Life with Diabetes

Some Fun D-Stuff, In Case You Missed It

In case you missed the FUN, that is. Obviously, I could really use some this week. So here they are, three “diabetic things” that will hopefully make you smile:
* TuDiabetes.com’s “Word In Your Hand” contest — leading up to World Diabetes Day (Nov. 14). Here’s how to play:
1) Write a word in your hand describing how you feel about diabetes.
2) Take a photo, showing the hand with the word.
3) Post it…

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The Stinging Cost of Glucose Test Strips

A number of you took the opportunity on the LifeScan “cringer” discussion here to point out how insanely expensive glucose test strips are. Bravo! There is no doubt we get gouged on these things, which cost about a dollar apiece (!) and most of us — at least most Type 1 diabetics — use an average of 10-12 per day. I’m crappy at math, but my Casio calculator tells me that’s about $4,000/year for the…

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Never Too Late to DeLurk

OK, so it’s totally the end of the day now. The kids are in bed, the cat has been ousted. TiVo is running. And I’m scanning for all the cyber-stuff that happened without me in the last 3-4 hours. Pathetic. But valuable, too, because I very nearly missed another official “delurking day” yet again. Geez.
Here’s my reminder button of choice, in Choice Purple:

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “DeLurking” means “to…

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You Don’t Know Jack

[WARNING: Uncheerful post... sometimes we just need to vent]
My husband has this infuriating way of attempting to calm me down when I get worked up about stuff: he likes to say, “It’s really not a big deal.”
I know he means well, but oooh, I could just slap him upside the head when he says that. How the heck do you know what’s a big deal, Sgeeter? (that’s my private little smack-talk term for…

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LOW’s the Word: Contest Winners!

The results of our universal-code-word-for-hypoglycemia contest are in, and they are, well… LOW! Most people seem to agree that anything beyond those three little letters — or perhaps the word ‘GLUCOSE!’ — would just confuse the matter.
Before I get into it, let me just note what a bunch of cynics you all are! (Which is why I love you, of course)
Here’s a sampling of the type of grumpy disillusionment I’m talking about:
“Shouldn’t…

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