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DBlogWeek 2017: The Cost of Chronic Illness.

Uncategorized By May 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

Diabetes Blog Week prompt for Tuesday:  Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly. Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage. So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care. Do you have advice to share? For those outside the US, is cost a concern?…

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The One About Expiration Dates.

Uncategorized By February 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

On the Dexcom and Libre Rash Facebook group, I saw a note posted back in December from someone referencing sensors with an expiration date after August 17, 2017. “Dex recently changed their mfg process to eliminate a substance that caused rashes in some. Get some expiration date AFTER 8/15/17 …” Huh.  Interesting.  (Read: HOLY SHIT COULD THIS BE TRUE??!!) I’ve been…

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Guest Post: DiabetesSisters Voices.

Diabetes Online Community, Uncategorized By January 30, 2017 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

When it comes to research related to diabetes, I want to support those efforts as much as I can.  The power of sound data, plus patient stories, can move the needle on therapies, treatments, and empowerment for people living with diabetes.  Today, I’m lending my website to my dear friend Karen Graffeo, who wants to share some information on the…

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Five Months.

Uncategorized By January 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

To my Guy, Five months old!  (And I’m pretty sure I forgot to write you a letter at the four month mark, so here’s a quick high five for turning four months old a bit back, too.)  Five months ago, I was excitedly awaiting your arrival and folding piles of baby clothes.  Now, I am greeted by your big, toothless smile…

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Makeshift Solution.

Uncategorized By January 24, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Arriving at the hotel last night, I realized my insulin pump needed a swap-and-refill.  I pulled out all the necessary supplies for a pump site change and dumped them onto the hotel bed. The little insulin bottle protector* I use keeps my insulin safe(r).  But it also covers the vial, so I didn’t realize the bottle was all-but empty until…

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Full Body.

Uncategorized By October 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

The scar on my lower abdomen is close to healed, after six weeks of careful care.  The incision is evidence of the arrival of my son, the same place my daughter escaped from.  The skin above the incision is still swollen from months of pregnancy and oddly puckered due to surgery.  It’s not a flat, perfectly sculpted specimen of an abdomen….

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Releasing the Kraken … Into Our Home.

Uncategorized By September 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

… he’s definitely not the Kraken.  That nickname will never stick because so far, our littlest friend is mild mannered.  He’s more Clark Kent than Kraken.  (Mixing my superheroes and myths this morning; feel free to blame the sleep debt and my attempt to repay it with caffeine.) But he’s home, and even though he’s a sweet boy, he’s still…

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Eleventy and #AccessMatters.

Uncategorized By May 4, 2016 21 Comments

My blog turns eleven years old today. I could say so much about the benefits of connecting with my peers and finally, after years, realizing I was not alone with diabetes.  I could fill a blog for eleven – perhaps twelve? – years with that sort of appreciation.  It’s been an excellent virtual coffee date over the last eleven years….

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Spare a Rose 2016

Uncategorized By February 1, 2016 Tags: , , 6 Comments

From February 1 – 14, the diabetes online community is hosting our annual Spare A Rose campaign.  You remember that one, right?  The one where you send eleven roses instead of twelve on Valentine’s Day, taking the value of that saved rose (averaged out to $5) and donating that to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program, which…

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