Base Training

Base Training

Most runners have heard of base training but I’m not sure if most really know what it means.  I didn’t until now. For the last two years, since I started running marathons, I’ve spent a good part of the year … Read more

If I monitored my BG as much as I monitor my cell phone

If I monitored my BG as much as I monitor my cell phone

I have been glued to my phone for the last nine days of my life.  I suppose I’m always pretty attached to my phone–something that comes with being close with your family that lives thousands of miles away–but this past … Read more

“Live this life.”

“Live this life.”

The day my diagnosis essay posted was a great one for boosting the feeling of community with my diabetes care. I was touched to read the comment thread from the essay because it allowed me to connect with some of … Read more

Explaining an Insulin Pump to My Kids

Explaining an Insulin Pump to My Kids

Last week, after returning from my appointment at the diabetes clinic I picked Tom and Guy up from school and took them out to lunch at a nearby cafe.  I was in a good mood after my visit to the … Read more

Climb Back In, Climb Back Up

Climb Back In, Climb Back Up

Getting back into climbing is like getting back into anything, I suppose.  You decide you’re going to do it and you throw yourself back into it.  You lower your standards for your performance and you cut yourself some slack and … Read more

Getting an Insulin Pump

Getting an Insulin Pump

I went to the diabetes clinic last week for what I thought would be the first step in a hellish process of getting an insulin pump. I had been to this clinic once before (four years ago) at the suggestion … Read more

Taking It Personally: The JDRF Promise Ball

Taking It Personally: The JDRF Promise Ball

One of the largest fundraisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation each year is the Promise Ball, an auction and gala held in cities across the nation and organized by the local chapters. This year, San Diego’s Ball was held … Read more

A (Small) Victory Lap

A (Small) Victory Lap

It’s funny what you get used to. Down for a writer’s week away from family and (more importantly) dog responsibilities with a newish friend, I am suddenly struck by how much of my life has been ritualized by my type … Read more

Will My Children Be Afraid of My Insulin Pump?

Will My Children Be Afraid of My Insulin Pump?

My grandmother was very allergic to bee stings and I grew up hearing stories about how she had been stung in all kinds of places, including her mouth, and had to go to the hospital.  The other day, I was … Read more

A Failed Last Attempt

A Failed Last Attempt

The last week has been a blood sugar disaster. After scheduling an appointment at the diabetes clinic with the acquisition of an insulin pump in mind, I decided to try one more time to get my morning sugars down by … Read more

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