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So, I'm still alive (!)...and I have an Etsy shop now
Helloooo there. This is the person who used to post on this blog but kind of sunk into a rut and didn't post for like 3 months....yeah, it's me. I'm a bad blogger. sad face But, my blogging absence aside, I have something somewhat book related that I wa...

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Funny Little Side Note...
*Just to clear up any confusion: this is a blog about my adventure with diabetes and my new insulin pump. Thus the title, "Every Day I'm Pumping." When I first started this blog, I ended up Googling the title to see how it might come up in the results (and ...

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"Free At Last" (Part 6)
It’s a gorgeous day. I wobble out to the car with Mom and the nurse-in-training who took my vitals this morning. I was tentative to let her “experiment” on me, but I trusted that she had had enough training to know what she was doing. I hadn’t keeled over y...

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"Sleepless Night" (Part 5)
I wish I was home. I wish I was home. Where there aren’t nurses coming in and out, testing my blood sugar every four hours. Where it’s quiet. Where there isn’t any loud beeping from machines if I accidentally kink my IV. Where the bed is soft. Where the she...

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"Hospital" (Part 4)
We finally make it there. It feels funny being the one admitted into the hospital. We park along the curb instead of in one of the parking decks. I’m desiring sleep more than ever now. A man slowly gets me a wheel chair. I want him to hurry. We go through t...

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"Drive" (Part 3)
The kind nurse that gave me apple juice wheels me out to the car. They mentioned an ambulance, but I think mom was scared enough as it was, so she offered to drive. They help me in, IV and all. I lean the seat back, almost wishing for that hard, uncomfortab...

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Excerpt: Honor and Innocence by Glen Thomas Hierlmeier
Synopsis: Honor and Innocence: Against the Tides of War, a historical romance novel by Glen Hierlmeier, was released March 2014. This book takes the reader through the devastation left by World War II across the European and Asian continents following its m...

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"Diagnosis" (Part 2)
I’m not scared. And that fact really surprises me. Normally, I hate this place. I hate the needles. I hate the antiseptic smell. But my whole body feels like it’s shutting down. Like it can’t do its job of keeping me alive any longer. My head feels fuzzy a...

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"The Before" (Part 1)
Several months after being diagnosed with T1D, I wrote a series of descriptive narratives based on the events surrounding my diagnosis. It was like nothing that had ever happened to me before, and so it resulted in these creative... whatever-you-want-to-cal...
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