Swimming with the Manatees, and Diabetes

manatee, aka the sea cow

My two daughters, who are 16 and 12 years old, had the same teacher when they were each in kindergarten. A feature of the teacher’s curriculum was an in-depth study of manatees from every educational angle: social studies, arts and … Read more

Glucose Meter Knows Me (and My Blood Sugar) Better

Glucose Meter Knows Me (and My Blood Sugar) Better

Last night my blood sugar at bedtime was 64, so I ate a bowl of cereal and milk. It’s a decent bedtime snack for me, and it typically results in a morning blood sugar in the low 100s, which is … Read more

If a Diabetic Runs a Half-Marathon in the Woods…

Somewhere around kilometer 18, I think.

Hey, so, guys? I ran a half-marathon. Really! I didn’t really plan on it– on Wednesday, my roommate here in Kuopio, Finland, mentioned that there was a marathon that Saturday, which was coincidentally my last weekend here in Finland. I … Read more

An Open Letter to Tim Gunn: I am a real woman!

An Open Letter to Tim Gunn: I am a real woman!

First things first: I am a big Project Runway fan, and you play no small role in that. You appear to be one of those rare people who is infinitely likable. Everyone should have a little Tim Gunn sitting on … Read more

Diabetes and Insurance Predictions

Diabetes and Insurance Predictions

Anyone else catch the story yesterday about how children with Type 1 diabetes are living longer than previous generations of kids with the disease? According to a study published on July 30 in Diabetes (and summarized here),  there’s been about a 15-year … Read more

A Diabetes Dream Home

A Diabetes Dream Home

You’re welcome to use the bathroom in my house but please, don’t look up. As Jess and Mike learned on a recent Philadelphia visit, our bathrooms are something of a disaster zone: the ceilings have been ripped out, there are … Read more

Heisenbugs and the Diabetes Observer Effect

Heisenbugs and the Diabetes Observer Effect

Night 1: wake up in the night with my continuous glucose monitor (CGM) barking at me. Measure my blood sugar– 189. Ugh. Too tired. I take 1 unit of insulin, and go back to sleep, only to be woken up … Read more

Bride Wears Insulin Pump in Pocket

Bride Wears Insulin Pump in Pocket

While I am not much of a romantic, I love reading the Vows column in the Style section of the Sunday New York Times. Every week, the story of a couple — from their initial meeting, through their courtship, to … Read more

If you want to go gluten-free, go to Finland

If you want to go gluten-free, go to Finland

***I’m sorry; I fell off the blogging wagon there for a little while. The big news is, I’m in Finland! Right below the arctic circle in Kuopio, doing some research. Rather than try to cover everything from where I left … Read more

An Open Letter to Whole Foods Frozen Pizza

An Open Letter to Whole Foods Frozen Pizza

Dear Small Piece of 365 Everyday Value Pizza That I Ate Last Night, We both knew it was wrong — I, a Type 1 diabetic looking for a mini-dinner after an evening cocktail party spent eating cheese, you, a four-cheese, … Read more

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