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…)

Don’t Go Shopping While Low

My wife’s understanding and patience with me (and my diabetes) seems to know no bounds, and I’m so grateful.

It hit me about halfway through my shopping list at Walmart; that feeling of my blood sugar dropping fast and the anxiety of lots of insulin on board (relatively). A quick glance at my wrist confirmed it.

Five glucose tabs left in my tube, which I ate quickly, but I knew wouldn’t be enough to do the job. Why only five left? Because I’d used the other five earlier in the day. More on that in another post.

I quickly finished shopping, keeping a close eye on things. I grabbed a sweet treat at the cash register, ate it, then headed out to the car in a buzz of relief and concern about what happened.

Why was I concerned?

Because I had seven items on my shopping list, but my cart was overflowing with groceries. (more…)

Continuing Connections – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 7

Banner for Diabetes Blog Week 2015

Find out what Diabetes Blog Week is all about. Check out the topics for each day’s posts, and even see a list of this year’s participants. Thank you, Karen!

The topic for today? Share a link to a new blog you’ve found or a new friend you’ve made.

I’ve really been enjoying Ryan and Amber over at Diabetes Daily Grind lately. They have a great mix of practical diabetes information and real-life diabetes that, combined with their personalities, creates really great content.

Along with regular blog posts, they have a fun podcast that I listen to as often as possible. (more…)

Diabetes Empowerment Foundation unveiled at SWD 2015

Last weekend the 5th annual Students With Diabetes™ conference took place in Tampa, FL.

Group shot from the 2015 Students with Diabetes Conference

It has become a must-attend event for young adults (age 18-30) with type 1 diabetes. Coming together from more than 103 cities across the nation, these powerful young adults learn, connect and empower one another to pursue success and achievement in life, despite the extra work diabetes puts on their plates. (more…)

Changes – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 4

Banner for Diabetes Blog Week 2015

Find out what Diabetes Blog Week is all about. Check out the topics for each day’s posts, and even see a list of this year’s participants. Thank you, Karen!

The question I’m answering today? What would I most like to see change about diabetes, in any way? OR reflect back on some changes I’ve been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.

This is a great topic, and my mind goes in so many different directions. Changes with diabetes? Are you kidding? Yes, please!

I don’t have to explain that a lot has changed in the past thirty years with diabetes. We’re making great strides in many areas. We have a better understanding of how diabetes works. We have better ways to check blood sugars. We have more convenient ways to take medicine. It’s all really great, and I’m thankful for it. Really, I am. (more…)

Clean it Out – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 3

Banner for Diabetes Blog Week 2015

Find out what Diabetes Blog Week is all about. Check out the topics for each day’s posts, and even see a list of this year’s participants. Thank you, Karen!

The question I’m answering today? What’s in my diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?

There are a few different directions I could take here, but I really like the angle around diabetes emotions.

My head is a mess. And I’m afraid to dig in and look at it.

What do I mean? I don’t think I’m sick in the head, but to some degree, I think we’re all a little crazy from living with diabetes. There are things I do, repeatedly, that just don’t make sense logically. Like my unbalanced diet. There are psychological issues at the root of my eating behaviors that I’m just afraid to deal with, even though I know I should.

I think of it like a big, chaotic garage or old basement that needs to be cleaned out. Lots of dark corners full of giant spiders, messy stuff, and things I don’t know what to do with.

messy workshop or basement

Not my basement… or my head. But it could be.

Dig in, investigate, shine a light

I worked with some terrific coaches over the years, and I wish everyone could have someone in their corner helping them (somewhat) objectively explore self-improvement.

I learned that it takes a long time.

I learned that there are no shortcuts.

I learned that it is really hard work.

I learned that it can be exhausting.

And I learned that even the darkest, scariest corners of my mental messy garage weren’t that bad once I really got in there and started sorting things out, squashing bugs, and cleaning up debris.

If I slowly attack one messy section of my mind at a time, with reasonable expectations (and asking for help when needed), who knows what my garage might eventually look like…

bright big clean empty garage

I can dream, right?

This is part of Diabetes Blog Week, where a standard set of prompts encourages a ton of really great blog posts from around the community. Here’s today’s prompt: “Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you, Rick, of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)”

Diabetes Dominator – Daniele Hargenrader

Dominating Diabetes with Daniele

Earlier this year I chatted with Diabetes Dominator Daniele Hargenrader. We talked for about thirty minutes and had a really great conversation on being diagnosed with diabetes, struggling, succeeding, and each of us finding the best way for ourselves.

But that’s not the interesting part…

But what I really love about meeting Daniele is her story of making a terrifying decision and jumping in with both feet.

What do I mean?

Daniele was not happy with herself and made a decision to change.

To get in shape and change her body, she decided to become a personal trainer.

What do you think of when you read the words “personal trainer?” You think of those super fit people at the gym pushing others to their limits, right? Me too.

Imagine an out of shape and overweight young lady (Daniele) enrolling in a program that put her in the company of a classful of those people. Actually, it didn’t just put her in the company of those people, it put her

Actually, it didn’t just put her in the company of those people, it put her right in the mix with them.

Sure, they had classroom coursework to do, but then it was out to the gym to do pushups and stuff together. That’s absolutely terrifying to me.

I admire Daniele so much for diving into this commitment and facing such intimidating circumstances.

Daniele on DSMA Live

We had a chance to chat with Daniele on DSMA Live in March, which is a great listen if you’d like to dig deeper into Daniele’s story.

Check out more DSMA Live episodes at DiabetesSocMed on BlogTalkRadio

Check out Daniele’s blog

Daniele has a lot of great stories and interviews available on her blog ( and I’d love for you to go check it out. You’ll not only get to enjoy more of Daniele, but you’ll also get to meet some other really great people doing great work in the diabetes space.

Thanks for being awesome, Daniele!