Diabetes Memories

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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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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Post Holiday Post

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories By December 28, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

Christmas spans several days here in Sparlingville, mostly due to big families on both sides and plenty of dinners that take place over the holidays.  Christmas began in earnest on Thursday afternoon and stemmed well into Sunday, coming to a full stop once we got home last night and realized there wasn’t anything left under the tree to disburse or…

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