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Lies.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 15 Comments

I used to lie to my pediatric endocrinologist.  (Not proud of this.) She’d sit at her desk and look through the logbook with all my blood sugars mapped out (this was back in the day when my mom and I collaborated on logging my blood sugars, which meant that they were often accounted for), sometimes with a furrowed brow. “So…

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Safety.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions By May 1, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

The beeeeep, beeeeeep of the Dexcom wakes us, showing the above-the-threshold red line indicating a high blood sugar. “Why so high?” And I thought about the low last night.  It was a gross one, with the shaking hands and the pajamas that needed to be changed because I sweated through my t-shirt and the hairdryer needed to be used because…

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Mommy’s Little Pack Mule.

Blood Sugars, Diabetic Mommy, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By April 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Running alone brings out the Spibelt, and I cram it full of my on-the-move necessities:  glucose tabs, Dexcom receiver, keys, and phone.  Even though it’s reasonably streamlined and doesn’t bother me too much to tote around all that stuff, it’s a bulkier system than, oh, I don’t know … making my own insulin. But lo!  The child rides a bike! …

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Dexcom Real Estate: Lower Back Edition.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By April 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

For the better part of the last seven years, I’ve been wearing my continuous glucose monitor sensor on my outer thigh.  I rotate this site in terms of not placing the next sensor right on top of where the old one was, but for the most part, my legs dominated CGM real estate choices, and I liked it that way….

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Don’t Mind Me.

Healthcare, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By April 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 12 Comments

Don’t mind me … … I’ll just be sitting here with 1 unit of Humalog left in my pump because I went to bed with 9 units left and tried to use my insulin to the very last drop.  I’ll let my dawn phenomenon-induced morning basal rate suck up the rest of this cartridge before swapping it out for a…

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Warning: The One About UTIs.

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By April 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 13 Comments

The last time I had a urinary tract infection was about ten years ago. I used to get them every once in a while, and while I’m sure it was horrible at the time, these infections weren’t frequent enough to make a mark on my memory.  I know that ‘feeling,’ of the twinge of pain after urinating when the muscles…

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LEGO Easter Robot.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

Easter morning dawned bright and early (with a confused little Bird wondering about the strange relationship that appeared to be in place between her parents and a giant bunny).  Egg hunt, breakfast, and then off to visit relatives throughout the day. Easter has always been one of those “Sunday best” holidays in my family, where people dust off their dresses…

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So Maybe Don’t ALWAYS Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Pumping Insulin By April 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

I like to pre-bolus.  It helps keep my post-meal blood sugar spikes from rocketing out of range and taking a sizable bite out of my overall diabetes control.  (… I’m sorry.  I laugh every time I type the word “control.”  It’s not a word I toss around lightly when it comes to diabetes.  I’m not Janet Jackson.) The art of…

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What’s On Your Bedside Table?

Real Life Diabetes By April 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

What do you mean, all the glucose tab jars were in the car and you were out of juice so you stashed one giant marshmallow on your bedside table in case of low blood sugars? Potentially a bit gross, but practical.  Serves as a throw pillow when not in use. You might also like: Robot Arms. LOW. Hypoglycemic Blues. Mommy’s…

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Binge-Watching Causes Low Blood Sugars.

Blood Sugars, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Dead Poet’s Society.  It might be a film from 1989, but it remains one of my favorites largely in part to Josh Charles as Knox Overstreet. (He doesn’t care that Chris is with Chet.  Carpe diem!  And there’s a point to this – stick with me.) Chris and I don’t watch a lot of television, but we have been swept…

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All the Pieces.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support By March 31, 2014 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

We took a brief break at the Boston Museum of Science to marvel at the “Archimedean Excogitation,’’ an audiokinetic sculpture by George Rhoads. Birdy stood and stared at it for ages, and I found myself doing the same. The sculpture is 27 feet tall, made up of a xylophone, wind chimes, and so many chutes and pulleys and moving parts…

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