Gingerbread Houses and Diabetes

Gingerbread Houses 2

We have a Christmas tradition of baking, building, and decorating a gingerbread house, packed with as much candy as we can squeeze on. The candy is purely for decoration, not for consumption, but inevitably there’s some snacking along the way. … Read more

Flying with Diabetes and a Baby

Flying with Diabetes and a Baby

A few months ago, my husband suggested that we go on vacation in December. (Actually, he said “go on holiday.” South Africans know how to make everything sound fancy.) My first thought was Count Me In.  I began to mentally … Read more

Pasta, Gelato, and the End of the Diabetes Honeymoon

Bisi and her brother, Jamie, near the top of a bell tower in Florence, looking out over the Duomo

About 10 days after Bisi started on the pump, the four of us joined my mom for a week in Tuscany. We had a great time; how could you not? But in terms of Bisi’s diabetes, the trip was difficult. … Read more

Diabetes Management: When Does the Exception Become the Rule?

Munchkins

Do you ever get caught in the dilemma: Hot or Iced? That used to be one of my nonsensical problems. But when I was pregnant with Maya, the coffee decision resolved itself. I always wanted iced. I treated myself to … Read more

Rain, Running, and a Button Error on my Insulin Pump

Button Error - Medtronic Insulin Pump

Yesterday morning at 5:30 I went out for a 22 mile run. It was cold, around 40o , and raining. My run, went well for the first 18 miles (with only light rain and with a few rays of sun … Read more

Why You Should Be Depressed About the Government’s Attitude Toward Diabetes, Part I

Why You Should Be Depressed About the Government’s Attitude Toward Diabetes, Part I

First, an update on my last post, about Oregon’s decision regarding limitations on test strips for people with Type 2 diabetes. According to DiaTribe, Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) voted on December 5 on a revised proposal on reduced … Read more

Diabetes and Pregnancy: And So We Enter the Third Trimester

Diabetes and Pregnancy: And So We Enter the Third Trimester

A couple of months ago, I wrote about my awful night of hyperglycemia. At the time, I was unsure what the precise reason for a persistent high blood sugar was, with the most likely culprits being bad insulin and my … Read more

My Blood Sugar Is None of Your Business

My Blood Sugar Is None of Your Business

Sometimes, I find myself getting angry and annoyed when others look at my blood sugar. “256? Is that good or bad?” “Oh man, you’re 61? You need to take some insulin right now!” By making these seemingly innocent comments, people … Read more

Petition to Prevent Oregon From Severely Limiting Test Strips

Petition to Prevent Oregon From Severely Limiting Test Strips

According to an update I just got from DiaTribe, Oregon is considering severely limiting access to glucose test strips for people with Type 2 diabetes. This is one of a series of recent examples of an extremely worrisome trend toward … Read more

Scott Malkinson has a Lisp and Diabetes

South Park Diabetes

I have finally been catching up on some South Park episodes from the last few seasons. I enjoy the show, usually, despite its constant crudity and occasional inanity. The recent Black Friday/game system wars episodes were rather entertaining, and, lo … Read more

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