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The Insulin Truck (or so I thought)
I imagine all people with chronic illness have a complex relationship with the medications they need to survive. From the time of my diagnosis with type 1 diabetes I’ve felt grateful that I live in a place and a time where insulin is easily available, knowing that without it I would have died....
10 Aug 2011
Injecting the Air
Last night I checked my blood sugar before going to sleep. It was 73. I checked my pump and saw I had no active insulin, but fearing a low, I ate a two small pieces of watermelon- just in case. This morning when my alarm woke me at 4:55am I staggered quietly out of bed and checked my blood sugar before...
4 Aug 2011
The Case of the Missing Insulin Vial
I woke up early this morning to go running. I had a nice 10 mile run in the park and when I got home I took a shower and went to change my infusion site (after 4 days). I went to the drawer where I keep all of my insulin pump supplies and got a new infusion set (Reservoir and Quick Set)... Read More
27 Jul 2011
"The Winning Edge"
Develop the winning edge ; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results. ---Brian Tracy As tough as dealing with T1 diabetes is we cannot let it get us down, and surely cannot let it DEFEAT US! When reading this quote it may seem hard to associate it with managing...
24 May 2011
Will My Children Be Afraid of My Insulin Pump
My grandmother was very allergic to bee stings and I grew up hearing stories about how she had been stung in all kinds of places, including her mouth, and had to go to the hospital. The other day, I was telling a friend about this, and about the first time I was stung by a bee. I was 19 and riding on...
16 May 2011
A Failed Last Attempt
The last week has been a blood sugar disaster. After scheduling an appointment at the diabetes clinic with the acquisition of an insulin pump in mind, I decided to try one more time to get my morning sugars down by increasing my nighttime Lantus dose. I have tried this in the past and found myself either...
15 May 2011
The Decision: Getting An Insulin Pump (I think)
I set a new 10K personal record yesterday – 45:10 – shaving 1 minute and 36 seconds off my previous record set last year at the Nike Human Race . I know I should be happy with the result, but I’m not. I thought I would do better. I had hoped to at least break 45 minutes.... Read More
8 May 2011
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