Real Life Diabetes

Boop Beep Boop!

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 28, 2014 Tags: , , 17 Comments

BOOP BEEP BOOP! I lifted the corner of my shirt and inspected my pump, looking for the “low battery” or “low reservoir” alarm splashed across the screen.  Nothing. I went back to working, throwing my focus back onto the words escaping my hands but then … BOOP BEEP BOOP! “The gosh darn?!” I said (or a version of that), lifting…

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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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Diabetes Food Lies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 41 Comments

So many rules were slapped into place immediately upon diagnosis, with diabetes feeling like a disease of “don’ts.”  Don’t eat cookies, don’t forget to measure your food, don’t leave the house without your meter or insulin or glucose tabs, don’t go to bed without checking your blood sugar, don’t eat too much sugar-free candy or else you will take up…

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Missed Manners.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By February 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 60 Comments

So this popped up as a Q&A in a recent Miss Manners column: “DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a businessman who frequently flies both domestically and internationally. I also happen to be an insulin-dependent diabetic.  I currently do my glucose testing in my seat. It does involve using a lancet device to get a drop of blood to test, but…

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Hashtag Motherhood with Diabetes.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 20 Comments

“What is that?” my daughter’s friend asked me from over her plate of scrambled eggs as I was watching the two kids for the morning. Before I could answer, my kid piped up, “That’s her insulin pump.  It has insulin in it.” “Oh,” the other three year old answered, mouth full of eggs.  “What’s it for?” “It has my medicine…

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Endless Lows.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By February 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 15 Comments

I do not know what makes them stick like this, the lows that creep in and stay creepy for hours at a time. “Is this thing serious?” I asked.  Then I’d prick my finger to confirm that, indeed the Dexcom was serious, and I was in fact still low. There are times when high blood sugars are stubborn and refuse…

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The Art of the Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

“So it’s a Wednesday night … what’s the chance we might not be seated right away?” “Are you talking to me?” Chris asked, pulling the car into a parking spot near the entrance of the restaurant. “Yeah.  Sort of.  I’m trying to decide if I should bolus now, because I’m 200 and I don’t want to be high all night. …

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Diabetes Art Day: PWD Paper Dolls.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 3, 2014 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

A few weeks, ago, I stumbled upon some really excellent paper dolls created by Hannah at LightBulbBooks.  Her aim was to create something that encouraged interests in science and engineering for young girls, and I loved her creations.  Birdy and I printed them out, colored them, and played for hours, talking about how she could be a scientist, if she…

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Outrun Diabetes with Sébastien Sasseville.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

“I explained what you were doing to my daughter, the whole running across Canada thing, and she stopped what she was doing, looked me right in the eye, and said, ‘Why is he doing that?’” Seb laughed. “So that’s the question I’m opening with – why are you doing this?  Why are you running across Canada?” “I’m taking this on…

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Spare a Rose.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By January 31, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

They’re so often a symbol of love and romantic relationships, but lovely as they are, roses wilt within a week or two, and eventually end up discarded. Five dollars per rose, sixty dollars for a dozen. But the cost of those roses can provide life-sustaining insulin for a child with diabetes for an entire year. Through the Spare a Rose,…

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Looking Back: Hawkey Playah.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

It’s a balmy 8 degrees in Rhode Island this morning, and we’re snapping icicles off of everything by the dozen.  Going out into the driveway and attempting to get into the car becomes an accidental hockey rink.  Which reminded me of the time a lady caught me changing my infusion set in a restaurant bathroom and then talking about her…

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