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Happy Flowerless Valentine’s Day: Spare a Rose.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 14, 2014 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Today is the last day of the Spare A Rose campaign, and as of this morning, the diabetes community has raised $19821.34 from 604 donations. Our original goal was to raise $10,000, and we’ve almost met that goal twice over in the course of two weeks.  And it’s still early this Valentine’s Day – final totals will be compiled over…

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Diabetes Art Day: PWD Paper Dolls.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 3, 2014 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

A few weeks, ago, I stumbled upon some really excellent paper dolls created by Hannah at LightBulbBooks.  Her aim was to create something that encouraged interests in science and engineering for young girls, and I loved her creations.  Birdy and I printed them out, colored them, and played for hours, talking about how she could be a scientist, if she…

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Food Reminders.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized By January 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 24 Comments

“Half a cup?  Let me get the measuring cups,” my mom would say, foraging around in her purse for the ubiquitous set of measuring cups she toted around. She always knew what  “half a cup” looked like because she didn’t guess.  Her management of my diabetes was precise when she was in charge, back in the day. I am admittedly…

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How Real Do You Want It?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching the articles about Lisa Bonchek Adams circle, ranging from the New York Times opinion piece by Bill Keller to the one written by Emma Keller (his wife) for The Guardian (which has been removed from The Guardian site but lives on in the archives), to the response piece written by Brian Loew…

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If I Knew Then: Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Dexcom.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy By January 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 71 Comments

I tried my first CGM system back in 2006 (this post outlines the very first awkward sensor application) and have spent the last seven years or so being thankful that this technology exists.  If I knew then what I know now … actually, I started on a CGM as quickly as I could, and stayed on it.  Why I wanted…

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Medtronic Diabetes Advocate Forum: Meaning Trumped Marketing.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By January 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join some of my advocacy colleagues for a meeting in Los Angeles, CA at the Medtronic Diabetes headquarters.  This event was put on by the teams at Medtronic and Bayer, and they covered travel, lodging, and expenses for attendees.  (Disclosure out of the way.)  The agenda included “interactive sessions on the latest…

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Of Icicles and Ellipticals.

Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By January 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 19 Comments

It’s cold.  Freakshow cold, to the point where it hurts to stand outside for more than a few minutes.  Chris actually built a shelter for The Cat That’s Not Ours (aka “Fluffy”) because it is cold as a witch’s’ nipple outside.  (Can’t say “cold as a witch’s tit” because that phrase is creepy, but I almost said it by accident…

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Clever Diabetes Recycling (Upcycling!)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

After 27 years of type 1 diabetes, with ten years of pumping and over 60,000 blood sugar checks, I’ve certainly generated my share of diabetes-related garbage.  All the little syringe caps and infusion sets, bottles of insulin, and dead strips, I could scent a landfill with the soft, wafting bouquet of band-aids (insulin) with ease. But it doesn’t all have…

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Verio Sync: Second Impressions.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

[Second Disclosure Verse, Same as the First:  I have received the Verio Sync meter for review prior to the full US launch. I was not asked to write this review.  Opinions shared, for better or for worse, are mine.  Typos, too.] It’s been about five weeks since I started using the Verio Sync, and after getting over the initial “eh,…

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Light Up Meter: Secondary Uses.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

One thing I really love about recently-developed blood glucose meters is how so many of them have a small light at the top of the device, allowing PWD to FINALLY see what the hell they’re doing when they check in the dark.  Light up meters have saved precious blood droplets in bed, movie theaters, and dark restaurants (not to mention…

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Year in Review! Last Minute!

Diabetes Online Community By December 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Here’s what I wrote to introduce this post back in 2012:  “Yearly recap?  Sure!  Here we go: the first lines of a definitive post from each month in 2012.  With the same photo I’ve used for the last few years … maybe I’ll update that in 2013.  :)”  Clearly, I have done nothing to update things this year.  ONWARD ……

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