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.


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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No, This Is Not What “Spring Forward” Means

It was another exciting night in the Chait household. One minute I was watching TV; the next, I was watching the floor fly up to smack me in the face. “Jan,” I said to myself, “you’re supposed to lean back in a recliner — not lean forward…”

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Taking an Unwelcome Guest Along for a Visit

I went to Texas to get away from winter but, as it turned out, I took winter with me. The cold came along. The ice came along. Even some snow followed me there. The daughter of the house had come home for the weekend, but had to leave early to get back to campus in Waco before the worst stuff hit. She later sent video of herself scraping a passel of ice off her car…

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Getting a Foot Up On Diabetes Care

“Check your feet.” How many times have we heard it? Many times, however, that’s all we’re told: Check your feet. What am I looking for? What do I do if I find it?!

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Leaving the Snow Behind, Even If I Have to Go to Texas

It snowed. Again. And again. And yet again. I’m still trapped in the house. I give: I’m going to Texas. Killeen, to be precise. You may not have heard of the town, but I’ll bet you’ve heard of something that’s located there: Fort Hood…

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Jan and the Amazing Disappearing Syringe

Welcome to my Twilight Zone. Can you hear the music playing? I did this morning as I was attempting to change the infusion set for my insulin pump. And I do mean “attempting…”

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Is That an Igloo in My Backyard?

Did your team win the Super Bowl? I could have gone either way. I used to live in Seattle, so I could have rooted for the Seahawks. However, I live in Indiana now and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took our Colts to the Super Bowl (where they won) whenever it was. Three years ago? Four? So I went with Peyton…

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A Handful of This, That, and the Other

Why couldn’t I have booked that Caribbean cruise for now instead of May? Oh, yeah: I’m taking the college kids and have to wait until the semester is over…

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