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type 1 diabetes

“Instead of making insulin …”

Diabetic Mommy By December 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

“What’s insulin?” my daughter asked me as I was buckling her into the car seat. She knows the word because vials of insulin sit where the butter usually resides in other people’s refrigerators. “Insulin is a hormone that people’s pancreases make.  It helps make the foods we eat into something our bodies can use for energy.  My pancreas doesn’t make…

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A Wicked Rash.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 18 Comments

When I was younger, my pediatric endocrinologist told me that I shouldn’t be poking the syringes into the parts of my skin that didn’t hurt.  “If you don’t feel the pinch of the needle, that means you have scar tissue building up, which can lead to poor absorption of the insulin.”  She stayed on me about rotating injection sites, and…

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Diabetes Month, Diabetes Year.

Uncategorized By November 26, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Diabetes Awareness Month is almost over, closing out on November 30th.  Throughout the month, I’ve watched some really inspiring efforts take flight to raise awareness for diabetes, including the Project Blue November campaign.  Project Blue November has been a big part of my Facebook feed throughout the month, showcasing photos of advocates and celebrities alike sporting their blue circle pin….

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Tootsie Roll of Doom.

Blood Sugars, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By November 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

Low blood sugars can sound like stories told ’round the campfire, with great embellishments and drama as to who can tolerate the lowest number without tipping over. “Low?  I wasn’t just low.  I was so low that my eyes were swimming away from my face and my meter said 52 mg/dL but I still got my own juice.” “52?  I…

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#DayOfDiabetes Went a Little Rogue on Me.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 4, 2014 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

I started the day strong, but after hours of a frustrating high blood sugar and seemingly bolusing saline instead of insulin (but it was insulin – I checked), I hit a big NOPE when it came to documenting the end of my #dayofdiabetes. I didn’t want to keep documenting my frustrations, not because I was ashamed of them, but because…

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Chronicle. (See also: #dayofdiabetes)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By November 3, 2014 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

(Chronicle was a movie from a few years ago that I actually liked very much, even though it god a little crazypants towards the end.  Still, a quality film, IMO.) But today’s post is not about that movie.  It’s about chronicling a day with a chronic condition.  For Diabetes Awareness Month, I’m taking diabetes awareness to task by documenting the…

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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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Pros and Cons of Going Gluten-Free. (and a brief lament about the smooshed banana)

Diet and Food, Gluten Free, Traveling By October 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 21 Comments

It’s been about seven weeks on this “no way, gluten!” lifestyle, and I’m starting to find my footing.  But there are still many pros and cons to balance, so I’m listing them here.  That way, I can look back at this post in a few months and be all, “Pfffft.  Whiner.  You’re in the zone now.” Here we go –…

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Show Me Your Pump … Or Not.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

During a presentation in Duluth, MN last week, I was talking about my family and I used a photo in the slide deck that I’ve used many times before.  It’s one of Birdy, Chris, and I and we’re at some park on a sunny fall day, enjoying the sunshine. “This is my family.  And right there – RIGHT THERE –…

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#DOCasksFDA – Your Feedback is Needed, DOC!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community By October 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

THIS IS THE LINK TO THE SURVEY.  Read below for more information on the virtual discussion between the diabetes community and the FDA, and how your input will shape that discussion, and potentially our future. “On November 3 from 1pm-4pm EDT, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the diabetes community will host an unprecedented event to discuss unmet needs…

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Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free By October 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 12 Comments

I’m five-ish weeks into a gluten-free life, and the waah waaaaaah is starting to wear off.  (I can’t pretend to be above the waaah.  Diabetes is such a food-anchored disease, and an additional restriction acts as an extra fun vacuum, sucking the fun out of meals even more.)  But I’m rounding a corner with this new (and admittedly self-imposed, but…

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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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