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Tips to Prevent Bad Insulin

Tips to Prevent Bad Insulin

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It’s important to understand how to properly take care of your insulin and learn what to do if you suspect you’re using “bad insulin.” Find out what steps to take — and what to avoid — to keep your insulin in good shape…

Diabetes and Travel

Diabetes and Travel

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Learn about a few of the challenges of diabetes and travel, and get tips for how to handle them from someone who’s lived — and traveled — with Type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years…

How We View Diabetes

How We Relate

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I read something that got me thinking about the difference between obsessing over something and being aware of it. This applies to how we view diabetes…

Hidden Diabetes Fears

Hidden Diabetes Fears

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I hate going to the doctor’s office. As someone living with diabetes, this makes no sense. So why do I hate going to my doctor? The answer to that question can be found in the Star Wars trilogy…

Habits Are Hard to Change

Habits Are Hard to Change

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That’s how it is, living with diabetes — there are days when I don’t want to monitor, but I do it anyway. There are days when I just wish I could pretend it wasn’t there and act recklessly, but I don’t…

For Teens With Diabetes

For Teenagers

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Teens with diabetes have an extra layer of complexity to deal with during their formative years. These tips can help them navigate this rocky road…

Final Thoughts on My New CGM

Final Thoughts on My New CGM

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After three weeks using a CGM (continuous glucose monitor), I’m officially a convert. This technology translates into better control and a healthier life!

A Week With My New CGM

A Week With My New CGM

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I don’t know what magic in the universe finally convinced me to set my CGM up and get started, but I did. And it has already changed my life…

Anger! (And Diabetes)

Anger! (And Diabetes)

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I’ve been thinking about anger and diabetes this week. It seems to hit me in cycles, this feeling of, “Wait a minute, I’m angry about this!”

Being Kind to Ourselves

Being Kind to Ourselves

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Being kind to ourselves is more important than we might have thought. I was thinking about this recently when I was irritated with my blood sugar numbers…

Traveling With Diabetes

Traveling With Diabetes

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I’ve discovered some of the pitfalls that can impact someone traveling with diabetes and created my own “travel guide” for taking diabetes on the road…

Diabetes and Sick Days

Diabetes and Sick Days

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What do we need to do to make it through an illness that makes it hard to hold food down? Here are some (hopefully) helpful tips…

Adolescence and Diabetes

Adolescence and Diabetes

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This week’s entry is about the challenges of moving through adolescence with diabetes, and for the people tasked with caring for Diabetian adolescents…

Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

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The emotional management of food is something we talk much less about when we have diabetes, yet it can derail everything if we’re not careful…

Dancing With Diabetes

Dancing With Diabetes

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“I am not diabetes,” I thought. And so I started to write the title — “You Are Not Your Diabetes.” And yet… I AM diabetes, to a point…

Facing Fear With Diabetes

Facing Fear With Diabetes

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I have lived with diabetes for the last 22 years of my life. I have, for the most part, maintained good control over that time, but like anyone with diabetes I have had those periods when my control wasn’t as sharp. I’ve always understood that the risk of complications comes with diabetes…

Avoiding Caretaker Burnout

Caretaker Burnout

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I don’t know that “avoiding” caretaker burnout is possible.What is possible is minimizing and managing the feeling of burnout…

Diabetes and CGM

Walking the Line

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I’m about to try a continuous blood glucose monitor (CGM) for the first time. My doctor and I decided to pursue the CGM after several early morning low blood sugar scares…

Diabetes and Balance

Finding Emotional Balance

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Diabetes is all about balance — balancing activity and baseline insulin, balancing food and bolus insulin, always striving for that balance point between too high and too low…

Diabetes Support

Dino-betes

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Every blood sugar check, every shot, is performed in the presence of the rest of my band. So my diabetes is not a purely private thing on the road…

Diabetes Tight Control

Tight Control Pitfalls

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There was one news segment from the Apollo 13 situation that I have always remembered. That segment could have been describing diabetes “tight control…”

Diabetes and fear of the future

Fear for the Future

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I wrote once that diabetes can inspire a lot of fear about what might happen in the future. Diabetic complications can hang over us like a storm cloud on the horizon…

Diabetes and the present moment

The Unlikeliest Gift

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Diabetes is a Zen teacher, the kind that raps us on the knuckles when we lose sight of what’s important. It’s sometimes harsh, and not always pleasant. But it can be a remarkable teacher, and if we learn how to listen to it, it can push us to live lives that really matter…

