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A Jacket, Just in Case

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Traveling By November 6, 2017 Tags: , , , 36 Comments

BEEP BEEP BEEP 2 am Low alarm. Where am I? Hotel. Hotel room in Kansas City. Damp. Damp with sweat. My long sleeve shirt stuck to the inside of my elbows, ironed by panic. BEEP BEEP BEEP Kansas City. That’s where I am. Why am I beeping? 51 mg/dL. That red circle with the down arrow attached to it. Asking…

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A Sobering Experience

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

“Do you mind ringing out this orange juice first?”  I asked the lady who was working the cash register. “No problem,” and she went bip with the scanner against the bottle’s bar code while my Dexcom screamed BEEP BEEP BEEP! from my phone. I opened the bottle and downed the majority of it in one, open-throated gulp.  My son, strapped into…

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Useless Juice.

Blood Sugars, diabetes, Diabetes Products By June 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

We don’t drink juice “for fun” in our house; it’s only for low blood sugars, considered almost as medicinal as the insulin hiding out in the butter compartment of our fridge. So when I came home with these juice boxes unintentionally, I was pissed. 35% less sugar?  That’s exactly what I don’t want! Useless juice.  I’m bringing it back and swapping it…

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DBlogWeek 2017: Diabetes and The Unexpected.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By May 15, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Diabetes Blog Week prompt for Monday: Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random.  What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens?  Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved one’s, life…

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Emergency Plan.

Blood Sugars By March 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

Was just 106 mg/dL.  Tumbled fast to 40. Took minutes.  Felt like seconds. Dizzy. Wait – get phone. Put the baby in his crib. He’s safe in there. Already drank juice – plenty of it – now wait wait waaaaaaaait. …. waaaaaaiting. Wall edges seem wiggly, like if I poked them they’d shudder like Jell-O. Baby is safely in the…

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That Low, Though.

Blood Sugars By January 17, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

The low blood sugar hadn’t rooted firmly enough in my brain yet, but I knew something was wrong.  My feet were heavy against the treadmill belt, and I kept rewinding the show I was watching because the dialog wasn’t making much sense to me. BEEEEP!  BEEEEP!  BEEEEEEEP! hollered my phone (aka surrogate Dexcom receiver) from the cupholder of the treadmill….

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Fifteen Minutes, Fifteen Grams.

Blood Sugars, Diabetic Mommy By June 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

I just needed fifteen minutes, after fifteen grams of carbs. “I can’t go with you, because I need to eat something else and wait for my blood sugar to come up.  You guys can go without me and come right back, if you want?” The sentences sounded soft and measured.  Sure, go for the bike ride around the neighborhood, dear daughter…

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Looking Back: Cleaning Crews.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories By February 15, 2016 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

It’s weird to see that posts from 2011 are still relevant to how my diabetes behaves today.  See also:  when my blood sugar is tumbling, sometimes the dishes become a priority over a fistful of jellybeans.  Today, I’m looking back at a post from 2011 discussing that exact phenomenon, the urge to become a one-woman cleaning crew when under 65…

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Hypo Kick.

Blood Sugars By February 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

“I heard the alarms going off, yeah.  But what woke me up completely was when you started screaming,” Chris said over breakfast. “Oh yeah.  That was a thing,” I agreed, remembering that moment clearly. On the whole, I’m a very quiet sleeper.  I don’t snore, I don’t move around much while I sleep, and generally I’m silent, except for the…

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