Real Life Diabetes

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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Over It.

Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By June 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 42 Comments

It was sitting in traffic on the way to Boston for an endocrinologist appointment, spending more time in the car than in the actual care of my medical team.  The appointment was fine, and my A1c still holds steady in a range I’m comfortable with, and I even brought print outs of my meter results and a list of questions…

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Check Yourself.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes By June 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 14 Comments

Sometimes it’s not about the actual “pricking of the finger” but more the “finding out what the number is.”  Here’s a new video post about the power of knowing your numbers, in efforts to not wreck yo self. You might also like: Verio Sync: Second Impressions. Review: Verio Flex Meter. Photo-A-Day: Check. It’s Just a Blood Sugar Check.

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Partnering for Diabetes Change.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By June 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Will you be at the CWD Friends for Life conference? There’s panel taking place, discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Here are some details: I am proudly involved with this project, and am inspired by…

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mySugr: Feeding the Diabetes Monster.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

At first, I was all indignant about the fact that diabetes was portrayed as a monster in this app. “I can’t hate it!  Or fear it, right?  That makes it a tumbleweed of psychosocial turmoil, doesn’t it?” In efforts to truly test the app, I went all in and embraced the monster.  Which is why I’ve spent the last few…

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Diabetic Fashionista.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Fashionista, I am not.  (Confirmed by my lack of understanding as to what ‘couture’ means, my love for the white-bra-under-white-shirt combo, and my undying affection for the skort.)  But even I realize that nothing ruins the fit of a nice dress sometimes more than the bulky mess of medical devices. During a presentation I gave recently, I wore a dress…

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“Bag got run over.”

Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

I’m not a light packer, but I am an efficient packer, in that I can fit a week’s worth of clothes, diabetes supplies, and travel needs (laptop, sundries, phone, etc.) into a carry-on bag.  I hate checking luggage.  But for this last trip, the total time away was ten days (and included several days at a conference with “real shoes’…

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Drugstore Dot Com

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By May 24, 2007 No Comments

On a tip from Jill, I was itching for yet another new meter.  Something about a jazzy little, fun-colored meter that I could stash in the car would satisfy my almost unquenchable thirst for gadgets.  (Remind me to tell you about the toasters, alarm clocks, and bicycles I would take apart when I was little, just to get a glimpse…

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Define? Or explain.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 2, 2006 Tags: , No Comments

“Diabetes doesn’t define you, it just helps explain you.” It struck me that he was right. Darrell and I don’t talk about diabetes very much. I don’t remember ever talking about it when we were kids. We played with Legos and built army forts for the hamsters to live in. There weren’t any big diabetes discussions and, quite frankly, we…

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