Traveling

Diabetes on the Red Carpet … Ish.

Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 22 Comments

For Chris’s Sea of Trees premiere this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, diabetes was almost the furthest thing from my mind because we were so damn excited about the event. Diabetes came into play for a brief moment when I was looking for a dress. I tried to adopt a “dress first, diabetes second” philosophy, picking a dress…

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Stress!!!! and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Do your blood sugars respond to food?  Of course.  How about to insulin?  And exercise?  A big “hell yes” to those, too.  Food, insulin, and exercise have tangible influence on my blood sugar levels.  But one influencer that I don’t often take into account is stress … which is a ridiculous variable for me to ignore because stress can make…

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McDave from the Plane.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By March 18, 2015 14 Comments

“Were you saving these seats for us?” I travel regularly for work, and because I’m usually on the road without my family, I end up in various discussions with strangers to fill the time.  Since my days as a breakfast waitress in college, I’ve always enjoyed those snippets of single-serving conversations.  Airplane travel can offer insight at 30,000 feet (sometimes…

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Missing Meter.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By December 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

The initial search through my bag was kind of nonchalant.  “Where is my meter bag?”  Bright pink with a smiling bear on one side, it’s a hard bag to misplace, even in the seemingly unending abyss of my purse. But the flurry of leaving the house that morning to catch an early flight left me mentally snowed-in.  I brought it…

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Airport Connections.

Diabetes Advocacy, Traveling By November 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

The plane from Cincinnati to Washington, DC was a petite one, leaving little room for carry-on luggage and even less for calm.  After ferreting out my medication bag from my suitcase, I checked it at the gate and ended up second-to-last to board the plane. “Smells like … something, doesn’t it?”  The gentleman behind me asked casually.  I wasn’t sure…

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Pros and Cons of Going Gluten-Free. (and a brief lament about the smooshed banana)

Diet and Food, Gluten Free, Traveling By October 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 21 Comments

It’s been about seven weeks on this “no way, gluten!” lifestyle, and I’m starting to find my footing.  But there are still many pros and cons to balance, so I’m listing them here.  That way, I can look back at this post in a few months and be all, “Pfffft.  Whiner.  You’re in the zone now.” Here we go –…

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Best Intentions Need to Stick.

Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Yesterday, my bag was packed with all kinds of good intentions.  My CGM sensor was only three day old, on a bright and shiny Toughpad to prevent adhesive rash!  The Dexcom receiver was fully charged!  My CGM in the Cloud rig was all charged up and ready to send my data into the cloud so that I would have a…

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Not Guten for My Gut.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free, Traveling By September 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

Skipping gluten was once classified as a preference, but the last few weeks have shown me – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that gluten is not “guten” for my gut.  It feels good, figuring out what was causing so much chaos, and I feel more human, and much healthier. So all that “oooh, so healthy!!” stuff aside, going…

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Not A Single Decent Number.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

“Huh.  223 mg/dL.  Still.” This was the mumbled mantra of our vacation to Maine. Aside from the long drive to Bar Harbor (six hours, plus coffee stops and bathroom stops and “Hey, look at that lobster!” stops), the time we spend in Maine is usually very active.  As a family, we did the hike around Jordan Pond (about 3.5 miles),…

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Mainly Maine.

Traveling By September 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

(There were about a dozen different places called “Mainly Maine” that we saw en route to Mount Desert Island.  Also, every time I saw a sticker boasting “MDI” I thought about multiple daily injections.  Diabetes for the acronym invasion win.) A few days in Maine helped sweep away some mental cobwebs. Blood sugars were pretty much crap the whole time…

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Unexpected Advocacy.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life, Traveling By July 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 126 Comments

The last thing I wanted to do was take my cover-up off. Chris and Birdy (and our friends and their daughter) were at a water park in New Hampshire where kids can run and play in safe-for-littles sprinklers, pools, and water slides, and as the adults, we were tasked with guarding the perimeter.  Pacing back and forth, the four of…

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CGM in the Cloud: Personal Preferences.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By July 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 21 Comments

“Why would you want your continuous glucose monitor information in the cloud?” Fair question, especially coming from folks in the CGM in the Cloud Facebook group, which is heavily dominated by parents of children with diabetes. I didn’t want to answer, at first, because I didn’t want to say the wrong thing.  When I meet with parents of kids with…

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