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2012 is the year I came out completely

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Though there are a few people who probably think I had already come out of the closet as a diabetic.

I realized that I was not doing a good job controlling my diabetes. I used to do a good job. I used to rarely miss blood sugar checks and rarely missed boluses (oh, that reminds me, I'm drinking a mocha I haven't bloused for yet – just a sec)

So I decided to train my youngest beagle to be a diabetes alert dog. By the way – typical time at the gym after not doing a good job bolusing for lunch: dog is very agitated and won't relax for the first 10 minutes, then she settles – bet you money if I tested I'd be back in range.

But I used to try to hide my pump.

Now, I walk into the gym with the dog and she is agitated and I explain that yes, she is agitated because my blood sugar is up and she'll settle when it is better. I wear my pump outside my clothing and carry my meter where I can reach it easily. No more hiding.

My A1C has come down as a result. I'm not there yet, I still miss some boluses, I still miss some checks, but it's getting better.