Just five hours, please?

I’m in the middle of a very busy flurry of travel.

A 9:00 pm touchdown Saturday night, a rush repack of my suitcase, and a takeoff scheduled for 8:00 am the very next morning had me desperate for five or six hours of sleep before heading out again.

Diabetes wasn’t trying to hear it.

Dexcom with a long, late-night low

I made my flight, but I’m a little tired today. And every time I dozed off during the flights, I worried about punching my neighbor…

Diabetes safety, quality, and access – do you care?

Diabetes advocacy can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. You have friends who want to make it easy. Easy for you to learn about what’s going on, and even easier for you to let lawmakers and government agencies know how you feel (it’s a few clicks).


“Who is DPAC? You are. I am. We all are.” — Christel Marchand Aprigliano at ThePerfectD.com (more…)

What you don’t know about the Diabetes Scholars Foundation

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation does amazing work. I hope to introduce you to part of their magic that you may not be aware of.

They are best known for helping people get to CWD’s Friends for Life conferences, and they have helped so many families, young adults, and adults experience these life-changing events that would have been impossible otherwise.

But there’s another important mission of the Diabetes Scholars Foundation that you need to know about – college scholarships.

Diabetes Scholars Foundation Logo

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation College Scholarships recognize students who are actively involved in the diabetes community, have high academic performance, participate in community and/or extracurricular activities, are leaders in their school and community and demonstrate they are successfully managing the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes. This year alone they received over 2,400 applications from all 50 states. (more…)

No Lunchtime Bolus – A Story Thick With Irony

My phone starts to ring while I’m programming my meal bolus. I can see it’s a call I’d like to answer.

But I’m more than halfway through my programming, and I have numbers in my head (blood sugar, carb count) that I can release forever … once I get the programming done.

My phone continues to ring and buzz, urgently pulling my focus and attention.

Just a few more button presses…

Done! Got it!

“Hello?” “blah, blah, blah…” (more…)

A Practical Example of Overthinking My Diabetes

Sometimes I need to calm down and stop interfering with my diabetes so much.

But that’s complicated, right? Because sometimes exactly what I need is more engagement and action.

There must be a happy medium, right? (shout out to Stephen)

Here’s an example. I tripped myself up over and over. I would have been better off relaxing and letting things play out. Let’s take a look.

Screenshot from mySugr Logbook showing my log for the day

What we don’t see here is my CGM graph, which paints a much more complete picture, and partially explains my … overreactions. (more…)