, I’d wise…

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Just a Job.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes July 25, 2016 2 Comments

“I’m just a medical assistant, so my job isn’t as important,” she said as she took my blood pressure and entered the data into my digital file. “Seriously?  How can you say that?  You probably have more face-to-face moments with patients than the doctors do.  You set the tone for the appointment.  What you do matters.”  I paused.  “Take my…

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“Do You Like It?”

Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life July 21, 2016 7 Comments

“Excuse me … your, um, arm?  What’s that on your arm?” Ninety-five percent of the time, I don’t care if people ask about my insulin pump or CGM.  More power to them for being bold enough to embrace the awkwardness and actually ask, instead of assuming.  (And even in the 5% moments of “argh – stop looking, don’t ask,” it usually…

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Enjoy the Silence. Or Not So Much.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life July 20, 2016 9 Comments

[Disclosure about my relationship with Dexcom] During the first trimester of this pregnancy, lows were intense and weirdly symptomatic; a nice contrast from the hypoglycemia unawareness that’s crept in over the last five or six years.  (I ended up stashing a jar of jellybeans in the dining room hutch, only to have to move it into direct line of sight…

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Antenatal Moody Blues.

Infertility and Pregnancy July 18, 2016 12 Comments

Back when we first talked about a second baby, Birdy was about three and it took us a few months to wrap our heads around the possibility of another kid.  But once we landed on “Let’s do it,” we assumed it would be a short process to conception.  We did not anticipate the wait that was on tap for this…

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Captain’s Log: Week 32.

Infertility and Pregnancy July 11, 2016 13 Comments

Captain’s Log, Day 224 I have been in this womb structure for over 32 weeks, and all is well.  In weeks past, I’ve allowed the creature they call “Mother” to dictate many of our decisions, but boredom and a diminishing return on leg room is giving me the desire to kick things up a notch. Ha!  Kick.  I know that’s a…

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ConnecT1D Retreat.

Diabetes Community, SUM in Other Places July 1, 2016 4 Comments

Until a few months ago, I didn’t know much about the peer-to-peer support and family connection accomplished by ConnecT1D.  It wasn’t until Susan Horst reached out to me to see if I was available to visit for their ConnecT1D retreat that I was thrown into their world of the powerhouse diabetes outreach taking place in the Pacific Northwest. Susan Horst, project manager…

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