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January 2015

The Friday Six: Spare a Rose, Toaster Selfies, and Inhaled Insulin.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 30, 2015 Tags: 3 Comments

Happy Friday morning, she writes from the train that is scrambling up the eastern seaboard, going from No Snow to OMG Snow.  While I’m looking forward to getting home and returning to the Birdzone, I’m not exactly thrilled to see what this week’s snowstorm dumped onto our home in Rhode Island.  (Also, almost wrote “snotstorm,” which, if you know me…


One Voice.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 29, 2015 20 Comments

[Disclosures first:  I attended the Partners in Patient Health Summit yesterday in Washington, DC, which was an event sponsored by Sanofi.  They paid my travel and lodging.  I paid attention and generated my own opinions.  Now you know.] At the Partners in Patient Health Summit yesterday, there was a spirited discussion about the power, and then the powerlessness, of the…



Uncategorized By January 23, 2015 10 Comments

Man, I hope this cat is okay. Siah Sausage is the best. The cat is being tested for diabetes. There goes my whole "it's not contagious!" assertion. 😉 A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Jan 23, 2015 at 8:04am PST You might also like: Six Thoughts. The Other Two Behave Themselves. Bulk Solutions. That Big, Effing Frog. #DOCtober


Twitter Rant.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Healthcare, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 22, 2015 21 Comments

The lows that have been creeping in lately need to stop.  They are inconvenient at best, completely debilitating at their worst and the in-between is a muddled mess of glucose tab dust and frustration.  Yesterday I had a diabetes technology fail coupled with a highly symptomatic hypoglycemic event that occurred simultaneously with a phone call to the Joslin Clinic ……


Diabetes Interruptus.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 21, 2015 No Comments

Yesterday I had a hovering sort of low before a conference call, a low that took its sweet time letting my brain check back into the conversation despite my blood sugar number coming up reasonably quickly. This morning, my pre-conference call routine involved a quick site change at my desk because I ran my insulin reservoir down to the fumes….


Inside Track: Chris and The Atticus Institute.

Uncategorized By January 20, 2015 Tags: , No Comments

This afternoon’s post is an interview with the screenwriter in my house … because he lives here, too.  With our kid.  And the cats.  He wrote and directed a film called THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, which is available on-demand and on iTunes today! *   *   * Kerri:  We’ve done this before, but we’re doing it again.  So hi. Chris:  Hi. Kerri: …


#WeAreNotWaiting: The (Not So?) Brief Story of Tidepool.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 19, 2015 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Technology has scrambled forward by true leaps and bounds in the last few years, making my Clinitest urinalysis kit of 1986 seem pretty archaic.  Now, people touched by diabetes can see their glucose levels with a flick of their wrist, and there’s more on the horizon as far as data and diabetes management.  Today I’m so happy to have Howard…


You Look Tired.

Real Life Diabetes By January 15, 2015 14 Comments

“You look tired,” someone said to me, rather casually at a meeting the other day. The night before, I had gone to the gym a little later than usual. Most of the time, my workouts take place before 8 pm so I can have a handle on blood sugar fallout before I go to sleep, but this round wasn’t in…


Spare a Rose, Save a Child.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community By January 13, 2015 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

From February 1 – 14, the diabetes online community is hosting our annual Spare A Rose campaign.  You remember that one, right?  The one where you send eleven roses instead of twelve on Valentine’s Day, taking the value of that saved rose (averaged out to $5) and donating that to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program, which…


Cutting Back on Artificial Sweeteners.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By January 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

My sweet tooth is completely jacked up. Bypassing the dessert table isn’t a tough choice.  I can skip the brownies and pie since the Great Palette Change of 2010 (when I was pregnant and my body decided that chocolate was gross and seafood was suddenly on the approved list) and now that I’ve been off the gluten stuff since August…