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February 2016

Everybody Beeps.

Diabetes Poetry, Pumping Insulin By February 29, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

(With deep, deep apologies to R.E.M. and Everybody Hurts) Everybody Beeps When your day is long And the night, the night is yours for sleep. When you tuck yourself in bed For some rest … well hang on Don’t close your tired eyes Cause you wear a device And everybody beeps … sometimes. Sometimes reservoirs are low And need to…

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Open the Door.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

For several weeks, I was flipping open the charging port on my t:slim insulin pump and plugging it in while I was in the shower.  But then I noticed the charging port cover was looking a little worse for the wear, and I connected with a friend about best practices.  (“Best practices” standing in for “How the hell do you…

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Spare a Rose 2016: Final Totals.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

In 2016 the diabetes community, both online and off, made a huge difference for children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries.  This year’s Spare a Rose campaign raised $25,331 from 537 donations, saving 422 children. Read that again, please? Four hundred and twenty-two children. Through the endless generosity of people in this community, donating their time to share the…

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My Tail.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 24, 2016 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

“Miss!  Your tail!” the lady behind me called out, touching my elbow. I looked behind me and sure enough, my insulin pump tubing – my tail – had come loose from underneath my shirt and wrapped itself around the metal shelving at CVS.  I was two steps away from pulling out my site, three steps away from jacking up the…

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Patient Centricity.

Diabetes Advocacy By February 23, 2016 6 Comments

This could not be more brilliant.  Or, sadly, more true. Time to bust up the buzzwords and hold organizations accountable for their claims. You might also like: Power of Patient Communities. Guest Post: E-Patient Dave Takes on T2D. The Patient Voice 2016: Bridging the Diabetes Gaps Being a Rotten Patient.

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Bullet’ed.

Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By February 22, 2016 Tags: , , 6 Comments

This is another bullet-listed brain purge because otherwise all the thoughts in my head would remain tangled around one another.  This is the only out they have. Spellcheck put one of those wiggly red lines underneath the word “bulleted,” which means it’s not a word.  (It also put one under “spellcheck.  Isn’t it one word, when talking about the program?) …

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Interview: Brian Nelson-Palmer, T1D Drummer of Fellowcraft.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

If you were at the ADA Tour De Cure event at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC last September, you might remember this diabetes rant from the drummer: He’s a group fitness instructor, a public speaker, and has a day job working for the government. And he’s also the drummer for the three-man, DC-based rock band Fellowcraft. Brian Nelson-Palmer is something…

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Ten Things About Things.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I do really hate those “Ten Things About Things” sort of posts, but in this case, I’ve screwed it up even more by intending to write a list of ten things, then realized I only included nine things. Whoops. This spring will mark eleven years of sharing my diabetes story on the Internet, and over the course of the last…

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Switching to the t:slim Insulin Pump.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 28 Comments

This will not be a post about what insulin pump is better for YOU.  I’m not a soothsayer (though every time I say that word, the mental image of a knight slaying a dragon made entirely out of teeth is hard to shake), so keep in mind that this post doesn’t include as many facts as it does opinions.  Also,…

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Looking Back: Cleaning Crews.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories By February 15, 2016 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

It’s weird to see that posts from 2011 are still relevant to how my diabetes behaves today.  See also:  when my blood sugar is tumbling, sometimes the dishes become a priority over a fistful of jellybeans.  Today, I’m looking back at a post from 2011 discussing that exact phenomenon, the urge to become a one-woman cleaning crew when under 65…

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