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diabetes complications

Diabetes Feeties

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications By January 7, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

The title of this post is terrible but I kept it because it rhymed. Don’t judge. Or, if you do judge, judge by way of rhyming couplet.* So I’ve had diabetes for 32 years. Which is a long ass time. (Long ass … weird visual.) It’s not so long that I’m paranoid, but long enough that I’m becoming aware. Like it’s…

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The Eyeball Situation Becomes Diabetes-Related.

Healthcare By May 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

The initial cause:  a rogue fingernail attached to a cute baby The recurring issue:  repeated corneal tearing The reason for the repeats:  diabetes The original eyeball issue came up seven years ago, when Birdy was about nine months old and she unwittingly scraped her thumbnail against my right eye, ripping off a small shred of my epithelium layer.  This was pretty…

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Guest Post: Let’s Talk About It.

Diabetes Complications, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Diagnosed with type 1 at age 15, Kimberly Hislop has been living with diabetes for 18 years. She’s been an insulin pumper since 2009.  Kim is currently studying psychology with hopes of one day working with people who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses. She’s been a guest speaker for pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, teaching about diabetic complications…

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Video: Diabetes Complications.

Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By June 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 21 Comments

I feel like when people are diagnosed with diabetes-related complications, all of a sudden they feel like they have to hide somewhere and they aren’t allowed to talk about it, so they’re not able to get the support that they need to deal with this new diagnosis. My macular edema diagnosis didn’t mark the end of my life as a…

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Macular Edema and Pac-Man.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By December 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 27 Comments

I had been sitting in the darkened waiting room where people sit patiently, waiting for the dilation drops to take effect on their eyeballs.  The room is quiet and dim, with a television set at the front and chairs for people to ease into and watch the DVD menu screen (it was for a Discovery channel documentary about deep sea…

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Rotten Hands

Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Products By January 18, 2007 Tags: , No Comments

This happens to me every winter:  I get to work, take off my gloves, log on to my computer, and then realize that a thin line of blood is smeared on my knuckle.   Cracked and mangled, these little hands are. My hands become so dry and uncomfortable during the bitter cold seasons.  Is it diabetes-related?  Or is it because I have sensitive skin…

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Take that, Squirrel!

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare By January 11, 2007 Tags: , No Comments

Things were starting to look a little fuzzy.  I was having some trouble, seeing blurry bits, and a pounding in my brain that was matched only by the sounds of people’s heels on the industrial flooring here at dLife.   In particular, it was my right eye that was bothering me. The panic was on a slow boil, starting with those little…

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