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Bitter-Sweet Blog

What’s That Wednesday - Solution or Problem

So I’ve given up calling posts “Wordless Wednesday” because I’m pretty sure I am never, ever Wordless.  Instead I’ve come up with “What’s That Wednesday” since I always show you a picture and then proceed to explain it. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I use to treat my lows.  I’ve gotten pretty sick of juice over the years.  I’ve also gotten tired of glucose tablets, even delicious

Going Old School . . . .

****  Happy #dblogcheck day!!  And a big thank you to Hannah and Chris for helping motivate us (okay, okay, ME) to stop slacking on leaving blog comments. **** When I was younger, and the Exchange Diet ruled diabetes management, my mom carefully weighed and measured everything I ate.  A small food scale was a permanent and much used fixture in our kitchen, as was the multi-colored set of

3rd Time’s a Charm?

As I sit down to write this post, I realize I haven’t really done a very good job at blogging about my Enlite sensor experience.  I guess the reason is that I seem to only blog about problems.  I just don’t feel inclined to write a post saying “Hey, everything is good and I have nothing to say”.  And, of course, I always feel like the minute I blog about how perfect something is going, it all

Still Learning . . . .

It was lunch-time on Friday at Friends for Life.  (Or maybe it was Thursday.  I’m not exactly sure because the days kind of blur together in a rush of activity and fun and exhaustion.  But I’m pretty sure it was Friday, our second official day of FFL sessions.)  As I checked my blood sugar and dosed for my food, one of the hotel’s dining room attendants struck up a conversation.  It was obvious

Hangover . . . . .

I’ve spent the last week with what I can best describe as a Friends for Life Hangover.  Lethargic, moody, emotionally achy and just feeling the need to avoid the internet.   Don’t get me wrong, I love the DOC and am so grateful to be able to connect on-line any time day or night.  But there is something crazy special about being in the same room, talking face to face, and hugging it out. 

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
A great community of people who *get* the whole diabetes thing.
Date diagnosed
December 1, 1979
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Minimed 530G with Enlite
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About Me


Hi! I'm Karen and I've been living with diabetes since December of 1979. I was 11 when I was diagnosed. At times it makes me a bit sad that diabetes has been with me for over two thirds of my life. Although at the same time, it makes me feel very lucky to live in a time when you CAN live with diabetes for over two thirds of your life. Things sure have changed over the years. I blog about diabetes at Bitter-Sweet.

I live in New England with my wonderful husband, the worlds cutest and sweetest cat, and lots and lots of yarn! And I blog about my knitting obsession at a Musings of a (mostly) Self-Taught Knitter.

Please leave me a comment and add me as a friend - I'd love to meet you!

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Jun 12
Karen Graffeo commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Blog space'
"My thoughts, for what it's worth? Your voice is your voice - and each and every voice is important. Don't ever try to change your voice to what someone else tells you it should be. Just keep sharing that voice - whether it's here or…"
Jun 6
Karen Graffeo commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Diabetes Dream Device Wildcard'
"I think you are a terrific writer, Rick. And I think that is a wonderful diabetes dream."
Jun 4

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At 7:15pm on May 13, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Karen, having the coolest friends is the coolest thing ever. Thank you for being my new super cool friend........Rick

At 11:15am on April 23, 2013, jrtpup said…

Just posted about Saturday's event here... I'd love your comments ;)

At 5:08pm on February 25, 2012, Brian (bsc) said…

I really enjoyed meeting you at TCOYD in DC. Thanks for all you do for the community. You may not always see it in the people you talk to or affect with your site, but it truly makes a difference.

At 7:22pm on May 26, 2011, Linda G said…
Greetings Karen (I like your voodoo doll!!)....
Best Wishes on your Special Day....and on the next 364 days!
How's it all going? Do you have any questions or comments?
At 4:10am on May 26, 2011, SEAGATOR said…
Happy,Happy Birthday,Karen. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

Karen Graffeo's Blog

Diabetes = Human Voodoo Doll

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 9:28am 9 Comments

This is my contribution to Diabetes Art Day! If you click the picture, you can read some notes about the supplies I used to create my voodoo self portrait.


Posted on July 1, 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, Gina has had the wonderful idea that we all raise our voices today and let the insurance companies know how much we need them to approve requests for CGMs.

I've been on my pump for about 2 1/2 months. Before I took the plunge, I couldn't see how the "new" pump technology could really help me any more than taking injections. After all, both have the same end result - getting… Continue


Posted on June 21, 2008 at 1:47pm 0 Comments

Gina over at Diabetes Talkfest has declared July 1st as Continuous Glucose Monitor System Denial Day. I personally have not been denied the CGMS . . . . but that is partly because I haven't tried to get coverage for one yet. The way things seem to be going, once my doctor and I decide I am ready to use one, chances are very good the insurance company will say it's a no go.

This is completely unacceptable! Let's raise our… Continue

High Expectations . . . .

Posted on May 30, 2008 at 6:00am 1 Comment

not perfect
So, yesterday was my second follow-up visit with my endo after going on the pump in mid-April. It was also time for my next A1C test. For once, I was excited about this. When last tested, in February, I was at 6.8. I couldn't wait to see what the lab had to say this time. Maybe I would finally have fallen below 6.5!!!

Well, I was quite disappointed when the doctor told me my A1C came back at . . . . 6.7. I only went… Continue

Needles, needles, needles

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

-This is another old post I've imported from DiabetesFriends.net. Unfortunately, we lost Charlie on February 9th, just a few days after I wrote this post. I still miss him terribly.

As a diabetic, we are all very used to needles. Blood draws, finger sticks, and for some, insulin injections. How many times a year do we deal with needles? Too many.

I've never really thought much about it, and never… Continue



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