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What Influences Blood Sugar? (Hint: Everything.)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By October 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“So the food you eat makes your blood sugar go high, right? And the insulin makes it go lower?” I clearly remember asking this of my certified diabetes educator, way back in the day, as I was trying to make sense of the things that could influence my blood sugar. It wasn’t until I was a little bit older, with…

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“Do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?”

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support By October 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 39 Comments

“Hang on two more seconds, kiddo.  I need to check my blood sugar before we go.” She watches me casually as she slides her arm through the sleeve of her sweatshirt. “Mom, do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?” She asks me this question all the time now.  While diabetes is not a secret in our house, it’s not a…

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Diasend: Now With More CGM!?

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By October 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Is it a glitch?  A misfiring Internet tube?  A mistake that they haven’t realized yet and now I’m that jerk for pointing it out?  WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!! Dexcom data, now available for upload on Diasend.  I don’t know when this changed (last time I looked was over 18 months ago), but it’s working now.  Even here, deep in Rhode…

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Best Intentions Need to Stick.

Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Yesterday, my bag was packed with all kinds of good intentions.  My CGM sensor was only three day old, on a bright and shiny Toughpad to prevent adhesive rash!  The Dexcom receiver was fully charged!  My CGM in the Cloud rig was all charged up and ready to send my data into the cloud so that I would have a…

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Seeking PWD Peers.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

Two weeks ago, I was in Vienna for the third annual European Animas Blogger Summit.  (I’m a blogger, and I have a working relationship with Animas.  Only missing the European part, and I can’t even pretend because I was once told that my attempt at a British accent was akin to Dick Van Dyke’s Mary Poppins attempt.  So, no.)  Other…

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So Many Things!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, The Friday Six By September 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A Friday Six on a Wednesday!  Because why the hell not. The FitBit obsession. Renza talks about the messaging of diabetes, and what we can do to get it right. Here is some damn sneaky research. Seb is still running. And I’m still supporting the hell out of him, because he’s incredibly dedicated. You can still support him, too. I…

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An In-Depth Look at the Diabetes UnConference.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships, SUM in Other Places By September 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Peer to peer support has been shown to be highly beneficial to those living with diabetes. The report, “Peer Support in Health – Evidence to Action,” summarizing findings from the first National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network shared that: “Among 20 studies of diabetes management, 19 showed statistically significant evidence of benefits of peer support.”  In keeping with that theme, The…

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Free Foods!

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Diet and Food By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , 3 Comments

…  “You can have pickles?  Or gelatin?  Or cucumber slices!” My mom tried to make these options sound appealing and delicious, but when I was a kid and my blood sugar was super high, pickles weren’t what I craved.  My body wanted to chug water and cheeseburgers simultaneously in efforts to cleanse the ketones and sate the high hunger. “Can…

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Changing the Set.

Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

Changing out an insulin pump infusion set is a methodical moment for me. I do things in the same order almost every time, with the same mildly frenetic mindset. Remove old set from my body so I can enjoy the “connected to nothing” feeling for as long as possible. Take out a new infusion set and new reservoir. Ferret out…

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Diabetes Relics: Accu-Chek II.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By September 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

[here’s a link to a full size photo] Scanned from the pages of the Fall 1986 issue of “Diabetes Forecast: The newsletter for people who live with diabetes,” this was my first glucose meter. Next week marks 28 years with type 1 diabetes for me, and looking back at the technology I used upon diagnosis, I see how far things…

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Pre-Bolusing for Snacks.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By September 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

“Do you pre-bolus for your meals?” “I do.”  (I was happy to answer this question because I actually do pre-bolus.  Pre-bolusing is my A1C’s saving grace.) “Okay, that’s great.”  She made a few notes in my chart.  “How about for snacks?  Do you pre-bolus for those?” “I … um, nope.  I am horrible at pre-bolusing for snacks.” Unfortunately, hat is…

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