Diabetes and Family

The Bright Side

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetic Mommy By November 8, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

My daughter, randomly, asked me what a seizure was. (Turns out someone had talked about it at school as a result of a student with epilepsy.) We talked about it, and then she asked if diabetes could cause seizures.  She doesn’t ask me complicated questions about the longterm effects of diabetes very often (barring that one time she asked me, when…

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Rewind: These Boots Were Made for Talking

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support By September 20, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

(I’m traveling this week, with limited access and desire to visit the Internet, but while I’m on an adventure, I’m rewinding the blog to showcase some older posts.  So don’t freak out if you see some older post about being pregnant or whatever because giiiiiiirl I am not pregnant.) At the airport two weeks ago, I was coming home from…

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What Helped Me as a Kid with Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Uncategorized By August 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I was diagnosed with diabetes in second grade, so I’ve had this disease along for essentially all of the available rides in my almost 40 years.  From 1986 onward, I’ve experienced everything from field trips to fights with my parents about boyfriends to learning to drive to college to pregnancy and parenting children of my own.  My life, for all…

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Chopping Broccoli

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food By August 20, 2018 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

I’m the middle child of three, the only one in my family with type 1 diabetes.  My “diabetes diet” influenced food choices for the whole family, but we weren’t without sweet treats, especially since my brother and sister weren’t under the thumb of NPH and Regular insulin. So sometimes my mom got crafty with her food storage stylings. Like when…

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An Inkling

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family By August 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

For several weeks this summer, my daughter played in a competitive softball league. The whole tournament had my concern levels amped a little bit.  Was she getting enough sleep?  If not, was that why she was impossible to drag out of bed for 9 am games?  It was so hot.  She had to wear a lot of sunscreen.  When they…

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Parenting with Diabetes: Round Two

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

“Pump!  Pump, pump, pump!  Pump, where are you?” It’s his siren call, yelled at full volume as my toddler forages around in my top trying to find my insulin pump.  “Oh hi, pump!  One … two … three!” and the buttons are pressed and the beeps are beeped and I’m constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t given me a…

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Certainty

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family By May 29, 2018 Tags: , , 7 Comments

This was part of my daughter’s school work* last week: What about the thing that I am certain will happen today? I will have a rough blood sugar roller coaster.  – nope. That’s not a certainty.  Today’s been pretty mellow, to be honest. The temperature will be exactly 72 degrees and sunny today – nope. I live in New England….

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Dino Days

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Being diagnosed with diabetes as a child twists time, making me feel like I’m not terribly old but that my diabetes is ancient and withered.  Looking back at an online journal that chronicles almost half my life with diabetes paints me as a digital dinosaur, one whose story and community has evolved in response to time, technology, and ability. The…

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Your Mama So Awesome …

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories By May 11, 2018 Tags: , , , 16 Comments

Your mama so awesome that she dragged measuring cups and a tiny scale to restaurants so she could accurately carb count your food. Your mama so awesome that she hand-fed you graham crackers while you had a logic-defying low on the kitchen floor. Your mama so awesome she woke up in the middle of the night to check your blood…

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