Real Life Diabetes

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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Guest Post: A Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 19, 2014 18 Comments

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in some cases, that necessity comes with a side of love. My dear friend Dana Lewis (who threatens to wash my mouth out with soap every time I curse) and her amazing boyfriend, Scott Leibrand, have created a “Do It Yourself Pancreas System” that is revolutionizing not only Dana’s diabetes confidence, but potentially…

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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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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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Hypo Unawareness.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 11, 2014 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

There are times when I think that maybe my hypoglycemia unawareness is made up, or all in my mind, or that it’s overblown and exaggerated.  “Pfffft, you can go without a Dexcom for a few hours, because you’ll totally feel any lows that crop up,” is the mantra that runs through my head when I pull a sensor off and…

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Flight Anxiety and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

Every time I travel, I go through the same routine to prepare for the trip: The night before, my suitcase is packed.  My medical bag, a bright orange packing cube that I bought probably while hypoglycemic at Target, houses all of my medical supplies: bottle of insulin, insulin pen, infusion sets for pump site changes, pump cartridges, Toughpad for CGM…

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Do You Take a Probiotic?

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By March 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , 35 Comments

Insulin is an essential part of my life with type 1 diabetes.  (See also:  duh)  But it’s not the only thing I take regularly in efforts to maintain optimal health. (That sentence sounds so formal.  “Optimal health.” Also makes me think of Transformers.  Optiumus Health would be a badass Transformer … maybe a gas/electric hybrid instead of a tractor trailer?)…

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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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The One About Balancing Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By March 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Life with diabetes isn’t about the diabetes itself, but about the life it’s a part of.  There is a life to be found after diagnosis, and it’s a good one.  Being able to take a blood sugar and remove the blame and guilt from that result, focusing only on the actions needed to correct that number or duplicate it?  Viewing…

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Focus: Diabetes Things I Like.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

(Revisiting and revising a post from several years ago🙂 Even though I do not like the disease, there are some diabetes-related simple pleasures that make me smile: I like the feeling of satisfaction when I change the Dexcom sensor and the pump infusion set at the same time. I like having the tune of “Fur Elise” memorized. I also have…

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