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Pumped for the Pizza Man.

Diabetes Community, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 22, 2013 Tags: , , , , 125 Comments

The oven broke. It took me a while to notice, because it was upwards of 90 degrees inside of my house (no central air … we will not be making this mistake with our next house), but once I realized the stove was kaput, it was about 6.30 pm and very much time for Birdzone’s dinner.  While I’d like to…

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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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Looking Back: PWD in the Wild.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By July 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

As the ladies of Team Sparling prepare for our trip to Orlando for the Friends for Life conference, I’m looking back at a moment from last November, when my friend Renza and I were spotted as “PWD in the wild.”  *   *   * We were sitting at the coffee shop having a really nice Melbourne cappuccino (they make the best…

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You Want to Try Again?

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By July 2, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

“You want to try again?” “Yep.” http://youtu.be/KxRadetesYU   (Thanks for your comments and emails yesterday.  The support found in these kinds of patient communities help so many of us to keep trying … again and again and again.  Thanks for what you’ve done for me, and what you do for so many.  Now go outside and roll down a hill,…

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Exhaust.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community By June 26, 2013 3 Comments

Bullet points – for those moments when sentence structure is too much of a challenge and thoughts are melting like butter on a frying pan (which, for the record, is the second best smell ever, after Bounce dryer sheets). The ADA Scientific Sessions were informative and exhausting.  My brain is tired from trying to absorb a ton of information and…

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Partnering for Diabetes Change.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By June 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Will you be at the CWD Friends for Life conference? There’s panel taking place, discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Here are some details: I am proudly involved with this project, and am inspired by…

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mySugr: Feeding the Diabetes Monster.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

At first, I was all indignant about the fact that diabetes was portrayed as a monster in this app. “I can’t hate it!  Or fear it, right?  That makes it a tumbleweed of psychosocial turmoil, doesn’t it?” In efforts to truly test the app, I went all in and embraced the monster.  Which is why I’ve spent the last few…

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“Bag got run over.”

Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

I’m not a light packer, but I am an efficient packer, in that I can fit a week’s worth of clothes, diabetes supplies, and travel needs (laptop, sundries, phone, etc.) into a carry-on bag.  I hate checking luggage.  But for this last trip, the total time away was ten days (and included several days at a conference with “real shoes’…

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Looking Back: I’m Fine.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community By June 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Revisiting a post from October 2012 about that concept of, “I’m fine.”  Because, even though I have diabetes, I am fine, but there is that … thing.  *   *   * “You have diabetes?  You seem fine.” “I am fine.” On an average day, diabetes falls under the “annoying but tolerable” category.  I test my blood sugar, wear any combination of…

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The Friendly Skies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Traveling By June 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

“Hi there.  Are you the guy who is responsible for this section of the plane?” He was holding a tray of drinks and paused to contemplate my question.  “I suppose I am.  I am responsible!  Now I feel powerful!”  He flexed, as much as he could in the limited corridor. “Awesome.  I don’t mean to trouble you, but I am…

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A #dayofdiabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By May 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

There’s not much of an option for a day without diabetes, but sometimes the friends and acquaintances I’ve made through social media aren’t as acutely aware of the food math and thought process behind each insulin dose decision, so I’m jumping on the #dayofdiabetes bandwagon. Chris Snider at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia took up the challenge of “live-tweeting” a day…

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