Hard to believe we're already a quarter of the way through 2013! This Spring hasn't exactly been a warm one for many of us, and some of us (like me) are staring out the window at snow right now. But, at least we've had some outstanding diabetes blog posts to keep us entertained while staying warm inside.
In no particular order, here are some of the posts that caught our eye during the month of March:
First, on a sad note: We lost a great D-Dad and diabetes expert in March when Dr. Richard P. Rubin passed away. He's been a staple for decades on the diabetes front, in large part because of his child with type 1, and has been a leader in shedding light on the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes. The ADA spread news about his death, and both D-Mom Meri Schuhmacher and D-Dad Tom Karlya wrote beautiful tribute posts about their thoughts of Dr. Rubin.
NEWSFLASH: FDA Clears Dexcom Share Direct
Dexcom gets regulatory approval of its 'on-the-go' mobile apps for CGM data-sharing.
Snail Uses Insulin to Poison Fish
New study shows these slow-moving creatures use toxic form of insulin to capture prey.
A New Square Patch Insulin Pump
Israeli company developing new reusable square insulin pump that has Bluetooth for smartphone communication.
A big hullabaloo hitting the DOC this month was the "launch" of the Diabetes Research Institute's BioHub, the latest development in its continued push for a biological mini-organ that could reverse type 1. D-Dad Tom Karlya made a "pre-announcement" post that rubbed many the wrong way, and that prompted a litany of posts from many fellow DOCers. Scott Benner had a touching post about "community" as a result, and Jacquie Woycik over at Typical Type 1 used some animated GIFs to bring a little levity to the whole situation. Of course, we like many others were very excited to see that this DRI "news" prompted fellow D-Peep Christel Marchand Aprigliano to return to the DOC blogosphere as "The Perfect Diabetic!"
From the mouths of babes... D-Mom Hallie Addington recounts a very heart-warming mommy-daughter talk she had about heaven and diabetes.
Need a laugh? Make sure to check out the new satirical D-site called The Cinnamon, kind of like the Onion but specifically made for the diabetes community! (We can thank fellow D-peeps Chris Snider and Kim Vlasnik for this one!). It appears that a these new Tumblr D-sites -- like The Daily Dexcom and What Diabetes Should Call Me -- are sprouting up like dandelions in the spring, which we love!
While we're talking about Chris, he held the first-ever Stanford MedX online e-patient Question & Answer session earlier this month, and several advocates from the D-Community and beyond came together to talk about that innovative event (this year's will be held Sept. 27-29, and Amy will be there.).
It's always tempting to overeat in when treating a late-night low blood sugar. Our friend Scott Johnson shares how he resisted that temptation recently, and how it's more a case of "perception vs. reality."
Ever wonder what a "day in the life" of a D-Mom looks like, if illustrated? Well, Meri over at Our Diabetic Life has the answer in hand-drawn pictures and captions about how they roll in a household that has 3 of 4 boys living with type 1.
Hey, airport TSA agents! You need to read this post by Kerri Sparling over at Six Until Me. Respect us as people, please! We have that right. And Christel makes a great related point about how we need consistency in how you screen and treat airport travelers.
What if there were a BG Trading Post, where you could trade up a little blood sugar to level out those lows or highs? Colleen at D-Meanderings has a unique idea to help the D-Community balance each other out. Too bad it's wishful thinking for all of us... Maybe someday, though!
No one likes feeling alone when it comes to diabetes, and a chance meetup at an indoor pool made Jess Collins smile. Insulin pumps in the wild, once again!
Walking out the door without a glucose meter... Yup - been there, done that. Our type 2 friend Bob Pedersen at T Minus Two found himself wishing he'd carried an extra meter recently, but it wasn't for lack of forgetting his main meter kit at home.
PWD Quinn Nystrom has created a new non-profit called Dateline Diabetes, which will help educate newly-diagnosed teens with diabetes and also help them to attend D-Camp if they choose. Quinn's also planning to put some of the profits from her upcoming book, "If I Kiss You. Will I Get Diabetes?" directly into this new non-profit.
David Mendosa, the grandfather of all diabetes bloggers, is talking this month about Mono-Tasking for Better D-control. "Multitasking means you're never fully present for any one thing. Do one thing at a time and give it your full attention," he suggests.
Katrina Huckabay over at Voice of a D-Mom shares a poem about what D-I-A-B-E-T-E-S means to her and Aly, her daughter who's living type 1.
And speaking of poetry, Kim Vlasnik has her own poem about being pregnant with diabetes. Do not miss this.
Great stuff this month, as always. Please send along your own D-post picks for April to us via email. We look forward to hearing from y'all!