Diabetes Poetry

The Patient Voice 2016: Bridging the Diabetes Gaps

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Poetry By March 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 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 By February 29, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 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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Where the Islet Cells End

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Poetry By August 23, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

(A tribute to Shel Silverstein‘s beautiful, “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”) There is a place where the islet cells endAnd that’s where diabetes begins.In this place, you can stumble and things can get scaryThose moments when numbers make you feel so waryAnd the burden is almost too heavy to carryThis is where our community comes in. Let us leave this place where misconceptions growAnd…

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You Can Do THIS: My Video

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Poetry, Psychosocial Support By June 15, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

When you’re dealing with something relentless each day,It can feel like frustrations are seconds away.There’s the burnout, depression of chronic diseaseThe chaos that comes with attempts to appease. We do blood sugar testing, precision carb counting,We’re wearing devices to aid in surmountingThe pressure of acting as panceri stand-ins.This whole diabetes can sure be demanding! We lean on our doctors, we…

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Sausage Paws is Comin’ to Town

Diabetes Poetry By December 24, 2009 No Comments

(To the Tune of Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town)  You watch out,You’d better not cry!(You’d better take insulinOr your numbers will be high.) Sausage Paws is coming … to town! She’s making a list,With her Christmas Elf,But the only one naughty,Is her own stupid self. Sausage Paws is coming … to town! She stares at me when I’m sleeping,She sniffs me ’til I’m…

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‘Twas the Night Before Work

Diabetes Poetry By December 14, 2006 No Comments

            ‘Twas the night before work, and all through the flat, Not a creature was stirring, except for two cats. The meter was stashed on the table with care, In case that there was a low blood sugar scare. We two were all nestled, quite snug in our beds, While fat cats named Abby made nests on our…

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My apologies to Mr. Poe.

Diabetes Poetry By 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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