A voice for living well with Type 1 Diabetes

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Living well with diabetes requires insulin and technology to deliver it. And the rapid innovation in medications and devices provides additional ways to improve living with diabetes. Most of the time, they require prescriptions. The process can be time-consuming,...

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2022 Diabetes Wellness Review: Friends & Family

This is the fifth post reviewing a spoke (or cluster of help) in the Diabetes Wellness Wheel. Below is the wheel with my standards, 2022 assessment, and adjustments for 2023 for Friends & Family. Diabetes Wellness Wheel Living with diabetes is better with support...

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Driving Diabetes

I’ve been traveling away from our home in Kansas City for the past month. Kendra and I viewed parts of the U.S. in a way only seen when driving. From Kansas City to St. Louis for a 60th Birthday party, then to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown and the 50th anniversary of...

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2022 Diabetes Wellness Review: Exercise

This is the fourth post reviewing the exercise spoke (or cluster of help) in the Diabetes Wellness Wheel. Below is the wheel with my standards, 2022 assessment, and adjustments for 2023. Diabetes Wellness Wheel The benefits of exercise to the human body are well...

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2022 Diabetes Wellness Review – Nutrition

This is the third post reviewing one of the spokes (or clusters of help) in the Diabetes Wellness Wheel. Below is the wheel with my criteria, assessment of 2022, and adjustments for 2023 for Nutrition. Diabetes Wellness Wheel Nutrition is the foundation for living...

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Altitude, Attitude & Turbulence

This week Kendra and I are on a road trip from St. Louis to Phoenix to spend time with our son, Connor, do baseball Spring Training, and visit with friends and family (that seem numerous this time of year in Arizona). Usually, we would fly, but Kendra and I had...

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Kelly’s 51st Birthday

This site is dedicated to my sister-in-law, Kelly, who died due to complications from type 1 diabetes. Her 51st birthday would have been this week. Her sisters, brothers, and father recognized the day with her birthday ritual … angel food cake topped with whipped...

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Dream Foods & The Fertile Crescent

Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel is a history of earth’s continents with theories on how one of them came to exert influence on the others. With the help of guns, germs, and steel, Eurasians introduced their language, writing, technology, and domesticated...

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Gratitude – Noah Gray (Super Bowl LVII)

Today is Super Bowl Sunday … as a lifelong fan, I’m all for the Kansas City Chiefs. (Hey, I remember their first two Super Bowls!) As pumped as I am about the Chiefs being in the big game, I’m more inspired by one of our players. As the game is played, Type 1 diabetes...

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2022 Diabetes Wellness Review – Medical Professionals

This is the first of several posts reviewing the individual spokes (or clusters) of help in my Diabetes Wellness Wheel. This post focuses on Medical Professionals  ... below is the Diabetes Wellness Wheel, evaluation criteria, my assessment of 2022, and the...

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Tidepool … aka Loop

On January 24 the FDA approved Tidepool’s Loop algorithm that automates insulin dosing (*). The FDA approval process took two years and represents a first … a regulated and commercially available solution for patient choice in the algorithms and hardware they...

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Marlo(w) Thomas!

It’s 6:30 am and time to wake up. The only problem is I’m low.  And a bit creative. Kendra nudges me and we start talking. She suspects something as I’m not making total sense. She asks if I’m low. I respond with: Yes, Yes I am! I am so low that I am …. Marlo-o-o...

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2022 Review & Diabetes Wellness Wheel

2022 is in the rear view mirror!  It’s time to reflect on my diabetes wellness and make adjustments for 2023. It was another challenging year, still navigating our world of Covid and experiencing an unexpected hip fracture in Q4. After two bouts with Covid in 2021, I...

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2022 Exercise Calendar

In prep for a self assessment of my diabetes in 2022, I’m reviewing the exercise calendar hanging in our basement workout room. Since 1987, I’ve logged my workouts on a physical calendar. This year’s results fell short due to a fractured hip on October 29.  I was on...

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The Case for Inanimate Objects

Inanimate Objects The toaster I’ve used for decades was ‘retired’ this week. My sister gave us this new toaster for Christmas and I’ve resisted the enthusiastic efforts from my wife and son to make a change. Why? Starting in my 20s, most days started with two pieces...

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R.I.P Jack Burr, M.D.

This week marks my 60th anniversary of living with type 1.  At the beginning of my journey was a pediatrician named Jack Burr.  He is one of the first gratitude posts on this blog.  As he and I reconnected over the past decade, his wife included me in their annual...

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About Reed

1st Insulin Prescription Label
50 yr. Joslin Medal

This Is Not Medical Advice

This site shares my learning & observations over 50 years of living with type 1 diabetes. At the top of that list is that diabetes is unique and requires a relationship between a patient and medical professional to develop a personalized treatment plan. One size does not fit all and nothing on this site should be construed as medical advice!