Kelsey Bonilla, Patient Expert

Kelsey wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Diabetes.

Wearing a CGM Sensor Longer than "Recommended"

Continuous glucose monitoring systems have improved a lot over the past few years. I love my G4 from Dexcom and feel it’s a greatly enhanced over the other CGMs I used back in 2008 - 2010. One of the improvements is the approved duration of sensor si...
Kelsey Bonilla

Diabetes Inconveniences

Sometimes diabetes interrupts my life in the most aggravating ways. Case in point: yesterday I started to test my blood sugar at the beginning of church and discovered that I only had one test strip left. Sigh. Our church is near the center of the ci...
Kelsey Bonilla

Blood Glucose and Dehydration

In the past, I assumed that the only association between diabetes and dehydration was that severe hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) would cause dehydration as one of the symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). However, over the years I’ve noticed t...
Kelsey Bonilla

Splitting Lantus Dose into Two Daily Injections

It’s been 10 months since I went back to managing my diabetes with multiple daily injections and Lantus. For most of that time, I gave myself one injection of Lantus daily, at bedtime. Figuring out how to manage dawn phenomenon was one of the main is...
Kelsey Bonilla

Blood Sugar Surprises

Diabetes management thrives on routine and structure. When my routine is interrupted or life is unusually chaotic, I always see it reflected in more erratic blood sugars spikes and crashes. We moved this past weekend. There’s a reason that people uni...
Kelsey Bonilla

It's Been One of Those Days

The expression: “It’s been one of those days…” takes on a whole new meaning when you have diabetes. Tuesday was one of those days for me. It actually started on Monday evening. Before dinner my blood sugar was 147 mg/dl. That’s in range, but on the h...
Kelsey Bonilla

Healthy Substitutes for Glucose Tablets

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that most other people with diabetes dislike glucose tablets as much as I do. They’re chalky, messy, way too sweet, and generally not a tasty way to treat hypoglycemia. That being said, they’re very efficient ...
Kelsey Bonilla

Why Babies from Diabetic Moms are Bigger

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about why babies of diabetics tend to grow bigger than those of non-diabetic women. This started last week when I had my 35 week growth ultrasound. The primary purpose of that examination is to gauge how large the baby ...
Kelsey Bonilla

Eating Low Carb for a Diabetic Pregnancy

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from tightly managing blood glucose levels during my one and half pregnancies, is the benefit of eating a lower carbohydrate diet. I actually enjoy having a set carb limit at each meal because it helps me to make smart...
Kelsey Bonilla