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Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 20, 2018 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

“I’m going to change my pump really quickly while you’re finishing up in the tub,” I said to Birdy after rinsing the shampoo out of her hair. “Is that cool?” “Yeah,” she replied, grabbing a toy whale, plastic dinosaur, and Han Solo figurine out of the bath toy bin. “That’s cool.” “Glad I have your approval, Birdzone.” I took a…

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Get Bent

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

508 mg/dL. What?  No way. 488 mg/dL.  501 mg/dL. Dexcom was just saying HIGH to me. I made some really dumb decisions.  I should have pulled that site out and replaced it last night at 9 pm when it became obvious that my blood sugar was not responding to the insulin from my boluses.  Instead, the thick and sticky pudding…

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Blub .. Bluub … Bluuuuuuuub

Uncategorized By February 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Have you ever read the Pout, Pout Fish?  It’s new to us as of a few weeks ago but this rhyme is already committed to memory.  (My son loves it.  And my daughter finds it beyond silly.  Blub, bluub, bluuuuub.)   Because I’ve read this thing several dozen times … today … I keep adding verses and removing them and…

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If a BG Falls in the Forest, Does it Make a Sound?

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By February 6, 2018 Tags: , , 12 Comments

The alarm went off. I couldn’t shake the sleep from my body. This morning, I swept the empty carcasses of two juice boxes off the bedside table, a reminder of what must have happened last night.  I looked at my CGM graph and saw a line with the shape of a teaspoon etched into it around 2.30 am, where I…

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Hand Holding

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 31, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

In the course of my experiences as an advocate for diabetes, I’ve had people ask me what my parents did to help me become a well-adjusted adult with diabetes. And after I stop laughing at the clearly loose definition of the phrase “well-adjusted,” I realize that I have the support of my friends and family to thank for my diabetes…

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“Instead of mints, we’d get glucose tabs.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 29, 2018 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

BEEP!  BEEP!  BEEP! “Mom, is your blood sugar low?” I checked my pump and saw the Dexcom low alarm flagging me at 64 mg/dL and dropping.  “Yeah, I am.” “But we just had breakfast?”  My daughter knows that I take insulin for the food I eat, and couldn’t reconcile why I’d be low after breakfast. “We did, but I forgot to…

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Free Foods

Uncategorized By January 26, 2018 Tags: , , 17 Comments

“You can have pickles? Or gelatin? Or cucumber slices!” My mom tried to make these options sound appealing and delicious, but when I was kid and my blood sugar was super high, pickles weren’t what I craved. My body wanted to chug water and cheeseburgers simultaneously in efforts to cleanse the ketones and sate the high hunger. “Can I have…

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