What a weekend. After 21 years with Type 1 diabetes, you’d think I’d be used to these blood sugar swings, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I had a 330 blood sugar brought on in part by stress and PMS. I’d had a low of 37 the day before. These wildly crazy swings … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Dear Loved Ones, Thank You for Not Holding a Grudge
Less than a week before International Women’s Day I sat at my office desk trying to finish some work. At some tables across the room two of my most dedicated volunteers, and good friends, discussed social security benefits and retirement. One mentioned she would try to wait until age 70 to take her social security … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: My Own Little Cheering, Volunteering Committee
I love carbohydrates, and sometimes, I hate carbohydrates. I think part of my love/hate relationship with food goes back to the days just before my diagnosis of type 1 as a teenager. At 18 years old, I was suddenly eating everything in sight as the hunger from my high blood sugar, due to undiagnosed diabetes, … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: My Love-Hate Relationship With Food
I’m an eater. I love food. Back when we were dating, my husband made me dinner for the first time. He made me some glorious little stuffed Italian shells, and I was hooked on him for life. He’s a fabulous cook, and we’ve been together almost 17 years. Food is hard though when you have … Continue reading Enjoying A New Low-Carb Version of Spaghetti
I received the news recently that my A1C had gone up instead of down. I’ve been working so hard and it was deflating to say the least. It didn’t go up much. It was a little over half of a point, but still, it went up when it should be going down. I cried a … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes: The A1C Report Card is Not Easy
You know the feeling when everything seems to be going wrong, and you are becoming more and more pessimistic by the second? I used to feel that way whenever I refilled my medications. I’d find myself bracing for the total and holding back tears when I thought about how much it costs to stay alive … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes: Something Went Right With My Medication Refill!
Dealing with my new mail order pharmacy has been a rollercoaster ride. I’ve been lied to, spoken to by people using grand amounts of sarcasm, and had issue after issue with their odd billing practices. The other day I had a conversation that left me in tears. I called to check on some insulin that … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes: An Emotional Interaction with My Mail Order Pharmacy
I watch all these friends with diabetes that totally own their diabetes. They appear to master it. They have gadgets and gizmos, and they know how to use them. Their lines on their blood sugar graphs look amazingly flat and steady. I’m not sure if they do master it, or they are just posting a … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: Sometimes I Worry That I Am Just Not That Great at Managing Diabetes
I have a concern. I switched doctor’s offices this year because my insurance company didn’t cover much at the healthcare provider I was visiting. While the bills got better (thank goodness!), and the people couldn’t be nicer, some things didn’t improve. I found that they were making a lot of mistakes, pretty important ones! I … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: When Your Doctor’s Office Makes Mistakes
Diabetes supplies – somehow picking them up from the pharmacy is always exciting, never dull. Here’s the thing, we wish it were dull when it came to paying for these supplies. I’d like to yawn from the utter lack of excitement when I pick up my insulin, test strips, and syringes. I’d love to, but … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: I Owe What?