Life with Diabetes

What’s New This Visit

It’s fascinating coming to Europe once a year. Every year. At the same time. There’s always interesting new stuff, most of it imported from the US, it seems. Here’s what’s new this year, as far as I can tell:
1) Germany is getting fatter. My husband and I keep exchanging bug-eyed glances at all the seriously overweight — and also truly obese — people we see (kids included), which certainly wasn’t the case when I…

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All About Sharps Disposal

First off, I want to thank all of you who commented on my recent post about “Diabetes Trash.” I did not know about those nifty needle-cutters from BD; I’m learning so much from you all!
The issue, of course, was what to do with used sharps when you’re out and about. One commenter noted that there’s always the “mint container” option, as in carrying an old tin around with you to store used lancets, pen…

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Gluecklich in Deutschland

I just realized that that last post made everything sound pretty glum here in Germany, when in fact, we are having a wonderful time. The weather has been so pleasant that we’ve eaten every single meal for 10 days outside in my in-laws’ garden. That’s quite a big WOW for this climate.
The little cousins are loving each others’ company, and we walk to the cafe for Gelato nearly every day. I’ve figured out the…

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Revelations aus Deutschland

First, the really ugly revelation: apparently my new diabetic self can no longer tolerate cocktails. Uggghhh. Yet another enjoyable consumable that’s off my list. I thought it was the jet lag, but apparently it was just the hard liquor that was making me sick after dinner every night. OK, so I’m sipping German Sekt very gingerly and squinting my eyes to make all those fantastic European baked goods look a little less appealing. *Sigh*
Secondly,…

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The Dream Fund and Kassie’s Book for Diabetic Parents

Periscope up! The more you look, the more you find — in this case implying that if you ever, ever felt alone with your diabetes, forget it! I can hardly believe how many hot programs and cool people I am starting to run into all centered around this disease.
Here are two of the latest items I’ve found:
* The Ascenia Dream Fund is an annual contest run by the diabetes division of Bayer to…

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