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Hypo Management.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By December 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

“Ninety-five percent of the time, I’m fine.  The lows are ones I can treat myself, even if the number is really low.  Usually my symptoms are shakiness or like this brain fog.  When the lows are really gross, I usually cry at random.  Or I throw things.  No real in between.  But the majority of the time, I can take…

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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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LOW.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By October 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , 19 Comments

BEEP!BEEP!BEEP! from the Dexcom receiver on the bedside table. I heard it beeping for a long time. Woke up with sweat pouring off my forehead and running down the side of my face, pooling up in my ears and in my collarbone.  The pillow was soaked.  My hair was soaked.  An outline of me underneath me, the line drawn with…

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Sparkly, Like Her Shoes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes By June 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

As a family, we went to dinner and Birdy’s sequin-covered shoes sparkled furiously in the afternoon sunlight.  Her shoes were downright distracting and I found myself low-staring at them, focusing on the individual sparkles being projected onto the tablecloth at the restaurant.  My brain had hit an uncomfortably steady pace with the anxiety of being under 60 mg/dL for more…

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Looking Back: Dining Out.

Uncategorized By June 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

I love going out on the town for the night And having a meal by a soft candlelight (Because I know, at a restaurant, meals are yummy; For the food isn’t prepped, touched, or cooked by me.) But to dine with type 1 can be quite complex, Because restaurant food has a whole set of specs That require some SWAG’ing;…

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Hypo Effery.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

BEEEEEPBEEEEEPBEEEEEP!! My purse start vibrating in a panic. 79 mg/dL and two arrows down – how the hell did that happen?  I just dropped my daughter off at preschool.  My blood sugar was 139 mg/dL before leaving the house with a steady, easterly arrow. I pulled the car over and put on my hazard lights so I could bust out…

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Put On Your Listening Ears.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By May 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

Our backyard is big and lovely and fenced in on all sides so that when Birdy and I are playing outside, we’re both safe from cars and giant woodland creatures (except the ones that can shimmy underneath the fence … I’m looking at you, groundhog).  I don’t keep my eyes glued to her while she plays, and we can enjoy…

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Functionally Low.

Blood Sugars, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

The Dexcom yelled at me from the kitchen table – “BEEEEP, BEEEEP, BEEEEP!” – and I double-checked the alarm just to make sure I was actually low, since I’d been basal testing all morning long and I’m always wary of my graph when it’s nice-happy-in-range. (Note:  It’s really, really easy to test basal rates when you take a red eye…

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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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Looking Back: Lows in Public.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By March 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

On the road this week, so I’m looking back at a post from June 2012 about experiencing hypoglycemia in a public place.  It’s never fun to be low, but I’m always grateful for the patience and compassion of others who help see me back to being in-range. *   *   * I heard the Dexcom BEEEEEEP!ing in that frantic, “you’re low”…

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Hypo Unawareness.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 11, 2014 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

There are times when I think that maybe my hypoglycemia unawareness is made up, or all in my mind, or that it’s overblown and exaggerated.  “Pfffft, you can go without a Dexcom for a few hours, because you’ll totally feel any lows that crop up,” is the mantra that runs through my head when I pull a sensor off and…

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Looking Back: Telling Off the Paramedics.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By March 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

A few things:  This post is almost ten years old, which is unsettling on its own accord. It also documents the only time in my 27 years with type 1 diabetes that paramedics needed to be brought in to assist, and mostly because my roommate needed help getting me to eat, not because I was unconscious. I miss Abby and…

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Endless Lows.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By February 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 15 Comments

I do not know what makes them stick like this, the lows that creep in and stay creepy for hours at a time. “Is this thing serious?” I asked.  Then I’d prick my finger to confirm that, indeed the Dexcom was serious, and I was in fact still low. There are times when high blood sugars are stubborn and refuse…

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The Art of the Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

“So it’s a Wednesday night … what’s the chance we might not be seated right away?” “Are you talking to me?” Chris asked, pulling the car into a parking spot near the entrance of the restaurant. “Yeah.  Sort of.  I’m trying to decide if I should bolus now, because I’m 200 and I don’t want to be high all night. …

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Long Term Lows.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By January 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 24 Comments

Last night, just before bed, I did what I do every night before turning off the bedside lamp:  checked the IOB (insulin on board) on my pump and looked at the Dexcom graph.  IOB was okay (0.21u from a small snack bolus two and a half hours earlier), but the Dexcom was showing 146 mg/dL and heading in a southwesterly…

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