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Making it Work

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Sometimes, I see things and I think they are a wonderful visual representation of diabetes, like the game Perfection. And this pot. My blood sugars are a heavy pot of boiling water. A rolling boil, the ones where you look at the water and see the bubbles coming up like predictable and methodical pewter poetry. Scary if I were to…

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If There Was a Great Bolus Shake Down

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By April 8, 2019 5 Comments

in awkward homage to The Great British Bake Off. “Good morning, Bolusers! It’s the semi-finals here at the Great Bolus Shake Down, so you know what that means. That means your endocrinologists will be requiring nothing short of perfection.” “Yes, and not just your endocrinologist. This week, we’re also adding in your family, friends, and your insurance company as judges….

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Why the DOC Makes Me Happy

Uncategorized By April 2, 2019 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve written about the importance of the diabetes online community. Topic-wise, it’s one of my favorite themes to revisit. And I’m absolutely positive as to WHY. When I first started blogging, I didn’t know other people who had diabetes. Yes, I encountered the rogue PWD here and there (as a waitress, at…

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Unpopular Opinion: Candy Corn Edition

Blood Sugars By April 1, 2019 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

At the TCOYD conference I attended this past weekend, the question of low treatment came up during a panel. Specifically, “What is your favorite thing to treat a low blood sugar with? Not what you should eat to treat, but what you want to eat.” My opinion is unpopular, but I’d sell my soul for candy corn. It’s soft and…

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Under the Influence

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

My parents made me check my blood sugar before getting behind the wheel when I was a teenager. If I wanted the keys, I had to be responsible without fail, and I had their trust unless I broke the rules. No exceptions. No excuses. I started driving in 1995, so my means for blood sugar checks were limited to a…

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Why I Pump

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 26, 2019 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

It took me years to use an insulin pump. Actual years. I was on multiple daily injections for 17 years before deciding to take the cyborg plunge, and honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in terms of making sense of my diabetes. I use an insulin pump because it keeps me from having blood sugar bumps in…

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“No, it’s me.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 25, 2019 1 Comment

“Could I please have a medium iced hazelnut coffee with extra ice and some half and half?” BEEEEEEP BEEEEEEP The barista stopped keying in my coffee order and looked behind her. “I’ve never heard them make that noise before,” she said, tipping her head towards the wall of brewing coffee machines. Shrugging, she continues with my order. BEEEEEEP BEEEEEEP “Okay,…

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Evidence-Based Hope

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 21, 2019 Tags: , 3 Comments

Evidence-based hope. I can get on board with that. Check out this really great video from the TCOYD team, featuring Steve and Bill talking about all the reasons we can feel hopeful as PWD. <3 You might also like: Bag of Hope … For Adults? Still Here: Evidence Hope vs. Fear: The Video Edition. Plant-Based Faceplant.

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Sweaters on Teeth

dentist, Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes By March 19, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

That feeling of mild fuzz on my teeth when my blood sugars are really high? I loathe that. Diabetes is the leading cause of my excessive dental hygiene obsession; I keep a tooth brush in my purse and I floss daily, and even though visits to the dentist are uncomfortable because of sensitive teeth, I go every damn time because…

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A New Low

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By March 18, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Every few years, my symptoms of low blood sugars morph a bit. When I was first diagnosed, numb lips and quick tears were my reflex symptom. The emotional uptick would hit first, and I knew things were going south quickly once my mouth and tongue would go numb. This caused a lot of slurred speech during hypoglycemic events, an immediate…

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