Going to the Eye Doctor After Two Years

Going to the Eye Doctor After Two Years

Generally, I take good care of my diabetes. I stick to a healthy diet, exercise a lot, check my blood sugar all the time and take my insulin and other medication. I even make sure to get my quarterly blood … Read more

Not One Nanogram/A Dream Deferred

Not One Nanogram/A Dream Deferred

Insulin, the protein, begins as a single chain of amino acids called proinsulin. Proinsulin is transcribed, translated, cleaved, and folded in the beta cells before being released into the body when needed. When proinsulin is cleaved, it is cut into … Read more

Great. So now my dentist is going to tell me how to control my diabetes?

Great.  So now my dentist is going to tell me how to control my diabetes?

I was diagnosed with diabetes a little over a year ago.  I had moved to Austin, Texas, not too long before my diagnosis and I moved to Seattle about two months afterward.  Needless to say, there were a few transitions … Read more

Spooning with My Insulin Pump

Spooning with My Insulin Pump

When I first began to think about getting an insulin pump, but well before I had one, the idea of sleeping with something connected to me by tubing troubled me.  Where would I put an insulin pump when I went … Read more

Diabetes Anniversary – Eight is Great

Diabetes Anniversary – Eight is Great

  Last weekend, Saturday June 11th, marked my eight-year diabetes diagnosis anniversary day. On Monday morning a co-worker asked about my weekend and what I had done.  I told him about visiting GS in Eugene and going on a hike … Read more

Why You Need To Watch Your Medicine

Why You Need To Watch Your Medicine

My morning began with a scare, followed by an unnerving wake up call. After a two week-long wait, I still hadn’t received my mail order delivery of insulin. My prescription for insulin, a drug I have to take every day, … Read more

Two Weeks of Diabetes in San Diego

Two Weeks of Diabetes in San Diego

Somehow, it’s June already. Almost the end of June, too. Frankly, I’m not ready; time needs to slow down! But, ready or not, I am excited. June! That means summer (in theory; it has yet to arrive here in San … Read more

RIP: Gizmo

RIP: Gizmo

One way I keep my blood sugars in check is by dog walking – or, to put it more precisely, praying that my dog will stop researching any and all incoming data long enough to actually take a walk. Dog … Read more

A Vampire’s Dessert

A Vampire’s Dessert

In a recent daydream I attended a conference on canine diabetes at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  While there I was able to interview veterinary students and ask questions like: Can I use my glucometer to … Read more

Running and Pumping for the First Time

Running and Pumping for the First Time

When I woke up Tuesday morning with my blood sugar at 99 I was pleased and felt that I had made the right decision giving up insulin shots and getting a pump. I got myself ready to go out on … Read more

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