Mindfulness and diabetes

Why Mindfulness Works

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I got to thinking about how mindfulness practice plays itself out in the daily life of a Diabetian, and I thought I would share some of those thoughts with you today…

Helping others

Living for Others

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So the next time you feel sorry for yourself, try this: Find a cause you believe in. Take one step toward helping others. It might just save YOU…

Diabetes management and learning styles

Learning Styles and Diabetes Management

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My first endocrinologist was a very competent physician, but there was a certain disconnect in the relationship for me. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, exactly, until I moved to the Barbara Davis Center…

Finding a rhythm

Finding a Rhythm

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This has been a challenging few weeks, but not because of diabetes. In fact, diabetes has taken a back seat lately…

Diabetes inside joke

Only Someone With Diabetes…

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It’s tough to give someone a true “window” into the day-to-day experience of diabetes. But sometimes diabetes can give us light moments, moments of humor…

goals

New Year, New Possibilities

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If anyone is struggling with “New Year’s Goals,” let me offer this little bit of advice: Drop the “goals” and instead create the daily or weekly plan…

Insurance Company Tricks and the Pump

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I knew insulin pumps were more expensive than injections. That’s not a surprise. But the REASON the pump is so much more expensive WAS a surprise, and in my mind represents a lot of maneuvering on the part of my insurance company…

diabetes burnout

Diabetes Burnout

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I visited a new endocrinologist a few weeks ago, and we discussed the possibility of switching to a pump…

making diabetes adjustments

Making Adjustments

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Managing diabetes is not a one-and-done thing. We don’t just figure out carb ratios, insulin levels, and all the rest ONCE and then forget about them…

Fear and Diabetes…

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I wanted to write this week about diabetes and fear. This came up for me recently when I woke up with severely low blood sugar…

Hitting the Road

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A two-week music tour starts tomorrow morning. The road presents a whole set of challenges for people with diabetes…

Double Down

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Tackling the issue of my increased blood sugar levels, I’ve discovered something very interesting things that I thought I would share with everyone this week…

Time for Some Help

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Today, I had cereal for breakfast, skipped lunch, and am planning on a cheese sandwich for dinner, since it seems like every time I eat something my blood sugar responds like a geyser!

Canary in the Coal Mine

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I recently read a very interesting research article on mindfulness training and diabetes management among U.S. veterans with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes…

When Things Fall Off Course…

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I was having a great few weeks with my blood sugar! Every time I checked, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, bingo! Right in range! It was great. I was relaxed, happy, and coasting through my days. And then I had a few days of really “wonky” numbers…

What Is Hope?

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As some regular readers of this blog might know, I have a policy when it comes to diabetes research. But lately, I’ve been breaking this policy, reading more and more about the state of research and where it’s likely heading…

We’re Getting There – Eventually

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I’m glad we have the FDA. I’m glad we take our time testing things before rushing them to market. I’m glad medical advances are thoroughly vetted before being widely adopted and used in the general population. However, when it comes to research on “Type 1 diabetes cures,” it is enough to drive you mad!

Information at Our Fingertips

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It’s a great time to be a Diabetian! Well, there’s not really any great time to be a Diabetian — we’d all trade it in if we could — but if we’re gonna have this condition, having it in this current information age is a huge plus…

The Outside Like the Inside

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My wife and I have been updating our house this summer. What started as just an idea to update the color of one room has turned into a pretty hefty makeover. In the midst of all of this, I’ve noticed my rate of monitoring has gone up and I’ve been much more diligent and organized about my blood sugar…

Righteous Anger!

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It is so much easier to hate than to understand; so much easier to project than to introspect; so much easier to blame than to take stock and take control. I was all set this week to write some “therapeutic” bit about how I hate diabetes, and how hating diabetes is our right, and on down that road…

Patterned Behaviors

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Dealing with diabetes is all about living a fully present, fully conscious life. It’s not the kind of thing that we can figure out once and then forget about — it’s something we need to continually monitor and “recheck…”

Toughen Up, Kids

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So I’ve been codirecting a jazz camp this week for the school where I teach piano. It’s a weeklong camp, with about 15 students. Already, we’ve had a few quit because they felt they weren’t up to the challenge. And this has got me to thinking about the idea of facing challenges in a broader context.,,

I’ve Said It Before…

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I read today that the GOP is pretty much set to sue Obama. What happened? We’ve never agreed on everything, but we were never SUPPOSED to agree on everything. So I say it again: It’s time for Diabetians to take over! What group of people is better equipped to deal with momentary frustration without overreacting?

