Real Life Diabetes

Signing off

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Website Information By May 4, 2019 Tags: , , , 82 Comments

This is weird. I don’t know what to say in a last blog post, because it makes it seem like a black hole is going to open up and suck me into it once I hit “publish.” (I really hope that doesn’t happen, because I still need to shower. I’d hate to be stuck in some Interstellar purgatory and have…

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What I’ve Learned After 14 Years of Blogging About My Health

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 29, 2019 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

This Saturday will mark 14 years of blogging. Here’s some of what I’ve learned … Technically-speaking? Put the word “diabetes” in your blog title. Invest in a full-throated URL (instead of a .blogger or .wordpress site). Spellcheck and grammar check every single post. Use images, as they are nice and help flesh out your content. Back your content up. I’ll…

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The Words We Use as PWD

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By April 24, 2019 5 Comments

The words we casually use as people with diabetes continue to make me giggle. Like when I was a kid, my mom would casually tell me to go “shoot up,” (instead of “go take your insulin dose”) … the looks we received in public settings included a lot of arched eyebrows. Or how, during days when I have my insulin…

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Thoughts on Being a Mom with T1D

Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 23, 2019 Tags: , , 11 Comments

Being a mom with type 1 diabetes isn’t something I think about often because, on the average, run-of-the-mill day, diabetes doesn’t influence the way I mom. (And as the mother of two very active kids, “to mom” is definitely a verb. We don’t sit still very often.) Being pregnant with type 1 diabetes was very intense and on the forefront…

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Man Cold Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2019 Tags: , 9 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: , , , , 3 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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