Why I celebrate my diaversary
April marked my 43rd year with type 1 diabetes. I do think of it as a time to celebrate in a way. I don’t throw a party, or even do anything outside of my normal routine – but I do take a little bit of time to pat myself on the back and acknowledge a job mostly well done.
Good news about hypoglycemia awareness
Welcome to episode 3 of BDI Briefs! Our aim with BDI Briefs is to take a brief look at important issues about the emotional side of diabetes. In this short discussion, Scott, Bill, and Susan discuss some good news about the fear of hypoglycemia.
Fighting with perfection
Diabetes is a thing surrounded by numbers. Everything is a number or is used in a calculation. We have blood sugars, units of insulin, and grams of carbohydrates. Then we take those numbers and stick them into more numbers. There is the insulin-to-carb ratio, the duration of insulin action, our correction factor, and more.
Bested by a can of soup
I had tomato soup with crackers for dinner recently. While cooking, I grew increasingly frustrated with counting the carbs until I finally fell apart. It went something like this.
Transforming diabetes education with “AH-HA!” moments
Welcome to episode 2 of BDI Briefs! Our aim with BDI Briefs is to take a brief look at important issues about the emotional side of diabetes. In this short discussion, Scott, Bill, and Susan discuss innovative ways to transform diabetes education.
It’s not normal
Let me be clear from the start. I am thankful for every piece of medical equipment, technology, milligram, microgram, and unit of medicine I use. I am fortunate to have reasonable access to almost everything I need. I am blessed even to be alive. It wasn’t that long ago that people with diabetes didn’t live long. But…
Empathy and longevity in diabetes with BDI Briefs
Introducing BDI Briefs I’m very excited to share the first episode of BDI Briefs! Together with Dr. Bill Polonsky and Dr. Susan Guzman from the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, our aim with BDI Briefs is to take a brief look at important issues about the emotional side of diabetes.
Evive blenderless smoothies
Wow! These are awesome! A delicious smoothie without a blender? You got it! Impressibly convenient, healthy, and delicious, I’m sold on Evive’s blenderless smoothies.
ERinfo – Using facial recognition to keep you safe in emergencies
I am a big believer in medical ID. I wear one almost all the time. I have a few MyID Condition Sleeves on my Apple Watch bands and I love them. But I also learned about another interesting approach that I want to tell you about. I’d love to hear what you think of it. I’m also curious if there are any first responders out there who have heard of this or might use it.
diaTribe interview – 3 tips for sharing your story
I recently connected with Cherise to kick off a new series at diaTribe called Community Dialogue to talk about why I started sharing my story.
It’s always a blast catching up with Cherise, and I’m honored for the opportunity to answer a few questions about sharing my story.
Building diabetes resilience article at diaTribe
I think people with diabetes are especially equipped to build resilience. We have an advantage that most other people don’t. Yes! Even you! Learn more…
Delicious dark chocolate truffles
I admit it. I have a sweet tooth. It’s hard for me to resist sweet delicious treats. But most of the time, I don’t need a lot. Just a quick bite or two to satisfy my cravings, then I’m good. You’ve ERND it! So when ERND (like, “you’ve earned it!”) asked if I’d like to try some low-carb fine Belgium chocolates, I was all over it. I hadn’t tried anything from ERND before, so I was excited to find out what all the fuss was about. If you haven’t seen their stuff before, then you’ll definitely want to check them
One missing cracker makes a lot of difference
I got excited when I saw these! Delicious Club Crackers! I love them. But I struggle to limit how many I eat in one sitting. They are so good – it’s easy to eat a lot of them. I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I can easily enjoy a whole sleeve of club crackers in a bowl of soup unless I put countermeasures in place. And I’m talking about the regular full-size sleeve of crackers, not the little Snack Stacks pictured here. When I talk about putting countermeasures in place, Snack Stacks are (almost) a great example. Instead of
Fighting diabetes fatigue article on diaTribe.org
I wrote an article on diabetes fatigue at diaTribe.org, please head over and check it out if you’re interested. I’m approaching my 41st diaversary, or diabetes diagnosis anniversary. I’m doing well and have tried my best to take care of myself. But in my mid-twenties I began to wrestle with diabetes fatigue. Maybe you have, too? I’ve come to think of diabetes fatigue as a normal part of living with diabetes and I’d like to talk more about it. I want to share some of the things I’ve learned in the hopes that they’ll help you, too. Read the full article