Pumping Insulin

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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The One About Animas.

Pumping Insulin By October 17, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 18 Comments

[I have a disclosure about Tandem.  I had a previous disclosure about Animas.  Please read my disclosure page so you are aware of my bias.] Yeah.  I know the news cycle is 15 seconds long now and many people have already moved past the fact that Animas is closing shop, but I heard about it while I was on vacation…

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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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Pockets.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 24, 2017 Tags: , , 11 Comments

I’ve been wearing an insulin pump since 2004 and even though I take pump vacations or go untethered every now and again, I prefer pumping over injections because it’s just EASIER to avoid high blood sugars if I’m wearing a pump. Yep.  That’s my jam.  It’s not the basal rate programming that I can do (although that’s a nice plus)…

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Free Shower.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 1, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

(to the tune of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Free Fallin’) He’s a good pump, does his job well Loves priming and bolusing too. He’s a good pump, crazy ‘bout islets Gives insulin when those islets don’t come through. It’s a long week being my Dex sensor There’s adhesive workin’ while I play And I’m a happy girl cause I…

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Magic Kingdom, Magic Bathrooms.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

“Is that an insulin pump?” I was standing outside of the stall in a bathroom in Tomorrowland, waiting for my daughter to wash her hands. “Yes, on my arm here?  Yes, it is.”  I pointed to the infusion set on my right arm, the tubing snaking back up my sleeve into my dress. “Oh!”  The lady smiled really big, relieved. …

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Blood Sugar Turbulence.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

“The captain has the seatbelt sign on.  Please stay in your seats until the seatbelt sign is turned off.  This is for your safety.” The flight attendants were also in their seats, having suspended drink service. Turbulence sucks, but it passes quickly … usually.  Unfortunately, on this flight it seemed like it was going to be a 20 – 30…

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Hips Don’t Lie.

Blood Sugars, Healthcare, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 1, 2017 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

“You’re early for your appointment!”  The receptionist looked at me hopefully.  “Less nervous this time?” (My track record as a nervous dental patient follows me everywhere.) “Yep.  I’m early.  And I have a babysitter this morning for my kid.  I have to follow through now!” Over the last seven years or so, I’ve finally hit stride with my dentist visits.  Very sensitive…

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Some t:slim X2 Q&A.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By October 11, 2016 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

[Disclosure:  I have a relationship with Tandem Diabetes Care that is outlined here.  Bias noted?  Good.  Read on, then.] I am notorious for holding out on purchasing a new cell phone because I’m convinced that, the moment I hand over my money for Newest Phone it will immediately become obsolete at the announcement of NEWER PHONE. Which is why I’m…

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That Clip, Though.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

I’ve been using the t:slim pump for the better part of a year now, and over the last few months (here’s a handy disclosure that you should read for context on my relationship with Tandem), I’ve appreciated the new set of options that the t:slim has brought into my diabetes life. … man, that sounds a little formal.  I’m too…

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“Do You Like It?”

Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By July 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

“Excuse me … your, um, arm?  What’s that on your arm?” Ninety-five percent of the time, I don’t care if people ask about my insulin pump or CGM.  More power to them for being bold enough to embrace the awkwardness and actually ask, instead of assuming.  (And even in the 5% moments of “argh – stop looking, don’t ask,” it usually…

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