Diabetes Poetry

Help! (a rotten parody)

Diabetes Poetry June 8, 2017 4 Comments

(to the tune of the Beatles Help!) Help! I need some sugar Help! I’ll take any sugar. Help! You know I need a snack Heeeelp! When I was younger, so much younger than today I made my insulin and that was that each day But now these days are gone and my islets are uncured Now I find I need a…

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A Valentine For My Pancreas.

Diabetes Poetry February 14, 2017 No Comments

(A post from the past, but still relevant, as my pancreas remains lazy.) Oh rotting, feeble pancreas of mine, Won’t you be my Valentine? Won’t you wake from your long sleep And make some insulin, you creep? What makes you sit, all shaped like a wiener, Lazy and dull, with a pompous demeanor? What makes it okay, that for your…

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Pizza (A Christmas Poem).

Diabetes Poetry December 20, 2016 11 Comments

T’was the night before Christmas and all tinsel’s in, Not a creature was stirring or making insulin. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that my islet cells soon would be there. My children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of pizza boxes filled me with dread. I took out my pen, assessed the…

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Sweet Little Lancet.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Poetry July 27, 2016 12 Comments

Sweet little lancet You are so damn tough. I keep you until All your edges are rough, Until your sharp peak Becomes dull and harpoons. Oh sweet little lancet, I will change you soon. Sweet little lancet, You deploy with a thud. It can take several tries To get you to draw blood. And at that point, you’d think, I’d wise…

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The Patient Voice 2016: Bridging the Diabetes Gaps

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Poetry March 4, 2016 2 Comments

Happy Friday, friends!  Today, Marina Tsaplina is borrowing the blog to help spread the word about an event she is hosting in New York City on March 20th.  It’s the debut event for The Betes organization, and the goal is to give rise to discussions about the emotional influence of chronic illness.  Part of the presentation will be a discussion…

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Everybody Beeps.

Diabetes Poetry, Pumping Insulin February 29, 2016 3 Comments

(With deep, deep apologies to R.E.M. and Everybody Hurts) Everybody Beeps When your day is long And the night, the night is yours for sleep. When you tuck yourself in bed For some rest … well hang on Don’t close your tired eyes Cause you wear a device And everybody beeps … sometimes. Sometimes reservoirs are low And need to…

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My apologies to Mr. Poe.

Diabetes Poetry December 7, 2005 No Comments

Once upon this Christmas season, as I pondered, within reason Through my numbers, stolen from the memory my One Touch Ultra stored. While I noticed, nearly sleeping, all the records I was keeping Showed a low that I saw, peeping, “Study me!” It did implore. “I know you,” I muttered, “Tricky low from nights before.” Lessons learned in spades, once…

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