Diabetes and Family

“OK.”

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 20 Comments

“Mawm, I can I help you put on your pump right now?” It’s always an issue of immediacy.  If Birdy sees me taking off an old pump site and preparing a new infusion set for insertion, she’s immediately taken with the urge to press all the buttons and cue up the dosing. “Sure, you can help with some of the…

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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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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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Take Good Care of Me.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By May 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

“I’m going to draw a picture of Grandpa.” “Okay, so where do you start?” She put her finger to her lips, pondering.  “How about … a head!  With two eyes!  And a nose with nostrils.  And some cheeks.” Birdy pressed her pen against the paper, painstakingly drawing a circle for the head, and then two eyes, and a nose.  Her…

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Where the Islet Cells End

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Poetry By August 23, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

(A tribute to Shel Silverstein‘s beautiful, “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”) There is a place where the islet cells endAnd that’s where diabetes begins.In this place, you can stumble and things can get scaryThose moments when numbers make you feel so waryAnd the burden is almost too heavy to carryThis is where our community comes in. Let us leave this place where misconceptions growAnd…

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Casual Low

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By August 1, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

“Mama?  Ma.  Ma.  Ma.  Ma.  Dumbledore.  Ma.” Her voice comes over the monitor, stumbling me from sleep.   “BEEEEEEEEEP!!!”  The Dexcom wails at me from the bedside table.   “[insert the sound of my awful alarm clock noise, which is actually this song and makes my whole head spin with cat rage]”  “You people all want me awake right now, don’t you?”  I grumbled, reaching…

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CWD: Pregnancy and Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 26, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

When Jeff Hitchcock approached me last year and asked if I would feel comfortable leading the Pregnancy and Diabetes session at Friends for Life, I was honored.  But also a little confused.  What on earth was I going to tell the session attendees?  I couldn’t spout off medical information.  I am not a licensed medical professional. “I’m just a person with diabetes who…

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CWD: Parenting With Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 19, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

Lead by Korey Hood and Stefan Rubin, the Parenting with Type 1 Diabetes session at Friends for Life was aiming to touch upon the different challenges of being a parent with type 1 diabetes, instead of the concentration on parenting a child with type 1 diabetes that Children With Diabetes was once known for.  This was my first year attending this…

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