Kaycee Heid is one of my best friends. I met her when I was 12, and our paths have crisscrossed ever since. We were in our middle school’s improv club together, we stayed pals throughout high school, we got into punk and ska music at the same time, we co-hosted The Bi-Polar Show on KCSU on Friday nights for what felt like forever, and we remain friends to this day. That type of friendship is rare, and I feel unbelievably fortunate we have remained in each other’s lives. She even helped us when our cat developed diabetes because that was something she knew extensively about personally, and just so happened to be her career.
We were long past due to have a chat on my show, so we hooked it up before seeing Lagwagon in Denver on November 17. Unfortunately life intervened so we only got to do half an interview, but we picked it back up via Zoom 11 days later. And we talked extensively about our friendship, history and music because of course we did. But we also got into her career in nursing working in an endocrinology clinic. I asked her as many questions as I could about diabetes, so if you’re unfamiliar with diabetes, you will learn a ton from this episode including the difference between Type 1 and Type 2, why continuous glucose monitoring is such a game changer, and what happens when your blood sugar gets too low or remains too high. It’s fascinating stuff.
As a bonus, here’s the two of us in 2004 at my college graduation party where Kaycee predictably looks cooler than me, as usual.
If you’re looking for a Type 1 Diabetes support group, be sure to check out Kaycee’s Type1NoCo group on Facebook.