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Podcast: Dads and Diabetes

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By December 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

New podcasts keep popping up all over the place, and the diabetes world is no exception.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across several that I’ll be highlighting here, starting today with the Dads and Diabetes podcast.  Mark and Alan, the podcast co-hosts, join me today for an informal interview.  (All my interviews are informal.  🙂 ) Kerri:  Thanks…

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My Third Child.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By December 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Diabetes’s needs are incessant.  WAAH I need to have my blood sugar checked WAAH I need a snack WAAH the Dexcom sensor needs swapping WAAH what do you mean, reorder insulin WAAH chronic illness is forever WAAAAAAAAAAH.  This disease whines and cajoles for attention all day long. Over the weekend, I stood at the bathroom counter changing my infusion set…

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YCDT: Encouraging Independence.

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support By April 1, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

There’s an excellent, and inspiring, new You Can Do This video centered on parents helping their children with diabetes gain independence. From the YCDT site:  “Independence in any aspect of a teen’s life can be a double-edged sword for parents – while parents want their children to be capable, that same capability is the gateway to their separation and evolution…

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Close, but(t) not close enough.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

“My mom?  She has brown hair and a red shirt,” said my daughter’s playgroup friend, climbing up the jungle gym. “My mom is over there.  She has a pump in her butt,” my daughter pointed towards me and waved, causing me to quickly answer the look of surprise on the other parents’ faces with a brief, panicked explanation of the…

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Going Solo.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 15 Comments

Seven weeks is a long time. It’s a lot of garbage days (I hate, hate taking out the garbage, especially since we have a crew of vindictive raccoons who have made it their agenda to bust into the garbage cans of everyone on our street, spreading trash all over the place and laughing maniacally whilst wearing hats).  Seven weeks is…

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My Little Orange Bracelet.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By July 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 15 Comments

At the Friends for Life conference, people who are living with type 1 diabetes wear bright green bracelets.  Green bracelet’ers are the people who know what my diabetes life is like, from the injections to the blood checks, from the guilt to the successes.  They get it. But the orange bracelets go on the wrists of the loved ones of…

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RIP, PTC.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Uncategorized By July 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , 20 Comments

Our cat, Prussia (known formally as Prussia the Cat, or PTC) had been ailing for a few months.  And over the last week, her decline was fast. “She looks really skinny.  And her breathing is labored.  Also, I think she peed on the floor over there.  She’s definitely getting much sicker.  We should bring her to the vet.” But Prussia…

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Looking Back: PWD in the Wild.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By July 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

As the ladies of Team Sparling prepare for our trip to Orlando for the Friends for Life conference, I’m looking back at a moment from last November, when my friend Renza and I were spotted as “PWD in the wild.”  *   *   * We were sitting at the coffee shop having a really nice Melbourne cappuccino (they make the best…

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