Diabetes and Family

Wild Krattsabetes.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 23, 2015 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Wild Kratts have invaded my house in a big way.  It’s okay, because Birdy loves watching them and she learns all this random stuff about animals.  (“MOM! The lion’s mane is the same color as the savannah grass,” yelled from her car seat as we’re driving.  So I’m learning too, apparently.)  She dons her version of a creature power suit…

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Overheard.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By February 10, 2015 2 Comments

Overheard from my daughter’s playroom, where two stuffed animals were having an intense conversation in high-pitched voices (and one soft toy was pretending to be me): “Hi, I’m Kerri and we’re going to talk about type 1 diabetes.”  She paused.  “Or maybe type 2 diabetes. But either way, we have to talk about it.” She makes a good point.  Either…

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Birdy the Kid and Jerry the Bear.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By November 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

“Jerry has diabetes, like you do, mom.  So I give him food and insulin and check his blood sugar and he likes to play archery.” A brief pause as Birdy rand her hands over Jerry’s soft bear ears. “Mom, what’s archery?” A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:41am PST [Disclosure:  Jerry was a gift…

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HypoPedicure.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By October 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

“Mom, can I [something something] ?” “Sure, kiddo,” I responded.  But I had no idea what she was asking me – her words were swirling around in the fog of my brain.  My blood sugar was 38 mg/dL and my Dexcom was wailing.  Chris was a few feet away, stirring something on the stove while he kept an eye on…

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“Do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?”

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support By October 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 39 Comments

“Hang on two more seconds, kiddo.  I need to check my blood sugar before we go.” She watches me casually as she slides her arm through the sleeve of her sweatshirt. “Mom, do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?” She asks me this question all the time now.  While diabetes is not a secret in our house, it’s not a…

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CGM in the Cloud: Personal Preferences.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By July 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 21 Comments

“Why would you want your continuous glucose monitor information in the cloud?” Fair question, especially coming from folks in the CGM in the Cloud Facebook group, which is heavily dominated by parents of children with diabetes. I didn’t want to answer, at first, because I didn’t want to say the wrong thing.  When I meet with parents of kids with…

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We Are Not Waiting: CGM in the Cloud (Part 1).

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 31 Comments

Waiting, when it comes to diabetes, frustrates the hell out of me.  According to the “cure in five years!” mantra that rang out constantly when I was diagnosed in 1986, I’ve been waiting for a cure for almost 30 years.  Currently, I wait (impatiently) for the Animas Vibe to become available to US patients.  I wait for the Dexcom Share…

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Sparkly, Like Her Shoes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes By June 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

As a family, we went to dinner and Birdy’s sequin-covered shoes sparkled furiously in the afternoon sunlight.  Her shoes were downright distracting and I found myself low-staring at them, focusing on the individual sparkles being projected onto the tablecloth at the restaurant.  My brain had hit an uncomfortably steady pace with the anxiety of being under 60 mg/dL for more…

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Looking Back: Define? Or Explain.

Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Relationships By June 2, 2014 Tags: , 2 Comments

The tagline on my blog is “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me,” and today I’m looking back at the origin of that phrase in a post from May 2006.  (This was a discussion with my older brother, and I’m grateful that both my brother and sister contributed to my book, Balancing Diabetes.) *   *   * “Diabetes doesn’t…

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