Healthcare

The Eyeball Situation Becomes Diabetes-Related.

Healthcare By May 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

The initial cause:  a rogue fingernail attached to a cute baby The recurring issue:  repeated corneal tearing The reason for the repeats:  diabetes The original eyeball issue came up seven years ago, when Birdy was about nine months old and she unwittingly scraped her thumbnail against my right eye, ripping off a small shred of my epithelium layer.  This was pretty…

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Body Wars.

Blood Sugars, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By May 2, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 9 Comments

The Good:  Birdy’s seventh birthday party went off without a hitch.  The cake was made, the guests were fed, the bouncy castle was a source of glee for kids and adults alike, and my daughter spent the day red-faced from jumping, laughing with her friends, and covered in cake frosting.  Cannot ask for more than that. The Bad:  On Friday…

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Mystery Date.

Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 20, 2016 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

There was a board game marketed to girls back in the 60’s that resurfaced again in the 90’s, and that’s when I met Mystery Date.  It was a silly game where you tried to assemble an outfit for a date and then you opened the little plastic door to see if your outfit matched that of the Mystery Date guy.  (For example:…

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Being a Rotten Patient.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy By August 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 15 Comments

Yesterday, I was a rotten patient. At this point in my previous pregnancy, I had already been in hospital on bedrest for two weeks, so this whole rolling around on the “outside” while a few days shy of 37 weeks pregnant is new to me.  The emotions I felt on bedrest were really volatile and I cried a lot and…

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Just a Job.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By July 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

“I’m just a medical assistant, so my job isn’t as important,” she said as she took my blood pressure and entered the data into my digital file. “Seriously?  How can you say that?  You probably have more face-to-face moments with patients than the doctors do.  You set the tone for the appointment.  What you do matters.”  I paused.  “Take my…

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Reimbursements.

Healthcare By June 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

“I’m not positive I can make it in for that appointment, since I’m traveling for work for the majority of those weeks.  Would it be possible for me to send my device data by email and have you review it for any issues?” Without pausing, my endo said, “Yes, we can do that.” We’ve seen a lot of one another…

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Diabetes Blog Week: The Healthcare Experience.

Healthcare By May 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

The Healthcare Experience:  Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s your Healthcare…

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Diabetes Access Matters.

Healthcare By May 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

A running list of medications/devices I currently use throughout the day to attempt to manage my type 1 diabetes: insulin pump (t:slim) insulin pump supplies (cartridges, tubing, cannula) glucose meter (Verio Sync) glucose test strips (One Touch) Humalog insulin vials continuous glucose monitor (Dexcom G4 at the moment) Toughpads (to prevent Dexcom adhesive reactions) prenatal vitamin And then there are…

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Not in a Vacuum.

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By May 6, 2016 8 Comments

It seems like the full assessment of my diabetes is only found in my paperwork, in my lab work.  But diabetes is more than that.  This video is a quick and dirty buzzword-laden rantish type moment about whole person care and how it’s not yet a “thing” in the land of chronic illness … but it will be. You might…

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Guest Post: Diabetes Isn’t Easy, But Acting on Policy Can Be.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare By April 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

This morning, Bennet Dunlap is taking over SUM because he has something to say.  Changing health policy has become a project of Bennet’s for personal reasons, and with the help of the diabetes community, he and others are aiming to make a difference.  Today he’s writing about the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition and how it’s aiming to be the “easy…

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Healthcare Hamster Wheel.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 28, 2016 Tags: , , , 48 Comments

For the last few years, doctor’s appointments have felt like an exercise in “checking the boxes.”  Yeah, I called and made an appointment with my endocrinologist.  Yeah, I had my A1C drawn and the result was either given to me that day or a week later by way of calling the clinic.  Sure, I get weighed and we download my…

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