World’s Okayest Diabetic – GIVEAWAY

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By September 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 49 Comments

Once again, Instagram has provided a chuckle, some inspiration … and a giveaway.  (There have been a lots of giveaways lately.  Feeling rather elfish.)  Today, I’m very proud to be partnering with Jennifer Stubing and her cross stitch magic at @jenstitcheshere. Jennifer shared a little bit about her connection to the diabetes community. “As a runner and a pastry chef,…

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mySugr Sponsored Post AND Giveaway

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes By September 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 36 Comments

This is a sponsored post. I am using my social media platforms to share this information with my readers because I believe in spreading useful information to people with diabetes. And I am doing this as a favor to Scott Johnson, who works for mySugr, because he is a friend and I like to support friends, especially when they’re aiming…

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Friendo

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Mental Health, Real Life Diabetes By September 10, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

friendo (n.) – An endocrinologist who brings expertise, experience, and engages with a high level of empathy.  ex.  “My endocrinologist is kind of my friend.  And my endo.  They’re my friendo.” Last week, I had my quarterly visit with my endocrinologist. Our clinician/patient relationship is still in its fledgling stage, and we’re definitely still getting to know the pros and…

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Close Encounters of the Pancreatic Kind

Diabetes Community By September 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Two chance diabetes encounters while traveling two weeks ago.  This conversation took place in the lobby of our hotel in Bar Harbor, Maine: “Excuse me?  Is that your bag?” The lady in the hotel lobby pointed at my tote bag, the one that said Children with Diabetes on it, the yellow smiley face grinning out at her. “It is,” I…

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An Initial Review of Basal IQ

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 4, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

Disclosure:  I have a sponsorship agreement with Tandem Diabetes Care – details are on my disclosure page.  This post is written with that bias in place.  Tandem did not ask me to write this post. Neither did my pancreas, because that thing doesn’t do much. The hardest part about the Basal IQ update was waiting for my endo to sign…

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What I’ve Eaten (Regrettably) to Treat a Low

Blood Sugars By August 28, 2018 Tags: , , , 7 Comments

It’s not always reasonable things of juice or precisely stacked glucose tabs; if you’re low, you’ll eat whatever it takes. Like a granola bar you’ve found at the bottom of your purse and is smashed into an almost unrecognizable pulp. Or the Skittles that somehow ended up in your car and rolled around loose on the floorboards. Yeah, you’d pick them…

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What Helped Me as a Kid with Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Uncategorized By August 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I was diagnosed with diabetes in second grade, so I’ve had this disease along for essentially all of the available rides in my almost 40 years.  From 1986 onward, I’ve experienced everything from field trips to fights with my parents about boyfriends to learning to drive to college to pregnancy and parenting children of my own.  My life, for all…

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Chopping Broccoli

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food By August 20, 2018 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

I’m the middle child of three, the only one in my family with type 1 diabetes.  My “diabetes diet” influenced food choices for the whole family, but we weren’t without sweet treats, especially since my brother and sister weren’t under the thumb of NPH and Regular insulin. So sometimes my mom got crafty with her food storage stylings. Like when…

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Dexcom Rash: No Longer a Thing?

Dexcom, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

Weird skin week continues!  Welcome back. Sometimes I think that diabetes makes my skin extra weird, extra sensitive, extra … extra.  Like the bit with the Dexcom rash.  I’ve been writing about my skin’s over-sensitivity to whatever is in the Dexcom adhesive for several years. Here’s a look back at some of the archives: Dexcom Pros and Cons 36 Hours…

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