The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 12: Frazzled in the UK

Welcome, one and all, to the dozenth edition of the Diabetic Partner Follies.  Here we invite the loved ones and partners of people with diabetes (PWDs) everywhere to share their experiences.  Almost all our recent stories seem to be about hypos (otherwise known as blood sugar lows).  We welcome these and any other types of venting you all care to share.  Today, a note from a wife in the UK who’s at her wit’s end. …

Read more »

dLife and the Diabetes Media Conundrum

“It used to be that anytime something — anything — about diabetes was on TV or in the news, everyone would call each other right away, word would spread fast and everyone was all excited.  But now there’s a weekly television show devoted specifically to diabetes and people shrug it off and say, ‘aw, that’s so commercial,’” Tom Karlya of dLife tells me with a sigh. 
I am sitting in his Westport, Ct., office.  (Yes,…

Read more »

A1c Celebration (?)

I should be celebrating — shouting from the rooftops!  But instead I am stunned. Confused.  Filled with skepticism.  Those of you who’ve been following my DexCom adventures here know how frustrated I was when I couldn’t seem to get my A1c below 7.1, despite a lot of diligence and aggravation.
But something weird happened.  I had my A1c tested again about a month later, and about 10 days after I’d set the DexCom aside for…

Read more »

Very Rapid-Acting Insulin on the Fast Track

Thank you to Kelly Close, for the tip-off on the potential answer to many of our prayers.  I wrote recently about the compulsion to pre-inject for meals (20-30 min ahead of time at least) if you want to have a prayer of bringing down your post-meal blood sugars (without adding an additional injection of Symlin — which can cause lows and make insulin dosing especially tricky).  Pre-injecting works well indeed, but I need not elaborate…

Read more »

Riva Greenberg and the Diabetes Mentoring Imperative

Through the wonder of the Internet, it was hard to tell, but I was in New York last week –  visiting my various publishers (for our new KYN book, plus dLife and HealthCentral).  It was cold and crisp and holiday-sparkly and shopping heaven.  I have so much to report!  Where to begin?  Allow me to start with Riva Greenberg, please.
Riva’s been a Type 1 for 35 years. She’s a writer and an illustrator and…

Read more »