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“You shed de esh word.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m from a very big family – my mother is one of seven and my dad is one of five, for starters – so I had plenty of relatives who used to babysit for me when I was small.  Overnight visits at my aunts’ houses were part of the fun, and I always looked forward to them.  (Because – let’s…

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Free Shower

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

  I love free showers. They are rare bird moments, but pulling off due-to-be changed pump infusion sets and ratty CGM sensors, then stepping into a hot shower and being able to scrub skin with reckless abandon is AMAZING. Free showers.  See also:  yaaaaaas. You might also like: Free Shower. Free Shower. Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass….

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Diabetes Feeties

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications By January 7, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

The title of this post is terrible but I kept it because it rhymed. Don’t judge. Or, if you do judge, judge by way of rhyming couplet.* So I’ve had diabetes for 32 years. Which is a long ass time. (Long ass … weird visual.) It’s not so long that I’m paranoid, but long enough that I’m becoming aware. Like it’s…

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Hypersensitive: A Look at the Dexcom G6, Several Months Later

Dexcom By January 3, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 23 Comments

I’ve been using the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor since April, and over the last few months, I’ve settled into a pattern with this new system.  But there have been some hiccups alongside some victories.  And that’s what this post is about, ya’ll. THE INSPIRING:  There’s no denying that not having to prick my finger is AMAZING. My fingertips feel…

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Diabetic Health Journal GIVEAWAY

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Products, Healthcare By December 17, 2018 Tags: , , , , 64 Comments

POST EDIT:  The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified.  Thanks!! Lauren Bongiorno is a virtual diabetic health coach, entrepreneur, and author of the Diabetic Health Journal. Lauren coaches and creates resources for people with type 1 diabetes all over the world to achieve optimal diabetes management and feel strong and empowered. Lauren’s practice is rooted in her…

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Podcast: Dads and Diabetes

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By December 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

New podcasts keep popping up all over the place, and the diabetes world is no exception.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across several that I’ll be highlighting here, starting today with the Dads and Diabetes podcast.  Mark and Alan, the podcast co-hosts, join me today for an informal interview.  (All my interviews are informal.  🙂 ) Kerri:  Thanks…

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Rage Bolus

Blood Sugars, Insulin By December 4, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

I’m weirdly proud to have brought this term to the DOC back in 2005 or 2006.  (My blog has fallen apart/reassembled a few different times since then, so the posts are wonkily formatted, and some are missing.)  And every time I read the phrase on someone’s post or see it on a t-shirt or actually take a frigging rage bolus,…

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The Skin I’m In

Diabetes Complications, Real Life Diabetes By December 3, 2018 Tags: , , , 12 Comments

Last week, I was happy to visit the dermatologist for my yearly skin once-over. I’ve written about skin things before (the one about melasma, and the weird toe, and dry skin like whoa), and lately, I feel like there have been more issues than usual.  I blame the weather turning mind- blowingly cold all of a sudden, as my hands…

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Advice for “Newbies”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 27, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

(This prompt was pulled from the #happydiabeticchallenge over on Instagram.  To check out that hashtag, click here.) I feel weird giving advice because even after 32 years of diabetes, I’m still trying to figure things out.  A lot of the time, I have “no eyed deer” what I doing. But the main thing that I keep circling back to is the…

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Diabetes Cost of Living

Diabetes Advocacy, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By November 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

It is humbling to look in the butter compartment of my fridge and see insulin.  It’s necessary.  And I’m grateful. The out of pocket cost is upwards of $380 per bottle without insurance, and making sure our family has insurance coverage is our biggest worry in regular rotation. When job situations look dicey, my first concern is insurance.  When there’s talk of storms…

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Diabetes and Mental Health

Diabetes Poetry By November 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

“Just don’t eat sugar.” “Take your pills.” “Count your carbs.” “Avoid most thrills. “Be prepared.” “Plan ahead.” But this disease Is in my head. I can’t split up the thoughts around My mental health and body sound. Impossible to draw a line Between “I’m sick” and feeling fine. Just take my shot?  And avoid stress? Beware of cake?  Test, don’t…

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