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Hooked to a Machine: My Experience Living with an Insulin Pump

Insulin pump Hello there, fellow DiabeticLink members! I hope that you all are having a lovely March and that spring is beginning to bloom wherever you live. Today I want to address a topic that I rarely stop and think about, but that is an essential part of my life- my usage of an insulin pump. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 18 months old, and started using an insulin pump when I was ten years old. When I look back, I cannot believe that it has been almost a decade since I have had this little device attached to me, but then again, I can’t imagine a life without it. I’m not going to lie- being on an insulin pump is hard....

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Halloween and Carb Counting

Halloween dl blog post As Halloween 2014 creeps around the corner, you must be feeling the excitement growing in your home- whether it is your sugar-crazed 5 year old, your traditional best friend, or you yourself that cherishes this spooky holiday. If you have been recently diagnosed with Diabetes and are thinking about retiring that old witch costume- no need to fear! With a few management tips, you can be back out there in time to enjoy this year’s chocolate spiders, marshmallow ghosts, and sour treats. As a child (and now, admittedly), Halloween was always my favorite holiday. I went through phases of being a princess (not exactly my style), a witch (the wigs were always uncomfortable), and even a cat one time. When I was younger, my older...

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A Day at the Mall with Diabetes

Shopping diabeticlink As I place my hand on the cool black metal and smile at the people ahead of me, I inhale the greasy scent of french fries and giant, cheesy slices of pizza. The cool air hits me all at once and I welcome the relief from the 114 degree heat as my sandals slap against the white tiled floor. I struggle to take in all of the noise, the sights, the influx of color and movement. I remind myself that I'm here on a mission. It's time to go SHOPPING!!!   Now, I realize that not all people enjoy shopping- but I still think that the mall is a nice place for people to convene and hang out. It has a pleasant, busy atmosphere, lots...

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Adorable Shoes with Diabetic Feet Inside

High heels Hi all- just a quick post about an issue that is very scary and that most of us don't like to think about.... diabetic neuropathy! It is a very real possibility for all of us, especially those of us who don't take the best control of our sugars or have had Diabetes for a number of years (like me)...    Let's think about our feet. I don't know about you, but I LOVE shoes. Sandals, converse, high heels, fluffy bunny slippers, you name it. But from a very early age, my parents always taught me that my feet should always be protected. While other kids played outside barefoot, they made sure that I always had socks, if not shoes on, so that I wouldn't get any cuts or...

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Waking up with Low Blood Sugars

Low blood sugar The most dangeous part about being a Diabetic is having low blood sugars. After almost 18 years of having this condition, I still can't keep them completely at bay. A little while ago (about 1:32 a.m.) I started having really restless sleep, and my heart began beating very fast. At this point, I woke up, disoriented, and had to convince myself to get up. The awful part about having a low blood sugar in the middle of the night is that you have to tell yourself that it's more important than your sleep. It's very possible for one to sleep through a low blood sugar, if the sugar gets low enough. I have done that once or twice when I was much younger, and emergency...

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Managing Diabetes in School

School Good evening my lovely Diabetic bloggers! :) Today I want to talk about a very important topic- managing Diabetes and a busy academic schedule! I am a second-year college student studying pre-Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona. As you can imagine, I have a packed daily schedule, filled with classes, club meetings, homework, and tutoring hours. In between it all, I need to make sure that I test my blood sugars, change my insulin pump sites, and eat regularly. So how does one manage it all? Well, I believe the key is to be prepared. For example, the class that I need to be the most ready for is my chemistry lab, because it lasts about four hours (with no breaks). Before I go...

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Mmmm, Sushi- a Diabetic Favorite!

Sushi Hello there fellow DiabeticLink Bloggers! :) Today I wanted to dedicate an entire post to my FAVORITE food- sushi! For someone who has recently adopted a gluten-free diet, this food is heaven!  For those of you out there going "ewww", trust me, I understand! I used to hate it, because I thought that it was slimy and gross. However, when I entered college, I tried it again  (this time with soy sauce) and found that I really had a taste for it! The first kind I enjoyed was the California roll, which is a simple avocado and crab meat mixture wrapped in seaweed and rice. It's delicious, gluten-free, and best of all, low-carb! The perfect meal for anyone who is on a diet, has Celiac...

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Going Gluten Free!

Gluten free This past summer, I undertook quite the challenge- GOING GLUTEN FREE! For some of you, this may be no problem at all, as Celiac Disease and Diabetes often come hand in hand. However, as a girl who loves her bagels and pizza, this challenge is going to take a lot of effort! My older brother was the one who convinced me to make the change to my diet, because I was having a lot of migraines and health problems in addition to my diabetes. He is a strong believer in the power of diet and exercise, and quite the role model when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. :)   To substitute for the lack of my normal source of carbs in my diet, I am...

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