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Put On Your Listening Ears.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By May 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

Our backyard is big and lovely and fenced in on all sides so that when Birdy and I are playing outside, we’re both safe from cars and giant woodland creatures (except the ones that can shimmy underneath the fence … I’m looking at you, groundhog).  I don’t keep my eyes glued to her while she plays, and we can enjoy…

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Ironic Baking.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By May 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

Earlier this week, Birdzone asked if we could bake some bread.  (We’ve been baking bread for her since she was very small, avoiding gluten for the first 15 months of her life and becoming gluten-free bakers, after a fashion, for a year or two.)  Now, thanks to a bread machine that makes baking bread easier, we whip up random recipes. …

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Friday Six: DBlog Week, Small, and BAMWD!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, The Friday Six By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I love Diabetes Blog Week.  It’s inspiring and encouraging, and reignites the blogging ecosystem for readers and writers alike.  Are you participating?  Head over to Karen’s blog for details. “This head-to-head-to-head comparative effectiveness study reveals the G4 Platinum as the most accurate and precise of the current generation of CGMs, followed closely by the Navigator, with both devices markedly more…

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Mommy’s Little Pack Mule.

Blood Sugars, Diabetic Mommy, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By April 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Running alone brings out the Spibelt, and I cram it full of my on-the-move necessities:  glucose tabs, Dexcom receiver, keys, and phone.  Even though it’s reasonably streamlined and doesn’t bother me too much to tote around all that stuff, it’s a bulkier system than, oh, I don’t know … making my own insulin. But lo!  The child rides a bike! …

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Warning: The One About UTIs.

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By April 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 13 Comments

The last time I had a urinary tract infection was about ten years ago. I used to get them every once in a while, and while I’m sure it was horrible at the time, these infections weren’t frequent enough to make a mark on my memory.  I know that ‘feeling,’ of the twinge of pain after urinating when the muscles…

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Plastic Apples and Measuring Cups.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Her desk was anchored on either side by tall bookshelves crammed with pretend food.  Plastic fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis that looked like fuzzy dumplings – and the cardboard shell of cereal boxes.  Plastic slabs of steak with edging to make it look like it had a pat of butter melting on top, and the entire plastic carcass of…

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Close, but(t) not close enough.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

“My mom?  She has brown hair and a red shirt,” said my daughter’s playgroup friend, climbing up the jungle gym. “My mom is over there.  She has a pump in her butt,” my daughter pointed towards me and waved, causing me to quickly answer the look of surprise on the other parents’ faces with a brief, panicked explanation of the…

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Hashtag Motherhood with Diabetes.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 20 Comments

“What is that?” my daughter’s friend asked me from over her plate of scrambled eggs as I was watching the two kids for the morning. Before I could answer, my kid piped up, “That’s her insulin pump.  It has insulin in it.” “Oh,” the other three year old answered, mouth full of eggs.  “What’s it for?” “It has my medicine…

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Diabetes Art Day Outtakes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family By February 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 10 Comments

Before we settled on paper dolls for Diabetes Art Day, there was an unnatural exploration of cats and a finger painting app on the iPad (don’t read that sentence too fast or it will give you an unintended mental image).  This is what happens when the snow keeps falling and it’s far too heavy and constant to shovel so you’re…

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Green Drink Redux.

Diet and Food By February 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

We have a rule at our house: “You have to eat something green with your meal.”  Caveat:  boogers don’t count.  Also, ew. Even though it’s more of a “rule” (there’s flexibility), we try to keep it as a rule because it’s important to us as a family to eat well.  Taking a look at “kid’s menus” at restaurants is very…

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Birdy’s Book Favorites.

No Diabetes By January 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 15 Comments

At least a third of my books were bloated when I was a kid, because I read them in the shower.  (Hold the book against the wall and turn the pages with one hand, and shower/soap up/rinse off with the other hand.  Then, at the end of the shower, toss the book out and quickly wash the Other Arm.) I…

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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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OMG MY PHONE.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

“WaitasecondIcan’tfindmyphone.” A sentiment that comes tumbling out as one, single word, and impales me right through my social-media obsessed heart.  (Not really my social media obsessed heart, but the heart of someone who is in phone-tether-mode thanks to my littlest Bird, my job, and my diabetes-related discomfort at the thought of being out-of-contact with people who provide emergency medical care,…

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The Amazing, Carb-Cancelling Power of Walking.

Blogroll, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By December 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Last week, Chris and I brought the Birdzone to Disney World for some holiday family time (since we are rarely in the same place at the same time, making trips like this a welcomed changed from the hustle and chaos of the norm).  The weather was much nicer in Florida than it was in Rhode Island (when we left, it…

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Diabetes Advocacy Postcards.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By November 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

I told Birdy I needed to make some postcards for a diabetes project.  She wanted (insisted) to help, so we spent much of last night drawing insulin pumps on index cards. My insulin pump has been part of her life since she was born, so it’s no wonder she knows the buttons and lines by heart, even though she had…

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