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Signing off

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Website Information By May 4, 2019 Tags: , , , 82 Comments

This is weird. I don’t know what to say in a last blog post, because it makes it seem like a black hole is going to open up and suck me into it once I hit “publish.” (I really hope that doesn’t happen, because I still need to shower. I’d hate to be stuck in some Interstellar purgatory and have…

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Diabetes Shorthand

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Robot Life By May 1, 2019 Tags: , , 8 Comments

Last night, my oldest kid and I went out for a mommy-and-daughter dinner date. Our waitress was a student at the local university, and very nice. She took our order (“Wow, your kid chooses broccoli over french fries! I’m impressed!”) and then turned to go back to the waitstaff station. “MOM,” Birdy stage whispered at me. “She has a Dexcom…

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How About a Last Myabetic Giveaway?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products By April 30, 2019 Tags: , , , , 86 Comments

I’ve known the creator of Myabetic, Kyrra Richards, for a long time, and seeing the successful business she’s worked tirelessly to create makes me beyond happy for her. I’m also really proud to be the source code for one of her namesake bags. She’s awesome. As things draw to a close here, I’m really honored to feature an interview with…

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What I’ve Learned After 14 Years of Blogging About My Health

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 29, 2019 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

This Saturday will mark 14 years of blogging. Here’s some of what I’ve learned … Technically-speaking? Put the word “diabetes” in your blog title. Invest in a full-throated URL (instead of a .blogger or .wordpress site). Spellcheck and grammar check every single post. Use images, as they are nice and help flesh out your content. Back your content up. I’ll…

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The Words We Use as PWD

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By April 24, 2019 5 Comments

The words we casually use as people with diabetes continue to make me giggle. Like when I was a kid, my mom would casually tell me to go “shoot up,” (instead of “go take your insulin dose”) … the looks we received in public settings included a lot of arched eyebrows. Or how, during days when I have my insulin…

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Travelbetes: Wherever EuGo Giveaway!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Traveling By April 22, 2019 Tags: , , 85 Comments

Last week, we were away for my daughter’s April break, visiting South Carolina for the first time. (Our original plan was to visit Copenhagen but that whole deal was derailed by the grounding of the Max 8 planes … long story made much, much shorter: we ended up in Charleston, SC for the week.) Traveling with the four of us…

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Man Cold Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2019 Tags: , 9 Comments

This video is older, by Internet standards, but I remember first seeing it and laughing out loud. “Laura … I called for you, I said ‘Laura!’” (And for the love of God there’s a Wiki entry for it. The Internet is forever an amalgam of chaos and delight.) Over the last few weeks, I’ve been running through my older posts…

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Making it Work

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Sometimes, I see things and I think they are a wonderful visual representation of diabetes, like the game Perfection. And this pot. My blood sugars are a heavy pot of boiling water. A rolling boil, the ones where you look at the water and see the bubbles coming up like predictable and methodical pewter poetry. Scary if I were to…

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Evidence-Based Hope

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 21, 2019 Tags: , 3 Comments

Evidence-based hope. I can get on board with that. Check out this really great video from the TCOYD team, featuring Steve and Bill talking about all the reasons we can feel hopeful as PWD. <3 You might also like: Bag of Hope … For Adults? Still Here: Evidence Hope vs. Fear: The Video Edition. Plant-Based Faceplant.

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Sweaters on Teeth

dentist, Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes By March 19, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

That feeling of mild fuzz on my teeth when my blood sugars are really high? I loathe that. Diabetes is the leading cause of my excessive dental hygiene obsession; I keep a tooth brush in my purse and I floss daily, and even though visits to the dentist are uncomfortable because of sensitive teeth, I go every damn time because…

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The Friday Six on a TUESDAY what is happening

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Hi there.  How are you? … No, really.  How ARE you? I’m good.  Thanks for checking in to ask. Keeping it casual here in my digital house because I don’t have the desire for carefully crafted sentences and overly oppressive narrative structure.  Just felt like writing and sharing some links.  It’s kind of like a Friday Six, only on a…

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Oh Mickey, You’re So Fine

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 22, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

With a (semi-organized) stash of yarn and a growing list of crochet projects for friends and family always in development, I have a soft spot for fellow PWD crafters. This week, I saw a post from Becky Thomson roll by in my Facebook feed and I stopped, because she was making awesome mouse ears to help fund her travel to…

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