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

Surviving A Wedding Weekend

07.11.2014 was a huge wedding weekend for one of my dearest friends.  The bride is one of the my closest friends and I am so excited for what lies ahead for her and her lovely husband.  As everyone who has ever been close to someone getting married…  it can be a 72+ hour adventure of too much food, way too much booze, little to NO sleep and an emotional roller coaster.  As a T1D – it takes on a whole new level of anxiety or at least for someone like me who enjoys an open bar, but is challenged by the food available.  Here are a few tips of what I chose to do to prepare myself for such an eventful couple of days. Continue reading

How-to-Guide to Hiking with Diabetes

As a native Oklahoman, I can say that hiking is not part of our DNA. I am a flatlander by birth.

That being said, hiking contributes significantly to why I love waking up each day. The challenge, smells, camaraderie, and drinking beers afterward on the tailgate, make up the appreciation I have for glorified walking.

Most summers I travel out to the Rocky Mountain National Park , outside of Estes Park, CO. Yesterday, I took off on a hike with my grandpa (yeah, he’s 70) to Bluebird Lake (13 miles roundtrip). We covered about 2500 feet of elevation gain pretty gradually with a steep climb to the lake nestled next to Ouzel Peak. We hiked and explored for roughly 8 hours. This can be a real challenge for a diabetic. Continue reading

How to Fight the Morning Low

Anhh.Anhh.Anhh. There goes the alarm. I turn over and hit snooze. Fifteen minutes later I’m up and feel like I can eat a horse (since I eat plant-based we’ll say a field of tempeh). I stumble my way down the stairs and test my blood sugar; 66. I immediately snag an apple off the counter and demolish it. Drink a glass of OJ soon after and polish it off with a bowl of granola. All in about 5 minutes.Before I can even truly wake up.

Obviously, this is not the ideal solution. I just took in about 75 carbs. Sure, it knocked out the low blood sugar sluggishness but I’m set to be looking at a blood sugar over 200 by mid-morning – then potentially a corrective low after lunch time. It’s a vicious cycle. Continue reading