Diabetes Self-Management Blog

Jan Chait

Jan Chait

Jan Chait was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in January 1986. Since then, she has run the gamut of treatments, beginning with diet and exercise. She now uses an insulin pump to help treat her diabetes.


The Foibles of Dealing with Diabetes

I’m chained (so to speak) to the computer at the moment. My scooter is plugged into a charger and my insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) are plugged into USB ports on the computer as they suck up some juice of their own…

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Limbo Stick or Not: How Low Can You Go?

It was as if somebody had dumped a bucket of cold water on me, but there was no water and no bucket. Instead, I was freezing and sweating — the result of a blood glucose in the 30’s. I checked again. Yep. That’s where it was, all right. Dang…

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On the Ocean, Seeking Perfection

A thousand pardons. I said I would write more about hypoglycemia this week. In short, vacation preparations got in the way. I didn’t even have time to get my hair cut and barely managed to pack…

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Low and Behold — Stress Happens

“Did you know your hand is shaking?” my husband asked. “Yes,” I responded with all the sarcasm a low blood glucose (BG) would allow. Actually, a low BG allows for quite a bit of sarcasm. Maybe “allow” isn’t the right word. I can be sort of obnoxious, which should never be allowed…

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

What’s that old Connie Francis song? Oh, yeah: “V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! In the summer sun!” For many people, summertime is time to hit the road. Most just throw some stuff in a suitcase and go. Those of us with diabetes have a bit of planning to do…

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Aw, Geez — It’s Almost May! Time to Get Crackin’

I have NO idea what possessed me but, a bit more than one year ago, I decided to go on a cruise in May of this year accompanied by four 20-somethings. This should be interesting…

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Computer-Aided Diabetes Care? Why Not?

What did we ever do without computers?” I asked myself, both rhetorically and somewhat sarcastically after dealing with a minor glitch. I swear I could hear the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West cackling “I’ll get you, my pretty” in the background…

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Will Spring Ever Arrive?

Where’s my head this week? Gee, I wish I knew. I remember I saw the endocrinologist in March and my HbA1c was 6.5%. Lipids were normal, blood pressure was normal, and he was a happy camper. Or maybe he just wanted me out of there, since I hadn’t showered for two days…

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“We’ll All Get Old If We Live Long Enough”

Mom was talking the other day about finding herself a nursing home or assisted living place to move into before we (my three brothers and I) are “burdened” by her. She’s gotten a bit forgetful of late, although I haven’t noticed it all that much. Her father had Alzheimer and she may be thinking about how he didn’t even remember her…

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“Gone Calling” Can Be Disrupted by Complications

Before I get started, I’d like to explain something. I’m supposed to write about living with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can include some complications, and living with the outcome of those can be worse than living with diabetes…

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