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Tuesday Tidbits.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By July 23, 2013 8 Comments

Yes, I already hate myself for using that awful title.  Sounds like it comes with a side of everything-in-the-desk-drawer-of-an-elementary-school-teacher.  I’m at the tail-end of a big writing project, so while my brain is mostly occupied by that, there are still thoughts, unrelated, that have managed to escape.  And here they are, in a bulleted list. The JDRF is looking for…

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Pumped for the Pizza Man.

Diabetes Community, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 22, 2013 Tags: , , , , 125 Comments

The oven broke. It took me a while to notice, because it was upwards of 90 degrees inside of my house (no central air … we will not be making this mistake with our next house), but once I realized the stove was kaput, it was about 6.30 pm and very much time for Birdzone’s dinner.  While I’d like to…

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Guest Post: I’m Going to Pump *CLAP* You Up!

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By July 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

Today’s guest post is from friend, fellow PWD, and creator of the glucose tabs I stuff into my face for those lovely 3 am hypoglycemic events, Christopher Angell.  These are his first impressions of life as a cyborg as he gives pumping insulin with the t:slim a run. *   *   * I put off pumping for a long time. When…

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Hot.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By July 18, 2013 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

You know how hot it is.  Hot as balls.  (Horrible image.  Hat tip to every person I knew in college who used that expression, because it’s both awful and evocative in its horribleness.)  But it’s really hot outside, and anyone living in New England knows that as fact. Two days ago, the temperature gauge in my car read a crispy…

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Friends for Life Frenzy.

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

Bringing Birdy to the Friends for Life conference was awesome, because I was finally able to introduce my bonkers Birdzone to my friends in the diabetes community.  (And by “finally,” I mean in a way that counted.  When I brought Birdy to the conference when she was two months old, it barely counts, because she was more in the “burping…

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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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Redefining “Diet.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By July 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

The concept of “diet” has been defined and redefined by diabetes throughout the years – is “diet” just tied to blood sugar?  Just tied to weight?  Can “diet” be healthy and consistent?  Why is my relationship with food so complicated by diabetes? Yeah, there’s a video to follow.  Here it is, talking about the fact that diabetes has made me…

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Diaries of a Diabetic Girl.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By July 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

The last time I cracked the binding on these journals was back in 2009, when I was cleaning out the apartment I was living in at the time.  I happened upon them again last night, while searching for something in the attic.  (I never found what I was looking for up there, but I did come down with a bunch…

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