Advice for “Newbies”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 27, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

(This prompt was pulled from the #happydiabeticchallenge over on Instagram.  To check out that hashtag, click here.) I feel weird giving advice because even after 32 years of diabetes, I’m still trying to figure things out.  A lot of the time, I have “no eyed deer” what I doing. But the main thing that I keep circling back to is the…

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Balancing Cyber Monday

Diabetes Products, SUM in Other Places By November 26, 2018 Tags: , 5 Comments

Cyber Monday is more my thing than Black Friday.  I don’t enjoy fighting crowds at stores and I definitely try to keep things light and minimal when shopping for the holidays, so the clickity-clack, tippity tap kind of shopping is preferred. So in honor of Cyber Monday, I’m using my digital platform to sell copies of my paperback book, Balancing…

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Diabetes Cost of Living

Diabetes Advocacy, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By November 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

It is humbling to look in the butter compartment of my fridge and see insulin.  It’s necessary.  And I’m grateful. The out of pocket cost is upwards of $380 per bottle without insurance, and making sure our family has insurance coverage is our biggest worry in regular rotation. When job situations look dicey, my first concern is insurance.  When there’s talk of storms…

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Diabetes and Mental Health

Diabetes Poetry By November 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

“Just don’t eat sugar.” “Take your pills.” “Count your carbs.” “Avoid most thrills. “Be prepared.” “Plan ahead.” But this disease Is in my head. I can’t split up the thoughts around My mental health and body sound. Impossible to draw a line Between “I’m sick” and feeling fine. Just take my shot?  And avoid stress? Beware of cake?  Test, don’t…

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The Bright Side

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetic Mommy By November 8, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

My daughter, randomly, asked me what a seizure was. (Turns out someone had talked about it at school as a result of a student with epilepsy.) We talked about it, and then she asked if diabetes could cause seizures.  She doesn’t ask me complicated questions about the longterm effects of diabetes very often (barring that one time she asked me, when…

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Wait, Pump the Brakes …

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Videos By November 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

My daughter, running commentary on an episode of Sesame Street that her brother is watching: “Who is that guy?” “ Nick Jonas. He has diabetes, just like mom does.” “Yeah?” “Yeah.” She pauses for a long time, then: “He’s surprisingly into shapes.” You might also like: Pump Peelz Gift Card Winners! Pump Peelz Giveaway: Now with More Superheroes! Pump Peelz Giveaway…

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Non-Billable Hours: The Diabetes Stuff That Doesn’t Have Copays

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

At first glance, I manage my diabetes using an insulin pump from Tandem Diabetes Care, a continuous glucose monitor from Dexcom, Humalog insulin, and either the mySugr meter kit or a Freestyle one.  All of these items require prescriptions and $$$ and involvement from my clinicians. But there’s a number of items that are used regularly to manage my diabetes,…

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