Good Year/Bad Year

The view from my new office

As a kid, the one thing I remember the most about references to wine (from TV or movies) was its year. The phrase “X was a good year” stands out. I feel like and entire year can’t be all good or all bad, but some years stand out as leaning more to one direction than the other.

The years that stand out the most are the bad years. However with each of the bad years in my life, I feel like some of the most joyous things happened at the same time.

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July in Photos

Hello and Happy August! The summer is flying by.

July was another busy month in a string of busy months. Other priorities (life offline) have kept me from blogging as often as I’d like, so I figured I’d catch you all up in photos.

Fun with friends

 We visited with our good friends who live out on the East Side and I got to meet their horse, Annette the Clydesdale.

We wandered visited Ohio’s wine country with those same friends and discovered new favorites from Hundley Cellars, Niagara and Harvest Red.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Continue reading

One Box

The other day, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the UPS delivery man. I was expecting a box… a very large box.

As I held the very large box, I thought about what was inside. Continue reading

Thoughts While Dexcomless

From living without my Dexcom for weeks while my medical supply company and my doctor’s office seemed unable to pick up the phone and talk to each other, I’ve come to a few conclusions regarding continuous glucose monitoring:

1. Data is incredibly addictive.

2. It’s kind of nice to only have one device attached to my body at a time.

3. Insurance policies and doctors are not truly concerned with PWDs living long and healthy lives with the use of a CGM. They are interested in us not dying from sudden low glucose. A long trail of high bgs leading to organ damage and neuropathy seem to be no concern however and apparently the insurance will pay for the treatment of complications, but not prevention. An ounce of prevention is apparently not worth a pound or two of someone’s leg or hours in dialysis. The medical determinations that lead my plan to only cover a CGM with evidence of hypoglycemic unawareness and for no other reasons are utterly ridiculous. But their disease management program wants to know if I’ve had a blood sugar reading over 170 in the last 6 months. I have type 1 diabetes and without a CGM of-freaking-course I have!

Now that I’m back on my Dexcom I sleep better, I’m more comfortable driving and I worry less. I wasn’t kidding when I told Matt at Mashable that my CGM has saved my life.

Yes it’s another thing that I have to stick in myself, but it makes living with diabetes just a little easier. Surprisingly after this CGM vacation, inserting the sensor didn’t hurt the way I expect it to!

You may have seen a video circulating the Diabetes Online Community of a guy who doesn’t have diabetes checking his blood sugar and injecting saline… if not you can watch it here: http://youtu.be/g9CIub8V3p8 Anyway, he agreed to talk with me and I’ll have that interview for you tomorrow.

The Teacher Who Made Me Cry

I read this report from a teacher of Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon (Medicine):

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I’m not positive about the accuracy of things I find of Facebook, but the concept of this teacher’s reports and the stories you read about great minds and their educators’ opinions of them are amazing.

I don’t consider myself a great mind, but it reminded me of my sophomore year of high school and the teacher who made me cry and how I wish that no student is ever made to feel the way that my one teacher made me feel.

I have many friends who have become teachers and every single one of them who hears the story I’m about to tell is shocked. In fact, some of my high school classmates would be amazed if they knew who said this to me…

The Teacher Who Made Me Cry Continue reading