Real Life Diabetes

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: , , , , , 63 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: , , , , , 54 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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I am the one who pukes.

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By January 22, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

(Ew, ew, ew I, too, am a little horrified by the title of this post.  I promise to keep the puke references to a minimum.) Friday night, I went to bed feeling fine. Blood sugars were excellent – 90 mg/dL and stayed that way straight until around 7 in the morning. But at 2.48 am, I woke up feeling like…

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Is There Another Way to Open These Boxes?

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

I tend to be very organized when it comes to my diabetes supplies, but there are marked exceptions: For some reason I always tear into a new box of reservoirs or infusion sets like a caffeinated squirrel. I mean, is there another way to open these boxes? You might also like: Open the Door. I Heart Insurance. Open Windows An…

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Muddling Through Thoughts

Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By January 16, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Nothing structured about today’s post.  Totally winging it. I had an endo appointment a week or two ago, and things are holding steady there.  My weight continues to go in the right direction (baby weight is finally gone, working on just getting fitter), my blood pressure was great, my nerve appear to still be nervy, and my A1C is stalled…

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“You shed de esh word.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m from a very big family – my mother is one of seven and my dad is one of five, for starters – so I had plenty of relatives who used to babysit for me when I was small.  Overnight visits at my aunts’ houses were part of the fun, and I always looked forward to them.  (Because – let’s…

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Free Shower

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

  I love free showers. They are rare bird moments, but pulling off due-to-be changed pump infusion sets and ratty CGM sensors, then stepping into a hot shower and being able to scrub skin with reckless abandon is AMAZING. Free showers.  See also:  yaaaaaas. You might also like: Free Shower. Free Shower. Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass….

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By December 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

Celebrating the holidays with that special insulin-deficient someone?  Here are a few trinkets and treats that will bring a little extra joy this holiday season.  The Myabetic line of bags are perfect for a PWD on the move, and they offer a slate of fashionable, functional, and fabulous options for women, men, and little kids affected by diabetes.  My favorite…

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The Skin I’m In

Diabetes Complications, Real Life Diabetes By December 3, 2018 Tags: , , , 12 Comments

Last week, I was happy to visit the dermatologist for my yearly skin once-over. I’ve written about skin things before (the one about melasma, and the weird toe, and dry skin like whoa), and lately, I feel like there have been more issues than usual.  I blame the weather turning mind- blowingly cold all of a sudden, as my hands…

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