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Strip Safely: Managing Expectations.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 14, 2013 6 Comments

I didn’t expect my pancreas to stop producing insulin.  That was a monkey wrench tossed into my life just before starting second grade, leaving my childhood intact, but including synthetic insulin.  Since my diagnosis, I’ve been managing expectations.  Will I be able to graduate high school?  (Yes.)  Will I be able to make friends, have fun, find love?  (Yes.)  Will…

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FFL: Social Media as Part of the Prescription.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

At Friends for Life this  year, there was a special panel discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Moderated by members of the diabetes online community, the panelists included: Korey Hood, PhD – Associate Clinical Professor…

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“OK.”

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 20 Comments

“Mawm, I can I help you put on your pump right now?” It’s always an issue of immediacy.  If Birdy sees me taking off an old pump site and preparing a new infusion set for insertion, she’s immediately taken with the urge to press all the buttons and cue up the dosing. “Sure, you can help with some of the…

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The Price of Being Stubborn.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By August 7, 2013 Tags: , , 12 Comments

“Huh.  Still in the 200’s.  That sucks.” But I’ve been stressed out and was on a train at the time, so I laced in a quick correction bolus and barely noticed that the site felt a little sore as I was sitting on the Acela.  Later that day, still in the 200’s.  But again, stress?  So I went to dinner…

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Despite Insulin …

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By August 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

The Sparling household has reached a frenzied pitch of stress this week, with a big project for me reaching the finish line simultaneously as a big project for my husband begins.  Overall, we manage our family circus (… could Billy ever get anywhere without leaving a trail of dashes in his wake?  Gross.) without stepping into the ‘unhealthy’ zone, but…

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Bikinis and Boluses.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Videos, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By July 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

In keeping with the theme of revisiting older posts this week, I’m looking back at an Animas video about bringing diabetes to the beach.  You know, for people who wear their cell phones into the water. One thing I’ll add:  those little pump cap things that come in the packages of infusion sites, for both Animas and Medtronic?  Use them…

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Looking Back: Domino, Yo.

Uncategorized By July 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

It’s Deadline Week, and I’m in the process of red-penning a writing project.  Actually, I’m taking a red pen to just about everything in my house, including the cat.  (The cat needed her tail edited down – waaay too fluffy.) While I finish word-murdering everything in my house, I’m revisiting some earlier posts from the SUM archives.  Today, I’m looking…

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Looking Back: Rocco Returns.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By July 29, 2013 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

After staring into the refrigerator for several minutes this morning, debating what to have for breakfast, my stomach was growling madly before I came to an egg-and-avocado conclusion.  It’s been a while since I’ve felt sincerely and frustratingly hungry, reminding me of dear Rocco.  So today, I’m looking back to a post about the bear who lives in my stomach….

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Low Hangover.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By July 26, 2013 Tags: , , , 35 Comments

This morning, in the shower, I heard the Dexcom start to wail.  Actually, I heard Birdy mimicking the Dexcom low alarm from the bathroom floor, where she was hanging out and coloring with crayons while I took a shower (Chris was away and in a meeting all day, so I was solo-parenting). “Beeeep, beeeeeep,” she sang in a tuneless sort…

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Postcards from Eddie.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By July 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

Sometimes the only concrete proof that diabetes hasn’t been with me forever are the cards my classmates sent.  Made from Manila paper, the kind found in abundance in elementary school, the kids in my class used their Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils and a fistful of crayons to let me know they were thinking about me. “Dear Kerri, I heard…

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Keeping the Dexcom Stuck.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 41 Comments

It’s been almost a year since the first itchy, blistering rashes showed up underneath my Dexcom sensors, but by taking a very peculiar set of precautions, the rashes are all but gone.  Thanks to the use of the J&J Toughpad underneath my Dexcom sensors, I’m able to go a full seven (plus!) days without reacting rashly. So yay! for no…

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