Monthly Archives: May 2014

Tips for the Fingertips

Checking blood glucose levels by poking fingers is a common practice in diabetes management. But how can we keep our fingertips happy and healthy despite all that poking? I poke my fingers between 8 and 10 times each day. That’s … Continue reading

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Diabetes-related Ketoacidosis

Our bodies must have energy to survive. Typically we burn glucose to make energy, but when glucose is not available, or when the body cannot burn glucose for any reason, fat is the back-up fuel. And ketones are a by-product … Continue reading

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Diabetes Issues

This week is dblog week, where literally hundreds of diabetes bloggers write about certain topics each day (I counted 203 participants in this year’s list!). I participated in dblog week in 2011, 2012, and 2013, but this year time got … Continue reading

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How to store insulin

Here’s my motto for storing insulin: if I’m comfortable, my insulin is comfortable. Insulin is a protein, so it can’t get too hot or too cold or it will denature (change shape and not work the way it’s supposed to … Continue reading

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Advertising and the Self-Control Muscle

Psychologists say that self-control is like a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened. I read an article online about exercise and sleep, both of which are critical to managing and living well with diabetes. On the side of the … Continue reading

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I Am A Nurse

Today is National Nurses Day (May 12th is International Nurses Day and the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday), and I just want to say that I am honored to be a nurse and to have worked with and learned from … Continue reading

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My Diabetes Street Sign

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend and she randomly asked, “What if we had to come up with a street sign name for our life?” I said, what a great idea for a blog topic! … Continue reading

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