A Series of Unfortunate Meals…

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I’m writing this week from North Carolina, site of my family reunion. We’ve all come together to celebrate my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta, and then all made the trek up to Highlands, NC, where my grandfather lived for the last 30 years of his life…

Sick Week*

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As annoying as this is, weeks like this happen every so often, and there isn’t much we can do about them. But while they’re miserable regardless of who you are, for Diabetians weeks like this can be even worse. We can feel like we’re getting hit twice, first by whatever illness has lodged itself in our body, and then by diabetes..

Wink at Diabetes

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Diabetes is a very serious condition, one that can cause great suffering in our lives, and, ultimately, something that can take our lives. But we still are the ones who get to define what it MEANS in our lives, and I think Jan Chait gave us a wonderful example to follow…

Technology Is Amazing… So Are We

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So I read an article this week detailing the results of a very small clinical trial using an artificial pancreas. The pancreas was made using a modified iPhone, a continuous blood glucose monitor, and a traditional insulin pump setup…

Summer of Health!

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So my wife and I have decided to get healthy this summer, deeming this our “Summer of Health” — we’ve got a poster board and everything (this is what happens when two teachers decide to do something)…

Enjoy Your Life!

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If there’s one lesson I’ve had to learn over and over again, it’s the need to set limits. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. I think Diabetians often have a hard time setting limits for ourselves. Diabetes is many things, but mostly it’s a CONSTANT thing…

Motivation

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I was asked recently what keeps me motivated to manage my diabetes. I thought it was a great question. On the surface, it sounds pretty simple — what motivates us to manage our diabetes is a desire to stay healthy, to stay alive, to avoid pain, all of that basic, instinctual stuff. But motivation is a much more complicated thing than that…

Back From the Border — and Back to Basics

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I just got back from Canada, where I played a couple shows with a local band that goes up there every now and then. It was a fun trip, a good couple of shows, and now I’m back home, enjoying my own bed and the comforts of home…

Almost 20 Years…

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I’m coming up on a milestone — 20 years of life with diabetes! I’m 35 now, and I was diagnosed with this disease during the summer of my fifteenth year! It’s both hard to believe it’s been that LONG and at the same time hard to remember any of what it felt like to NOT have diabetes…

Limitations

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Having Type 1 diabetes means the option of becoming a commercial pilot was never available to me. I remember hearing about advocacy organizations whose sole mission was to fight for the privilege of allowing people with diabetes to be pilots. But I wasn’t ever able to really get on board with that message. And here’s why…

The Post-Antibiotic Age

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A report was recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the effects of antibiotic resistance — and the findings are a little scary. The report found that resistance has spread to almost every corner of the globe…

Attraction and Repulsion

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” So said Shakespeare many years ago. I’ve found that sentence to be a great bit of advice for living with diabetes through the years…

None of Us Is Alone

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None of us take this journey alone. We might be the only ones checking our blood sugar, taking our insulin, struggling with our complications, but we’re not alone in our journeys. No human being is truly alone. We are always part of one another’s lives…

Spring Is Here

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Spring is here. It has been a looong, cold, and snowy winter. I’m usually a big fan of winter — I love snowstorms, they make me feel like a kid again. But this year was a little much even for me. So it’s nice to hear the birds chirping and feel the air warming…

In Sick Mode

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I think the overriding theme of this week is “making do when things aren’t perfect.” Now, diabetes is never perfect. That doesn’t mean we can’t manage it well, of course. Little fluctuations won’t sink the ship. But even on the best days, diabetes throws a little UNpredictability our way…

What’s In the Future?

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When I was in high school, I struggled with a feeling of being weak. In particular, I really felt that having diabetes made me biologically “unfit,” unable to survive without assistance, sickly, and overly dependent on outside help…

Credit Where Credit Is Due

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It’s amazing how easy it is for us to deny ourselves the credit we deserve. I’m horrible about this! I shame myself so easily, it’s ridiculous. And I’m far too hard on myself MOST of the time. I’ve always known this, and yet continue to do it more often than I want to admit (pardon me while I shame myself over my bad habit of shaming myself…)

The Problem With the Problems With Obamacare

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That’s not a typo you read. I want to talk about the problem with how we talk about the problems with Obamacare. I know this is a topic not directly tied to diabetes, but health insurance, and our rather precarious health-care system, certainly has a LARGE impact on all of us living with this preexisting condition…

It’s the Season

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Most of you have probably never heard of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Heck, the computer just underlined “Naropa” to inform me I misspelled something! But it’s a real place. It’s where my mother taught for many years, and where I spent a lot of time as a youngster. It’s a wonderful place, founded in the mid-70’s by a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and former monk…

Ignorance Is What?

