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January 2016

What Improves My Healthcare Experience.

Healthcare January 26, 2016 15 Comments

What would improve the healthcare experience for me, as a patient with multiple health conditions?  I’m glad you asked.  (You did actually ask, right?)  A few things would help move things forward.  Here’s a thought-purging because I happened to have coffee: Billing processes that make sense.  For example, I received a refund for mail order pharmacy overpayment in the same…



No Diabetes January 25, 2016 No Comments

Perspective came slamming in two weeks ago when I heard that a friend’s young daughter had died.  She was four years old.  My friend’s grief was palpable and touched the face of everything that morning.  Our hearts ached for her loss; it was impossible to find a single word that even scraped the surface of the hurt we felt for…


Gadgets and Gizmos.

Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized January 15, 2016 11 Comments

Getting dressed this morning and trying to shove an insulin pump and a Dexcom sensor and not map the silhouette of my dress with pump tubing was an exercise in frustration, and that song from The Little Mermaid kept going through my head. “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty … I’ve got whosits and whatsits galore …” But I sat…


Hypo Perspectives.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes January 13, 2016 20 Comments

Last night my low alarm went off like a siren in my bedroom, partly because I had hooked my phone up to a bluetooth speaker to (successfully) help amplify the Dexcom alarms, but mostly because my blood sugar was 50 mg/dL. How the alarm didn’t wake up my daughter (clad in Captain American pajamas and asleep in my bed because…


Pump Peelz Gift Card Winners!

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products January 11, 2016 No Comments

Giveaways are fun, but the entries received on this Pump Peelz Superhero gift card giveaway were truly awesome.  From Sir Lancet-a-lot to Carbo-Man to Madame Betta, the superheroes created by insulin-infused imaginations are incredibly fun.  And now, on to the winners! The superhero call: To enter the giveaway, you need to leave a comment on this post that includes a…


Pump Peelz Giveaway: Now with More Superheroes!

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin January 8, 2016 25 Comments

You guys.  The team at Pump Peelz (Scott and Emily) have returned with new designs for their very clever diabetes device decorations and a very generous gift card giveaway for Six Until Me readers.  That’s all the lead-in I’m giving because that’s all the lead-in you need. GIVEAWAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! To enter the giveaway, you need to leave a comment on this…


Snack, not Snake.

Diabetic Mommy January 6, 2016 2 Comments

I feel proud of my kid. And she feels proud of herself, too, it seems. Found in my daughter's "kindness journal" from school, where they are encouraged to write things they do that are kind. #diabeticmommy #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Jan 5, 2016 at 6:20am PST You might also like: Photo-A-Day: Proud. Pumps and a…


A Fonder Heart.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes January 5, 2016 3 Comments

Spending a few weeks offline was nice.  Good for me.  Removed that panic from, “What can I write today?” and replaced it with, “What can I do today?”  Stepping away from my website for the bulk of December was in efforts to shake the dust off my advocacy and outreach efforts by allowing a little room to not advocate or…