Life with Diabetes

(Devilish) Raynaud’s Syndrome

Ever heard of Raynaud’s Syndrome? Nobody seems to be able to confirm whether this odd circulation disorder is related to diabetes, but I have my suspicions.
Also known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon (or Raynaud’s Disease), this is a condition involving “periodic episodes of reduced blood supply in the extremeties when exposed to cold or sudden temperature changes.” Meaning your fingers and toes go white and numb and become pretty much useless for a period of time.…

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Post-Turkey-Day Post

PRE-TURKEY: I hit the weekend with a fierce determination to get my glucose levels down, while being the ultra-efficient mother-cook-hostess, of course. Dose aggressively for bowl of wheat-free breakfast cereal – check. Drop the girls at school – check. Drive straight to Safeway for early am shopping with my plucky 3-year-old in tow, delighted that I shall “beat the holiday rush” – check. But NOooo. Others have arrived before me. Many of them. And the…

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Turkey Day Post

Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, another major food-fest, which is particularly difficult for us PWDs, I know. But I love the slow four-day weekend, the once-a-year chance to eat sweet potatoes AND cranberries in one meal, and the fall colors. I love the fact that we unpack our old home movies and spend most of the weekend lying on the floor watching hours of my older children as babies crawling around and babbling into the camera. “I…

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Survey Says… Informative, Chipper

OK, folks, here’s my informal analysis of my very informal reader survey conducted on Diabetes Blog Day last week:

N = 26* (so far) — 17 Type 1s, 5 Type 2s, 3 parents of Type 1s and one “other” (a med student studying to become an endocrinologist!)

Why do you visit this blog? Most said I’m funny and informative. Hooray! Diabetes has not impaired my ability to conduct research and be sarcastic about it. The…

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“Something Clicked” Study (Not Peddling Twinkies)

Last night I met with author and diabetes psychology expert Dr. William Polonsky and learned about a new project he’s developing that might be the very first study ever focusing on some Good News about diabetes and motivation. But before I dive in, let me reach out and give you all a Giant Virtual Hug for your fabulous feedback on my D-Blog Day post! I am totally blown away at the thought of all you…

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