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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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Hypo Perspectives.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By January 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 20 Comments

Last night my low alarm went off like a siren in my bedroom, partly because I had hooked my phone up to a bluetooth speaker to (successfully) help amplify the Dexcom alarms, but mostly because my blood sugar was 50 mg/dL. How the alarm didn’t wake up my daughter (clad in Captain American pajamas and asleep in my bed because…

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Looking Back: Put On Your Listening Ears.

Diabetic Mommy By December 1, 2015 Tags: , , 2 Comments

While traveling for IDF’s World Congress this week (#wdc2015), I’m missing my little one.  Which is why I’m looking back at some posts that feature my little Bird, because she cracks me up … and also because she’s a supportive member of my diabetes team.  Today, I’m revisiting a post about a low blood sugar, the word “NO,” and a…

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All Night Long.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin By November 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

It started out innocently enough.  Just a wiggly little drop before bedtime with a bit of insulin on board, so the need for snacking was elevated. With .8u IOB. Snacktime. #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:32pm PST A small handful of raisins and I’m on my merry way.  No worries! But then…

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Guest Post: “KITTY!!” and Other Low Tales.

Blood Sugars, Guest Diabetes Blogger By August 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Mindy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during the age of NPH (not the actor) and Regular when she was 7 years old. She’s been involved in the diabetes community since she was diagnosed and got involved in the online community when she started her blog (Telling Type 1 Diabetes Who’s Boss – which she recently changed to There’s More…

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A Matter of Apologies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Relationships By July 28, 2015 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

“I was low.  I was frustrated because of the low blood sugar.  I’m sorry.” “It’s okay,” and I can tell she means it by the look in her friendly, brown eyes. I used to be very terrible at saying, “I’m sorry.”  I would hold on to frustration and anger in a way that was not good for me or anyone…

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Robot Arms.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 4 Comments

[You can read my Dexcom disclosures here.] The low alarm slammed into my ears from across the bed, coming from my Dexcom receiver on the bedside table.  A half second later, it echoed from my cell phone, where the SHARE app threw out a loud warning of its own. LOW. I reached over and clicked on my phone, which was…

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Does Not Compute.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Complications, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By June 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

“Do you guys have any fun plans for the summer?” The question was simple enough, but not even close to a level my hypoglycemia-addled brain could handle.  I had trouble formulating a response, and the lag time was embarrassing.  We’ve only moved to the neighborhood a few months ago and haven’t solidified relationships with our neighbors yet, so being wickedly…

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