Diabetes Memories

Ten Things About Things.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I do really hate those “Ten Things About Things” sort of posts, but in this case, I’ve screwed it up even more by intending to write a list of ten things, then realized I only included nine things. Whoops. This spring will mark eleven years of sharing my diabetes story on the Internet, and over the course of the last…

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Looking Back: Cleaning Crews.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories By February 15, 2016 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

It’s weird to see that posts from 2011 are still relevant to how my diabetes behaves today.  See also:  when my blood sugar is tumbling, sometimes the dishes become a priority over a fistful of jellybeans.  Today, I’m looking back at a post from 2011 discussing that exact phenomenon, the urge to become a one-woman cleaning crew when under 65…

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Looking Back: Postcards from Eddie.

Diabetes Memories, Relationships By September 14, 2015 Tags: , , 1 Comment

This morning, I thought about Eddie.  Eddie was the kid who I shared the hospital room with back when I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1986.  He popped into my head after I woke up, jet-lagged and confused from traveling yesterday, and watched a spider scuttle across the ceiling of this apartment. Eddie had been bitten by a spider; I…

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Diabetes Blog Week: Kicking It to the Curb.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 14 Comments

When I was first hospitalized upon diagnosis, I spent two weeks in-patient learning the new and tangled ropes of type 1 diabetes with my parents.  My hospital roommate was a kid named Eddie, who had been bitten by a spider.  The other source of comfort was Kitty. This grubby thing has been with me since the beginning.  My mom and…

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Turning Ten.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 4, 2015 27 Comments

I’ve written ten years of content here at this blog, and today marks the beginning of an eleventh year.  Ten years is a frigging long time.  When I started blogging, I was 25 years old and living in a one bedroom apartment in southern Rhode Island with Abby the Cat and a newly-minted Siah Sausage, starting my relationship with Chris…

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Recreating the Pee Alarm.

Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By September 16, 2014 Tags: , , 11 Comments

Birdy has this “learn about how electrical circuits work!” toy, and she plays with it endlessly.  I thought we had built every plan in the book that came with the game until she busted out this page yesterday: And once we built it, I realized we had recreated the “pee alarm” that my parents used when I was very young,…

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So Many Things!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, The Friday Six By September 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A Friday Six on a Wednesday!  Because why the hell not. The FitBit obsession. Renza talks about the messaging of diabetes, and what we can do to get it right. Here is some damn sneaky research. Seb is still running. And I’m still supporting the hell out of him, because he’s incredibly dedicated. You can still support him, too. I…

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Free Foods!

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Diet and Food By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , 3 Comments

…  “You can have pickles?  Or gelatin?  Or cucumber slices!” My mom tried to make these options sound appealing and delicious, but when I was a kid and my blood sugar was super high, pickles weren’t what I craved.  My body wanted to chug water and cheeseburgers simultaneously in efforts to cleanse the ketones and sate the high hunger. “Can…

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Lies.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 15 Comments

I used to lie to my pediatric endocrinologist.  (Not proud of this.) She’d sit at her desk and look through the logbook with all my blood sugars mapped out (this was back in the day when my mom and I collaborated on logging my blood sugars, which meant that they were often accounted for), sometimes with a furrowed brow. “So…

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Looking Back: Kitty.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 25, 2014 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

I don’t know if I have a spirit animal, but my diabetes does, and it’s Kitty.  Kitty is a ragged and rumpled stuffed animal who kept me company as I navigated my first few weeks of life with type 1 diabetes … and he still lives in the laundry room of my house now (safe, warm, and occasionally snuggled).  He’s…

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Looking Back: Lows in Public.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By March 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

On the road this week, so I’m looking back at a post from June 2012 about experiencing hypoglycemia in a public place.  It’s never fun to be low, but I’m always grateful for the patience and compassion of others who help see me back to being in-range. *   *   * I heard the Dexcom BEEEEEEP!ing in that frantic, “you’re low”…

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