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Two Months of Victoza

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By June 12, 2018 5 Comments

I stopped taking Victoza.  But I’d revisit it if necessary.  Here’s the personal experience, not medical advice, talk to your doctor, etc. lowdown: WHY I STARTED ON VICTOZA. After having my son (he’ll be two in August), I experienced postpartum anxiety.  It was next level for me and impeded a lot of my daily interactions.  Therapy helped.  When I stopped…

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t:slim with a Twist.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Infertility and Pregnancy, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Several months ago, I switched insulin pumps.  (Here is the post about the switch, and please read this post about the disclaimer that initiated the switch.  My full disclosure page is here.)  My first impressions of the t:slim pump were drummed up over a year ago, after trialing one for a few weeks, but my real t:slim immersion came once…

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Prebolusing the Sh*t Out of Things.

Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food, Infertility and Pregnancy, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By April 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 15 Comments

Now, at the halfway mark of my pregnancy, insulin resistance is becoming a bit of a thing, and is going to progress into an Actual Thing as the weeks go on, which happened last time and I’m prepared for but it still a bit whoa and this sentence is a run-on. Which means that basal rates are creeping up ever-so-slightly…

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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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#Insulin4All: A Chat with Elizabeth Rowley.

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By December 7, 2015 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Last week at the International Diabetes Federation’s World Congress in Vancouver, I had a chance to briefly reconnect with Elizabeth Rowley from T1D International.  We talked about the #Insulin4All campaign and the work she and her team are doing to help provide access to people with diabetes around the globe, and how our online community can work together to improve…

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Spare a Minute for Spare a Rose?

Diabetes Community, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 12, 2015 Tags: , , 1 Comment

The Spare a Rose campaign is on tap again for February 2016, and time is marching on at a very quick clip. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your involvement in the 2016 campaign, and how your workplace can get involved.  Have you seen the Spare a Rose “In My Office“ site?  You’ll find some tips on…

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Bionic Pancreas Update and Call to Action.

Diabetes Products, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

A few weeks ago, I met with Ed Damiano and we spent an afternoon talking about recent developments in the bionic pancreas program and what’s up next. “Here’s our new device,” he said, placing the iLet on his desk, inadvertently putting it right next to his cell phone, which didn’t look much bigger/thicker by comparison.  (I asked for a quarter…

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Spare a Rose: 2015 Results.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Insulin By February 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

This year, the total raised for IDF’s Life for a Child program through the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign was $24,229. We aimed to raise money and awareness for kids in developing countries who are without resources and insulin, and we raised money.  And awareness.  For the third year running, the diabetes community as a whole pledged their…

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Looking Back: Humalog Christmas Lights.

Insulin By December 17, 2014 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

What says “holiday festivities” like insulin bottles fashioned into Christmas lights?  (You’re right – gingerbread cookies would be a little more ho, ho, ho, but stick with me.)  In anticipation of the coming holidays, I’m looking back at a post from two Februaries ago, which went live on Diabetes Art Day but is holiday-relevant, so let’s roll.  — For my…

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When Good Insulin Goes BAD.

Blood Sugars, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Ninety percent of the time, my high blood sugar has an identifiable reason, and there’s a cluster of common causes.  Did I under-estimate the carbs in a snack and therefore under-bolus?  Did I over-treat a low blood sugar?  Did I eat without bolusing at all (it happens)?  Is there a lot of stress floating around that I’m responding to? Most…

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