Thanks to my Great Books education, I know that René
Descartes famously declared "I think, therefore I am." Materialistic individuals have claimed, "I
shop, therefore I am." But me, I pump, therefore I am.
Lately, I have been feeling like my very existence is summed
up by pumping. Either I'm pumping
insulin to sustain my life, or I'm pumping breast milk to nourish Sienna. I have one or two pumps operating on my body
at any given moment. The fact that most
people don't deal with pumping anything in their daily lives, while I have two
pumps to manage, does make me feel like a robot at times.
After several confusing conversations with my husband, mom,
and other acquaintances, I've learned to specify either my insulin pump or my breast pump whenever I discuss one or the other:
"No, I don't need to refill my breast pump; I meant I'm low on insulin
in my regular pump." Dennis only had to
think about it for a second to realize th...
While recently reviewing past blog posts I'd written ,
I noticed that I often project the image of a perfectly controlled
diabetic. This couldn't be farther from the truth! First of all,
perfection is an unrealistic expectation with this disease. Furthermore,
I tend to write about goals and ambitions for my diabetes management and health
care efforts. Focusing on goals has a dual purpose, it motivates me to
stay disciplined and hopefully it inspires other people in their quest for better
blood sugar control. Well, today I want to diverge from my typical
approach and share with you some of my lapses of discipline and the unfortunate
As a bit of a preface, I should note that I've curbed my
attempts at dieting. After a couple weeks of restricting my calories ( See Kelsey's post "What I've Learned by Counting Calories" ), I
noted a marked decline in my milk production. My priority right now is
definitely Sienna's health and ...
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