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Looking Back: Hawkey Playah.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

It’s a balmy 8 degrees in Rhode Island this morning, and we’re snapping icicles off of everything by the dozen.  Going out into the driveway and attempting to get into the car becomes an accidental hockey rink.  Which reminded me of the time a lady caught me changing my infusion set in a restaurant bathroom and then talking about her…

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OMG MY PHONE.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

“WaitasecondIcan’tfindmyphone.” A sentiment that comes tumbling out as one, single word, and impales me right through my social-media obsessed heart.  (Not really my social media obsessed heart, but the heart of someone who is in phone-tether-mode thanks to my littlest Bird, my job, and my diabetes-related discomfort at the thought of being out-of-contact with people who provide emergency medical care,…

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Another #DayOfDiabetes, Twitter-Style.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

For World Diabetes Day yesterday, I attempted to participate in another round of #dayofdiabetes, using Twitter to log the different nuances of a day with type 1 diabetes.  It was a tougher day than normal, Internet-wise, because I spent the morning in the plane and the rest of the afternoon with very limited access to Wifi, but it was World…

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“OK.”

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 20 Comments

“Mawm, I can I help you put on your pump right now?” It’s always an issue of immediacy.  If Birdy sees me taking off an old pump site and preparing a new infusion set for insertion, she’s immediately taken with the urge to press all the buttons and cue up the dosing. “Sure, you can help with some of the…

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The Price of Being Stubborn.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By August 7, 2013 Tags: , , 12 Comments

“Huh.  Still in the 200’s.  That sucks.” But I’ve been stressed out and was on a train at the time, so I laced in a quick correction bolus and barely noticed that the site felt a little sore as I was sitting on the Acela.  Later that day, still in the 200’s.  But again, stress?  So I went to dinner…

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Guest Post: I’m Going to Pump *CLAP* You Up!

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By July 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

Today’s guest post is from friend, fellow PWD, and creator of the glucose tabs I stuff into my face for those lovely 3 am hypoglycemic events, Christopher Angell.  These are his first impressions of life as a cyborg as he gives pumping insulin with the t:slim a run. *   *   * I put off pumping for a long time. When…

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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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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 superheros and supervillains. …

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Raspberries.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin By June 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

The infusion set was on the tail-end-of-day-three-just-about-day-four, so maybe it was starting to sour. Or maybe it was going to the beach/playing in the garden/flying kites that tousled the site too much, causing the tubing to untwist just a little bit from the lock at the top of the insulin cartridge.  (Is that even possible?) Or maybe it was just…

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