Diabetes Videos

YCDT: Encouraging Independence.

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support By April 1, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

There’s an excellent, and inspiring, new You Can Do This video centered on parents helping their children with diabetes gain independence. From the YCDT site:  “Independence in any aspect of a teen’s life can be a double-edged sword for parents – while parents want their children to be capable, that same capability is the gateway to their separation and evolution…

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Learning from Mistakes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 14, 2014 14 Comments

I make so many mistakes, but I’m grateful for a supportive community that inspires me to learn … both from mistakes, and from their collective experiences. (Holy crap am I sorry I talked so fast in that clip.  It was like NaNoWriMo hosted by one breath.) You might also like: To A Crisp. Learning from my Peers. The People in…

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Holidays and Diabetes: Fun-Free Pie.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By December 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Last year, Abby and I took to the computer for a frank, serious discussion about the holidays and diabetes.  But then it digressed into a chat about how friends and relatives handle diabetes, what are our favorite holiday desserts, and the influx of fun-free pie (no recipe, but there is one for the pumpkin roll, which is mentioned several times…

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Taste Test.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By December 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Since it’s December now, I hope it’s okay to revisit a video that includes a festive ol’ tree in the background.  This video is about how awesome coffee is … and why it matters that the order is RIGHT. (See also:  Now I put my own fake sugar in the cup, instead of playing coffee roulette.)     You might…

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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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Global Connections in the DOC.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By November 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In October, I was in Barcelona for the 2nd European Blogger Summit put on by Animas and had the opportunity to brainstorm with several diabetes bloggers from across the pond.  (And some from waaaay across the other pond there on the far left … I’m talking to you, Australia.) This video is a compilation of some of the things we…

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Hope vs. Fear: The Video Edition.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By November 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

A million years ago (in Internet time, I think that translates to about eleven months ago), I had the opportunity to work with the team at Novo Nordisk and a few hyper-local Rhode Island/Massachusetts diabetes advocates to create a series of videos.  Our focus was on how hope can be a more powerful motivator than fear, in terms of staying…

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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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The People in the Computer.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , 20 Comments

Who are the people in your computer?  (In your computer … in your com-puuuuuter …)  For me, a whole community of people with diabetes live just a click away. You might also like: Unraveling the UnConference. Guest Post: Someone Who Understands. If I Knew Then: Diabetes Blogging. An In-Depth Look at the Diabetes UnConference.

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Hypoglycemic Blues.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 14 Comments

This past weekend, I was in Omaha (pronounced in my head as “OMAHA!!!!” almost every time), Nebraska for a TCOYD conference, joining in as speaker for the event. One of the topics in OMAHA!!!! that we talked about was the integration of medical devices, sharing anecdotal stories about life with out diabetes-related robot parts.  Panel moderator Dr. Jeremy Pettus shared…

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Why Accuracy Matters.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By September 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Glucose meter results matter because our lives matter.   Why does accuracy matter to you? You might also like: Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters. Masterlab: Tides are Rising. 5,000 Names Needed. Diabetes Access Matters.

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Bikinis and Boluses.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Videos, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By July 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

In keeping with the theme of revisiting older posts this week, I’m looking back at an Animas video about bringing diabetes to the beach.  You know, for people who wear their cell phones into the water. One thing I’ll add:  those little pump cap things that come in the packages of infusion sites, for both Animas and Medtronic?  Use them…

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Redefining “Diet.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By July 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

The concept of “diet” has been defined and redefined by diabetes throughout the years – is “diet” just tied to blood sugar?  Just tied to weight?  Can “diet” be healthy and consistent?  Why is my relationship with food so complicated by diabetes? Yeah, there’s a video to follow.  Here it is, talking about the fact that diabetes has made me…

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Crocheting Out of a Low.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes By June 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 11 Comments

What, you don’t have piles of scarves at your disposal, crafted in efforts to avoid over-eating?  Yes, yarn is part of my diabetes arsenal … didn’t see that one coming, did you?  (I didn’t.  Also, I’m old.  Also, speak up so I can hear you, young whippersnapper, and when you’re done, get off my lawn!)   You might also like:…

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