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
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
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?
People keep asking me questions about my weight. “Whose diet are you doing?” my co-workers inquired. “Wow, you lost weight. I really like the new you” said a customer at work. “You look great. I don’t think you need to lose any more weight” remarked a sweet friend. It seems that people have noticed my … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: These Simple Tips Helped Me Lose Weight
I would like to ban Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease from my birthday. If only it were that easy. I turned 40 the other day and though, I always celebrated birthdays and felt accomplished for being alive and well as a person with diabetes, this one didn’t feel as positive. My husband and I … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Crashing My Birthday Party
Oh diabetes, this is not a good time! It’s never a good time for a diabetes tantrum, but when I’m at work, I don’t have time to play games. I have had diabetes for over 21 years, and it’s rarely ever kept me from being able to do my job. The other day, I had … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: You Can Have Your Cake and Go Low Too
Until recently, I have been lucky. My family was always respectful and supportive when it came to my diabetes. I’ve had Type 1 diabetes since the age of 18 and this summer, as I turn the big 4-0, it will mark 22 years of life with diabetes. After my diagnosis, my mom became determined to … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Food Shaming At Family Parties