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Artist.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By July 16, 2015 Tags: 3 Comments

While I was making lunch for my daughter this afternoon, she occupied herself with construction paper, markers, scissors … and my glucose meter, glucose tabs, insulin pump, Dexcom, and lancing device. “Mom, I made all of your diabetes things.” Hard working artist. #diabeticmommy A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Jul 16, 2015 at 10:24am PDT Her creations. #diabetes…

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It’s a Good Tune.

Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

“BEEEEP … BEEEEP… BEEEEP!” “Mom, your Dexcom is making noise,” my daughter says casually, as we’re kicking the soccer ball around in the basement (because we’ll never, ever go outside again because snow). “It is. Hang on a second,” I told her. A click shows that my blood sugar is over my high threshold, with a few yellow dots taking…

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Wild Krattsabetes.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 23, 2015 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Wild Kratts have invaded my house in a big way.  It’s okay, because Birdy loves watching them and she learns all this random stuff about animals.  (“MOM! The lion’s mane is the same color as the savannah grass,” yelled from her car seat as we’re driving.  So I’m learning too, apparently.)  She dons her version of a creature power suit…

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“Instead of making insulin …”

Diabetic Mommy By December 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

“What’s insulin?” my daughter asked me as I was buckling her into the car seat. She knows the word because vials of insulin sit where the butter usually resides in other people’s refrigerators. “Insulin is a hormone that people’s pancreases make.  It helps make the foods we eat into something our bodies can use for energy.  My pancreas doesn’t make…

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Birdy the Kid and Jerry the Bear.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By November 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

“Jerry has diabetes, like you do, mom.  So I give him food and insulin and check his blood sugar and he likes to play archery.” A brief pause as Birdy rand her hands over Jerry’s soft bear ears. “Mom, what’s archery?” A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:41am PST [Disclosure:  Jerry was a gift…

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HypoPedicure.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By October 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

“Mom, can I [something something] ?” “Sure, kiddo,” I responded.  But I had no idea what she was asking me – her words were swirling around in the fog of my brain.  My blood sugar was 38 mg/dL and my Dexcom was wailing.  Chris was a few feet away, stirring something on the stove while he kept an eye on…

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“Do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?”

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support By October 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 39 Comments

“Hang on two more seconds, kiddo.  I need to check my blood sugar before we go.” She watches me casually as she slides her arm through the sleeve of her sweatshirt. “Mom, do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?” She asks me this question all the time now.  While diabetes is not a secret in our house, it’s not a…

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Mommy’s Little Pack Mule.

Blood Sugars, Diabetic Mommy, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By April 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Running alone brings out the Spibelt, and I cram it full of my on-the-move necessities:  glucose tabs, Dexcom receiver, keys, and phone.  Even though it’s reasonably streamlined and doesn’t bother me too much to tote around all that stuff, it’s a bulkier system than, oh, I don’t know … making my own insulin. But lo!  The child rides a bike! …

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How It Might Look.

Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 28, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

Birdy tore by on a scooter and another little kid followed closely with a plastic shopping cart crammed with toy food. “We’re superheroes!!!”  she yelled, out of breath as she zipped by. “I can tell!” I answered, looking up from my papers. I am the mom at playgroups who spends some of the time staring at an open Word document…

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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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Take Good Care of Me.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By May 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

“I’m going to draw a picture of Grandpa.” “Okay, so where do you start?” She put her finger to her lips, pondering.  “How about … a head!  With two eyes!  And a nose with nostrils.  And some cheeks.” Birdy pressed her pen against the paper, painstakingly drawing a circle for the head, and then two eyes, and a nose.  Her…

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Sixteen

Diabetic Mommy By August 19, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

Oh, you. Birdzone, you are sixteen months old.  And that’s, like, a big deal because you’ve now been “out” for double the amount of time you were “in.”  That’s some nice, neat math that I can handle.  (Unlike the calculations of how many diapers your dad and I have changed in the last sixteen months.  That’s a staggeringly gross number.)…

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