Real Life Diabetes

How It Might Look.

Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 28, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

Birdy tore by on a scooter and another little kid followed closely with a plastic shopping cart crammed with toy food. “We’re superheroes!!!”  she yelled, out of breath as she zipped by. “I can tell!” I answered, looking up from my papers. I am the mom at playgroups who spends some of the time staring at an open Word document…

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Food Reminders.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized By January 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 24 Comments

“Half a cup?  Let me get the measuring cups,” my mom would say, foraging around in her purse for the ubiquitous set of measuring cups she toted around. She always knew what  “half a cup” looked like because she didn’t guess.  Her management of my diabetes was precise when she was in charge, back in the day. I am admittedly…

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Smash.

Diabetes Products, Healthcare, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 40 Comments

It slipped out of my hand and smacked against the tile floor, making a thick, heavy sound that went silent and caused guilt almost immediately, like dropping your mom’s favorite Christmas tree ornament and watching it smash into a dozen pieces. Brand new bottle of insulin, used previously for one, single pump cartridge filling.  I had just taken it out…

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How Real Do You Want It?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching the articles about Lisa Bonchek Adams circle, ranging from the New York Times opinion piece by Bill Keller to the one written by Emma Keller (his wife) for The Guardian (which has been removed from The Guardian site but lives on in the archives), to the response piece written by Brian Loew…

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The Friday Six: Eyeballs, You Balls, We All Balls for Eyeballs!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places, The Friday Six By January 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Last night, my computer started to twitch because there were so many people sharing the link about Google developing a contact lens that monitors blood sugar levels through tears. Yep. “We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers…

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What is a Diabetes Advocate?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized By January 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Last night’s #dsma chat was a terrific one, focusing on how people in the diabetes community define “advocacy.” I wanted to summarize it here (at least the parts that resonated for me) because it could serve as a catalyst to inspire. [For information on what the #dsma chat is, click here. And to learn more about connecting with people with…

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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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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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Of Icicles and Ellipticals.

Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By January 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 19 Comments

It’s cold.  Freakshow cold, to the point where it hurts to stand outside for more than a few minutes.  Chris actually built a shelter for The Cat That’s Not Ours (aka “Fluffy”) because it is cold as a witch’s’ nipple outside.  (Can’t say “cold as a witch’s tit” because that phrase is creepy, but I almost said it by accident…

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Half a Juice Box.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By January 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 31 Comments

Turn on the light. Fall back asleep. Press the button on the CGM to make it stop BEEP!ing. Fall back asleep. Unzip the meter case and take out my glucose meter. Lapse back into sleep again; was it sleep or was I passed out and what’s the difference when it’s 4 am and your blood sugar is under 40 mg/dL?…

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Light Up Meter: Secondary Uses.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

One thing I really love about recently-developed blood glucose meters is how so many of them have a small light at the top of the device, allowing PWD to FINALLY see what the hell they’re doing when they check in the dark.  Light up meters have saved precious blood droplets in bed, movie theaters, and dark restaurants (not to mention…

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