Bullet points – for those moments when sentence structure is too much of a challenge and thoughts are melting like butter on a frying pan (which, for the record, is the second best smell ever, after Bounce dryer sheets).

  • The ADA Scientific Sessions were informative and exhausting.  My brain is tired from trying to absorb a ton of information and process dozens of conversations, my legs are tired from doing laps around the convention center to attend sessions and explore the exhibit hall, and my eyelids are tired from being forced to stay open for the better part of four days.
  • To that end, I haven’t had enough sleep yet to properly roll the conference experience around in my head, so the main thing I keep revisiting is this jar of cheese balls and Lindt chocolate truffles that the Diasend folks had at their booth as one of those “guess how many things are in this jar of things” contest.  I don’t remember what they were raffling off, but I can’t stop thinking about the bizarre combination of tastes.
  • I love this Diabetes Advocates initiative about helping patients (and doctors) make the most of medical appointments by learning how to prepare for, and be empowered during, medical appointments.  A little information goes a terribly long way.
  • And in line with that thought process (see?  I’m becoming linear as the coffee sets in), I love this post from PWD/HCP Michelle Sorensen about The Two Words Patients Most Want to Hear.  (I’m also looking forward to presenting with Michelle on diabetes and social media at this fall’s Canadian Diabetes Association annual meeting. /sidenote)
  • I need someone to come to my house and physically force my finger to press “delete” on the Candy Crush app on my phone.  It defines “wasted time” but I still come close to being blinded by glee when I am able to complete a row of five candies and get one of those freaking chocolate-ball-with-sprinkles things.
  • Please don’t judge.
  • Actually, please judge.  I need help.
  • I can’t explain how I fell into this web-based wormhole about diabetes and parrots, but I did.  And I’m not sorry.
  • My daughter is so excited to attend the Friends for Life conference that, in her mind, “the conference” has replaced “Magic Kingdom” as the highlight of Florida for her.
  • This is the funniest thing I have seen in my life.  The Oatmeal never disappoints, but sometimes it startles me.  I was flipping through while at the airport in Chicago and came across this photo.  It’s horrible and slightly NSF (unless you work somewhere with sassy standards), so click with caution.
  • Check out this next video in the Insulindependence journey towards the Athletic Achievement Awards.  So many amazing PWD in the DOC (acronyms for the win) are up for this awards – be sure to cast your vote by watching applicant videos!
  • The latest issue of diaTribe has a new SUM Musings, where I’m talking about five tips I lean on heavily to manage my diabetes.   What would be your top five?
  • And lastly, Kelly Close test drove the bionic pancreas as part of the BU/MGH study, and her write up is fascinating.  This quote had my heart in knots:  “I feel forever changed, having been part of this research study, and now knowing (albeit only for a week) what “normal” life was like before diabetes – not having to carb count, not experiencing any hypoglycemia, not feeling tired all the time, and not having diabetes on my mind every five minutes.”

I feel better.  Not nearly organized yet, but better.  Thanks.  🙂