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Complicated.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Real Life Diabetes By July 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 109 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with macular edema. It’s a complication you can’t see, one that I can’t see until I can’t see.  Sophisticated computer equipment and  camera technology have afforded me the opportunity to find out early, giving me the chance to track this issue closely and opt for aggressive treatment options (laser surgery, medicated eye drops,…

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Crocheting Out of a Low.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes By June 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 11 Comments

What, you don’t have piles of scarves at your disposal, crafted in efforts to avoid over-eating?  Yes, yarn is part of my diabetes arsenal … didn’t see that one coming, did you?  (I didn’t.  Also, I’m old.  Also, speak up so I can hear you, young whippersnapper, and when you’re done, get off my lawn!)   You might also like:…

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Over It.

Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By June 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 42 Comments

It was sitting in traffic on the way to Boston for an endocrinologist appointment, spending more time in the car than in the actual care of my medical team.  The appointment was fine, and my A1c still holds steady in a range I’m comfortable with, and I even brought print outs of my meter results and a list of questions…

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Partnering for Diabetes Change.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By June 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Will you be at the CWD Friends for Life conference? There’s panel taking place, discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Here are some details: I am proudly involved with this project, and am inspired by…

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mySugr: Feeding the Diabetes Monster.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

At first, I was all indignant about the fact that diabetes was portrayed as a monster in this app. “I can’t hate it!  Or fear it, right?  That makes it a tumbleweed of psychosocial turmoil, doesn’t it?” In efforts to truly test the app, I went all in and embraced the monster.  Which is why I’ve spent the last few…

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Diabetic Fashionista.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Fashionista, I am not.  (Confirmed by my lack of understanding as to what ‘couture’ means, my love for the white-bra-under-white-shirt combo, and my undying affection for the skort.)  But even I realize that nothing ruins the fit of a nice dress sometimes more than the bulky mess of medical devices. During a presentation I gave recently, I wore a dress…

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“Bag got run over.”

Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

I’m not a light packer, but I am an efficient packer, in that I can fit a week’s worth of clothes, diabetes supplies, and travel needs (laptop, sundries, phone, etc.) into a carry-on bag.  I hate checking luggage.  But for this last trip, the total time away was ten days (and included several days at a conference with “real shoes’…

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Looking Back: I’m Fine.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community By June 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Revisiting a post from October 2012 about that concept of, “I’m fine.”  Because, even though I have diabetes, I am fine, but there is that … thing.  *   *   * “You have diabetes?  You seem fine.” “I am fine.” On an average day, diabetes falls under the “annoying but tolerable” category.  I test my blood sugar, wear any combination of…

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The Friendly Skies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Traveling By June 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

“Hi there.  Are you the guy who is responsible for this section of the plane?” He was holding a tray of drinks and paused to contemplate my question.  “I suppose I am.  I am responsible!  Now I feel powerful!”  He flexed, as much as he could in the limited corridor. “Awesome.  I don’t mean to trouble you, but I am…

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Ironmom

Diabetic Mommy By June 6, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

“I really like Ironman.  And Superman.  And Spiderman.”  She paused.  “But not the Hulk, because he smashes things.  Why he smashes things?” “He gets angry and that anger makes him turn into the giant green guy, and he smashes.” My daughter, thanks to her father’s affinity for all-things superhero, has developed a taste for the slate of superheroes and super…

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