The Imperfect Miracle of Insulin

The Imperfect Miracle of Insulin

After all the years of living with my husband, I know him well.  So I know that when I hear him say the word, “shit,” I don’t need to pay any attention to it.  It’s a sign of a minor … Read more

High Altitude Diabetes, Part II

High Altitude Diabetes, Part II

As I noted in my previous post, I recently took my diabetes with me on a trip to Tibet. (I offered to let it stay home, but it refused.) In addition to the whole altitude sickness/swollen-brain thing, which seemed likely … Read more

High Altitude Diabetes

High Altitude Diabetes

I often feel like living with diabetes is an extreme sport. It may not involve much physical exertion, but the mental effort required — counting carbs, measuring exercise against insulin, worrying about lows while you sleep — is just as … Read more

A Symlin Conundrum: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A Symlin Conundrum: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

(Background: Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4) Well, it has been not one but two weeks since I set up my Symlin experiment. Three vials, each with one part Symlin and ten parts Novolog insulin, set out on my desk, in the … Read more

Let the Symlin Games Begin!

Let the Symlin Games Begin!

(Background: Parts 1, 2, and 3) All right, folks. The time has come. I am taking the first steps toward trying to mix Symlin and insulin, in order to more closely imitate life with a working pancreas. I have my … Read more

Testing Your A1c While You Travel

Testing Your A1c While You Travel

As my trip around the world continues, I’m learning more and more about the challenges of taking diabetes with you on the road. This recently became apparent when, for reasons I still don’t quite understand, I decided to try to … Read more

Health Insurance Companies Are Withholding Life-Saving Education

Health Insurance Companies Are Withholding Life-Saving Education

Education has fallen so low as a health priority that it’s barely noticed when the lack of it causes devastating consequences, including death. What are health insurance companies thinking when they cover the cost of life-saving health equipment and deny … Read more

Moving Targets: Adapting to Meter Inaccuracy

Moving Targets: Adapting to Meter Inaccuracy

So this was weird: I wake up from a dream at about 12:30 AM. My continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which I had inserted and calibrated once before going to bed, showed a blood sugar measurement of 99 mg/dL. Perfect, I … Read more

Some Thoughts on Food

Some Thoughts on Food

Traveling with diabetes is always tough. You’ve got a different schedule, different exercise patterns and, above all, different food. I’m in Klaipeda, Lithuania right now, just starting week two of a three-week bicycle trip through the Baltics — and let … Read more

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