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November 27, 2015
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Knowing Nothing

Charlie’s 12-year anniversary with type 1 just passed and I still know nothing about this diabetes and why it hates us so much. As if to remind us that it was its anniversary, diabetes unleashed hell on Friday. Charlie was stranded well over 400 for hours and even tipped the scale at 580. Susanne pulled Charlie out of school and started what became a wartime exercise in futility. It was one of the worst blood sugar days we’ve had in years. ... (READ MORE)

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What the… Fructose?

In high school biology, we learned that another term for carbohydrates is "polysaccharides". These break down into "discaccharides", and further into "monosaccharides". These small-molecule carbohydrates are more commonly known as "sugars". Similarly, we learned that fats are (after a long process) broken down into monosaccharides, and parts of proteins are broken down into these as well. We learned about three common disaccharides —... (READ MORE)

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Orphan Strips

In typesetting and needlework, "widows" and "orphans" are singles of items that are usually found grouped. A "widow" is the last line of a paragraph, set by itself at the top of the page; an "orphan" is the first line of a paragraph, set by itself at the bottom of the page. (Today, these are usually avoided by the "Widows and Orphans" control in page layout programs.) In... (READ MORE)

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November Footnote

For the first time in years, American Diabetes Month is passing me by. Part of the issue is that so much else is going on in life: work has been busier than usual the past few weeks, and we haven't even reached "peak season" (which starts the day after Thanksgiving). Much of my free time earlier this month was spent trying to plan a celebration for The Other Half's sixtieth birthday (sixty? when did we get "old"?). The month began with the New... (READ MORE)

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The Odds of Life Insurance Approval Following a Diabetes Diagnosis

By Brad Cummins, Local Life Agents In the United States today, it is estimated that nearly 26 million people - including both children and adults - have diabetes. This equates to roughly 8.3% of the U.S. population - and throughout the years, this number is expected to grow. If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be worried that obtaining life insurance - 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)
Michelle Kowalski
Michelle Kowalski Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes.   (Read More)
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