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Erin Spineto

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Author of Islands and Insulin, A Diabetic Sailor's Memoir, Erin Spineto, a UC San Diego graduate and science teacher, works with non-profit Insulindependence in her quest to inspire fellow Type I diabetics to overcome limitations. Determined to challenge herself as a Type I diabetic, she... Full Bio
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One Last Push and a Big Thank You by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1    Learning how to navigate crowd funding has been quite the learning curve. From making my own video to finding the tone of my marketing, it has all been a great learning e ... Read on »
Penny Magnification by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 My night last night. Notice the "HIGH" for eight of the ten hours I was asleep? Which means that Nick was yelling at me every two hours throughout the night. Screa ... Read on »
Deep in the Archives by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 This was one of the first things I wrote regarding diabetes and one of the first times I realized that writing can be a great medium for diabetics to connect with each othe ... Read on »
BJ Barber by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, my doctor told me I would need to exercise everyday. I started running the first week and rode my bike ten miles a day to school an ... Read on »
Sailing Into a Sea of Diabetes by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 Here's a quick look at the video I made for my Kickstarter Project.  It will allow me to publish Shoes on the Deck- a Diabetic Sailor's Memoir. To become a backer you can ... Read on »
I read a blog post recently ab ... by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 I read a blog post recently about the affect Diabetes has on our children. it was something I haven't given too much thought to. When I think about the Type 3 in my life, I ... Read on »
Check the Rearview by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1        In getting ready for the next phase of the book project, I've had to take a close look at the beginning of the process to remind myself of why I am doing all of thi ... Read on »
Thyroid Zombies by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 We are the thyroid zombies, The walking dead, The barely hanging on. We hear our doctors tell us normal is between zero and forty-three, But we are five-thousand ... Read on »
A Day in the Life of a Diabetic by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 I've decided to start something new. It's a story about a typical diabetic girl. But it's not just me writing it. It's a chain story. So I've written the first chapter and ... Read on »
Finally a Useful Upgrade by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1    I just received the new Minimed pump. It now asks stupid questions to remind me to do things I instinctually do because I have been pumping so long. After I prime the tu ... Read on »
My New Super Power by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1   Since I've had this radiation treatment, I've been asked several times if I am going to have super powers. I laughed it off, humoring them for their silly questions. But ... Read on »
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT- DAY 4 by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 Today I hit a wall. A writing wall. It was probably because I spent the last seventy-two hours in front of a computer. I thought with all this time off I could accomplish ... Read on »
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT-DAY 2 by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1     What a completely different experience than yesterday. I woke up feeling hungover.  I don't think my body handled the twelve hours of hyper that was my day yesterday. ... Read on »
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT- DAY 1 by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1       My day started at five am so that I could get one last meal in before six hours of fasting in preparation for my thyroid ablation today. I was back in bed by five fif ... Read on »
The New Year's Bet by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1        I made a New Year's bet that I am now regretting. I had some other New Year's goals-to finally finish the book and get it published and to rebrush my teeth after the ... Read on »
Sunbathing on the First by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 Laying out in the sun in eighty degree weather on the first day of the year sure makes me grateful to live in Southern California where I can train outdoors year-round with ... Read on »
I Just Can't Kick You by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1    The disease I thought I could kick is now back with a vengeance. I had hoped it was a transient pain in the ass, but, alas, I am not that lucky.  I now have another life- ... Read on »
Tip of the Day by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 So here's the diabetes tip of the day. Make a basal check a standard procedure every two to three months. Like I've said before, I've been struggling with blood sugars all o ... Read on »
I have recently moved my infus ... by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 I have recently moved my infusion sight down to my outer thigh and have been having huge problems with it. I usually rotate the site locations depending on the season. Spr ... Read on »
More Days LIke This by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 I think paid sick days from work should be handed out on a sliding scale. Most jobs will come up with some arbitrary number of days that you can miss a year and still get pa ... Read on »