Real Life Diabetes

Man Cold Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2019 Tags: , 8 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: , , , , 2 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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If There Was a Great Bolus Shake Down

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By April 8, 2019 5 Comments

in awkward homage to The Great British Bake Off. “Good morning, Bolusers! It’s the semi-finals here at the Great Bolus Shake Down, so you know what that means. That means your endocrinologists will be requiring nothing short of perfection.” “Yes, and not just your endocrinologist. This week, we’re also adding in your family, friends, and your insurance company as judges….

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Under the Influence

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

My parents made me check my blood sugar before getting behind the wheel when I was a teenager. If I wanted the keys, I had to be responsible without fail, and I had their trust unless I broke the rules. No exceptions. No excuses. I started driving in 1995, so my means for blood sugar checks were limited to a…

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“No, it’s me.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 25, 2019 1 Comment

“Could I please have a medium iced hazelnut coffee with extra ice and some half and half?” BEEEEEEP BEEEEEEP The barista stopped keying in my coffee order and looked behind her. “I’ve never heard them make that noise before,” she said, tipping her head towards the wall of brewing coffee machines. Shrugging, she continues with my order. BEEEEEEP BEEEEEEP “Okay,…

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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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A New Low

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By March 18, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Every few years, my symptoms of low blood sugars morph a bit. When I was first diagnosed, numb lips and quick tears were my reflex symptom. The emotional uptick would hit first, and I knew things were going south quickly once my mouth and tongue would go numb. This caused a lot of slurred speech during hypoglycemic events, an immediate…

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Friendly Robot Vampire

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Earlier in the week, I wrote up my thoughts on the Freestyle Libre 14 Day system and also promised perspectives from a colleague who is using the system who has type 2 diabetes. Today is that day! Thanks to Barry Campbell for visiting SixUntilMe today, and I’m grateful for his generosity with his words and in sharing his graphs! *…

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Sick Days

Real Life Diabetes By March 14, 2019 Tags: , , 2 Comments

It’s been a day. It’s been a week, honestly, because the Pukes have been making their way through my kids, and it’s been a no-school, workus interruptus sort of adventure with lots of hand washing and flat ginger ale and Pedialyte. My washing machine has earned a gold star this week for un-yucking the very yucky linens. No one has…

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Taking the Freestyle Libre 14 Day Sensor for a Spin

Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 12, 2019 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

[DISCLOSURE – PLEASE READ:  The team at Abbott reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial the Freestyle Libre system.  I said yes.  After my doctor approved a prescription for the device, Abbott sent out the 14 day system to me, which included a scanner and three sensors.  This whole review needs that bias lens in place.  Good?…

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Wouldn’t It Be Great?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes By March 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Poking around in that box that’s been hiding in every iteration of “home” for the better part of a decade, I found another writing sample from what looks like third grade. (No date on the piece of paper, but third grade is where we learned cursive, so this is either the end of third grade/fourth grade time of my life….

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With My Whole Heart (and What’s Left of My Pancreas)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 8, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 67 Comments

When I was a lot younger, I thought about my 40th birthday as so far in the future and potentially scary. I didn’t know how I would feel. I didn’t know if I’d still be healthy. I didn’t know if I would be happy. Also, what the hell middle aged?! Today is my birthday. I’m turning 40. I feel pretty…

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Myabetic Giveaway – Unicorn Sparkle Time

Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 5, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 55 Comments

I love, love, love all of the Myabetic options. From the Kerri bag (bias alert!) to the dinosaur meter case, the Myabetic team finds a way to make diabetes functional, fashionable, and fun. And their newest bag is no exception. Check out this unicorn cutie: “Diabetes care needs a little sparkle,” said Kyrra Richards, founder of Myabetic. “As a mom…

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