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September 2015

Guest Post and Giveaway: Overcoming Diabetes Overwhelmus.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By September 30, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 16 Comments

Today, I am honored to have Susan Weiner and Paula Ford-Martin contributing a guest post to SUM, writing about diabetes burnout and their new book, Diabetes 365: Tips for Living Well.  I’m pretty biased, as I used to work for Paula at dLife (and with Susan), but their book and their message are a tremendous resource for newly diagnosed and…

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Care What the Community Thinks, Not What the Community Buys.

Uncategorized By September 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

[I have a working relationship with Animas. My disclosures are here; please read them.] During the middle of one of our discussion sessions, Daniela D’Onofrio let fly a statement that defined the whole blogger summit for me: “Care what the community thinks, not what the community buys.” Last week, the European Animas team brought a group of diabetes advocates together…

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Lower Arm Real Estate.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

“Rotating sites?  Hell yeah, I rotate.” … sort of. I’m good about rotating my pump and CGM (continuous glucose monitor) sites, but I’m decent, at best, about exploring new real estate.  Most of the time, I use my outer thigh or lower back/hips for my CGM, going back and forth between those four areas.  This sounds like proper rotating, in…

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One More Sneaker.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes By September 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , No Comments

This week, in my quest to become a Lady of Suburbia, I went to Marshall’s to pick up a lamp.  (I also bought pumpkin coffee beans.  Whilst wearing yoga pants yet not doing yoga.  In the middle of the day.  Forgive me.) This visit was on the same day that I was sharing a #dayofdiabetes (peek in on the hashtag…

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No Hiding It.

Uncategorized By September 23, 2015 1 Comment

“So that’s a …” and her question trailed off with a note of empathy and curiosity, her hand gesturing towards the Dexcom sensor on my body. In the summer time, I can most often be found either on an airplane headed somewhere for work or on the beach, pretending not to work. (There appears to be no in-between. And I’ll…

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ALL NEW Jerry the Bear Revealed.

Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 22, 2015 No Comments

My daughter loves Jerry the Bear.  And not because he’s this fancy teddy bear aimed at teaching children about type 1 diabetes.  She doesn’t care a whole lot about that.  She likes that Jerry is soft and cuddly and has a friendly face, and that he also needs her to give him food and check his blood sugar. Birdy getting…

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Reaching the Summit.

Diabetes Online Community, Traveling By September 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Last week, I was in Sweden for work, for the fourth annual blogger summit that Animas hosts during the EASD conference.  (Here’s a look at the first summit, and the second one, and last year. And here’s a look at my disclosures, as my work with Animas is what brings me to these different places.)  I’m in the process of…

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Looking Back: Postcards from Eddie.

Diabetes Memories, Relationships By September 14, 2015 Tags: , , 1 Comment

This morning, I thought about Eddie.  Eddie was the kid who I shared the hospital room with back when I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1986.  He popped into my head after I woke up, jet-lagged and confused from traveling yesterday, and watched a spider scuttle across the ceiling of this apartment. Eddie had been bitten by a spider; I…

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29 Years with Type 1 Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 11, 2015 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

Even though my diabetes diagnosis was twenty-nine years ago today, I feel kind of done with letting it serve as a milestone marker for me.  In years past, I liked marking the day because it felt like a moment of flipping the bird (not this Bird) to diabetes.  Over the last few years, I’ve kind of liked not paying much…

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Longest Dexcom Break in Six Years.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

“Is it because of the skin thing?” he asked, watching me put the transmitter and receiver on the bedroom dresser. “Yeah,” I replied, only it wasn’t exactly the truth.  Sure, my skin had some pretty irritated patches from the constant application/reapplication of my CGM sensors, but it was manageable, especially if I was more diligent about rotating my sites.  But…

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