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November 2015

Second Impressions: Dexcom G5 Mobile.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products November 30, 2015 13 Comments

Disclosure Up Front (where it should be):  I have a relationship with Dexcom that includes receiving my continuous glucose supplies at no cost.  More details are outlined here on my disclosures page, but please know that the bias I’m bringing to this is pretty significant, not simply because of the working relationship with Dexcom but also the fact that this…


Guest Post: E-Patient Dave Takes on T2D.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes November 23, 2015 10 Comments

Dave deBronkart and I met several years ago through patient advocacy and online connection points, and I’ve followed his health story as he has simultaneously followed mine.  Dave comes from the perspective of a cancer survivor who almost died and has turned his “free replay in life” into a crusade to open healthcare’s minds to the idea of partnering with…


Opportunities to Participate in Research Studies.

Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support November 20, 2015 No Comments

The best way to change diabetes is to participate in diabetes.  Research is important because it shapes and informs how the medical community takes care of people touched by diabetes.  So when there is an opportunity to participate in a research study – especially one that doesn’t require any travel or a huge time commitment – the “Yes, I’ll help!”…


How Often?

Real Life Diabetes November 11, 2015 6 Comments

“How often do you think about diabetes on an average day?” “Not sure,” I said, checking my blood glucose twice so I could calibrate my continuous glucose monitor, mentally calculating the lunch insulin bolus I needed to take cover my food without making me low for my run later this afternoon. Looking at the five strips left in the bottle,…


Diabetes Research: My Evolution Toward a Patient Revolution.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare November 10, 2015 5 Comments

I like Dr. Victor Montori.  He’s a Mayo Clinic diabetes doctor and researcher who is working for a patient revolution – versus healthcare corruption – and for treatments that fit patients properly.  He and I are part of a PCORI team looking at user-centered design and the development of patient decision aids, and I had the chance to meet with…


Bionic Pancreas Update and Call to Action.

Diabetes Products, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life November 6, 2015 17 Comments

A few weeks ago, I met with Ed Damiano and we spent an afternoon talking about recent developments in the bionic pancreas program and what’s up next. “Here’s our new device,” he said, placing the iLet on his desk, inadvertently putting it right next to his cell phone, which didn’t look much bigger/thicker by comparison.  (I asked for a quarter…


All Night Long.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin November 4, 2015 7 Comments

It started out innocently enough.  Just a wiggly little drop before bedtime with a bit of insulin on board, so the need for snacking was elevated. With .8u IOB. Snacktime. #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:32pm PST A small handful of raisins and I’m on my merry way.  No worries! But then…



Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places November 3, 2015 1 Comment

The team at Disney’s T1D Everyday Magic asked for some meme’ry from some folks in the community.  Here’s mine.  (And you know how I feel about cupcakes.) Check out the rest, and for more T1D Memes, there’s a whole awesome site.  🙂 You might also like: Cupcakes for PWD? Yes. No. MAYBE. Spongebob Memes Diabetes Reality, Reframed. When Sleep Becomes…