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Pump Peelz Giveaway: Now with More Superheroes!

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 post that includes a fictional diabetes superhero name and that superhero’s special power *.  The contest is open as of right this second and it closes on Sunday (1/10) at 7 pm ET.  Three winners will be announced on Monday morning, with the first winner receiving a $25 gift card, the second place winner earning a $10 gift card, and third place wins a $5 gift card.

(First, second, and third will be determined arbitrarily by Loopy … or me.)

Thanks, Pump Peelz team, for providing another fun and one-of-a-kind giveaway!  I’m looking forward to seeing the entries.

(* After consulting my daughter, she decided that the superhero would be “Super Diabetes Guy/Lady” and their special power would be touching their nose and either giving, or taking away, someone’s diabetes.  Then she touched my nose.  “Took away your diabetes, Mom,” but then, a second later, “Mom, gimme your nose so I can get this diabetes off my finger.”)

 

Small Victories.

My only resolution for 2016 was to write more. Not necessarily here on my website, but wherever the words seem to come most comfortably. I have a few fiction ideas I’m fleshing out here at home, but blogging has always served as a way to unknot some of the thoughts in my head, mostly centered around my disease. Once my disease angst is unknotted (with blogging being the mental equivalent of gently tapping a fork against a knotted necklace chain until it goes slack and gives up), my mind feels better about diverting thoughts to things that are More Fun.

The problem with blogging is that it’s a public forum. Which means that I sometimes write with readers, or perceptions, or assumed judgments in mind. Sharing while simultaneously panicking doesn’t make for good writing, and more importantly, it takes away from the whole therapeutic/fun aspect of blogging. SO. I’m trying to blog like no one’s reading. Which means there may be more fractured sentences. And shit that doesn’t make the most sense. And probably less-than-lovely language, but oh well.

[ clumsy segue ]

I’ve been making use of Dexcom Clarity over the last few weeks and while it’s humbling to see my blood sugar graphs plotted out in full color folios, but there is a certain power to logging and reviewing my blood sugars.  (Huge sigh here because I make progress when I fastidiously review my blood sugars, which means I should continue to review my blood sugars, which I hate because is a tedious pain in the ass.  That’s kind of a diabetes theme:  tedious pain in the ass.)

Applications that actually DO SOMETHING USEFUL and don’t require extra work are my favorites, like the One Touch Reveal app that my Verio Sync uses and the Dexcom Clarity one.  Checking my blood sugar is mildly painful; reviewing data compilations should not be.

My numbers are improving, and with them, my mood.

This A1C is not entirely accurate (as it changes every few days when I review the PDF downloaded from Dexcom Clarity), but it’s very close to where my lab work pinned me, so I’ll fucking take it.

Also bringing much joy this week? These Tweets:

Unrelated to anything:  I found this sleeve smiling at me the other day:

And now it’s smiling at you.

Snack, not Snake.

I feel proud of my kid. And she feels proud of herself, too, it seems.

A Fonder Heart.

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 reach out.

Funny how that works, that absence thing doing weird things to the fondless levels of my heart.

When last Wednesday rolled around, I was excited to join the #dsma chat.  Emails are being answered with renewed excitement because I had a couple weeks to disconnect from things, making me appreciate the * ding * of email a little more.  Diabetes doesn’t feel like the narrator anymore; I’ve taken that role back for myself.

And doing non-diabetes things was good.  Traveling a bit with family and friends distracted from the constant hum of pancreatic chaos.  Christmas and New Year’s included hosting a lot of people in and out of our home, filling the space with voices and laughter and pleasant mess.  We made busted-up looking gingerbread cookies that ended up looking more like Super Mario Sunshine stars, but there’s joy found in Mario so yes.

I did a lot of laundry.  Yes, super boring, but superior therapy for me.  Things go into the machine horrible and come tumbling out of the dryer smelling fantastic and all fluffy-clean.  You can have your resolutions for 2016; I just want a pile of clean laundry to snuggle with.

I found one of those big, tupperware packing containers downstairs and it was filled with unused yarn.  The squeal I let out upon discovering this treasure was embarrassing, but I’d do it again because I frigging love yarn.  Currently dreaming up projects, while Birdy steals snippets from skeins to make wigs for her dinosaurs.

I watched my kid go bananas in a New Hampshire snowfall.  “MOM!!” and then EXCITEMENT.  After a winter where shorts have been more necessary than snowsuits so far, it was a beautiful thing, watching her scoop up handfuls of snow and lob them in her five year old rendition of a snowball.  The snow was beautiful.  (Remind me in February that I said that.)

… does this stuff sound boring?  MAYBE IT WAS but at the same time, boring felt nice.  Mellowing out is not my strong point, and neither is sitting still, but a concerted effort to not mentally and physically fidget myself into oblivion was such a stark change of pace that I liked it.

But now the holidays are over and it’s time to ramp things up again, keeping the pleasant mellowing on-call when necessary.  School is back in session and work is edging towards full swing here at home.

But the break was good.  Necessary.  And now my brain feels ready to do its job.

… can’t say the same for my pancreas, but that little bastard is a work in progress.

New Year, New Disclosure.

Disclosures are important, so I’m making a new one today, and my disclosure policy has been updated accordingly.  There are some big changes on deck for 2016, with the first one being a change in some of the companies I’m partnering with.  Which is why I’ve decided to end my contract with Animas, because it was time for a change.

I wore a Medtronic pump for seven years before switching to Animas, and I’ve worn my Animas pump for the last six years.  Both of these pumps are solid insulin delivery devices and worked great, and Animas has been wonderful to work with and for, and I’m forever grateful for their support over the last few years.  But change is necessary at times.

Over the last two years, I’ve had some non-diabetes health hurdles (everything is fine, promise) and those issues put a different lens onto how I viewed my diabetes.  I wanted frustrations with diabetes kept at an absolute minimum.  Sometimes that meant ditching all technologies for a few weeks in order to give my body some breathing room, and to give my mind the opportunity to focus on the basics of my diabetes.  (I did MDI a few times this year, for several weeks, and it was good to revisit that method of delivery.  I learned, and relearned, a lot.)  Sometimes that meant acknowledging that the features I needed and appreciated were allowed to change.

But ultimately, it meant that I needed to let myself move on to different technologies that better suited my diabetes needs these days, and to different opportunities that fit where I’d like to lend my voice.

So here’s the disclosure:  I have signed an agreement with Tandem Diabetes Care.  My new agreement with Tandem went into effect on January 1st, and includes compensation for consulting services, including speaking on Tandem’s behalf at diabetes-related events. When speaking on Tandem’s behalf at such events, my relationship with Tandem will be disclosed to the audience.  (They won’t be involved in everything I do this year, so I’ll make sure I disclose appropriately when they are.)  With my physician’s prescription, Tandem provided me with products at no charge, including a loaner Tandem insulin pump and the cartridges and infusion sets I need to use the pump. Tandem does not compensate me for content on Six Until Me.  All of the content on Six Until Me remains my own, per usual, so my apologies that things aren’t suddenly going to become All Professional.

I’m really looking forward to working with the team at Tandem, and continuing to draw inspiration from the diabetes community as a whole.

And getting back to blogging.

And finding where the cats hid all of Birdzone’s hair ties.

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