Diabetes and Emotions

From NOPE to Yes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By February 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

My friend Susan is a huge part of the Postpartum Progress group, and on her Facebook feed I saw an article that she had shared.  I like to see what my friends are working in and sharing in and out of the diabetes space, so I clicked. Reading through the postpartum depression list had me nodding a little bit.  But…

Share:

Imagining Life Diabetes-Free.

Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By February 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

I read an article today – Imagining Life Diabetes-Free.  This quote gave me pause:  “She said her mom equates living with diabetes to being ‘like a duck on a pond: it looks graceful and calm just swimming along, but below the surface, you don’t see the paddling, and all the work it’s doing to keep moving forward.” What would it…

Share:

My Third Child.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By December 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Diabetes’s needs are incessant.  WAAH I need to have my blood sugar checked WAAH I need a snack WAAH the Dexcom sensor needs swapping WAAH what do you mean, reorder insulin WAAH chronic illness is forever WAAAAAAAAAAH.  This disease whines and cajoles for attention all day long. Over the weekend, I stood at the bathroom counter changing my infusion set…

Share:

Muted.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy By November 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , 20 Comments

Ahh bullet points.  Ye be the only(e) way I can process things at the moment. I don’t have a lot to say over here lately, and there are a dozen different reasons for that.  One is that the new baby kiddo keeps me extremely busy, what with his cluster feeding and chatty ways, and also the fact that he is…

Share:

Thanks, Diabetes!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions By October 18, 2016 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

Feeling bummed about the bullshit of diabetes?  Me, too.  I needed to find a few things to appreciate about this disease before I tried to throw it off the deck.  So here we go.  A quick round of “Thanks, Diabetes!” I had to get my flu shot two weeks ago.  The needle was big and went right into my shoulder…

Share:

It’s Just a Blood Sugar Check.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions By June 2, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

Checking my blood sugar takes less than 30 seconds.  Truly – upcapping the bottle of test strips, inserting the strip, pricking my finger tip, squeezing blood onto the absorption pad on the test strip, waiting the five second countdown of my meter to see the result up on the screen, and then taking the strip out and turning off the…

Share:

Diabetes Blog Week: The Other Half of Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Poetry By May 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 9 Comments

The Other Half of Diabetes:  We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out…

Share:

Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

It’s Diabetes Blog Week, a week in the year where diabetes bloggers can rally together and share their stories, following suggested (but not mandated!) themes and focusing on connecting with one another as a community.  And who better to closely knit our community together than Karen (who is known in my household as “The Knitter“)?  Karen kindly brings us closer…

Share:

Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

People ask me why this conference matters, why the organization matters, and it’s sometimes hard to sum up.  What’s so great about sitting in a room full of people with diabetes?  Isn’t it like surrounding yourself with a reminder of something that is a pain in the butt (diabetes)?  Doesn’t it suck to talk about diabetes all the time? DUDE….

Share:

Keeping it Bubbly Without Bubbling Over.

Diabetes and Emotions By May 2, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Yesterday, I was at the JDRF TypeOneNation event in Dallas (big thank you to Tandem Diabetes for sponsoring my attendance in full – more on that disclosure here), and I did two presentations. Despite only seeing a circuit of airport/shuttle/hotel/shuttle/airport, Dallas was fun. During my talk on “Life After Diagnosis,” a family asked about my views on diabetes, citing that I seemed to…

Share:

Halfway Point.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 20, 2016 Tags: , 11 Comments

We’re a little over 20 weeks into this pregnancy, which means that I’m over halfway done baking (baking? brewing? percolating.) the new little Sparling.  The last twenty weeks have been busy: Doctors appointments.  There are many of these.  We started with the visits to the fertility clinic, where I had a lot of assessment visits and then, once we were…

Share:

5 Worst Things to Consume If You Have Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By April 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

Today is World Health Day and the focus is on diabetes.  Every media outlet in the world is picking up on this health story and twisting it just so, highlighting misconceptions aplenty and feeding the stigma about diabetes.  Messages get muddled and broken down into clickbait headlines that sometimes hurt our community more than they educate. Cueing all the “eat…

Share: