Jen's Blog – March 2012 Archive (9)

The Dilemma of Data

A new post on my blog about why logging using a computer still isn't much better than using paper, and what I wish diabetes software REALLY let me do with the information I feed it.

The Dilemma of Data

Added by Jen on March 30, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Different, Deficient, Disabled

New blog post: Different, Deficient, Disabled.

Again, not related to diabetes, but I do have some diabetes ones coming up! I just write what I'm inspired by at the time, and diabetes has been low-key lately (*knock wood*).

Added by Jen on March 28, 2012 at 12:16am — No Comments

Forgot to bolus, ugh!

It's not often I completely forget to bolus, but I did for dinner today.

Actually, I did try, but my pump was too low on insulin to let me do it. I figured I'd eat dinner and do it later (never a good thing to do!).

By the time I was done dinner, I'd totally forgotten about it, and was super tired so went to lie down for a few minutes.

Well, a few minutes ended up being two hours! So I tested about three hours after dinner at 22.5 (405 mg/dl). Ugh!

Needless to…


Added by Jen on March 25, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Full Disclosure ... Or Not?

A new post over at my blog about my thoughts and experiences regarding disclosure and job interviews:

Full Disclosure ... Or Not?

Added by Jen on March 24, 2012 at 2:22pm — 3 Comments

New post

I posted my first "real" post on my blog. It's not about diabetes, but some might find it interesting anyway!

Braille: Powerful, Flexible, Elegant—and Misunderstood

Note: This post is about braille and one aspect of the braille literacy issue (some would say "crisis") which currently exists. I think virtually the…


Added by Jen on March 20, 2012 at 2:33pm — 4 Comments

Blood Drops & Braille Dots

I thought I would share with everyone that I have taken the plunge and started a diabetes blog!

Its focus is actually living as someone with T1 diabetes and a visual impairment. It's called Blood Drops & Braille Dots.

Feel free to check it out and follow (or whatever the equivalent blog term is!). I have a few future posts started, but if you have any topics you would like me to blog about, I am open to any ideas or…


Added by Jen on March 17, 2012 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

I am going crazy; and I think I need a new endo

I am having a serious "I hate diabetes" day.

For the past week or so my control has just been horrible. I'm taking more insulin than I did before (using a 1:4 breakfast ratio!) and often STILL going high. Yet up until a week ago, things were great.

I am really beginning to think my problem is hormones. I will have a week or two where control seems almost "easy"—the rules work (mostly), as long as I don't mess up I have relatively good numbers, I can go days staying between…


Added by Jen on March 16, 2012 at 5:30pm — 11 Comments

Unexpected pump vacation

Well, I guess this type of thing is why I keep some Lantus around.

I was supposed to pick up pump cartridges today and completely forgot. So I went to refill my pump tonight and ... yep, no cartridges.

I don't have enough insulin left in my pump to get me through the night. So my choices are to either do tiny shots of Humalog (I use Apidra in my pump but don't have any pens) throughout the night or to take some Lantus.

I think I'm going to do the latter because I really…


Added by Jen on March 10, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Diabetes conference in Vancouver

Curious, is anyone in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area planning on going to the Friends for Life Canada conference in August? It would be GREAT to have a sort of adult meet-up at the conference, if anyone is interested?!

I went in 2010 and went to workshops that were about controlling Type 1 (rather than about KIDS with Type 1) and found it very interesting and useful. The…


Added by Jen on March 2, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments



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