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T1D Exposed: Nothing to hide about our beautiful, capable Type 1 bodies

Us folks with diabetes are warriors. We battle every day to make sure we stay alive, and our bodies show the wear and tear of this war. But just like other scars, there is a reason to be proud of these battle wounds: they show how hard we have fought to thrive with diabetes. When […]

Orange Juice Duty: a.k.a. In Praise of the Diabuddy

It was a Friday night and I’m in a crowded bar full hipsters swaying to the bass-heavy, DJ-delivered beats. My husband and I have popped in to a favorite haunt for a night cap and some people-watching. We had walked there from dinner – only a short 10 minutes – but at a brisk pace […]

I used to think fingerless gloves were useless…

Until I realized they are so TOTALLY USEFUL for finger sticks on a cold Portland day. Function and fashion right there ladies and gentlemen. I’m pretty much a style icon these days. Like how I matched the red blood to the red gloves? See what I did there? ICON.    

Zoned out.

This week, my work travels took me to beautiful (but dark) Alaska for three days. Traveling in Alaska in the winter is enough wreak havoc on your circadian rhythms in and of itself. The sun doesn’t come up until 9:00 am or so, and then it sets again at 4:30pm. When the alarm goes off at […]

Personal limits.

I was talking with a patient at a diabetes event on Saturday, and we chatted about CGM, pump sites, and how awesome it was to have a sunny day in November.  I noticed he was chugging his way through the bottled water in his hand at a rapid pace. Once the last swig was down […]

Let’s do shots. But not THERE!

Having diabetes, whether you pump, CGM, finger-stick only or use multiple daily injections (MDI) means one thing for sure: you are a human pincushion. Talk to someone even month into their diagnosis and they will tell you they’re so used to sticks at that point that something piercing your skin becomes as regular as brushing […]

Standard Hotel Room Sleeping.

Just another night for one lonely business traveler with one too many beds in her hotel room. What’s a gal to do but use bed number two for all of her devices and potential low BG treatments? And if you think I already have too much hardware between the phone, CGM, and pump controller, consider […]

Toddler Logic.

A weekend with my nieces, ages two and five months are full of questions. Mostly they’re from the two-year old whose vocabulary expands exponentially by the day: “What’s in your coffee cup?” “Read Larry Gets Lost in Portland again?” “Outside? To the park?” These are all valid questions with easy answers: Coffee, Yes, and Let’s go!, respectively. On Saturday […]

Do you play it by the numbers? Or hooked on a feeling?

I blogged a few weeks ago about a well-known endo in the area saying that according to an independent study he did with his patients, folks who override their smart pump suggestions 20% of the time do the best with their management overall, as measured by A1c. Meaning, patients who skip over the “suggested bolus” […]

The Whole Holiday Experience.

Halloween: It’s the first in of a series of holidays that take us screeching through what remains of the year in rapid succession. Halloween hits, then all of a sudden it’s Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and you’re shouting “Happy New Year” a little too loudly after downing three hot toddy’s because you and your friends decided to hike into the […]