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Diabetes Tough Love

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By June 13, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

200 mg/dL. Often, when I see a number like that, I think, “Oh, it’s okay.  It doesn’t define me.  It’s not an assessment of my self-worth.  I’m still a decent person despite an out-of-range blood sugar.” And that’s true.  I’ve written about how true that is a pile of times*.  These numbers aren’t ME. … but they’re still mine. The problem…

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A First

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

It’s a picnic.  I’m wearing a maxi dress with pockets and my infusion set is on my arm, the tubing snaking discreetly into the body of the dress, disappearing. “Hi, nice to meet you.” “Nice to meet you, too!” I don’t know everyone but that’s okay; kids are running everywhere, it’s a beautiful day, sunshine like whoa. “Do you mind…

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Dexcom G6: A Few Weeks In

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 5, 2018 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

It’s been over a month (by a bit) of using the Dexcom G6, and I have second impressions.  (First impressions are here.) REVISITING INSERTION. It doesn’t hurt to go in.  I know I mentioned that the first time around but it’s a really big change from all of the other iterations of the Dexcom CGM product.  The updated G6 insertion…

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Certainty

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family By May 29, 2018 Tags: , , 6 Comments

This was part of my daughter’s school work* last week: What about the thing that I am certain will happen today? I will have a rough blood sugar roller coaster.  – nope. That’s not a certainty.  Today’s been pretty mellow, to be honest. The temperature will be exactly 72 degrees and sunny today – nope. I live in New England….

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Release the Bullet Points!

Real Life Diabetes By May 25, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

An unloaded of a loaded brain. I’ve been working towards a deadline for a project that’s time-consuming and yet still fun, but it’s been keeping my brain very busy, leaving little time for writing here and little time for doing anything that resembles housework stuff. … actually, that’s kind of a lie because my favorite way to procrastinate doing work…

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Do you “count carbs” or “wing it?”

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By May 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

When it comes to making sense of diabetes and food, do you count carbs, or do you wing it? Turns out, there’s plenty of gray area between those two concepts. Folks on Facebook seemed to do a bit of both winging and measuring. “We will wing it when we have to, but for the most part, we strive for accuracy…

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Your Mama So Awesome …

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories By May 11, 2018 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

Your mama so awesome that she dragged measuring cups and a tiny scale to restaurants so she could accurately carb count your food. Your mama so awesome that she hand-fed you graham crackers while you had a logic-defying low on the kitchen floor. Your mama so awesome she woke up in the middle of the night to check your blood…

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Actually Using the Dexcom G6

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By May 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Disclosure:  I received my Dexcom G6 as part of the initial PR roll out, once it was approved and available.  I am also part of the Dexcom Warriors program.  But my supplies all go through insurance and my deductible is gross.  For more on my disclosures, click here.   I wasn’t home when my Dexcom G6 kit arrived at the…

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