Blood Sugars

Totally Looks Like: Shark Attack.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By September 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

I don’t know how to write out the theme for JAWS, but mentally insert that [here] because apparently there was a shark sighting in the wee early morning hours of my basal profile. Totally looks like we’re gonna need a bigger boat. You might also like: Pre-Bolusing for Snacks. Free Shower. Ketchup and Mustard. BOLUS: Beware Of Loose, Unsupervised Snacks.

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Pile o’ Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By August 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

Borked cannula?  Compromised insulin?  Miscalculated food?  Wonky meter result?  CGM on the fritz? Diabetes?! My blood sugars been absolute crap for the last 48 hours, with more yellow on my Dexcom graph (indicated blood sugars above my target range) than I’d care to admit.  It makes me wonder if someone did a Folger’s switch with my insulin and a bottle…

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Diabetes Art Day: Strip Safely Edition.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

A long weekend’s worth of test strips for the Diabetes Art Day:  Strip Safely edition. Managing a disease and making medication decisions based on data that’s built on shifting sand is scary. You might also like: Strip Safely: Managing Expectations. Strip Safely: Taking to Twitter. It’s Just a Blood Sugar Check. You Don’t Look Like You Should Have Diabetes.

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Not What She Thought I Was Doing.

Blood Sugars, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 22, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

When you get into the car after going for a run and see a blood sugar of this: … it’s way past time for glucose tabs.  So when you reach into the Spibelt you’re wearing to retrieve the glucose tabs that you stuck in there, encased in a plastic bag once used for diaper discards instead of the travel tube…

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Roulette.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By August 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I test my blood sugars between 8 – 15 times per day, depending on trends, travel, exercise, food, and other variables.  I correct highs.  I treat lows.  I make a lot of decisions based on these numbers, and it scares the hell out of me to think that they might not be right. Food for thought. You might also like:…

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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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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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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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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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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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