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What A Low Blood Sugar Feels Like.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By November 7, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 116 Comments

Across the board, a low blood sugar seems to be considered as anything under 70 mg/dL.  Revisiting the American Diabetes Association’s website this morning offers up a list of symptoms of low blood sugar, like: Shakiness Nervousness or anxiety Sweating, chills and clamminess Irritability or impatience Confusion, including delirium Rapid/fast heartbeat Lightheadedness or dizziness Hunger and nausea Sleepiness Blurred/impaired vision…

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Photo-A-Day: Snacks.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By November 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

When we were in Montreal, a company had their marketers out on the street, handing out snacks.  We gladly accepted, hoping it wouldn’t end up being a bag filled with poisonous razorblades (of course not, because it’s Canada, eh?). “I don’t like these, Mawm,” said Birdy, deftly spitting hers back into my hand. “Me neither,” said Chris, thankfully not as…

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National Diabetes Awareness American Month Diabetes … Month?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 61 Comments

It’s National Diabetes Month, according to the President.  And American Diabetes Month, according to the ADA.  It’s Press Release Inundation Month, according to people who work for companies looking to connect with the diabetes community.  But for people living with diabetes, November.  And it’s also our chance to raise more awareness for our health condition/disease/whatever you’d like to call it….

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Halloween Rules for Kids and Adults with Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By October 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Halloween DOES rule!!  It’s fun and gives people the opportunity to make costumes, hang out with friends and family, and collect some tasty treats and … Wait, you thought there would be rules?  Like actual rules to enjoying Halloween? There aren’t any set rules to doing the whole Halloween-and-diabetes thing.  Back when I was a kid with diabetes (we went…

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Ketchup and Mustard.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 27 Comments

Blood sugar excursions are one thing (little trips to the grocery store, short flights to Canada … those sorts of excursions are fine) but the long-haul ones are not okay (BOS -> MEL).  I can deal with a sticky high of 180 or 200 mg/dL without getting fired up, and lows are less frequent these days, so I’m not as…

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Of Cocktails and Community

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 19 Comments

“So what you should do is see what people are searching for and then carefully tailor your posts to draw in those searches.  Pick the search engine terms that there isn’t a high competition for, giving you an advantage in Google’s search algorithm.” The example he used was pretty simple:  “10 Best Cocktails for People with Diabetes” In a discussion…

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So Fresh and So Clean. (Clean.)

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 22 Comments

I rarely clean my pump.  I hope that doesn’t make me a complete dirtbag (though the more I think about it, the more I should regularly clean this device that is with me 24 hours a day, every single day, and is brought everywhere but in the shower, so it’s likely to be the most filthy thing I own). But…

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Looking Back: Law and Disorder.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Today, I’m looking back today at a post from December 2006, talking about an infusion set that went wonky on me during dinner.  This was all pre-engagement, pre-marriage, pre-Bird (“Play Pre-Bird!”), but not pre-diabetes,  because my blog doesn’t go back far enough.  *   *   * *Dun dun (the Law & Order noise)* Prosecution Attorney:  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,…

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The Friday Six: Poutine Edition.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, The Friday Six By October 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

I have some very useful, informative links to share today, but before I do, I have to admit:  I don’t like poutine.  It looks like discarded fries that someone fished out of a garbage can.  My husband loves the stuff and is trying to convince me that it’s a delicacy, but I’m not converting.  Being in Montreal this week for…

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Wordless … Tuesday?

Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 15, 2013 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

It warms my heart (and almost jump-starts my islets) when Birdy sits on my lap and uses my Dexcom sensor to rest her hand on, like it’s the arm on a recliner. (And yes, that’s Loopy’s head, hanging out in the background.) You might also like: Wordless Wednesday: Birdzone in the LHJ Zone. It’s a Good Tune. Giving Tuesday: Diabetes…

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Hypoglycemic Blues.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 14 Comments

This past weekend, I was in Omaha (pronounced in my head as “OMAHA!!!!” almost every time), Nebraska for a TCOYD conference, joining in as speaker for the event. One of the topics in OMAHA!!!! that we talked about was the integration of medical devices, sharing anecdotal stories about life with out diabetes-related robot parts.  Panel moderator Dr. Jeremy Pettus shared…

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Guest Post: See You in the Slipstream!

Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support By October 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Virtue Bajurny calls herself  “a Type 1” and has had diabetes for 20 years. Until finding Connected in Motion she hadn’t been able to meet and befriend another Type 1. She lives in Toronto, but now calls Connected in Motion home. She is a social worker and is currently working as the Community Manager for Connected in Motion.  And today,…

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