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Diabetes is a management disease. It involves a lot of daily monitoring, a lot of analyzing trends and patterns, and a lot of number-crunching. Information is the name of the game for us Diabetians. And we live in an age where the ease of obtaining that information in real-time is vastly easier than it was 20–30 years ago…

Bionic, Man…

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So I was scouring articles online, searching for a topic to write about. I stumbled on a few articles outlining testing on the development of an “artificial pancreas” — a system that could monitor blood glucose, compute insulin, release said insulin, and continuously balance itself. A bionic implant!

Misinformation

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There’s a lot of misinformation out there. Some of it is benign, some of it is irritating, and some of it is downright dangerous. This is a story about the dangerous kind…

Summer Camp

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It’s 15 degrees outside right now, and that represents a warming trend. Factoring in the wind chill, we’ve been lucky to top the zero mark for the past week. So I thought today would be a good day to write about summer…

A New Year

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This is the second blog entry I wrote for this week. I’m scrapping the first one. You see, I watched a documentary on the “workings of the universe” and got myself inspired to write a flowing, philosophical post about the vastness of time and space, the insignificance of people, why we should all come together and get along… Not bad stuff, but after rereading it, I think it missed the mark…

What I’ve Learned

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It’s the end of the year, and instead of making a list of resolutions for what I’ll do differently next year, I thought I’d take the time to write down everything I’ve learned from the past 20 years of living with Type 1 diabetes

Slow Change

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I decided to do a little online searching this morning to help get some ideas for what to write about. I came across the usual assortment of articles detailing research on various avenues toward a cure for Type 1 diabetes, but nothing jumped out as particularly noteworthy…

Know Thyself

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Explaining diabetes to other people is tricky sometimes. It’s a complicated thing to manage, and for those who don’t live with it day-to-day, it’s easy to oversimplify. So many times at dinner parties, gatherings, or other festivities someone might catch me having some dessert and inform me that, “you shouldn’t be eating that, you’re diabetic!”

The Diabetian Lens

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I have a friend who’s a lawyer. I remember a conversation we had when she was still in law school. She said that what they were teaching her in law school wasn’t so much about information or content. Rather, they were teaching her how to view and understand the world through the lens of law…

Slow Changes

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When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I could tell when my blood glucose dipped below 70. Sixty was downright scary, and anything in the 50’s or lower was cause for alarm. That was almost 20 years ago. Today, my blood glucose can get well into the 40’s or 30’s before I feel the signs…

Living Longer

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I just read about the results of a study showing dramatically improved life expectancy for people living with Type 1 diabetes. The study compared life expectancy now as compared to life expectancy in 1975. The difference was over 15 years. Aside from being good news, it’s an important reminder…

Everything Is Simple

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Two weeks ago, I left one of my part-time jobs. For years, I have worked as a clinical social worker, musician, and music teacher. Today, I am a musician and music teacher. The change has been a long time coming…

Risk Chain

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Resilience is the ability to “bounce back,” to encounter a setback or a trauma, a disappointment or a failure, and carry forward. It’s opposite might be helplessness, the inability to recover, to take a next step, to move past the initial trauma…

Money, Medicine, and the Cosmos

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Our government is officially closed for business, at least for now. Hopefully, it’s a relatively short closure and not the beginning of a long road toward complete atrophy in Washington. The cause of this closure is, theoretically, health-care reform…

Preexisting Condition…

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I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 15. Before that, I was just another healthy adolescent kid. After that, I was a 15-year-old kid with a “preexisting condition…”

So Easy to Forget

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I’ve been anxious lately — anxious, a little down, and frustrated. I won’t go into the details of why, because the details are all run-of-the-mill things that don’t really deserve the attention in the first place. In the back of my mind, though, a thought is trying to break through all this chatter…

Research News

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I’ve always had a tricky relationship with diabetes research. But then there’s the other side of the equation — the fact that I have to live with diabetes on a daily basis, and dreaming about a cure that doesn’t exist leaves me right back where I started…

