What Do Your A1c Test Results Really Mean?

What Do Your A1c Test Results Really Mean?

The hemoglobin A1c test, as we all know, is supposed to give a sense of your average blood glucose levels over the past three months. But here’s a question for you: have you ever tried to figure out what those … Read more

Disruptive CGM Sounds

Dexcome 7 - Vibe and Beep Disable

Beep! Buzz, buzz. Beep! No, this sequence of sounds is not describing a car alarm or a cell phone going off. Rather, this is what my CGM does whenever I have a low alert, and it’s extraordinarily disruptive – especially … Read more

Diabetes in the Cold

14 degrees

I’ve never had so much to say about the weather. For a good part of January, we experienced something of a polar freeze here in New York.   The air was frigid and the snow fell. It took me back … Read more

Getting Back to Diabetes Basics

Diabetes Basics

This past week has been characterized by yo-yo blood sugars: one moment I’m sky high, the next I’m crashing to a terrible low. It’s been exhausting to look at my CGM and see a perfect zigzag on the monitor for … Read more

10 Things to Consider if Your Blood Sugar is High

10 Things to Consider if Your Blood Sugar is High

I just read Catherine’s piece about a series of pump and insulin failures (It’s great! Read it!), and I had to shake my head in that oh-I-so-feel-you way. I’m going on nearly two decades as a diabetic now, but Friday … Read more

My Sugary Slip-Up

Soda

This past week, I’ve had a few high blood sugars that I couldn’t quite explain. Today, I finally discovered my problem: I accidentally bought and drank regular soda instead of diet. Whoops. I noticed a couple days ago that my … Read more

That’s So Random

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When I was in high school, the phrase du jour was, “That’s so random.” For example: “OMG, did you see the dress she was wearing?”“Yeah, that was so random!” “Hmm, I want ice cream.”“That’s so random.” And so on. As … Read more

Feeling a Little Low…

Feeling a Little Low

I’ve been moved into my new apartment at school for about a week now. As I write this, I’m in my nice, big room furnished with a desk, wardrobe, bureau, and bed. I’m surrounded by pictures of my family and … Read more

Hypoglycemic Rage

Hypoglycemic Rage

I don’t always feel my blood sugar dropping. I don’t know if I’m starting to develop hypoglycemic unawareness or maybe it has to do with the speed at which my blood sugar is dropping. I used to always start to … Read more

Should Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes Celebrate Their HbA1c Scores?

Should Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes Celebrate Their HbA1c Scores?

Yesterday my six year old son with Type 1 diabetes, Sacha, was at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, for his quarterly checkup. My wife went with him, and sent me a text from the road: “His HbA1c is … Read more

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