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Diabetes and Mental Health

Diabetes Poetry By November 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

“Just don’t eat sugar.” “Take your pills.” “Count your carbs.” “Avoid most thrills. “Be prepared.” “Plan ahead.” But this disease Is in my head. I can’t split up the thoughts around My mental health and body sound. Impossible to draw a line Between “I’m sick” and feeling fine. Just take my shot?  And avoid stress? Beware of cake?  Test, don’t…

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The Bright Side

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetic Mommy By November 8, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

My daughter, randomly, asked me what a seizure was. (Turns out someone had talked about it at school as a result of a student with epilepsy.) We talked about it, and then she asked if diabetes could cause seizures.  She doesn’t ask me complicated questions about the longterm effects of diabetes very often (barring that one time she asked me, when…

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Wait, Pump the Brakes …

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Videos By November 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

My daughter, running commentary on an episode of Sesame Street that her brother is watching: “Who is that guy?” “ Nick Jonas. He has diabetes, just like mom does.” “Yeah?” “Yeah.” She pauses for a long time, then: “He’s surprisingly into shapes.” You might also like: Pump Peelz Gift Card Winners! Pump Peelz Giveaway: Now with More Superheroes! Pump Peelz Giveaway…

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Non-Billable Hours: The Diabetes Stuff That Doesn’t Have Copays

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

At first glance, I manage my diabetes using an insulin pump from Tandem Diabetes Care, a continuous glucose monitor from Dexcom, Humalog insulin, and either the mySugr meter kit or a Freestyle one.  All of these items require prescriptions and $$$ and involvement from my clinicians. But there’s a number of items that are used regularly to manage my diabetes,…

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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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Non-Billable Hours: Purse Party

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Relationships By November 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

It’s Diabetes Month – have you heard?  There will be a ton of diabetes-related news circulating; you’ll see diabetes in the headlines and on the news.  Diabetes is, dare I say? so fetch this month. Discussions about diabetes often seem limited, at least in the broader public forum, about blood sugars, weight gain or loss, and diet.  Admittedly, a lot…

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I’ve Never Shared This Halloween Video Before

Real Life Diabetes By October 31, 2018 Tags: , , 1 Comment

  (Hahahaha I share this video every damn year, but I still like it because of the rabbit ears.  Now I need to go find the rest of my holy forking shirt balls Bad Janet costume.) You might also like: Halloween Prep and Diabetes. Halloween Rules for Kids and Adults with Diabetes. Video: Diabetes Complications. Halloween Your FACE.

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“Um, can you eat that?” A Halloween poem.

Diabetes Poetry By October 29, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Time to run round neighborhoods! Time to collect up sweets and goods! Tricks and treats and being merry And time for some to run commentary. “Um … can you eat that?” Yes, I can. I can unwrap this Twix bar, man. Can place it in my open mouth Can chew it up and send it south. These things? I CAN….

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Rockin’ Them Disco Boobs

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By October 25, 2018 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

This morning, it took me a few extra seconds to forage for my insulin pump, which was stuck in my bra.  I was reminded that the holidays are coming, and that I’m always festive, after a fashion.  Which made me want to share this way old post about the disco boobs.   *   *   * Over the holidays,…

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