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Whenever I become conscious of a word or concept new to me, I began to notice it everywhere. All of you probably have had this experience. It is so common that we even have a nice big word for it thanks to the great Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung: Synchronicity. A couple of weeks ago a member of the diabetes support group that meets in my apartment loaned me a book called Bad Science. A practicing physician in the U.K.'s National Health Service and newspaper medical columnist named Ben Goldacre wrote it and Fourth Estate published it last year in the U.K. The book is a detailed indictment of the British press for its woeful ignorance of some basic scientific concepts. Like one of my favorites, "regression to the mean." This sounds complicated. But it is simply the fact that everything, including our health, has a natural cycle. Since we tend to see a doctor when we feel the worst, we think that his or her treatment helped us, while we would soon feel better no m...
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...
Hey Ginger, I know “diabulimia” [skipping insulin and running really high blood sugars to lose weight] is bad for you, but is it really that bad if I just do it for a little while to lose weight quickly? -Anonymous To make a long story short: YES. It isn’t worth it. You can and will damage your body in permanent ways by skipping your insulin for the sake of losing weight—even if you only do this for a few weeks or months. Not only will you not maintain the weight you lost so quickly and drastically, but you’ll also seriously hurt your eyes, your fingers, kidneys, etc. You name it! Many people have reported the damage they’ve experienced from practicing diabulimic habits. I read one article from a woman who had caused all the damage poorly managed diabetes can cause over the course of twenty or thirty years by the time she was only 28 years old. Your body needs insulin. When you skip your insulin and your blood sugars are running so dangerou...
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