A Daily Miracle

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I called my pharmacy today to refill my short-acting insulin prescription, and tomorrow morning I’ll hop in my car and pick it up. Then, perhaps, I’ll go get some lunch, then head up to the music school where I teach piano. It will be a mundane day of errands. Except one of those errands represents an absolute miracle…

Quick Return

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Years ago, I heard about a study measuring the sensory responses of Zen monks compared to the responses of everyday people. The results of this study were incredibly interesting, and have far-reaching lessons for the rest of us. Here’s the study, in a nutshell…

There Is No Right Answer

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Diabetes is a game of numbers. Blood glucose running too high, too low, a little a high, a little low, just right. Too many carbs, too few carbs, too many units, too few units, an insulin ratio that’s too high, an insulin ratio that’s too low…

Lessons Learned

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I attended a memorial service the other day for a fellow musician, someone I played with for a number of years. He was one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure to play with. And he was one of the most genuinely kind, good human beings I’ve ever known…

Your Body Doesn’t Know the Difference

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I tend to write about various aspects of stress, mindfulness, and the psychology of diabetes fairly often. But I was looking through my old blog entries the other day and thought it might be interesting to see what I could find out about the actual physical impact of stress on blood glucose…

Ain’t No Quit in a Diabetian!

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I’ve spent the last five days learning more than I ever cared to know about plumbing. My wife and I decided, after years of living with a leaky faucet that required us to turn the hot water on and off by turning the shutoff valve UNDER the sink, to replace our faucet with a new one that would work properly…

Prohibition

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My wife has been in Ohio for the past week, and one of my fill-in companions has been Netflix. I’ve been browsing around in search of interesting fill-in material. And last night I came across Ken Burns’ documentary on prohibition in the US…

You Can’t Do It Alone

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remember the summer of my sixteenth year. I was still fairly new to diabetes (having been diagnosed with Type 1 at 15), but it had been with me long enough to sink in — there was no longer any part of my brain convinced that I would wake up one day and find out this whole diabetes thing was just a dream. Living with diabetes for the rest of my life was a reality…

Lynchpin

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Man, I’ve been doing a lot of avoiding and scrambling lately. This blog entry is late, I’ve been putting off a whole list of promotional and business tasks for a band that’s in its start-up phase, and I haven’t really been meditating. My numbers have been decent, but I haven’t really been checking them as often as I should…

Some Simple Kindness

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Earlier today, I was sitting on a bus, stewing over what I perceived to be life’s “injustices” — comparing what the “good guys” (including myself in this category, of course) have accomplished, versus what people I deem “unworthy” have accomplished…

Knowing When to Cut and Run

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What do you do when you find yourself in a miserable situation? Do you get lazy and slack off? Do you get frustrated and snap at people? Do you suck it up and push forward even though you’re cracking up on the inside? Life being what it is (imperfect in so many ways), it’s a question all of us have to face every now and again…

Sharing Diabetes With Others (Part 2)

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The relative invisibility of diabetes is a fortunate thing in many respects. We are lucky to have a condition that does not draw unwanted attention to itself 24 hours a day. But the invisibility of diabetes also has some drawbacks…

Sharing Diabetes With Others (Part 1)

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When I was 16, I went to a summer camp for teens with diabetes. My mother was the one who found out about it, and while I wasn’t resisting the idea with too much force, my enthusiasm for the camp was lukewarm at best. I was already feeling a little “weird” about having a chronic disease the rest of my life, and I thought that going to a camp devoted to it would only make me feel weirder…

Play Ball!

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I love baseball. I love everything about it; I love the slow pace of the game; I love the fact that it signals the beginning of more daylight and warmer weather; I love the tradition of it, the “poetry” of the game. And I think baseball can teach us a few things about living with diabetes…

Mind-Body Awareness and Diabetes

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As anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows, I am a musician (among other things). I have played keyboards since I was about eight years old, and while other interests, and even careers, have come and gone, music has remained a constant…

Thank You to Our Wise Elders!

