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Looking Back: Define? Or Explain.

Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Relationships By June 2, 2014 Tags: , 2 Comments

The tagline on my blog is “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me,” and today I’m looking back at the origin of that phrase in a post from May 2006.  (This was a discussion with my older brother, and I’m grateful that both my brother and sister contributed to my book, Balancing Diabetes.) *   *   * “Diabetes doesn’t…

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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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Ironic Baking.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By May 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

Earlier this week, Birdzone asked if we could bake some bread.  (We’ve been baking bread for her since she was very small, avoiding gluten for the first 15 months of her life and becoming gluten-free bakers, after a fashion, for a year or two.)  Now, thanks to a bread machine that makes baking bread easier, we whip up random recipes. …

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Circle.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 25 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, when I went to calibrate my Dexcom, the wheel-o-everything (that wheel on the right hand side of the receiver that is used to calibrate, view the graph, set alarms … everything) made a very soft clicking sound, not unlike the sound my old computer made when I pressed on the F key and then it came loose off…

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Guest Post: The One Diabetes Rule I Always Follow.

Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Thanks to the magic of the Internet and how words can travel from CA to RI by email faster than a sneeze, I’m happy to be hosting a guest post from friend and fellow PWD, Christopher Angell.  (You may remember him from such glucose tabs as GlucoLift and such guest posts as the one about decAY1c.)  Today, he’s writing about…

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Looking in the Windows.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By May 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

Following through on these eye doctor appointments at Joslin’s eye clinic usually means carving out 5+ hours in the day. Even though Rhode Island is assumed to have a short commute to Boston proper, with traffic it can take two hours to get into the city.  Which means that for a 1.30 pm appointment, we had to leave the house…

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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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A Day Late, an Islet Short.

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

I missed the last day of Diabetes Blog Week, but I’m determined to follow through on the prompts, because I love being part of this community. The last prompt is to highlight some of the work we’ve loved reading this past week:  “As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things. This can…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Life-Hacks.

Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

I feel like the beginning of Diabetes Blog Week had so many prompts that really tapped the emotionally-saturated side of my diabetes management that I’m spent.  But I didn’t want to phone it in today for the last weekday post, so I’m pulling myself up by the bloggy bootstraps and putting my hacker hat on.  (Damn, Gina – that sounds…

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D-Blog Week: What Brings Me Down … and Then Back Up.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

Diabetes has made my body broken in ways I don’t readily admit, but I am sometimes forced to acknowledged.  People talk about my daughter’s chances of developing the disease and they always give me what they think is a comforting comment – “At least it would be the devil you know,” – but that doesn’t ease my boxed-away fears and…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Poetry.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Uncategorized By May 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

Today is Poetry Day for Diabetes Blog Week, and I’m paying homage to one of our favorite books here in the run-by-a-four-year-old Sparling household – Room on the Broom. There’s Room, I Assume? The Girl has a panc And islets that were blank And a long history With no pancreas thanks. Oh but how the Girl worked And how the…

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D-Blog Week: Change One Life, Change the World.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

My reasons for sharing my story of a life with type 1 diabetes were few, but definitive:  I felt alone.  I wanted to feel less alone, because the whole “feeling alone” thing was wrecking some havoc on my emotional health.  I didn’t have many peers, in my life, who were living with diabetes, and the Internet offered very little in…

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