Diabetes Videos

Wait, Pump the Brakes …

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Videos By November 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

My daughter, running commentary on an episode of Sesame Street that her brother is watching: “Who is that guy?” “ Nick Jonas. He has diabetes, just like mom does.” “Yeah?” “Yeah.” She pauses for a long time, then: “He’s surprisingly into shapes.” You might also like: Pump Peelz Gift Card Winners! Pump Peelz Giveaway: Now with More Superheroes! Pump Peelz Giveaway…

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Non-Billable Hours: The Diabetes Stuff That Doesn’t Have Copays

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

At first glance, I manage my diabetes using an insulin pump from Tandem Diabetes Care, a continuous glucose monitor from Dexcom, Humalog insulin, and either the mySugr meter kit or a Freestyle one.  All of these items require prescriptions and $$$ and involvement from my clinicians. But there’s a number of items that are used regularly to manage my diabetes,…

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Non-Medical Switching

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Diabetes Videos, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By October 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“From the Alliance for Patient Access YouTube page:  People with diabetes describe non-medical switching, where an insurer has pushed them to change insulin, pumps, meters or other medical necessities.” Being told to switch medications because the insurance company says so, not because the medical team recommends the switch, is a messed up situation.  Clinicians and patients should be making those…

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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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What Does the DOC Mean to You?

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support By February 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

This video is one of the last ones I did for Animas, but it’s one of my favorites because it features some of the friendliest faces in the Diabetes Online Community. Much love to the folks who offered to share their perspectives on the diabetes community, and thanks for being part of the family. If you are up for chiming…

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Diabetes Dominator.

Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By August 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

It’s nice to talk with other people who have diabetes.  It’s even better to laugh with other people who have diabetes, finding some levity in the diabetes moments that seem like they’re shuttling towards chaos.  And a few weeks ago, I had the chance to both talk and laugh (hard) with the Diabetes Dominator herself, Daniele Hargenrader. We talked about…

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Good / Bad.

Diabetes Videos, Healthcare By June 11, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 4 Comments

At the TCOYD / diaTribe forum at ADA last week, Dr. Edelman showed a video that he and Dr. Pettus had put together about the doctor and patient relationship, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly.  It kicked up some serious laughs from the audience because it’s uncomfortably true in many ways. (My favorite line is at 2:38 –…

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Slackadaisical.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 9, 2015 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Self-tracking isn’t limited to the number of steps I take in a day or mapping out the data of my blood sugar trends. In my life, tracking emotional health is important, as it influences my physical health. Yeah, even if I try to pretend it doesn’t. Gripper socks are those socks that have the little bits of plastic on the…

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Stress!!!! and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Do your blood sugars respond to food?  Of course.  How about to insulin?  And exercise?  A big “hell yes” to those, too.  Food, insulin, and exercise have tangible influence on my blood sugar levels.  But one influencer that I don’t often take into account is stress … which is a ridiculous variable for me to ignore because stress can make…

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#GoSebGo and #GoBionic.

Diabetes Videos By October 24, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

Clearly, Go HASHTAGS! This morning I wanted to share two videos that ventured their way into my inbox recently, from folks in the diabetes community who I support whole-heartedly. The first is from Seb, who is STILL running across Canada. What’s your plan for today? Mine is to get some writing done while sitting on my ass on a flight…

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