Yep. Bullet points. It’s that kind of post.
- It’s been several days since I’ve checked in on this blog. Someone emailed me and asked me if I was still alive.
- This is to confirm that yes, I am still alive.
- It was an unintentional break from blogging (and all things social media) due to the chaos of selling our house, buying a new house, and then moving into that new house.
- It was weird, though. The first day or two of not posting was top-of-mind for me, but after a couple extra days, it felt like a nice break. My brain revolted, at first, not checking email and not being up on what was being discussed re: World Diabetes Day and all the advocacy stuff related to November.
- But then it felt good. A respite from the flow of diabetes. Not that there was a break in my own personal diabetes flow (I still have type 1 diabetes, still pumping insulin, still CGM’ing, still testing my blood sugar … the list goes on), but I had no idea what was going on in the community and I was actually okay with that.
- I spent World Diabetes Day packing and hanging out with Chris and the Birdzone. Can’t complain even the littlest bit about that.
- And now we have a new home (still proud Rhode Islanders) and are adjusting to life in a new town with a lot of cardboard boxes still waiting to be dealt with.
- A lot of diabetes things have happened in the last week or two, though. Stuff I want to make sure I mention before my synapses collapse.
- Like the new Dexcom transmitter. The lower-profile Dexcom transmitter has made a big difference in my wearability of the sensor. The sensor has always worked well for me (since the STS days from years ago), so it’s not a matter of accuracy, etc. But the larger transmitter that came with the G4 originally was noticeably bigger, and the “bulge in my pants” jokes were made as a coping mechanism, not because I enjoyed having this big lump in my pants. The slimmer transmitter is better, for me, since my sensor is on my outer thigh the majority of the time.
- (I can’t write “lump in my pants” or “bulge” without feeling creepy and immature. Which makes me creepy and immature.)
- I haven’t downloaded the 505 software update, though, because we don’t have a PC handy in our house. So I’ll need to siphon off of a colleague’s computer in the coming days. I’ve heard good things about the 505 update, and I’m excited to see progress coming monthly instead of … decade-ly?
- Hey, there is still time to do your Big Blue Test! Have you done it yet? You can. You don’t even have to have diabetes. Seriously. Just move your ass a little. More here.
- This cartoon reminds me of the time my macular edema was something the doctor informed the computer screen about, instead of looking at me. That was a crummy moment. Patient-centered shouldn’t mean screen time replacing face time. Or, you know, HUMAN INTERACTION.
- Came across this word tonight and am better for it. What a great word – “ensorcell.”
- In cleaning out our old house, I found an old bottle of witch hazel. If you’ve ever had a bad night with tequila, don’t use witch hazel to clean your face or your body will have a prompt flashback.
- I found this while packing:
- And on a very personal note, my cousin is an aspiring filmmaker and is part of a group putting together a documentary about homelessness in New Haven, CT. Here’s a link to their Kickstarter campaign, H A V E N.
- AND THIS THIS THIS IRONMAN THIS!!!!! Man, that is cool and I can’t wait to tell Birdy.
— Kerri / Diabetes (@sixuntilme) November 19, 2014
And that’s it. Brain, emptied!