Diabetes Tech

Dexcom G6: A Few Weeks In

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 5, 2018 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

It’s been over a month (by a bit) of using the Dexcom G6, and I have second impressions.  (First impressions are here.) REVISITING INSERTION. It doesn’t hurt to go in.  I know I mentioned that the first time around but it’s a really big change from all of the other iterations of the Dexcom CGM product.  The updated G6 insertion…

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Actually Using the Dexcom G6

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By May 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Disclosure:  I received my Dexcom G6 as part of the initial PR roll out, once it was approved and available.  I am also part of the Dexcom Warriors program.  But my supplies all go through insurance and my deductible is gross.  For more on my disclosures, click here.   I wasn’t home when my Dexcom G6 kit arrived at the…

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Beep, Beep, Beep!

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Poetry, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

One of my son’s favorite books is Little Blue Truck.  We have that mess memorized and can bust it out even without the book pages in hand.  And every time my pump beeps, I think of the little black pump on my hips at all times.  These two thoughts ended up in my mental blender this morning, thus, Little Black…

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Managing Expectations with the Freestyle Libre System

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By December 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 18 Comments

[DISCLOSURE – PLEASE READ:  The team at Abbott reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial the Freestyle Libre system.  I said yes.  After my doctor approved a prescription for the device, Abbott sent out the scanning device and two sensors at no cost to me.  This whole review needs that bias lens in place.  Good?  Good….

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“Nice pump.”

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By December 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

“Can I please have an iced coffee?  No sweetener, please,” I said to the girl behind the counter at the coffee shop.  The snow was falling fast outside, but she expertly kept her eyebrows steady at my request for an almost frozen beverage. “Sure thing.”  Her hands deftly hit the right buttons on the ordering pad.  Without looking up, she…

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Trying out the Freestyle Libre System

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By December 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 28 Comments

[DISCLOSURE – PLEASE READ:  The team at Abbott reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial the Freestyle Libre system.  I said yes.  After my doctor approved a prescription for the device, Abbott sent out the scanning device and two sensors at no cost to me.  This whole review needs that bias lens in place.  Good?  Good….

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Replacement Parts

Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By November 20, 2017 Tags: , , 4 Comments

This piece was written back in 2013 about a different insulin pump, but the song remains the same:  pumping insulin alleviates some of my diabetes mental load and makes living with this disease a little mellower.  I mean, I could “wash the dishes by hand,” but it’s so much nicer to play with my kids or go for a walk…

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Tandem X2 with Dexcom G5 Update

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 6, 2017 Tags: , , 17 Comments

[Please read my Tandem disclosure.  I was not asked to write this post.  But I need to disclose anyway, because it felt weird not to.] Even though the update email came in a few days ago, I didn’t have a chance to update my Tandem X2 insulin pump until yesterday afternoon.  My original intentions were to sit down (preferably with…

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The NEW Jerry the Bear.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Tech, Psychosocial Support By March 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 40 Comments

Since they’re local to me here in Rhode Island, I drove up to the Jerry the Bear office to meet with my friends Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung, creators of Jerry the Bear. “It’s awesome to see you guys! Where have you been the last few years?” After hugs and hellos, I realized my question was unfair. Because they haven’t…

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Dexcom Rash: Updated.

Dexcom, Diabetes Tech By January 11, 2017 Tags: , , , , 19 Comments

Frigging rash.  The issue first presented itself back in August 2012, leaving me scratching my head and itching my sensor sites for the next four years. At first, I tackled the problem by trying a pile of different barrier tapes, but the only one that brought about any semblance of relief was the Toughpad.  For about a year, I used a…

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