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Long Term Lows.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By January 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 24 Comments

Last night, just before bed, I did what I do every night before turning off the bedside lamp:  checked the IOB (insulin on board) on my pump and looked at the Dexcom graph.  IOB was okay (0.21u from a small snack bolus two and a half hours earlier), but the Dexcom was showing 146 mg/dL and heading in a southwesterly…

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Clever Diabetes Recycling (Upcycling!)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

After 27 years of type 1 diabetes, with ten years of pumping and over 60,000 blood sugar checks, I’ve certainly generated my share of diabetes-related garbage.  All the little syringe caps and infusion sets, bottles of insulin, and dead strips, I could scent a landfill with the soft, wafting bouquet of band-aids (insulin) with ease. But it doesn’t all have…

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Projecting Positivity.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare By January 1, 2014 12 Comments

Did you see the “What If All the Guns in Movies Were Replaced with Thumbs Up?” article?  If not, you should check it out, because it encapsulates the motivation I feel about what can be accomplished in 2014.  (That, and the Batman graphic is excellent.)  There’s a lot that needs to be changed and moved forward and embraced, and as…

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Year in Review! Last Minute!

Diabetes Online Community By December 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Here’s what I wrote to introduce this post back in 2012:  “Yearly recap?  Sure!  Here we go: the first lines of a definitive post from each month in 2012.  With the same photo I’ve used for the last few years … maybe I’ll update that in 2013.  :)”  Clearly, I have done nothing to update things this year.  ONWARD ……

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Guest Post: Someone Who Understands.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By December 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

Part of what drew me to the idea of creating a diabetes blog was the search for, and the hope of finding, people who understood.  Google was a dark abyss of bad news and depressing statistics; what I needed was to connect with others who were living life, with diabetes along for the ride.  That same connection still feels necessary,…

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Power of Patient Communities.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

At the end of November, I had the opportunity to contribute an article to Pharmaphorum, which is a UK-based publication with the mission to “connect healthcare thought leaders to support the pharma industry in delivering innovation.”  Thanks to the thoughtful responses from Bob Pederson, Shannon Marengo, Laura Gibson, and Melanie Bunda, I was able to highlight some of the benefits…

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Organized Diabetes, Now With More Tips!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Just before the close of November, Susan Weiner was kind enough to guest post about tips and tricks on getting diabetes organized – and keeping it that way – throughout the hectic holiday season.*  In the comments section of that post, there were some awesome tricks, tips, and suggestions on keeping diabetes from tipping over your Christmas tree, spilling eggnog…

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Hacking Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

(Seems like that post title should end with “to bits!!” including a defiant shout and then the popping open of a can of Diet Pepsi.  Or something less specific.) Last week I traveled to Melbourne, Victoria to present at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress.  Long, Inception-esque flight.  Excellent flight attendant.* My presentation was anchored in the “Living Well With…

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Guest Post: Telltale Signs That I Have Low Blood Sugar.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By December 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

My low blood sugar “tells” have changed over the last twenty-seven years, ranging from numb lips to crying jags to shaky hands.  The scariest symptom of all, though, has been the complete absence of symptoms, which is part of the reason why using a CGM has been such a big leap forward for me.  Dan Fleshler has had type 1…

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So Much of the Thanks.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful. Thankful for two, daft gray cats who rotate around this house instigating trouble, but who happily curl up on the couch with us at night.   For job opportunities that fill my life with meaning.  For family and family.  For the husband who tolerates, with amazing patience, all of me.  For the all-in hugs…

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Talking About Diabetes Burnout.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Diabetes is every day, but burnout doesn’t have to be.   You might also like: Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday. Rewind: These Boots Were Made for Talking Type 1 Origins: Talking Comic Books with Partha Kar. Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

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HCPs and the DOC.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 21, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 17 Comments

My type 1 diabetes is managed on a day-to-day basis by me.  I do my blood sugar checks, I make insulin decisions that correlate with the food I’m eating or the exercise I’m doing.  I have decided to make an insulin pump, a glucose meter, and a continuous glucose monitor part of my diabetes technology arsenal. My endocrinologist helps manage…

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