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February 13, 2016
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Punk’d


James Joyce said that “mistakes are the portals of discovery.” I wonder if insulin levels have been our mistake. Could it be that this hellish week of blood sugars were somehow meant to be? Drastic times call for drastic measures, right? Maybe we were too afraid in the past to take the plunge into drastic measures. Maybe this is oddly what we needed. We had to be truly frightened in order to make bigger, bolder changes. ... (READ MORE)

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Safe and Sound


My mother has always been a worrier. My whole life growing up, I would think twice before saying anything that might erupt into questions that expressed ambivalence, potentially stealing my joy. My brother and I have about 9 years between us, so we essentially grew up as two "only" children and I therefore didn't witness all the interactions he had with her while I was in college or after I moved away. But he, I know, would concur that our mother was a worrier. If it had the potential for... (READ MORE)

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More Sharks, Less Mountains


Yesterday was pretty horrible. Today is better. So far … Yesterday morning’s Dexcom graph was Mount Kilimanjaro. Today we have a dorsal fin, jutting out of the water at about 200 before descending into a connect-the-dots shark. He appears to be 63 at lunchtime versus three-hundred-something yesterday. Not perfect, but it never is. Charlie’s teacher and the nurse mentioned that he didn’t look like himself yesterday. He had taken too many body blows from diabetes... (READ MORE)

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Next Steps


So. It's been a little over a month now since prediabetes moved into my house. I had to take some time to process everything mentally and add a few more to-do's to my list: 1 - get a 3-hour glucose test for each kid (Check) 2 - schedule follow-ups with the nurse practitioner (Check) 3 - schedule a meeting with the head of the pediatric group to discuss (On hold) 4 - possibly find a new endo (Remains to be seen) Clearly there remains a fair amount of adjustment to be... (READ MORE)

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The Best Part of Waking Up


Some people like waking up to a cool mid-summer morning breeze, gently swaying their window curtains and caressing their face. Others like to wake up to fresh ground coffee brewing or the glorious sizzle of bacon. Some others may like to wake to the cold nose of their puppy and a big wet lick across their nose. Me? I like to wake up to a 342 mg/dl staring at me menacingly from the Dexcom monitor on my night table. I like to jump out of bed and say, “CRAP!” or... (READ MORE)

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
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