• 9 Years

    Today marks 9 years of life with diabetes and congestive heart failure for me. It’s been a crazy journey, and the events of the last month have been a reminder of just how fortunate I am to have come this far. Cheers, folks!

  • The Costs of a Chronic Illness

    It’s day two of Diabetes Blog Week, and today we talk about the costs of living with a chronic illness. Today’s prompt:  The Cost of a Chronic Illness Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly.  Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage.  So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care.  Do you have advice to share?  For those outside the US, is cost a concern?  Are there other factors such as accessibility or education that cause barriers to your diabetes care? Today’s prompt is timely, as the costs of living with diabetes have been…

  • Between Two Fields

    So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here on the old blog, and some interesting things have occurred in my diabetes life since the beginning of the year.  I’ve been struggling with processing some news I received last month and to find the words for this post, so bear with me. On the 25th of January, I had an office visit with a new endocrinologist.  For the purposes of this post, we’ll call him Doc B.  Anyway, Doc B seems like a great guy. He was very easy to talk to, non-judgmental, and, most importantly, he was really interested in my case.  In his words, “It’s unique.”  Diagnosed…

  • The Endo Encounter

    So, you know that endocrinologist appointment that I was panicking over last week?  Well, I survived it.  In fact, it went better than I feared it might.  I do have some reservations about it, but I’ll get to those in a bit.  First, the good parts. Doc D. is a young guy, maybe 34 years old at most.  I’m 31, so we’re close in age.  He was attentive, listened, and took the time to get to know me and my situation.  He asked a lot of questions and documented my responses as we went along.  I appreciated how thorough he was, and the fact that he took the time to…

  • A step forward

    Well, with 2014 over, and the Confessions of a broken man out of my head, I’m starting 2015 by trying to get back to caring for myself.  The first step forward has been sorting my medications out into the pillbox and, of course, actually taking them yesterday and today.  I’ve taken my Victoza, Lantus and Humalog as well.  And I’ve checked my blood sugar.  It may not seem like much to some, but it’s a starting point.   It’s something that I know that I need to work on.  A fix that can be made immediately.  It’s a step forward.