48 Questions

48 Questions

I’ve decided to join in (belatedly) on the getting to know each other meme that Cherise Shockley initiated (@DiabetesSocMed #DSMA).  So here it goes…  1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My grandfather, Jacob  2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU … Read more

Never Take Insulin Before You Run

Never Take Insulin Before You Run

I have eight weeks to go until the Tel Aviv Marathon and I’ve been training hard. I feel good and I’m faster than I was a year ago when I set my marathon record.  For the last couple of weeks, … Read more

Gluten Free?!? You’ve got to be kidding.

Gluten Free?!? You’ve got to be kidding.

I think we were still in the hospital when Mark suggested  that we try having Bisi go gluten free. Upon Bisi’s diagnosis, he had gone into full research mode, and had found a study of a five year old boy … Read more

‘Talk to Your Doctor’ May Not Help if You Have Diabetes

‘Talk to Your Doctor’ May Not Help if You Have Diabetes

Recently, while traveling to Arizona to give a diabetes workshop, I was struck again by the lack of knowledge and urgency many physicians have regarding diabetes. Seated at the airport, my husband was talking to a woman about health, whose … Read more

Hello, Caution, My Old Friend

Hello, Caution, My Old Friend

I am 47 years old; I am a novice figure skater; and on Sunday February 3rd I will take my first skills test: forward and backward edges, the waltz 8, forward and backward crossovers, and spirals. Goals like this are … Read more

This may be a game changer: Using the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor

This may be a game changer: Using the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor

We received our new Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor a few days ago. It seems absolutely wonderful. What a difference from the old Metronic one we tried when Sacha was 2! Insertion was easy, calibration is a breeze, and … Read more

I Hate Maltitol

I Hate Maltitol

My dog, Pink (Pinky), died Monday morning. She was a nine and a half year old bullmastiff who still seemed like a puppy.  She was a beautiful, gentle giant and we loved her very much. On Wednesday afternoon, Jessica and … Read more

“Daddy, Stop Testing Me All the Time”: Proactive Parental Diabetes Management with a Six Year Old

“Daddy, Stop Testing Me All the Time”: Proactive Parental Diabetes Management with a Six Year Old

Whenever my six year old son, Sacha, says he’s tired, hungry, or expresses a strong emotion, I whip our the test kit. He didn’t use to complain, but has begun so lately. “Daddy, stop testing me!” he yells. “It’s just … Read more

New Basal Settings Not Working for Me

New Basal Settings Not Working for Me

A couple of weeks ago my endo changed the basal settings on my pump, reducing my early morning (2:00 – 4:00 a.m.) and my morning to afternoon basal rates. She did this for two reasons: the first was that I … Read more

The Power of Patient-Expert Books

The Power of Patient-Expert Books

When the proposal for my second book was being shopped around in 2008, my book agent heard again and again from publishers, “We need a doctor’s name on the cover!” As if a book about an illness, and treating it, … Read more

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