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Non-Billable Hours: Lost Sleep

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By November 2, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

Last night looked like this: And today I feel like this: Which translates into a low blood sugar that Basal IQ couldn’t fully pull me out of, most likely the result of … I have no idea because I didn’t exercise more than normal, didn’t eat anything that required a shit ton of insulin, wasn’t feeling extra stressed, wasn’t possessed…

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

Blood Sugars By August 28, 2018 Tags: , , , 8 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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Selective Sweet Tooth

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By May 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

I love going out on the town for the night And having a meal by a soft candlelight (Because I know, at a restaurant, meals are yummy; For the food isn’t prepped, touched, or cooked by me.) But to dine with type 1 can be quite complex, Because restaurant food has a whole set of specs That require some SWAG’ing;…

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I Can’t Feel My Face

Blood Sugars By April 10, 2018 Tags: , , , 26 Comments

BEEP BEEP BEEP!! Insistent noise, drowned out only slightly by the sound of two toddlers dunking basketballs on each other in the living room. “Do you have any juice?” My friend reaches into her fridge and pulls out a 1/4 full carton of lemonade.  “Would this work?” She and I know one another, but we’re fledgling friends.  Still in that…

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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: , , 13 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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Seven Versions of One Low Blood Sugar

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By January 23, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 18 Comments

SCENARIO:  A blood sugar of 53 mg/dL caused me to wake up at 2 am, drink a juice box, and stay awake until 2.30 am waiting for my blood sugar to rise. DESCRIBING TO MY FRIEND:  “Yeah, sometimes diabetes is a thing at night.  I had a low last night that woke me up around 2 am, but that’s why…

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Silent Night

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Poetry By December 19, 2017 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

I read a post on Facebook this morning about a mom who spent a few hours by her kid’s bedside, monitoring a low blood sugar and keeping the snacks at the ready.  I thought about my own mom, who carried the bulk of the diabetes burden so that I didn’t have to, and how life felt normal because she made…

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A Jacket, Just in Case

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Traveling By November 6, 2017 Tags: , , , 36 Comments

BEEP BEEP BEEP 2 am Low alarm. Where am I? Hotel. Hotel room in Kansas City. Damp. Damp with sweat. My long sleeve shirt stuck to the inside of my elbows, ironed by panic. BEEP BEEP BEEP Kansas City. That’s where I am. Why am I beeping? 51 mg/dL. That red circle with the down arrow attached to it. Asking…

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A Sobering Experience

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

“Do you mind ringing out this orange juice first?”  I asked the lady who was working the cash register. “No problem,” and she went bip with the scanner against the bottle’s bar code while my Dexcom screamed BEEP BEEP BEEP! from my phone. I opened the bottle and downed the majority of it in one, open-throated gulp.  My son, strapped into…

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