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Belly Up

Uncategorized By June 19, 2007 No Comments

Last night:  In a bit of a fit, I decided to use my abdomen for my infusion set.  Pressing the Quick-Serter against my stomach for the first time in over two years, I had that fleeting thought of “Oh what if this stings???” but it deployed smoothly.  Sitting at my desk and returning some emails, the site on my stomach…



Diabetes and Family By June 18, 2007 No Comments

The phone rang at 4:30 in the morning.  One shrill ring cut through the unfamiliar darkness of my mother’s house.  I reached over to grab the receiver but it stopped ringing.  My head, warm from sleep and damp with sweat, pounded in the silence. I switched on the lamp by the bed and unzipped the black case that hides my…


Six Things on a Friday

Uncategorized By June 15, 2007 No Comments

1.  It’s official:  I’m being stalked by Madonna’s “Lucky Star.”  Chris taunted me last weekend by waking me up with a falsetto, early-morning “You must be my lucky star!”  This was accompanied by several dance moves and some grins.  And ever since, I’ve heard this song as the first radio song my alarm blasts out, playing as I shopped at…


Grocery Wars

Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness By June 13, 2007 No Comments

The wheels on the grocery cart clatter against the store’s tile floor as my Internal Motivational Speaker and My Stomach wage war inside my head. Internal Motivational Speaker:  Oh Kerri, don’t those organic cucumbers look delicious!  You can slice them up and eat them as a snack in the morning.  Grab two of those. My hands extend out and grab…


99 Problems But a Meme Ain’t One

Uncategorized By June 8, 2007 No Comments

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?  “Ooh, Kerri.  Nice hair.  You need to go straight back to bed.” 2. How much cash do you have on you? $2.50.  Just enough to go downstairs and grab an iced coffee. 3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR? Implore. 4. Favorite planet?…



Diet and Food By June 6, 2007 No Comments

Diagnosed as a kid, I don’t remember ever having the option to snack recklessly.  My mother and father, determined to keep me as healthy as possible, packed me school snacks that would bring great joy to … an 80 year old woman maybe.  However, I was eight years old and toting around a lunch sack containing rice cakes and carrot…


Rediscovering Home

Uncategorized By June 5, 2007 No Comments

We’ve been out here just about a year now.  It’s the first time I ever moved away from Rhode Island, so for my slightly sheltered self, it has created “home” into a word that has multiple locations and meanings.  Is home the place where I grew up?  The place from which I type these words now? While Connecticut has been…


Starbucks Strikes Again

Uncategorized By June 4, 2007 No Comments

Walking along Thames Street in Newport, Chris and I were weeding through the nest of ideas in our heads.  The wind was whipping in off the ocean and danced around our goosebump-covered legs.  The sky became a little overcast, so we decided to duck into Starbucks to grab a coffee and let Chris sketch out his ideas on the margin…


Meter, Meter, Average Eater

Blood Sugars By May 31, 2007 No Comments

When I’m feeling particularly moody, I check the average on my machine to assess how things are going, diabetes-wise.  Sometimes I’m expecting a nice number and I’m rewarded with an average of 120 mg/dl or similar.  Sometimes I look at the meter screen through my fingers and see an average of 180 mg/dl screaming back at me. But until recently,…