Diabetes Memories

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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Plastic Apples and Measuring Cups.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Her desk was anchored on either side by tall bookshelves crammed with pretend food.  Plastic fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis that looked like fuzzy dumplings – and the cardboard shell of cereal boxes.  Plastic slabs of steak with edging to make it look like it had a pat of butter melting on top, and the entire plastic carcass of…

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Throwback Thursday: Before Diabetes.

Diabetes Memories, No Diabetes By March 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Taken on my fourth birthday, this was before insulin injections. Before blood sugar checks. Before diabetes camp. Before counting carbs and insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors and before A1Cs and endocrinologists. … but not before my love of books, and of reading.  I can’t think of anything that predates that. You might also like: DBlogWeek 2017: More Than Diabetes….

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Looking Back: Telling Off the Paramedics.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By March 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

A few things:  This post is almost ten years old, which is unsettling on its own accord. It also documents the only time in my 27 years with type 1 diabetes that paramedics needed to be brought in to assist, and mostly because my roommate needed help getting me to eat, not because I was unconscious. I miss Abby and…

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More on Redefining the “Diabetes Diet.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 26, 2014 7 Comments

In keeping with the thought process from yesterday (talking about what makes me view food choices as something to hide), I wanted to reshared this video from last year about redefining my perception of what a “diabetes diet” really means. I don’t want to view food as something I’m punishing or rewarding myself with.  But that mindset is hard to…

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If I Knew Then: Insulin Pumps.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 13, 2014 38 Comments

At the Medtronic diabetes advocacy forum this past weekend [disclosure], there was a brand-agnostic discussion about the things we wish we had known before starting on an insulin pump.  I’ve been pumping since 2004, and switching from injections to the pump was a big hurdle for me, for physical and emotional reasons: I wish I had known that wearing a…

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Photo-A-Day: Past.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Three months after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I went to my first sleep over birthday party.  My friend Jill was turning seven, and even though my pancreas had just gone on its permanent sabbatical, I was still able to go to the birthday party. (Thanks to my mother, who drove over and spent a few hours hanging…

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Halloween Prep and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Between the finishing up of Birdy’s Spidergirl costume (a labor-and-tulle intensive endeavor), carving our pumpkin (she wanted a big Batman signal on it this year), and the creation of a cemetery cake (which Birdzone renamed “the grave garden” – a name I like more than the original), we’re getting our Halloween on here in a big way. Way back in…

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Looking Back: Law and Disorder.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Today, I’m looking back today at a post from December 2006, talking about an infusion set that went wonky on me during dinner.  This was all pre-engagement, pre-marriage, pre-Bird (“Play Pre-Bird!”), but not pre-diabetes,  because my blog doesn’t go back far enough.  *   *   * *Dun dun (the Law & Order noise)* Prosecution Attorney:  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,…

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Postcards from Eddie.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By July 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

Sometimes the only concrete proof that diabetes hasn’t been with me forever are the cards my classmates sent.  Made from Manila paper, the kind found in abundance in elementary school, the kids in my class used their Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils and a fistful of crayons to let me know they were thinking about me. “Dear Kerri, I heard…

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