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November 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for People with Diabetes

Diabetes Products By November 29, 2017 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Holiday shopping is HAPPENING, and if are a PWD or loving one, there are a bunch of silly, fun, clever, and joy-sparky gifts available for you to snap up in time for the holidays.  Check out this gift guide for people with diabetes (here’s the one from last year), and if you have gift ideas that are perfect for PWD,…

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Giving Tuesday: Diabetes Edition

Uncategorized By November 28, 2017 Tags: , , 1 Comment

In keeping with the theme of doing more good, here are a few diabetes organizations that I personally support because their mission is also to do more good.  I mean, it’s Giving Tuesday.  So would you consider giving? T1 Today (aka Children with Diabetes) is an organization I feel powerfully connected to on a dozen different levels.  As a board…

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Walking in No-Hitter Wonderland

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Poetry By November 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Dexcom rings Are you listening? On the graph Lows are blistering. A beautiful sight Is an overnight Walking in no-hitter* wonderland Gone away Are my betas Here to stay Is the data. My Dexcom alarms Protect me from harm. Searching for no-hitter wonderland In the meadow we can build an organ And pretend that he’s a pancreas. He’ll say I’m…

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Replacement Parts

Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By November 20, 2017 Tags: , , 4 Comments

This piece was written back in 2013 about a different insulin pump, but the song remains the same:  pumping insulin alleviates some of my diabetes mental load and makes living with this disease a little mellower.  I mean, I could “wash the dishes by hand,” but it’s so much nicer to play with my kids or go for a walk…

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Do More Good.

No Diabetes By November 14, 2017 Tags: 5 Comments

It’s World Diabetes Day.  YAY!  And buried amongst the bits of distressing-as-hell news crap out there will be articles about diabetes. Casual mentions of this monster that lives under our bed (and that we feed occasionally). And tomorrow, the world’s attention will twist to the next crisis. But oh, my fellow PWD, we’ll still be on this diabetes journey long…

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Why We Revolt: An Interview with Dr. Victor Montori

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By November 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

The founder of the Patient Revolution is Dr. Victor Montori, a leader in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic and an endocrinologist at Mayo. Dr. Montori is interested in how knowledge is produced, disseminated and taken up in practice — and how this leads to optimal health care delivery and patient outcomes.  His book, Why We Revolt,…

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A Jacket, Just in Case

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Traveling By November 6, 2017 Tags: , , , 36 Comments

BEEP BEEP BEEP 2 am Low alarm. Where am I? Hotel. Hotel room in Kansas City. Damp. Damp with sweat. My long sleeve shirt stuck to the inside of my elbows, ironed by panic. BEEP BEEP BEEP Kansas City. That’s where I am. Why am I beeping? 51 mg/dL. That red circle with the down arrow attached to it. Asking…

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Diabetes Month: The One About Anxiety

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Real Life Diabetes By November 2, 2017 Tags: , , , 27 Comments

I’ve had some anxiety flare ups in the past. Like in college, when I’d break out in hives across my abdomen, tied directly to the more stressful moments – when exams were up, when I was working the early am breakfast shift five days a week and then going to class, when my parents split. Like after my son was…

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