Diabetes Blog Week – Throwback Thursday: What Brings Me Down

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Today’s Diabetes Blog Week topic is What Bring Me Down:

Today let’s revist a prompt from 2014 – May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks again to Scott for this 2014 topic.)


Diabetes Blog Week – The Blame Game

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Today’s Diabetes Blog Week Topic is the Blame Game:

Having diabetes often makes a visit to the doctor a dreaded experience, as there is invariably bad news of one kind or another. And sometimes the way the doctor talks to you can leave you feeling like you’re at fault. Or maybe you have a fantastic healthcare team, but have experienced blame and judgement from someone else in your life – friend, loved one, complete stranger. Think about a particularly bad instance, how that person talked to you, the words they used and the conversation you had. Now, the game part. Let’s turn this around. If you could turn that person into a puppet, what would you have them say that would leave you feeling empowered and good about yourself? Let’s help teach people how to support us, rather than blame us! (Thank you, Brian, for inspiring this topic.)


Diabetes Blog Week – The Cost of a Chronic Illness

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Let’s see…the cost of lancets has caused me to use the same lancet for months on end. Just kidding. I have a lifetime supply of those. I remember when my husband and I first moved in together and he realized I only had old lancets (like 10 years old), he bought me several boxes of lancets and guess what, those are now 10 years old. Do they expire? I’m not sure. I think he is still mortified that I don’t change it more often and I probably should be but I have more important things to worry, stress about. Like cost of test strips, insulin, health insurance, etc.




Ketones Refresher

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The week before I started the Whole 30, I got a stomach bug.  It came on pretty suddenly.  Saturday night, my family and I went to see Disney on Ice.  When we got home that night my husband and I decided to have a bottle of wine and stay up and rent a movie.  We […]


Walnut-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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My husband and I usually cook chicken or turkey so most of the recipes I’ve shared are exactly that.  We do venture off and do steak or salmon occasionally but pork is a meat that we don’t tend to eat very often.  During the Whole 30, we decide to be a little adventurous and made […]



CGM Alarms have the Worst Timing!

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I love my CGM. About 95% of the time it is accurate and it really helps to review trends and see where adjustments need to be made. I have become so dependent on it that I couldn’t imagine my life without it. With that being said, sometimes it REALLY annoys me. I have my high/low alarms set up and every single day of my life I go outside those lines and I get a nice alarm. Sometimes I get an alarm because it has lost my sensor. A lost sensor alarm happens way more than I’d like, especially overnight. Both types of alarms are annoying. I thought I’d make a list of the five WORST timings for the alarms to go off:


Old School 504 Plan for Type 1 Diabetes

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There are so many great resources out there for children with diabetes these days. I’ve seen some D-parent bloggers in passing mention a Section 504 plan. I’m not sure if this was available back when I was growing up but with the internet these days, it’s much easier to access the information and tools that a child with diabetes would need. The Children with Diabetes website has lots of great information, like a sample 504 plan shown below: