In October, I was in Barcelona for the 2nd European Blogger Summit put on by Animas and had the opportunity to brainstorm with several diabetes bloggers from across the pond. (And some from waaaay across the other pond there on the far left … I’m talking to you, Australia.)
This video is a compilation of some of the things we took away from the summit, and what our hopes are for the coming year.
Check out these blogs from the folks in the video:
A million years ago (in Internet time, I think that translates to about eleven months ago), I had the opportunity to work with the team at Novo Nordisk and a few hyper-local Rhode Island/Massachusetts diabetes advocates to create a series of videos. Our focus was on how hope can be a more powerful motivator than fear, in terms of staying dedicated to the daily duties of diabetes.
Between the finishing up of Birdy’s Spidergirl costume (a labor-and-tulle intensive endeavor), carving our pumpkin (she wanted a big Batman signal on it this year), and the creation of a cemetery cake (which Birdzone renamed “the grave garden” – a name I like more than the original), we’re getting our Halloween on here in a big way.
Way back in the day, my first Halloween experience after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes came barely a month in, sending me out trick-or-treating with my family and subsequently having my breath sniffed for evidence of having sneaked a Twix bar (or three). I remember trading my candy to my brother for a few dollars in efforts to keep me from consuming too much, and a small bag filled with treats was stuck on top of the refrigerator, promised to be used for the next few low blood sugar reactions.
But for me, it’s not as much about the candy as it is about the costumes. I’ve always been a big fan of dressing up and having fun on Halloween, and being diagnosed with diabetes didn’t make a dent in that part of the fun.
This past weekend, I was in Omaha (pronounced in my head as “OMAHA!!!!” almost every time), Nebraska for a TCOYD conference, joining in as speaker for the event.
One of the topics in OMAHA!!!! that we talked about was the integration of medical devices, sharing anecdotal stories about life with out diabetes-related robot parts. Panel moderator Dr. Jeremy Pettus shared a video he made about how using a continuous glucose monitor, illustrating the difference between catching a low when you’re deep in the trenches of it (whoa, 49 mg/dL) versus catching it when it first starts (like 8o mg/dL and dropping).
The ways a CGM has helped improve my quality of life are becoming hard to count: I feel safer when I drive, when I sleep, when I was pregnant, when I am traveling, when I eat new and strangely-carb’ed up meals … and now I’m more appreciative of how it helps keep me from over-treating those frigging overnight lows.
Thanks, Jeremy, for taking the time to explain this CGM benefit while sporting your pajamas. Bold move, doctor!
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