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March 2014

Guest Post: Timesulin, Innovation, and the Sniff Test.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin By March 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

People with diabetes know what people with diabetes want, and John Sjölund is no exception to this rule.  Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before he turned four, he has created a simple, streamlined solution to make multiple daily injections easier to manage:  Timesulin. I’ve used his product, and thought of it as “informed MDI’ing.”  Recently, he kicked off an Indiegogo…


Learning from Mistakes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 14, 2014 14 Comments

I make so many mistakes, but I’m grateful for a supportive community that inspires me to learn … both from mistakes, and from their collective experiences. (Holy crap am I sorry I talked so fast in that clip.  It was like NaNoWriMo hosted by one breath.) You might also like: To A Crisp. Learning from my Peers. The People in…


Throwback Thursday: Before Diabetes.

Diabetes Memories, No Diabetes By March 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Taken on my fourth birthday, this was before insulin injections. Before blood sugar checks. Before diabetes camp. Before counting carbs and insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors and before A1Cs and endocrinologists. … but not before my love of books, and of reading.  I can’t think of anything that predates that. You might also like: DBlogWeek 2017: More Than Diabetes….


Bloody Cannula. (A Grost.)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

This one’s a grost [read: gross post], so viewer beware: Blood sugars inexplicably in the high 200’s?  Burning sensation when I bolus?  Site uncomfortable to lay on? Shoulda known.  Sneaky little vampire cannula. You might also like: Sweet Little Lancet. How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.) Looking Back: How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.)…


Hypo Unawareness.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 11, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

There are times when I think that maybe my hypoglycemia unawareness is made up, or all in my mind, or that it’s overblown and exaggerated.  “Pfffft, you can go without a Dexcom for a few hours, because you’ll totally feel any lows that crop up,” is the mantra that runs through my head when I pull a sensor off and…


Flight Anxiety and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

Every time I travel, I go through the same routine to prepare for the trip: The night before, my suitcase is packed.  My medical bag, a bright orange packing cube that I bought probably while hypoglycemic at Target, houses all of my medical supplies: bottle of insulin, insulin pen, infusion sets for pump site changes, pump cartridges, Toughpad for CGM…


Airplane Mode.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Robot Life, Traveling By March 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

When it comes to traveling by airplane, I follow all of the rules (if you don’t turn off your cell phone when it’s time to take off, I’m the one shooting you panicked looks, which is how my face remains for the duration of the flight).  Until we’re up in the air, I leave my Dexcom receiver fully shut down…


Do You Take a Probiotic?

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By March 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , 34 Comments

Insulin is an essential part of my life with type 1 diabetes.  (See also:  duh)  But it’s not the only thing I take regularly in efforts to maintain optimal health. (That sentence sounds so formal.  “Optimal health.” Also makes me think of Transformers.  Optiumus Health would be a badass Transformer … maybe a gas/electric hybrid instead of a tractor trailer?)…


Looking Back: Telling Off the Paramedics.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By March 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

A few things:  This post is almost ten years old, which is unsettling on its own accord. It also documents the only time in my 27 years with type 1 diabetes that paramedics needed to be brought in to assist, and mostly because my roommate needed help getting me to eat, not because I was unconscious. I miss Abby and…


The One About Balancing Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By March 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Life with diabetes isn’t about the diabetes itself, but about the life it’s a part of.  There is a life to be found after diagnosis, and it’s a good one.  Being able to take a blood sugar and remove the blame and guilt from that result, focusing only on the actions needed to correct that number or duplicate it?  Viewing…


Focus: Diabetes Things I Like.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

(Revisiting and revising a post from several years ago🙂 Even though I do not like the disease, there are some diabetes-related simple pleasures that make me smile: I like the feeling of satisfaction when I change the Dexcom sensor and the pump infusion set at the same time. I like having the tune of “Fur Elise” memorized. I also have…