I’m often talking about insets and pump sites and tubing, but I had a realization tonight.. a lot of you don’t know diabetes jargon! That’s okay! I didn’t either until I started living it everyday. So, let me introduce you to the things that keep Luke alive each and every day. (And the reason why… Continue reading Meet the things that keep Luke alive…
I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline the other day and this graphic popped up. I was reading through it and when I got to the “Accept Syria Refugee,” I wondered why Johnson needed to check the refugees’ BG. It took me awhile to realize he doesn’t need a blood glucose level, but a background… Continue reading The only political post you’ll find here.
Luke had his quarterly endocrinologist appointment a week ago. I felt like we were starting to come out of honeymoon because we were seeing a lot more sugar levels on the higher end of his range. I didn’t feel like we were seeing many on the lower end, let alone below his range. Because of… Continue reading 4.6%, say whaaaaat?
“I know what an insulin pump is, but what is this MDI business?” This is one of the very first questions I asked my online Type 1 family. I learned that the pump and MDI are the two ways a diabetic can receive insulin. MDI = Multiple Daily Injections Some Type 1 Diabetics choose to do multiple… Continue reading Insulin pump vs. MDI.
I’ve mentioned the words “site change” several times throughout the blog. I realize many of you don’t know what I mean when I talk about a site change. A site is the place where insulin enters Luke’s body through the tubing on his pump. Luke prefers putting his sites on his stomach, so he rotates… Continue reading What is a site change?
What is a honeymoon? No, not THAT honeymoon! (Although, I’d be more than happy to take a 2nd honeymoon here!) One of the differences between a Type 1 and a Type 2 diabetic is the function of the pancreas. With Type 2, a person is insulin resistant. The pancreas often still produces insulin, but the… Continue reading What is a honeymoon?
Today’s vocabulary words are: high & low When a diabetic, whether a type 1 or a type 2, is talking about being high or low, they are referring to his/her blood sugar. Most diabetics are given a target range where their sugar should be. For Luke, this range is 70-150 right now. We will eventually… Continue reading What do you mean he’s high?
Today’s T1D term is: finger prick A finger prick is poking one of your fingers with a lancet in order to draw a drop of blood for a glucose blood test. A typical Type 1 will do as many as 12 finger pricks a day. He needs to do a finger prick to check his blood… Continue reading What is a finger prick?
I thought I’d throw in a few T1D vocab posts in every once in awhile. I am a teacher, after all. Today’s T1D word is: bolus According to Miriam-Webster, a bolus means: a large dose of a substance given by injection for the purpose of rapidly achieving the needed therapeutic concentration in the bloodstream. In the… Continue reading What does bolus mean?