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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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TWITTER FEED by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 The journey starts in just 10 days. On February 21, I will fly to Miami to get set up for the four-day solo sail to raise money for insulindependence.org. Subscribe to my tw ... Read on »
The Official Rules by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 Someone else has developed most athletic endeavors you sign up for. You choose a marathon or a triathlon or, if you are really up for an extremely daring undertaking, you ... Read on »
Managing Diabetes On Board by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 As I get closer to launch day for my sailing trip, I have been focusing more on my diabetes management plan. One of the things that I have been concentrating on is my brea ... Read on »
The Growing To Do LIst by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 One of the hardest things about planning my four-day, single-handed sail through the Florida Keys this February is juggling of all the side projects associated with the tr ... Read on »
PLan B Book by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 I have two sides to my personality, one that likes to fly free, moving on every whim of desire and taking every opportunity as soon as it presents itself, and the other, w ... Read on »
Old Reliables by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1      After spending the last 14 years as a runner, I have easily run over 2000 times.  I have run different routes, in different cities, in different weather and in differen ... Read on »
Out the Window: Preparing to Sail Solo by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 I have thirty-four red marks on my outer thighs from the insulin infusion sets and continuous glucose monitor sensors that make their home beneath my epidermis for ... Read on »
The Two-Story Diabetic by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 When we chose our house I was thrilled to get one on a cul-de-sac so the kids could run around without having to call off their game of football with a resounding, "CAR!!".  ... Read on »
Multivariable Equations by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1      As any good scientist knows, if you want to find out what effect any one part of your experiment has on the outcome, you change only one thing at a time. Diabetes is mu ... Read on »
  Today I crossed a treshhold. ... by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1   Today I crossed a treshhold. The one point in my mind of no return. Today I purchased my airline ticket to Miami. My non-refundable, I'm out a pocket full of cash if I don ... Read on »
Diabetes by the Numbers by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 252 - Last blood sugar reading 684 - Highest blood sugar on record- although it may be a bit inaccurate since the new meters don't go higher than 599 28 - Lowest blood sugar ... Read on »
A New Kind of Training by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1       For the first time in over 2 years, I am finally seeing the payoff from my workouts.  I am getting stronger and faster and I can go longer.  I have tripled my long swi ... Read on »
Future Plans by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 After hyping up the Velux 5 Ocean race to my class (I tie the solo, round-the-world sailing race into Earth Science somehow) and showing the documentary Deep Water\about the ... Read on »
A New Mode by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 Now that I am back at work, and, really, back among the living I get asked a lot how I am doing. I think i fielded that question at least 20 times in the last few weeks sinc ... Read on »
The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 I had set out to write tonight, got dressed, got my butt into my writing studio. I realized how often b.s. stands in the way. Right at 7 when I sit to write, my blood sugar ... Read on »
An Aptitude for Solitude by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1         I snuck out for a few moments on my way to Back to School Night Tuesday and saw the horizon out of my open car window. I smelled the ocean and pictured myself for a ... Read on »
Impromptus at Leisure by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1              Consistency has always been one of my shortcomings.  I can start any new program or goal with gusto, only to be quickly stifled by my waning interest and quickl ... Read on »
Practical Dreams by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1     Sometimes I dream big, owning my own private island with a dock out front and at least four boats tied up to it right next to a perfect right point break and a private t ... Read on »
Pancakes and Christine Colby by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1 Today I made pancakes. Lots of small, dollar-sized pancakes. And today I served them to my seven-year-old daughter and her friend who slept over last night.  Shea and Julia, ... Read on »
Sensor Dating by Erin Spineto Posted in: Blog Posts in Diabetes Type 1         I have had the great fortune of trying out a new continuous glucose monitor recently.  I currently am using the one my insurance says they prefer, but, a friend of m ... Read on »