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parenting with diabetes

Close Encounters of the Pancreatic Kind

Diabetes Community By September 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Two chance diabetes encounters while traveling two weeks ago.  This conversation took place in the lobby of our hotel in Bar Harbor, Maine: “Excuse me?  Is that your bag?” The lady in the hotel lobby pointed at my tote bag, the one that said Children with Diabetes on it, the yellow smiley face grinning out at her. “It is,” I…

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Parenting with Diabetes: Round Two

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“Pump!  Pump, pump, pump!  Pump, where are you?” It’s his siren call, yelled at full volume as my toddler forages around in my top trying to find my insulin pump.  “Oh hi, pump!  One … two … three!” and the buttons are pressed and the beeps are beeped and I’m constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t given me a…

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Looking Back: In a Pickle

Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food By March 1, 2018 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Today’s post is from 2015, back when Birdy was only five years old, when we were talking about the carbohydrate content of some foods and why her mom cares about odd things like this.    *   *   * “So you can eat any food you wanted so long as it tastes like a pickle?” my daughter asked, looking…

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Eleven and the Harmonimato.

Diabetic Mommy By July 24, 2017 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Hey there little Guy, “YEAH!” is your favorite word.  You are a crawling affirmation of everything.  You make me feel a teeny bit like I gave birth to Lil Jon.  YEAH! “YEAH!!” All the time, from you.  “YEAH!!”  At the grocery store and in the car and at Grammie’s and when we pick Birdy up from camp.  “YEAH!”  While you’re…

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Recipe for FFL.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 12, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Want to make Friends for Life?  Here’s how: Ingredients: 1 large Coronado Spring Millions of humidity molecules 3,000 family members who live with diabetes 1,000 (estimated) Mickey Mouse waffles 22 bowls of glucose tabs Dozens of supportive siblings Hundreds of orange bracelets Hundreds of green bracelets Several buffet tables of carb-counted food Add sports central, support sessions, and learning workshops to…

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Five Months.

Uncategorized By January 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

To my Guy, Five months old!  (And I’m pretty sure I forgot to write you a letter at the four month mark, so here’s a quick high five for turning four months old a bit back, too.)  Five months ago, I was excitedly awaiting your arrival and folding piles of baby clothes.  Now, I am greeted by your big, toothless smile…

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Word Choice.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By December 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“Mom, why do you wear that bracelet again?” She knows why, but every few months, she asks again.  Why do I wear a medical alert bracelet?  Why is that thing as important to leaving the house as having my keys? “I wear it because it says I have diabetes, just in case someone needs to know.” “Why would they need…

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“How do you explain diabetes to her?”

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy By September 30, 2016 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

“How do you explain diabetes to her?” How do you explain diabetes to your kid?  I wish there was a strategy, a predictable path that conversations about health and wellness could take, like when my daughter brings out The Game of Life and I want to replace all the normal life stuff with the diabetes versions I marked as milestones along…

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What Happens to Your Brain When You Don’t Sleep.

Diabetic Mommy By September 28, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

There’s a little boy who lives in my house now and he seems to likes us.  He likes his big sister and he likes his mom and dad and he likes the cats.  He likes socks.  And fluffy blankets when we go on walks.  And he loves taking naps while the sun shines through the living room windows. All awesome. What…

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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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