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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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One, Stupid High.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By March 23, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

On any average day, my glucose meter results are just mine. … mostly.  I worry about lows while I’m driving my daughter or traveling alone, but while a low might be witnessed by someone else, it’s my body that goes through the experience.  (Not to minimize the experience of watching diabetes from a distance; that’s a whole other post.)  The…

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As a Kite.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Woke up to this little gremlin number on my meter: Gross, gross start to the day. #DOCtober #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Oct 20, 2015 at 6:11am PDT I pulled my site and immediately blood streamed out, leaving a trail down the side of my hip and actually running onto the bathroom floor (which is DISGUSTING…

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When Good Insulin Goes BAD.

Blood Sugars, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Ninety percent of the time, my high blood sugar has an identifiable reason, and there’s a cluster of common causes.  Did I under-estimate the carbs in a snack and therefore under-bolus?  Did I over-treat a low blood sugar?  Did I eat without bolusing at all (it happens)?  Is there a lot of stress floating around that I’m responding to? Most…

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Not A Single Decent Number.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

“Huh.  223 mg/dL.  Still.” This was the mumbled mantra of our vacation to Maine. Aside from the long drive to Bar Harbor (six hours, plus coffee stops and bathroom stops and “Hey, look at that lobster!” stops), the time we spend in Maine is usually very active.  As a family, we did the hike around Jordan Pond (about 3.5 miles),…

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The Art of the Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

“So it’s a Wednesday night … what’s the chance we might not be seated right away?” “Are you talking to me?” Chris asked, pulling the car into a parking spot near the entrance of the restaurant. “Yeah.  Sort of.  I’m trying to decide if I should bolus now, because I’m 200 and I don’t want to be high all night. …

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Taste Test.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By December 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Since it’s December now, I hope it’s okay to revisit a video that includes a festive ol’ tree in the background.  This video is about how awesome coffee is … and why it matters that the order is RIGHT. (See also:  Now I put my own fake sugar in the cup, instead of playing coffee roulette.)     You might…

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Ketchup and Mustard.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 27 Comments

Blood sugar excursions are one thing (little trips to the grocery store, short flights to Canada … those sorts of excursions are fine) but the long-haul ones are not okay (BOS -> MEL).  I can deal with a sticky high of 180 or 200 mg/dL without getting fired up, and lows are less frequent these days, so I’m not as…

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The Price of Being Stubborn.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By August 7, 2013 Tags: , , 12 Comments

“Huh.  Still in the 200’s.  That sucks.” But I’ve been stressed out and was on a train at the time, so I laced in a quick correction bolus and barely noticed that the site felt a little sore as I was sitting on the Acela.  Later that day, still in the 200’s.  But again, stress?  So I went to dinner…

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Despite Insulin …

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By August 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

The Sparling household has reached a frenzied pitch of stress this week, with a big project for me reaching the finish line simultaneously as a big project for my husband begins.  Overall, we manage our family circus (… could Billy ever get anywhere without leaving a trail of dashes in his wake?  Gross.) without stepping into the ‘unhealthy’ zone, but…

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