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Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 8, 2015 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Last week, I was up in Boston visiting with Ed Damiano to hear some updates on the bionic pancreas (now known as the iLet – more on that later meeting this week), and our meeting ended late in the afternoon. Which means I climbed into my car to make the drive home on Route 93 south towards Rhode Island at…

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Guest Post: Keep Calm Once They Cover Dexcom.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger By August 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

Today, Colleen is taking over my blog while I’m taking a few days off.  And I love her introduction bio so much that I’m pasting it in without edits.  Colleen is terrific, opinionated in a way I respect deeply, and today she’s talking about the importance of having access to a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) as she ages.  Take it…

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Untethered, After a Fashion.

Dexcom, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

Around 8.30 am, I took an injection of Levemir. At about 9 am, I switched my basal profile to “OTHER” and disconnected my insulin pump.  The OTHER profile has me at 0.025U basal rate per hour (as close to zero as I can get on my pump) but still holds all my other settings.  I kept the pump in my…

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Robot Arms.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 4 Comments

[You can read my Dexcom disclosures here.] The low alarm slammed into my ears from across the bed, coming from my Dexcom receiver on the bedside table.  A half second later, it echoed from my cell phone, where the SHARE app threw out a loud warning of its own. LOW. I reached over and clicked on my phone, which was…

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I Wanna New Tape, One That Won’t Itch.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Robot Life, Uncategorized By June 1, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

I wanna new tape, one that won’t itch! One that won’t give me big, fat welts or make my skin twitch, twitch! I wanna new tape, one that won’t give a rash! Make it easy to wear my Dex, without the urge to “Hulk, Smash.” (Channeling Huey Lewis and the News.  Click it.  You know you want to.) I’ve been…

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Dexcom SHARE: First Impressions.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 23 Comments

“Your thing is going off.” Though nondescript, that phrase is a loaded one.  It is Chris-speak for, “Your Dexcom is making an alarm of some kind; you need to take a look at it.”  And now that the Dexcom SHARE application is feeding my glucose results to my husband and a few other authorized viewers, when the thing goes off,…

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Potent Potion.

Dexcom, Diabetes Complications, Robot Life By April 8, 2015 11 Comments

Turns out I’m not unique in experiencing the dreaded “Dexcom rash.”  (Which sucks for anyone else who gets the major sensor scratchies, but at the same time, the diabetes community is innovative as eff.  We work around the workarounds.) When it comes to dealing with my own Dexcom rash, wearing the Toughpad underneath my sensor helps a ton, but it…

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The Last Straw.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By March 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

“Mommy … I had a nightmare.” She shows up in the middle of the night sometimes, evicted from her warm bed down the hall due to a nightmare.  “I had a dream about a blue monster with no arms and popcorn on his feet.”  She’s clutching her blanket, her water, a flashlight, and a stuffed animal; clearly she’s in for…

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