Top 5 Craziest Things We’ve Consumed When Low

Top 5 Craziest Low Blood Sugar Foods

Low blood sugar makes people crazy. Even normal people understand this concept of being “hangry”. When there is no standard, low BG relief available (Gatorade, granola bars, OJ), the hunter-gatherer in us appears.

Here’s the list of the Top 5 Craziest Foods ever consumed while low by The Grind: Continue reading

Handcuffed In A Pump Prison

 

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So I was recently at Ryan’s home and all of the sudden he mentions his pump site was ripped out while getting comfortable on the couch. My immediate thought,“that has got to be painful!” He heads to the restroom and inserts a new one. I was amazed by how quickly he made it happen while talking to me in the living room. He made it seem effortless.
I’ve been against the idea of a pump for quite some time and feel I need to justify my lack of excitement for a device that has changed the lives so many T1Ds. When considering switching over, a number of scenarios keep me from taking the plunge.

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Tuesday Topic: The Great Lancet Debate

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Diabetes folks are frequently asked, “Does that hurt?” after we prick our fingers. Well… yes and no. Once you’ve stuck yourself 87,000 times (a figure calculated by the high school Algebra class I taught in 2013-14), the pain of the stick can be coolly dismissed by a simple “I’m used to it”. When the pain exits the familiar experience and enters the realm of pain experienced when the nurses test my sugar, that’s when I usually switch lancets. Continue reading

Never Say These 5 Things to a Type 1 Diabetic

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1) Test your blood sugar
– This is sure to incite anger. Who do you think you are? I know where my blood sugar’s at! Undoubtedly, each time someone asks you about your blood sugar, it’s always low.

2) You got diabetes because you ate too much candy as a kid, huh?
– NO!!!!!!!! I have no idea how I got this disease. My parents didn’t even have candy in the house! Continue reading

The DDG Kickstarter is LIVE!

The DiabetesDailyGrind.com Kickstarter campaign has officially launched. As many of you know, this has been a year long mission about sharing our life with Type 1 diabetes. This campaign provides the opportunity to develop the site to its full potential in the next year – a place that offers real support for the diabetic life.

We hope that you take a moment to scope out the campaign here – DDG Kickstarter Campaign.

If you know anyone who deals with the grind of diabetes on a daily basis, please share our mission and site with them!

The Weekend Workout

It’s Saturday morning, and for many of us, the time to reinvest into our physical being. Look for DDG recommended workouts most weekends right here under The Weekend Workout.

This week’s spotlight shines on YouTube. Yes, the physical activity Mecca. I love yoga. It gets me connected. YouTube is amazing source of content in this arena. Continue reading

A Diabetic Night Out – Part I

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Saturday nights can take one of two paths. Path number one is the relaxed, free-flowing night – most likely a result of people not going out the night before. Path number two is the forced and tired means of searching for something night – a result of either going out the night before, a grinding week in the office, or a low blood sugar… Continue reading

DDG Quickie: Pump Site Preference?

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Lately I’ve been exploring more creative placement of the pump sites. I use Medtronic’s Paradigm insulin pump with the Sure-T (6mm) site.

For the first 4 years or so of pump life, I targeted the stomach as the primary target. As I began running and cycling, available area in the stomach thinned up a bit. During college, I used mainly my hips and upper butt. I noticed a bit of scar tissue when I started running more often and decided to explore. Continue reading

You Can’t Say “Shoot Up” At The Dinner Table

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A few years ago, I was at dinner with my dear friend who is an Oklahoma Justice.  I can’t recall where we were having dinner, but I am willing to bet it was somewhere swanky.  As the food was en route to our table, I made a comment about shooting up.  She kindly brought to my attention that it was a bit awkward to say “shoot up” at the dinner table especially considering her profession.  Note To Self:  the term shooting up makes others think of intravenous drug abuse, not keeping a T1D alive. Continue reading