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June 2017

Looking Back: How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.)

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By June 30, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

I’m on the road today, visiting with the Patient Revolution team, so I’m looking back at a post from the past.  But it’s not just any post … it’s a grost.  (A gross post.)  How often do you change your lancet?  I will admit that I don’t do it as often as I should, but I’ve been really trying to…

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ONE Great Weekend.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By June 29, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

“So what made you want to do the TCOYD ONE conference?” I asked the TCOYD team. “We were sitting around one day having drinks and just said there is so much stuff coming out in the field of type 1 diabetes that we NEED to put on an event with the absolute best of the best speakers and invite every…

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Returning to diaTribe.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, SUM in Other Places By June 28, 2017 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

After a long hiatus, I’m back at diaTribe and explaining where the hell I disappeared to: “Diabetes is the dog I don’t like but I still have to be kind to. It barks and occasionally pees on the floor (or worse), it has chewed up at least ten of my shoes, and it jumps up and freaks out whenever the…

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Useless Juice.

Blood Sugars, diabetes, Diabetes Products By June 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

We don’t drink juice “for fun” in our house; it’s only for low blood sugars, considered almost as medicinal as the insulin hiding out in the butter compartment of our fridge. So when I came home with these juice boxes unintentionally, I was pissed. 35% less sugar?  That’s exactly what I don’t want! Useless juice.  I’m bringing it back and swapping it…

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Blood Sugar Turbulence.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

“The captain has the seatbelt sign on.  Please stay in your seats until the seatbelt sign is turned off.  This is for your safety.” The flight attendants were also in their seats, having suspended drink service. Turbulence sucks, but it passes quickly … usually.  Unfortunately, on this flight it seemed like it was going to be a 20 – 30…

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Dexcom Adhesive, Activated!

Dexcom By June 20, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Nothing to see here, especially if you’re looking for an adhesive-related Dexcom rash. Because ever since switching to the sensors that expire after 8/17/17, the rash is a thing of the past. Now I can wear my sensors for the recommended seven days (sometimes stretching it a day or two here and there, if I’m feeling bold), and my skin…

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Diabetes Pregnancy: Now and Then, Part Two.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By June 15, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Welcome to the continuation of Laddie’s pregnancy story, showing what pregnancy with type 1 diabetes was like back in 1979 and 1982.  Today is a continuation of her story, with details about her sons’ births, the cost of care, and how diabetes did, and didn’t, play a role in bringing her sons into the world. For more about Laddie’s life…

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Diabetes Pregnancy: Now and Then.

Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By June 14, 2017 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Managing diabetes and pregnancy in 2010 and then again in 2016 was a lot of hard work, and my story is similar to so many moms in the diabetes community:  a heavy focus on blood sugars, piles of doctor appointments, and dozens of tests for mom and baby.  Today’s management of diabetes and pregnancy is very different than what was…

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Unbreak my panc. (another parody)

Diabetes Poetry By June 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

(in homeage to the Toni Braxton’s Un-break My Heart, and if Melissa Lee would just let loose with her version of this, that would be awesome.) Un-Break My Panc You left me when I was small Didn’t make insulin at all Come back and bring back my islets Come and take these syringes away. I need panc to work beta…

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Look to the Edges.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By June 12, 2017 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

People like me are not accounted for .I have no insurance , no dr .Who counts me and the others like us ? — AnaHelena (@karmasense) June 10, 2017 We must account for ALL people. For too long We have focused on T1D kids forgetting adults who are insulin dependent *every* *single* *day*😳 — Jake Kushner (@JakeKushnerMD) June 11, 2017…

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