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What’s On Your Bedside Table?

Real Life Diabetes By April 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

What do you mean, all the glucose tab jars were in the car and you were out of juice so you stashed one giant marshmallow on your bedside table in case of low blood sugars? Potentially a bit gross, but practical.  Serves as a throw pillow when not in use. You might also like: Robot Arms. LOW. Hypoglycemic Blues. Mommy’s…

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Binge-Watching Causes Low Blood Sugars.

Blood Sugars, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Dead Poet’s Society.  It might be a film from 1989, but it remains one of my favorites largely in part to Josh Charles as Knox Overstreet. (He doesn’t care that Chris is with Chet.  Carpe diem!  And there’s a point to this – stick with me.) Chris and I don’t watch a lot of television, but we have been swept…

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Spring Cleaning.

Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By April 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Finally – FINALLY – the bulbs planted last fall are starting to make good on their promises. I don’t much care for resolutions that throw anchor in January, but I am a big fan of spring cleaning.  Organizing diabetes supply closets!  Rebooting an exercise routine! Scheduling the next slate of medical appointments (endo, primary care, dermatologist for a long-overdue re-examination…

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Inset/Outset.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Most of the time (read: every other time except this one), the cannula is laced through the insertion needle on the insets for my insulin pump infusion sets.  But this infusion set was attacked by diabetes gremlins, because the cannula made a run for it before I even opened the spaceship pod: Scott, on Facebook, quipped it best:  “It appears…

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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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Bloody Cannula. (A Grost.)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

This one’s a grost [read: gross post], so viewer beware: Blood sugars inexplicably in the high 200’s?  Burning sensation when I bolus?  Site uncomfortable to lay on? Shoulda known.  Sneaky little vampire cannula. You might also like: Sweet Little Lancet. How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.) Looking Back: How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.)…

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Do You Take a Probiotic?

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By March 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , 35 Comments

Insulin is an essential part of my life with type 1 diabetes.  (See also:  duh)  But it’s not the only thing I take regularly in efforts to maintain optimal health. (That sentence sounds so formal.  “Optimal health.” Also makes me think of Transformers.  Optiumus Health would be a badass Transformer … maybe a gas/electric hybrid instead of a tractor trailer?)…

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The One About Balancing Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By March 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Life with diabetes isn’t about the diabetes itself, but about the life it’s a part of.  There is a life to be found after diagnosis, and it’s a good one.  Being able to take a blood sugar and remove the blame and guilt from that result, focusing only on the actions needed to correct that number or duplicate it?  Viewing…

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Diabetes Food Lies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 41 Comments

So many rules were slapped into place immediately upon diagnosis, with diabetes feeling like a disease of “don’ts.”  Don’t eat cookies, don’t forget to measure your food, don’t leave the house without your meter or insulin or glucose tabs, don’t go to bed without checking your blood sugar, don’t eat too much sugar-free candy or else you will take up…

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Missed Manners.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By February 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 60 Comments

So this popped up as a Q&A in a recent Miss Manners column: “DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a businessman who frequently flies both domestically and internationally. I also happen to be an insulin-dependent diabetic.  I currently do my glucose testing in my seat. It does involve using a lancet device to get a drop of blood to test, but…

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Guest Post: How the MiniMed 530G Changed My Diabetes Management (Without Ever Even Seeing it in Person)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

SUM is being borrowed today by Christopher Angell, fellow PWD and creator of GlucoLift, so that he can share his thoughts on the Minimed 530G … without having ever seen or used the system.  What is he on about?  Find out … *   *   * Leading up to the launch of the Medtronic 530G (and what a long lead-up it…

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