Showing posts from October, 2014

Call for Nominations: Best of the Betes Blogs for Halloween 2014!

Hey, friends! This month, I'll be hosting the October-November Best of the ‘Betes Blogs ! If you aren't up on what this is all about, here's the 411: it's a great way to recognize our peers/fellow D-peeps in the Diabetes Blogosphere. You know, a kind of those #dblog posts that caught me eye and I think are worth a read. Please get all your nominations in as soon as possible, by this weekend, so that we can go through the submissions and get the list compiled. It will go up here on Monday, Nov. 3. Nominate your favorite posts from the month of July in these categories: Best Use of Humor Best Vlog Best Recipe Best Use of Photography Best Advocacy Best Reference to a D-Celebrity Best Story of a D-Meetup Best Non-D Related Post Best Post by a Type 1 Best Post by a Type 2 Best Post by a Type Awesome Best Post by a LADA/Type 1.5/Not Otherwise Specified Best Story of a D-Mistake Best Motivational Post Best Diabetes Art Best Comment(s) Nominating i

Clarity (of the Plastic Persuasian)

A pair of new plastic holsters for my insulin pump just arrived by brown truck. I've been wearing my MiniMed 723 Revel since March, and I took a risk and changed up my color choice for the first time in years. Going clear, instead of charcoal. Sadly, Medtronic didn't yet have one of these beloved holsters that same color so I had to stick with the old one I'd been using. They told me the clear ones were on the way, and I've been anxiously waiting. In the meantime, my clear pump and charcoal holster have been horribly mismatched.   Until now. Finally, the time's come. Two new holsters arrived earlier this week. And now I'm happy. And see things much more clearly.   I'm pumping with clarity, you might say. And they better compliment my black-to-black Dexcom G4 CGM and belt case, too. Wait... I use the MedT pump and a Dexcom G4 CGM?! Yep, sure do. That's how I roll. And now, I can do it with a little more clear plasti

When Trees Have High Glucose Levels...

Diabetes is everywhere. Even on my vacation to Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. We escaped from work and regular life here in Indiana for about 10 days recently, heading up across the mighty Mackinac Bridge to a place I had never been. While we stayed mostly on the eastern side of the UP and settled in Michigan's first city known as Sault Ste Marie (the Soo), we also ventured into the central UP to experience the magic of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior and other places around there. One of the most breath-taking experiences you can find in this part of the country, aside from just the incredible history and soul-enriching water that is everywhere, is getting a glimpse of the changing colors of the Fall Foliage. The trees and the changing colors of the leaves are just... awesome. Fall is beautiful in many places throughout the country, and I haven't personally been to places on the East Coast or more West of Michigan and India

Diabetes Partner Follies: Dual Perspective as Husband and D-Dad

It’s been a while, but we’re back with our ongoing series by and for loved ones of people with diabetes (PWDs), the so-called "Diabetes Partner Follies." Today, we’re happy to introduce a very special Type Awesome (those who are loved ones or care for a PWD) — my very own dad, Larry Hoskins! Not only is he a D-Dad who looked after and helped me become the person I am today, but he’s also a D-Husband; my mom was diagnosed back when she was a child and is now more than five decades into her life with type 1. Given that my wife and I have just returned from vacation and were able to meet up with my parents as they were dog-watching our pup Riley, this was a perfect time for me to talk my dad into sharing his perspective as a Double Type Awesome… Take it away, Dad! Guest post by Larry Hoskins My wife Judi and I recently celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that we have been together for so many years, but it’s just as amazing in that Judi was diagnosed wi