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Bitter-Sweet Blog


Guess what greeted me when I took my fasting blood sugar this morning?  I get unreasonably excited about that elusive perfect 100.  You do know that when you get a #hundy you also get $1.00, right?  I showed my meter to Pete as he left for work, and he pulled out his wallet and handed over my dollar.  I folded it up and put it in the pocket of my meter case, along with other dollars from other

What’s That Wednesday - Just Keep Swimming . . .

Back in 2010, Pete and I ran a few 5K races.  I was slow and I took a lot of walking breaks, but I really did enjoy it.  But then we took a four year break.  (I don’t know why, but we did). This year we’ve been training again, and our first 5K of the season is on Saturday.  I’m not quite ready, but I’m doing better than I did in 2010.  I can run just over 4K without walking.  My plan is to have

Guest Post: Spring Rains . . . .

Every year during Diabetes Blog Week I get to meet a few members of the DOC I hadn’t had an opportunity to interact with - and I love it!!  This year one of the people I got to meet was Rick Phillips and I’m so glad to have made his acquaintance.  When he offered to write a guest post for me I jumped at the chance!  I think you’ll enjoy getting to know Rick just as much as I have. *** First

Exhausted . . . . .

I feel very lucky that the people in my life do their best to understand how tough diabetes can be sometimes and to support me when I need it.  But no matter how hard they try, I feel like they won’t ever really understand how exhausting diabetes can be - both physically and mentally. Lately it’s been the physical exhaustion that has been hitting hard.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting

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

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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
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A great community of people who *get* the whole diabetes thing.
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December 1, 1979
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Pump, CGM
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Minimed 530G with Enlite
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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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Karen Graffeo commented on rick the "Blogabetic"'s blog post 'Five things Diabetics really need to know'
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Heather Gabel and Karen Graffeo are now friends
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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…"
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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!!!

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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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