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September 2016

“How do you explain diabetes to her?”

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By September 30, 2016 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

“How do you explain diabetes to her?” How do you explain diabetes to your kid?  I wish there was a strategy, a predictable path that conversations about health and wellness could take, like when my daughter brings out The Game of Life and I want to replace all the normal life stuff with the diabetes versions I marked as milestones along…

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What Happens to Your Brain When You Don’t Sleep.

Diabetic Mommy By September 28, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

There’s a little boy who lives in my house now and he seems to likes us.  He likes his big sister and he likes his mom and dad and he likes the cats.  He likes socks.  And fluffy blankets when we go on walks.  And he loves taking naps while the sun shines through the living room windows. All awesome. What…

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Looking Back: A Matter of Apologies.

Diabetic Mommy By September 26, 2016 No Comments

I’ve been up since all hours with my son, who has decided that he would prefer to count stars with me between midnight and 4 am.  But now he’s asleep and I’m wide awake.  And as I was answering emails this morning, I came across this blog post about apologies.   I’ve been apologizing often these days, with my emotions ramped up…

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Bliss Balls.

Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food By September 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

Do you know what bliss balls are?  I had never heard of them before.  There’s a coffee shop near the beach out here that sells these bliss ball things.  They look like desserty meatballs and are kept in a glass jar near the cash register.  If you’re sleep deprived, they look like pets held captive by the bakery ladies. Chris bought one…

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Mystery Date.

Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 20, 2016 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

There was a board game marketed to girls back in the 60’s that resurfaced again in the 90’s, and that’s when I met Mystery Date.  It was a silly game where you tried to assemble an outfit for a date and then you opened the little plastic door to see if your outfit matched that of the Mystery Date guy.  (For example:…

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Day in the Life of a New (Old) Mom … with Diabetes.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By September 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

Six years ago, I was adjusting to motherhood for the first time during Diabetes Blog Week, and one of the post prompts was to write about a day in the life with diabetes.  My day in the life was flanked on all sides by figuring out what to do with a newborn, so I chronicled that. And just before my…

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This is Thirty.

Real Life Diabetes By September 13, 2016 Tags: , , , 24 Comments

This is thirty years with type 1 diabetes. I used to think it would stop me from enjoying life.  Now I realize that I’ve lived with this disease for thirty years and have brought it down the aisle, on stage, and around the world with me.  It hasn’t stopped me from doing a damn thing … other than making insulin.  But…

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On the Other Side.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By September 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

The first time I was pregnant, the physical journey was the hardest part for me.  Building a baby, watching blood sugars, dealing with body changes … the list was long but included mostly body changes, and also a boatload of excitement about crossing the threshold into “parenting.”  Back in 2009/2010, it was inconceivable to me that something “bad” would happen during…

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Releasing the Kraken … Into Our Home.

Uncategorized By September 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

… he’s definitely not the Kraken.  That nickname will never stick because so far, our littlest friend is mild mannered.  He’s more Clark Kent than Kraken.  (Mixing my superheroes and myths this morning; feel free to blame the sleep debt and my attempt to repay it with caffeine.) But he’s home, and even though he’s a sweet boy, he’s still…

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C-Section Party Time, Hey Hey.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By September 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

There’s another kid in my house now, and he’s two weeks old as of this afternoon.  But how did he escape, you ask?  Sunroof exit!  Here is some of the how and why my son came a bit earlier than expected. That Tuesday morning two weeks ago came with the promise of another long drive to Beth Israel hospital in Boston,…

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