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4,018 days

4,018 days ago, my life was changed forever by a visit to a clinic in order to get a yearly physical. When I went in, I had blood drawn and went back to my day. When I returned home that night, after supper, there was a call from the hospital (not uncommon, my Dad worked there) and I was sent to pack my belongings and go to the ER immediately. I had been diagnosed with diabetes, my blood sugar in the tests (and hence the alarm) was 860 mg/dL and with that, my life has been different every day since.

I've blogged about this in the past: http://blog.daviddellsperger.com/2015/07/9-years-ago.html and http://blog.daviddellsperger.com/2016/06/tinaluminum-diaversary.html. In the end, this year isn't much different, I'm celebrating by baking the Diabetic's worst enemy (Pizza) and going on with the day like normal.  It is especially strange this year, because 4,018 days ago was also a Monday, and I'm not sure, but I think this is the first time since my diagnosis that it ha…
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Using Diabetes as a Guide #dblogweek

Today marks the final day of dblogweek for 2017 and today's topic is "More Than Diabetes" which is a topic focused on letting readers of dblog week get to know me better. Below is the prompt, makes pretty good sense.
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What Brings Me Down #dblogweek

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Who can we blame? #dblogweek

Today marks the third day of dblogweek for 2017 and today's topic is "The Blame Game" one thing I've been fortunate enough to not have to deal with personally.
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Breaking Down the Cost of Diabetes #dblogweek

Today marks the second day of dblogweek for 2017 and today's topic is "The Cost of a Chronic Illness" which I feel like I've covered before, but it would appear it's only thinking of the cost that I've done, not writing about it.
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Expect the Unexpected #dblogweek

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Tin/Aluminum Diaversary

Just going to clear this up real quick like: Diabetes + Anniversary = Diaversary.

10 years ago, I went to the doctor for a routine physical, I was very skinny at the time (skinny for me) and doing alright, just drinking a lot of liquid, and peeing all of the time (I know, gross...but it is important). I went to the doctor for a physical, and had blood drawn as my dad was concerned about my kidney function based on the liquid output that I had shown. I had gone to the doctor's office, and then went out to work for the day, and then went home afterwards. As I returned home, we were preparing for supper, and a call came on the phone. That phone call will be the point that forever changed my life.

American Diabetes Month 2015: Day 24 - Travel == Bad

Day 24 and a trip to see family has begun.  I woke up at 3 AM in order to pack and get ready for my 5:55 AM flight.  I posted last week about how travelling with any medical equipment is bad, but I've come to really hate flying with diabetes and an insulin pump.

As I got to the security check-in as if on queue when I asked to opt-out of the milimeter wave detection device (standing x-ray scanner) the TSA agent told me that, "You will be fine in there."  I waited some time to get my personal pat down (which I still believe does nothing to actually help our national security) whic takes time and is a burden.  It really is as if the people who are defending our front line are completely ignorant to anyone having an opinion.  i only hope my return voyage has only metal detectors so I don't have to deal with the opt-out lecture I generally receive from the TSA agents who decide that taking liability for my medical equipment is in their best interest

American Diabetes Month 2015: Day 23 - Closed Loop systems

Day 23, I wanted to continue the discussion on the closed loop systems.
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Why don't you want a closed loop system? Of the above examples of closed loop systems, the only one that really comes close to what MIGHT be necessary to convince me is self-driving cars.  Look at all of the money that has been invested in that by the big-name companies like Google, Ford, Tesla, etc.  I look at the amount of money that's been spent on that and figure it'll take as much, if not more to get the se…

American Diabetes Month 2015: Day 22 - Hard to write

It's day 22 and I've had a hard time trying to figure out what to write.  It's not that I don't have loads of content to write about (I totally don't btw) but I feel like I don't want to re-hash things that I've said before.  There is an absolutely astronomical amount of information on diabetes.  I probably get messaged once a week with questions about how I feel about a "cure" to diabetes or how there's a new device that closes the loop between my CGM and my Insulin Pump.  In the long run, how should I feel about this?  How do I respond to ever question that I'm asked along these lines?

My 'theory' on any of the magical cures is that until I see strong research about the cure being used on people with type 1 diabetes, I'm hesitant to be positive about it, not because I'm a pessimist, but because I'm a realist.  I spent far too long doing research in college to realize that in general, it takes decades to go from animal…