Diabetes Reality TV

imageedit_21_5019183643I like to think that reality TV is finally on a downswing and will soon fade out of our culture. But I’m not sure that’s true and I’m not interested enough to keep up with its trends. From time to time, however, I may spend a few minutes being amused by the over-done non-acting and “you won’t believe what happened next” marketing to keep viewers with what are, apparently, 10-second attention spans. What if there was a diabetes reality TV show? I’m just riffing here, but what would this look like? (more…)

Why I Won’t Be Diabetes Month-ing This Year

imageedit_9_9967453300Happy November! It’s Diabetes Month! That means we get to clap our hands and spread the word of life with diabetes. Or diabetes prevention. Or prevention of diabetes complications. Or diabetes statistics. Or blah, blah, blah, diabetes, blah, blah. I have done this in some way, shape or form every year since I was diagnosed. But you’ll have to forgive me – I just can’t do it. Not this year. This year I’m just going to keep doing what I do. Why? Because I don’t need a PR hook to celebrate my life with a chronic illness. (more…)

Dinner with Friends

Ocean Beach from above There were four insulin pumps sitting around the table. Wait, that sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, doesn’t it? “Four insulin pumps walk into a bar and…” No, that’s not going to work. Let me start over: there were four people wearing insulin pumps sitting around the table. There were four CGMs either resting on the table, stashed in pockets or thrown in bags. Collectively, the table had well over 50 years of living with type 1 diabetes. And what did we talk about?

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Autobots, Auto-Off

Insulin pump auto-offHow long would you imagine you might go without a meal? Or, if you have diabetes, how long do you think you’d go without a high blood glucose level? Or without looking at the device that’s administering the insulin to keep you alive? I was asked this question when I was trained on my new insulin pump and I didn’t really know what to say.  (more…)

This. Just this.

imageedit_65_7267532359If you were asked to talk about diabetes up on stage by yourself for five minutes, what would you say? Would you clam up and mumble? Would you babble without direction? Would you be able to share a single message that can represent not just yourself, but also others living with diabetes?

I wouldn’t know where to start, and once I did start, I wouldn’t know where to edit myself. It would be a hot mess. But that would be me. Fortunately for people with diabetes, it was not me. It was Kim. It was Kim standing up on stage, being livestreamed at MedicineX. (more…)