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January 2014

What is a Diabetes Advocate?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized By January 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Last night’s #dsma chat was a terrific one, focusing on how people in the diabetes community define “advocacy.” I wanted to summarize it here (at least the parts that resonated for me) because it could serve as a catalyst to inspire. [For information on what the #dsma chat is, click here. And to learn more about connecting with people with…

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Make a Difference For One.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By January 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

An ode to the community I respect so much, and one that doesn’t simply exist “online.”  Diabetes advocacy takes shape in the smallest actions – you don’t have to be a “blogger” in order to make a difference.  Make a Difference for One. We’re united by beta cells on a long break. We’re united by know just how much it…

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Medtronic Diabetes Advocate Forum: Meaning Trumped Marketing.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By January 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 6 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join some of my advocacy colleagues for a meeting in Los Angeles, CA at the Medtronic Diabetes headquarters.  This event was put on by the teams at Medtronic and Bayer, and they covered travel, lodging, and expenses for attendees.  (Disclosure out of the way.)  The agenda included “interactive sessions on the latest…

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If I Knew Then: Insulin Pumps.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 13, 2014 38 Comments

At the Medtronic diabetes advocacy forum this past weekend [disclosure], there was a brand-agnostic discussion about the things we wish we had known before starting on an insulin pump.  I’ve been pumping since 2004, and switching from injections to the pump was a big hurdle for me, for physical and emotional reasons: I wish I had known that wearing a…

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Long Term Lows.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By January 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 24 Comments

Last night, just before bed, I did what I do every night before turning off the bedside lamp:  checked the IOB (insulin on board) on my pump and looked at the Dexcom graph.  IOB was okay (0.21u from a small snack bolus two and a half hours earlier), but the Dexcom was showing 146 mg/dL and heading in a southwesterly…

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Of Icicles and Ellipticals.

Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By January 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 19 Comments

It’s cold.  Freakshow cold, to the point where it hurts to stand outside for more than a few minutes.  Chris actually built a shelter for The Cat That’s Not Ours (aka “Fluffy”) because it is cold as a witch’s’ nipple outside.  (Can’t say “cold as a witch’s tit” because that phrase is creepy, but I almost said it by accident…

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Clever Diabetes Recycling (Upcycling!)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

After 27 years of type 1 diabetes, with ten years of pumping and over 60,000 blood sugar checks, I’ve certainly generated my share of diabetes-related garbage.  All the little syringe caps and infusion sets, bottles of insulin, and dead strips, I could scent a landfill with the soft, wafting bouquet of band-aids (insulin) with ease. But it doesn’t all have…

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Verio Sync: Second Impressions.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

[Second Disclosure Verse, Same as the First:  I have received the Verio Sync meter for review prior to the full US launch. I was not asked to write this review.  Opinions shared, for better or for worse, are mine.  Typos, too.] It’s been about five weeks since I started using the Verio Sync, and after getting over the initial “eh,…

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Half a Juice Box.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By January 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 31 Comments

Turn on the light. Fall back asleep. Press the button on the CGM to make it stop BEEP!ing. Fall back asleep. Unzip the meter case and take out my glucose meter. Lapse back into sleep again; was it sleep or was I passed out and what’s the difference when it’s 4 am and your blood sugar is under 40 mg/dL?…

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Light Up Meter: Secondary Uses.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

One thing I really love about recently-developed blood glucose meters is how so many of them have a small light at the top of the device, allowing PWD to FINALLY see what the hell they’re doing when they check in the dark.  Light up meters have saved precious blood droplets in bed, movie theaters, and dark restaurants (not to mention…

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Projecting Positivity.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare By January 1, 2014 12 Comments

Did you see the “What If All the Guns in Movies Were Replaced with Thumbs Up?” article?  If not, you should check it out, because it encapsulates the motivation I feel about what can be accomplished in 2014.  (That, and the Batman graphic is excellent.)  There’s a lot that needs to be changed and moved forward and embraced, and as…

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