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When I was offered the chance to write this blog, I was excited by the opportunity to share my thoughts with other people with diabetes. I was excited for the personal growth this weekly writing exercise might cause for me. And I was hopeful that I might be of some help, some benefit, to the people who would be reading each weekly column…

And Repeat…

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So I was sitting here at my desk, waiting for my next client to arrive, and thought I’d get started on this week’s blog entry. Except… I wasn’t sure what to write about. I felt like many of my ideas had already been put to paper (or put to “Web site”)…

Progress

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The other day, a relative e-mailed me an article highlighting the results of a study involving Type 1 diabetes. The study found that the average life expectancy for people with Type 1 diabetes was no longer significantly different than that of the average person…

LWD 107.00

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I was reading an article the other day that suggested the link between diabetes and depression might be even stronger than had been previously thought. It found, among other things, that the correlation worked both ways — that not only did having diabetes lead to a greater risk of depression (something that shouldn’t be all that surprising), but that having depression led to a greater risk for diabetes…

Whose Diabetes Is It, Anyway?

Whose Diabetes Is It, Anyway?

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People are instinctual problem-solvers. When we hear that someone we know is facing a hardship, we want to solve it, partly out of genuine care for the other person, and partly because most people just can’t stand the idea of an unsolved problem. When the problem is a chronic health condition such as diabetes, however, all sorts of short circuits can occur in our problem-solving brains..

Compared to What?

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A couple things happened one after the other on a recent afternoon. After a solid 3–4 days of blood glucose levels that ALL fell below 120, I had a high blood glucose level. Shortly after, I browsed through Facebook and saw a post from a dear friend of mine, who’s band was getting ready to play the National Anthem at an NFL game. My reaction to both, as much as I hate to admit it, was not good…

Diabetes Never Sleeps

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I’ve been depressed the past few days. I’m coming up on my 34th birthday, and somehow I’m only seeing my areas of failure — bands that never made it, opportunities I didn’t take advantage of, career choices I wish I could take back. You get the idea. It’s not any kind of exceptional depression, just your garden-variety “getting-close-to-middle-age” depression that we all feel from time to time…

It’s a Hurricane!

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I am writing this entry from a hospital bed. I’ve spent the past three days tethered to an IV drip, recovering from a nasty staph infection that started on my nose and spread to the right half of my face…

Thank You, “Brand X”

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I remember two kinds of glucose tablets from my teenage years. One reminded me of horse pills — huge, rectangular white blocks that were individually packaged the same way allergy pills are: clear plastic cap on one side, and a thin, tinfoil-like sheet on the other that could be pushed in to free the horse-pill-sized glucose tablet. These always seemed monumentally impractical to me…

Public Places

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I’ve had diabetes for 18 years. To put that in perspective, Bill Clinton was at the beginning of his first term in office when I was diagnosed. Tom Brady was a backup quarterback that no one had ever heart of. And it would still be six years until I caved in and bought my first cell phone. It got me wondering how many insulin shots I’ve taken in my life…

On the Road Again (Part 1)

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In a few days, I’ll be hitting the road on a short tour playing music. We’ll be starting off in Philadelphia heading west through Tennessee and Chicago to Colorado, and returning home through Ohio and central Pennsylvania. In all, I’ll be on the road for two weeks, and I thought it might be interesting to keep a journal of sorts to share with readers…

The World Needs Diabetians!

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As 2012 comes to a close, I find myself deeply shaken with the tremendous level of ongoing violence in our country. It seems another shooting is in the news every day. It can become so overwhelming that we almost become numb to it…

The Art of Failure

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It’s nearing Christmas, and 2012 is almost over. It’s a time of reflection — the hours are shorter, the weather is colder, and we turn inward, literally and metaphorically. It’s always been this way in the cycle of the seasons…

Not Another Thanksgiving Blog!

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Yep, it’s another Thanksgiving blog. I know, I’m getting a little tired of the phrase, “I’m most thankful for…” too. Not that it’s a bad phrase, mind you. Giving thanks is a wonderful thing to do, something we probably ought to do more of. It’s just that it becomes like a jingle you’ve heard over and over and over again — after a while, it just starts to lose meaning…

You’ve Had an Episode (Part 1)

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A few years ago, when I was working full-time as a social worker (instead of being a part-time social worker, part-time music teacher, part-time musician, and weekly blogger… why exactly did I switch?), I had a “diabetic episode.” It was terrifying, and could have been deadly if not for the quick reactions of some good Samaritans who called 911 and helped get me to the hospital…

I Think, Therefore I Am

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In preparing to write this blog, I made an important linguistic decision. It’s a decision that I think holds some significance for anyone affected by diabetes, and so I thought it might be an interesting topic to explore a little on these virtual pages…

 

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