Blood Sugars

A Tour of the Contour USB Meter

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products By January 10, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

Every meter I have used over the last five years or so has been relatively similar – small, compact design, color options for the casing, and good lancing devices.  (Don’t go too far back in my memory bank, or you will find The Harpoon!)  But what I have been struggling with, as an adult with diabetes, is the whole logging thing. …

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Thresholds

Blood Sugars By July 30, 2007 Tags: , , No Comments

Thresholds.  Levels of tolerance.  For an English major like me, numbers take on a more connotative and emotional meaning.  And diabetes numbers play into a whole host of variables. Like when I’m about to get behind the wheel.  I’ve heard people discussing what numbers are “safest” to drive at, and I think that’s a personal preference.  For me, numbers like…

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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,…

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Redemption, Sort Of

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Tech By May 25, 2007 No Comments

My work phone rings. “Hello, this is Kerri.” “Hi.  This is Allison calling from Drugstore dot com about your order?” Her UpSpeak is already killing me. “Hi, Allison.” “Hi.  I’m calling about your recent order with Drugstore dot com?  I understand there was a problem with your order?” “Yes, actually, there was.  I ordered a glucose meter and instead received a…

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The Most Dangerous Game

Blood Sugars By May 14, 2007 Tags: No Comments

Last Friday, I couldn’t believe my eyes. 10:34 am:  358 mg/dl 10:34 and a half am:  259 mg/dl 10:35 am:  189 mg/dl (Fragile readers, cover your ears.) What the fuck?!! Between the highest and lowest results, I’m seeing a difference of 169 points.  To correct down from 358 mg/dl, I need 5.4u of Humalog.  To bring me down from 189 mg/dl,…

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Law & Disorder

Blood Sugars By December 11, 2006 No Comments

*Dun dun (the Law & Order noise)* Prosecution Attorney:  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you the evidence. Exhibit A:  One young woman, Kerri Morrone, and her recently changed out Minimed infusion set.  As you can see here, the set is placed in her right thigh and was changed at approximately 4:41 pm.  Her blood sugar was…

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Scene.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By April 18, 2006 No Comments

Scene: About 11 o’clock at night. Showcase Cinemas in MA. There aren’t too many people in the movie theater. It’s not too hot or too cold. Comfortable seats. Handsome boyfriend as my date. Feeling a little tired but content. The movie courses on. Guy with a mask, Natalie Portman cuts off all her hair, I’m barely interested … little bit of…

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Part Three: Mayhem in Mexico

Blood Sugars, Traveling By February 7, 2006 No Comments

There were about 20 of us on this excursion, including Chris and myself. Our guide, Miguel, rode up front and the Other Guy followed the back of the crew in a red Jeep Wrangler. “Stick with me, okay! You keep up, okay,” Miguel’s voice carried back on the wind. But I was just in front of the Jeep, riding as…

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Oh so slightly OCD.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions By January 24, 2006 Tags: , No Comments

I didn’t always count the sips. I used to treat low bloodsugar reactions by chugging cranberry juice until it spilled down my chin and choked me just a little bit. That panicked, adrenaline fueled consumption, rendering me unable to close my eyes while I drink, but instead leaving me focused on that part where the ceiling and the wall merge….

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Brought to you by the Letter Y.

Blood Sugars By January 10, 2006 No Comments

Today’s adventure is brought to you by the Letter Y and the Number 34. That’s 34 mg/dl. Normally Alarm Clock One goes off at 6:45 am. After which I promptly hit the “snooze” button no less that three times. Fret not, for Alarm Clock Two (also known as Bad Alarm due to it’s shrill cry) is set for 7 am,…

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Good Luck, Lady.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By October 19, 2005 No Comments

I went to my dentist appointment. “Aaaaaaaaahhhhh,” I opened my mouth like a baby bird every time the hygienist came near me. I couldn’t answer any of her questions because my toes were curling with fear. Those metal instruments scraping against my sensitive teeth and poking mercilessly at my gums. “Aaaaaaahhhhh!” as I caught my reflection in the mirror as…

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