Continuous glucose monitoring is an important part of my diabetes management. I don’t like that people covered by Medicare are being denied coverage for this useful tool.
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.
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…
There was a different feeling around the 2015 AADE Annual Meeting this year, and I noticed it almost immediately. As soon as I picked up my materials and glanced at the meeting guide, something special jumped out at me.
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).
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.
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…)
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…)
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.
What we don’t see here is my CGM graph, which paints a much more complete picture, and partially explains my … overreactions. (more…)
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…)
I just hit the ground in Boston, MA for the American Diabetes Association’s 2015 Scientific Sessions. (more…)