Category Archives: Diabetes

Brekkie

I intended to post this last Friday for Day 5 of (the now past) Diabetes Blog Week, but life got in the way. “Write a post documenting what you eat in a day! Feel free to add links to recommended … Continue reading

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Deferents and Epicycles

Hey, we’re halfway through Diabetes Blog Week 2015! So far so good. I’ve been doing my best to write to the prompts this year, but I think I’ve taken a few liberties. Anyway, I think I stuck close today. “Today … Continue reading

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In the Cupboard

Here we go: day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week. “Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out. What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out? This can be an actual physical belonging, or … Continue reading

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A Secret Is Something You Tell Another Person

On today’s installment of 2015 Diabetes Blog Week, we talk about secrets. “Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose … Continue reading

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If You’re Here, You’re Awesome.

Hey, hey! It’s Diabetes Blog Week again. Last year I missed it, but I’m going to try my best this year. “Lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have … Continue reading

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Warmer than Expected – NE Season Opener 2015

Sunday, I did my first triathlon of the season. In fact, it was my first race of the year since the biathlon in March. Because it was so short—1/3 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 5K run—it was a pretty … Continue reading

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Reading: Machine Learning and Diabetes

Currently reading: “A Machine Learning Approach to Predicting Blood Glucose Levels for Diabetes Management” [PDF] (Plis, Bunescu, Marling, Shubrook, and Schwartz 2014) “Machine Learning for Diabetes Decision Support” [PDF] (Wiley 2011) “Blood Glucose Level Prediction using Physiological Models and Support … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method – Part 1

My little notebook of diabetes and exercise details is turning out to be really helpful. (My own diabetes software tools have been invaluable at aggregating all of the information and helping me retrospectively look at it.) Tuesday night I gathered … Continue reading

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Insulin is not Insulin

Last week NPR ran a story about why insulin is so expensive. It wasn’t a perfect story about diabetes—so few are—but it was better than most in the non-diabetes press. The crux of the feature is this: Despite being a … Continue reading

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Backup for the Backup

This morning when I got to the office gym, I discovered that I had left my blood glucose meter at home. This is not the worst possible thing to forget when going to the gym. Over the last few years … Continue reading

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Knighthood

Here’s a multiple-choice question. On Saturday I… Did something very silly; Went on a quest; Kept a friend company during a fundraiser; Watched TV all day; Ate food every half hour; Rode my longest/farthest indoors; Rode my farthest on a … Continue reading

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“I Was Never Told…”

This. Just this. I learned a bit from the people who were there [at my diagnosis] to teach me. But I learned the most from just living the experience. I learned. I adopted that knowledge into my new reality and … Continue reading

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Changes

Somehow I simultaneously (1) brought down my estimated A1c over the last 30 days, (2) reduced the variability of my readings overall, and (3) added many more outliers. The true outliers (the red “+” markers) are mostly on the higher … Continue reading

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8.9

Fuckity fuck fuck fuck! I know that my lab results are just numbers, but an A1c of 8.9 is a rather troubling one. It’s time to take a really hard look at what I’m doing and make some changes.

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Snowy Dia de los Muertos!

Last season, I learned a really valuable lesson about winter riding: If you wear the right clothing, there’s no reason you have to stop just because the temperature drops near freezing. (Although I do stop once the snow starts accumulating … Continue reading

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