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Preparing for Exercise

With my insulin pump, I’ve had to do more planning for exercise than I’ve ever had to do before. Somehow I thought it would be easier… Nope, exercise is still tricky! It’s tricky because my blood glucose can crash pretty fast from exercise. How to not have hypoglycemia when exercising? Well, the solution I’ve been… Continue Reading

Insulin Pump in my Pajama Pocket

How I sleep with my insulin pump

I am a back and side sleeper. I sleep with my insulin pump clipped to my pajama pants pocket. I once didn’t clip it to my pocket, and it fell out, as I must have rolled around in my sleep. I currently only have one pair of pajamas with pockets in them, so I see… Continue Reading

Cauliflower Fritters, or Pancakes

I bought a large bag of frozen riced cauliflower and was displeased with it as a substitute for mashed potatoes. Yes, it is a common low carb substitute for mashed potatoes, but it doesn’t taste like mashed potatoes. I ended up cooking the entire bag because the cauliflower was all stuck frozen together in one… Continue Reading

LADA Diabetes Experiences

My Stages of LADA Diabetes

Here’s a quick summary of where I’ve been and where I am now!  LADA diabetes is considered a progressive illness, in that overtime the pancreas will likely produce less insulin. Stage 0: Before I was Diabetic I had normal blood glucose test results.  Yes, during all my childhood, and until approximately age 30, my test… Continue Reading

Experiences

Diabetic Supplies

Bill showing amount due

Did you know about the “Prompt Pay” discount?

Since being diagnosed with LADA Diabetes, medical bills have become commonplace.  My finances these days include paying all kinds of medical bills — bills for doctor visits, bills for labwork, and for medical durable supplies like an insulin pump.  Not to mention that I’ve become a regular at my local pharmacy, and also get mail… Continue Reading

A close up photo of the Humalog Junior Insulin Pen showing half unit measurements that can be dialed in.

I like the JUNIOR version of the Humalog Insulin Pen!

I have a fondness for the Junior version of the Humalog Insulin Pen.  I asked my doctor for it because it allows for measuring half units of insulin, which the regular humalog insulin pens don’t have as an option. I like it because it allows for injecting a dose like 1.5 or 2.5 units instead… Continue Reading

One Touch Verio Glucose Meter with Test Strips

One Touch Verio Flex Blood Glucose Meter Review

Seven years into my LADA diabetes journey, I’ve now used about 7 different blood glucose meters.  Tech improvements keep making them better.  The one I’m currently using is the One Touch Verio Flex Blood Glucose Meter.  It’s the first meter I’ve owned that has bluetooth and a mobile app (for both Android and iPhone). I… Continue Reading

Insulin & Food

A close up photo of the Humalog Junior Insulin Pen showing half unit measurements that can be dialed in.

I like the JUNIOR version of the Humalog Insulin Pen!

I have a fondness for the Junior version of the Humalog Insulin Pen.  I asked my doctor for it because it allows for measuring half units of insulin, which the regular humalog insulin pens don’t have as an option. I like it because it allows for injecting a dose like 1.5 or 2.5 units instead… Continue Reading

More thoughts on diabetes

Freestyle Libre 14 Day Reader Graph Shows I was High a lot

Preventing CGM Induced Anxiety

Anxiety is a common experience for many of us with diabetes.  The feeling of anxiety can be a symptom of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).   But we can also get anxiety because we are anxious about things in our lives — for example, being anxious about diabetes! This article is about anxiety that may be related… Continue Reading

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Gift ideas for People with Diabetes

Are you looking for a gift for someone with diabetes?  Here, I’ll compile a few of my thoughts.  Since being diagnosed with diabetes about five years ago, I’ve received some gifts that were chosen because I’m diabetic. Truthfully, what to buy someone with diabetes could be answered with:  Buy them something that they’ll like.  Just… Continue Reading

Medical Insurance Explanation of Benefits Paperwork

How I disputed a Medical Bill

a surprise bill Five years after being diagnosed with diabetes, and two years after starting insulin for it, I moved across the state.  I researched the area I was moving to and set up an appointment with an endocrinologist.  There was only one endocrinologist in 300 miles and they were scheduling new patients 9 months out. … Continue Reading

Picture of Freestyle Libre showing low glucose events

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), people experience it differently

What does hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) feel like? One of my “learned skills” from having diabetes is recognizing when I may have hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood glucose reading less than [bgl]70[/bgl]. When the body’s glucose level drops, the body pumps out the hormone adrenaline, which causes a whole… Continue Reading

What is MDI? (Diabetes acronym)

What is MDI? MDI stands for “multiple daily injections.” People who need to use insulin for treating their diabetes have a choice between using an insulin pump or performing injections. Most people who take insulin using injections will need to do them multiple times each day.  Most commonly, they take one or two shots of… Continue Reading

3 Challenges of Carb Counting and Tracking Everything you Eat

Image Credit: “Three Stack”by cogdogblog is licensed under CC0 1.0   I’ve noticed that I can achieve better glucose control if I track the number of carbs that I eat.  But, that’s hard to do. 3 Challenges 1. Distraction / Forget Sometimes, I just forget.  I get distracted and eat something without thinking about measuring… Continue Reading

Weight Loss as a symptom of LADA Diabetes

I lost over 50 pounds in the two years leading up to my diabetes diagnosis.  I didn’t know that the weight loss was a symptom of anything going wrong.  I had previously struggled with unexplained weight gain, so unexplained weight loss I welcomed. The Mayo clinic maintains a page listing potential causes of unexplained weight… Continue Reading

The positive side of my diabetes diagnosis

Diabetes makes life harder. The day to day work of treating diabetes is tiring.  Anyone dealing with diabetes knows how much careful work it takes every day. Yet, when I look at my own personal diabetes story and how getting it has changed me life, it’s not all bad.  There are positive things about it,… Continue Reading

High blood sugar at night after going low in the evening

Happy Saturday!  Today I woke up, looked at my Freestyle Libre sensor, and saw that I had high blood glucose for much of the night.  This is a disappointing way to start my day.  If you monitor your overnight glucose with a Continuous Glucose Monitor like the Freestyle Libre 14 Day system or a Dexcom… Continue Reading

What are your diabetes goals?

I’ve been described as a very “goal oriented” person, so since having diabetes, I’ve formulated my own personal goals based on my research and experience. In this blog post, I’m mostly going to talk about what my goals are and why.  If you are looking for guidelines on things like A1C numbers, fasting blood glucose… Continue Reading

Buying an Insulin Pump

I’m going to buy an insulin pump.  Yesterday I just said “yes” on the phone and I received a UPS tracking number. Welcome to real adulthood.  I am 36 years old and this is my first time spending $4000 (out of pocket) on a piece of durable medical equipment. There are feelings about this.   When… Continue Reading