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What We’re Reading: Interview With an Exubera User

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at www.diabetesmine.com entitled “Followup with a Real, Live Exubera User.” In the post, blogger Amy Tenderich interviews Jennifer Haws, who has been using Exubera inhaled insulin for three months. The blog entry features practical questions about inhaling insulin as well as links to a recent Los Angeles Times article about Exubera and to Amy’s original interview with Jennifer when she first began to use Exubera.

Amy Tenderich is a writer with Type 1 diabetes.

Do you have any experiences with Exubera that you’d like to share? If so, please let us know what you think by leaving a comment on this post. Read More “What We’re Reading: Interview With an Exubera User”

You’re Always On My Mind: Questions and Thoughts About Diabetes

Yesterday, I went to the pharmacy to get some new test strips. I have come to embrace the fact that, even though you can see the 100 strips behind the counter and have no idea what harm they could possibly cause anyone, you are still told that it will take 30 minutes to get them. Thirty minutes for the pharmacist to walk three yards and print out a label. Read More “You’re Always On My Mind: Questions and Thoughts About Diabetes”

Symlin: Sometimes the Positives Outweigh the Negatives

“I’m a little bit low,” I told Sarah the other morning when she came to drop 6-month-old Ryan off for the day. “But I ate one of those”—gesturing to a box of snack bars one of my grandchildren had left on the table—“and I’m not shaking any more.”

Sarah has Type 1 diabetes, so my confession didn’t faze her. “You want me to set Ryan down on the floor?” she asked. Then she further demonstrated her understanding with one questioning word: “Symlin?” Read More “Symlin: Sometimes the Positives Outweigh the Negatives”

More About My Diabetes/Jack Bauer Man-Purse

Now, as you can tell by my photo, I am indeed a man. What kind of man you’ll never know until we meet and spend a little time together, but a man nonetheless. If we ever do meet, there is about a 99% chance that I will have a few things with me. One of these things I mentioned in last week’s blog entry, and I’d like to elaborate a little further on it. It’s my diabetes/Jack Bauer man-purse. Read More “More About My Diabetes/Jack Bauer Man-Purse”

What We’re Reading: The O.C. New Me Challenge

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to the new blog http://ocnewme.blogspot.com, home of the “O.C. New Me Challenge.” This challenge, created by Diabetes O.C. blogger Allison Blass, encourages people to challenge themselves to lose weight, lower their HbA1c levels, or both over the coming year by wagering a minimum of $5 on their outcome. Every month, prizes (including a one-year subscription to Diabetes Self-Management magazine) will be raffled off to people who meet incremental goals.

Sign-ups close tomorrow, so click on the link above to visit the blog if you think you may be interested in joining the challenge. Read More “What We’re Reading: The O.C. New Me Challenge”

Independence vs. Dependence

In my practice, I’ve seen some married couples lately that remind me of my own family of origin: the man has diabetes that he controls with insulin and has great pride in his ability to deal with it without depending on anyone else, for anything. These men do not tell anyone they have diabetes unless they are forced to do so (by severe hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose levels, for example), and they believe they need little advice on managing the condition. Read More “Independence vs. Dependence”

A Trip to the DMV With My Diabetes Man-Purse

Yesterday, I went to the New York State DMV on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to get my driver’s license renewed. My license expired two weeks ago on my birthday, and ever since then I’d been dreading this day. I tried to keep my hopes up that the turnaround would be quick, checked my blood glucose (82), ate a granola bar, and shuffled out the door with my mp3 player clipped to my belt loop. Read More “A Trip to the DMV With My Diabetes Man-Purse”

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