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April 2015

Boop Beep Boop.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By April 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

“Boop beep boop!” The sound is unmistakable, as it used to ring out from my hip for so many years.  That noise, the sound of a Medtronic insulin pump alerting for whatever reason, used to be my soundtrack before Fur Elise and the “boop boop boop!” of the Animas pump replaced it. “Boop beep boop!” I was sitting outside of…

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HealtheVoices 2015: Stepping Outside the Diabetes Bubble.

Uncategorized By April 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Getting all my disclosures out of the way first:  I am on the advisory board for this conference and also presented as a speaker.  My travel, lodging, and expenses for the conference were covered by Janssen, and I was compensated for my participation and my consultation.  My opinions on the process and the conference are mine, but admittedly influenced.  Bias…

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Writer’s Block.

Uncategorized By April 21, 2015 Tags: , 7 Comments

Sat down at the keyboard And I couldn’t find the words. I found the letters, that was easy. Home row right there in my face. But the words? The words?  The words? I can’t find those anyplace. (I grabbed a pen and paper To see if that would start the flow … but it didn’t.) I’ve run out of things…

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Plug It In.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

I’m not a good traveler, but I am a good packer. Part of my preparation ritual is to make sure I only bring what I need and that outfits are tried on and coordinated before I go. (Because there was that one time I brought a shirt and forgot pants and that made for a different sort of panic before…

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Sharps, or “Shaaaahps,” Containers.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

In the last few weeks, I’ve taken some device breaks and reverted back to some of my multiple injection (MDI) ways (until skin rashes healed up, bruises started dotting up my skin landscape, and frustration with trying to draw up 1/4 of a unit of Humalog using a syringe tossed me back into DeviceLand).  It was a good break and…

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Dexcom SHARE: First Impressions.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 23 Comments

“Your thing is going off.” Though nondescript, that phrase is a loaded one.  It is Chris-speak for, “Your Dexcom is making an alarm of some kind; you need to take a look at it.”  And now that the Dexcom SHARE application is feeding my glucose results to my husband and a few other authorized viewers, when the thing goes off,…

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The Friday Six: Sea Serpent of Doom.

Diabetes Online Community, The Friday Six By April 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

I’m not going to complain about the weather.  Nope.  Not even a little bit, because eventually it will be so balls hot that the sidewalks melt and crumble into an oatmealish texture, so I am going to be quiet about the fact that we STILL HAVE THE HEAT ON and it’s mid-April. It’s time for some link-sharing, because there’s lots…

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Slackadaisical.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 9, 2015 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Self-tracking isn’t limited to the number of steps I take in a day or mapping out the data of my blood sugar trends. In my life, tracking emotional health is important, as it influences my physical health. Yeah, even if I try to pretend it doesn’t. Gripper socks are those socks that have the little bits of plastic on the…

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Potent Potion.

Dexcom, Diabetes Complications, Robot Life By April 8, 2015 11 Comments

Turns out I’m not unique in experiencing the dreaded “Dexcom rash.”  (Which sucks for anyone else who gets the major sensor scratchies, but at the same time, the diabetes community is innovative as eff.  We work around the workarounds.) When it comes to dealing with my own Dexcom rash, wearing the Toughpad underneath my sensor helps a ton, but it…

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Green Beanery.

Diet and Food, No Diabetes By April 7, 2015 Tags: , 8 Comments

Winter started around November of last year and continued onward with a vengeance until yesterday morning, when “42 degrees and sunny” seemed to constitute as “spring.”  The snow is all but melted (except for a few very stubborn igloos built by resourceful squirrels), so Birdy and I took advantage of the sunshine yesterday to explore our backyard. We moved house…

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Egg Roll.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food By April 6, 2015 5 Comments

The trappings of Easter baskets can be a real kick in the ass for me, diabetes-wise.  Jellybeans, chocolate eggs, those Cadbury mini eggs of doom … all delicious, but rarely worth it for me because all of these high-sugar indulgences make for gross blood sugars. Thankfully, the most mild of milds on my blood sugars are eggs.  And Easter isn’t…

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