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An Inkling

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family By August 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

For several weeks this summer, my daughter played in a competitive softball league. The whole tournament had my concern levels amped a little bit.  Was she getting enough sleep?  If not, was that why she was impossible to drag out of bed for 9 am games?  It was so hot.  She had to wear a lot of sunscreen.  When they…

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Parenting with Diabetes: Round Two

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“Pump!  Pump, pump, pump!  Pump, where are you?” It’s his siren call, yelled at full volume as my toddler forages around in my top trying to find my insulin pump.  “Oh hi, pump!  One … two … three!” and the buttons are pressed and the beeps are beeped and I’m constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t given me a…

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“How is it going?”

Diabetic Mommy By January 4, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

“Oh, I had so much trouble even getting out of the house when my babies were little.  You seem like you have it all together,” said the physical therapist as she massaged the tendons in my arm to alleviate the inflammation (thanks, tennis elbow as a result of playing … baby tennis?) I would have laughed really hard if she hadn’t been pressing…

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Word Choice.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By December 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“Mom, why do you wear that bracelet again?” She knows why, but every few months, she asks again.  Why do I wear a medical alert bracelet?  Why is that thing as important to leaving the house as having my keys? “I wear it because it says I have diabetes, just in case someone needs to know.” “Why would they need…

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Just Past Three.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By December 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Mr. Guy Smiley, Hallelujah!!!  You have started SLEEPING and it makes me want to hit the caps lock and sing your praises.  Thank you, sweet boy, for finally deciding that nighttime is the best time to sleep.  I don’t even care if you ever nap predictably during the day because you sleep at night.  (Remind me I said that.)  Your…

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“How do you explain diabetes to her?”

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By September 30, 2016 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

“How do you explain diabetes to her?” How do you explain diabetes to your kid?  I wish there was a strategy, a predictable path that conversations about health and wellness could take, like when my daughter brings out The Game of Life and I want to replace all the normal life stuff with the diabetes versions I marked as milestones along…

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What Happens to Your Brain When You Don’t Sleep.

Diabetic Mommy By September 28, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

There’s a little boy who lives in my house now and he seems to likes us.  He likes his big sister and he likes his mom and dad and he likes the cats.  He likes socks.  And fluffy blankets when we go on walks.  And he loves taking naps while the sun shines through the living room windows. All awesome. What…

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Green Beanery.

Diet and Food, No Diabetes By April 7, 2015 Tags: , 8 Comments

Winter started around November of last year and continued onward with a vengeance until yesterday morning, when “42 degrees and sunny” seemed to constitute as “spring.”  The snow is all but melted (except for a few very stubborn igloos built by resourceful squirrels), so Birdy and I took advantage of the sunshine yesterday to explore our backyard. We moved house…

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It’s a Good Tune.

Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

“BEEEEP … BEEEEP… BEEEEP!” “Mom, your Dexcom is making noise,” my daughter says casually, as we’re kicking the soccer ball around in the basement (because we’ll never, ever go outside again because snow). “It is. Hang on a second,” I told her. A click shows that my blood sugar is over my high threshold, with a few yellow dots taking…

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Wild Krattsabetes.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 23, 2015 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Wild Kratts have invaded my house in a big way.  It’s okay, because Birdy loves watching them and she learns all this random stuff about animals.  (“MOM! The lion’s mane is the same color as the savannah grass,” yelled from her car seat as we’re driving.  So I’m learning too, apparently.)  She dons her version of a creature power suit…

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“Instead of making insulin …”

Diabetic Mommy By December 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

“What’s insulin?” my daughter asked me as I was buckling her into the car seat. She knows the word because vials of insulin sit where the butter usually resides in other people’s refrigerators. “Insulin is a hormone that people’s pancreases make.  It helps make the foods we eat into something our bodies can use for energy.  My pancreas doesn’t make…

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