Legend of SUM: Melasma’s Mask

Infertility and Pregnancy, No Diabetes By August 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Weird skin week continues, with this post centered on something entirely un-diabetes related: melasma. After Birdy was born in 2010, I noticed that my skin had some new freckle-looking things.  Only they were like dalamation-esque dots of too much pigment and not-enough-pigment, and they made my face look dirty in the summer with the sun bringing out these rotten spots….

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Guilty Skins

Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Products, Uncategorized By August 13, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , 14 Comments

I remember being at Disney World when I was like 10 and seeing some lady’s feet underneath the stall.  Her heels were light gray and cracked and dry looking, and I recall smugly looking at my own kid feet and thinking, “My feet look soft.” Hahahahahahaha old age has caught up with me in a hot hurry.  My heels looked…

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A Deep Dive into Tidepool Medtronic Support

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Robot Life By August 10, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Earlier this week, I heard about the big Medtronic update at Tidepool.  They’ve been working on making it possible for Medtronic users to manage their data through Tidepool, and that support went live yesterday.  President and CEO of Tidepool, Howard Look, stopped by SixUntilMe to talk about this new option from Tidepool and how the diabetes community’s approach to data…

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Witt ‘n Whimsy Giveaway!

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, No Diabetes By August 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Instagram has been awesome for making connections to artists, designers, and other craftspeople who inspire, and today I have the chance to highlight someone whose work I’ve been admiring for months.  Holly Allen, the Witt ‘n Whimsy jewelry entrepreneur, has stopped over to SixUntilMe today to talk about her work, her connection to the patient community, and to announce a…

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An Inkling

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family By August 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

For several weeks this summer, my daughter played in a competitive softball league. The whole tournament had my concern levels amped a little bit.  Was she getting enough sleep?  If not, was that why she was impossible to drag out of bed for 9 am games?  It was so hot.  She had to wear a lot of sunscreen.  When they…

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Parenting with Diabetes: Round Two

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“Pump!  Pump, pump, pump!  Pump, where are you?” It’s his siren call, yelled at full volume as my toddler forages around in my top trying to find my insulin pump.  “Oh hi, pump!  One … two … three!” and the buttons are pressed and the beeps are beeped and I’m constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t given me a…

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Unreasonable Fear?

Diabetes Complications, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By July 31, 2018 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

Some diabetes concerns feel normal – worrying about low blood sugars or diabetes related complications.  But worrying graphically and incessantly about my insulin pump being catapulted through me in the event of airbags deploying feels like a bit much. … and then again, it seems kind of normal to worry about weird shit like this. You might also like: Not…

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Diabetes Club

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By July 24, 2018 Tags: , , 5 Comments

1st Rule: You do NOT  talk about diabetes. 2nd Rule: … just kidding, of course you can talk about diabetes. 3rd Rule: If someone says “I’m low” or goes limp, grab some Glucolift. 4th Rule: Only two CGM transmitters to an order. 5th Rule: One snack at a time. 6th Rule: No insulin, no bolus. 7th Rule: Diabetes will go on…

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