Real Life Diabetes

Non-Medical Switching

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Diabetes Videos, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By October 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , No 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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Flu Shots are Important

Real Life Diabetes By October 17, 2018 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

I get a flu shot every year.  The practice was encouraged when I was pregnant with my daughter back in 2009/2010 and I have carried it through since.  My whole family gets the flu shot.  We do this every year, even though Birdy hates it and the little Guy is starting to become wary of visits to “the lady” (aka…

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Sorting Through the Bulleted List

Real Life Diabetes By October 15, 2018 8 Comments

A lot rolling around in my head.  It’s like a ball pit up there. My social media feeds are in EXTREME mode.  (Wishing I meant More Than Words but sadly, I do not.)  It’s either EXTREME politically polarizing stuff or EXTREME panic about environmental concerns or EXTREME stories about horrible things that people have been put through.  I haven’t seen…

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Blue Lagoonabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By October 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

We made plans to go to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before we had left for our trip, so I knew I’d be a little bit jet-lagged and a little bit moody about missing the kids, but I was excited to see this “wonder of the world,” where geothermal hot springs pool to create a steamy, cyan-colored bath. When you…

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Rewind: Diabetes Food Lies

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 24, 2018 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

(I’m traveling this week, with limited access and desire to visit the Internet, but while I’m on an adventure, I’m rewinding the blog to showcase some older posts.  So don’t freak out if you see some older post about being pregnant or whatever because giiiiiiirl I am not pregnant.) So many rules were slapped into place immediately upon diagnosis, with…

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Rewind: Ordinary but Extraordinary

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

(I’m traveling this week, with limited access and desire to visit the Internet, but while I’m on an adventure, I’m rewinding the blog to showcase some older posts.  So don’t freak out if you see some older post about being pregnant or whatever because giiiiiiirl I am not pregnant.) I will admit right here, right now that I admire people…

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mySugr Sponsored Post AND Giveaway

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes By September 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 36 Comments

This is a sponsored post. I am using my social media platforms to share this information with my readers because I believe in spreading useful information to people with diabetes. And I am doing this as a favor to Scott Johnson, who works for mySugr, because he is a friend and I like to support friends, especially when they’re aiming…

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Friendo

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Mental Health, Real Life Diabetes By September 10, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

friendo (n.) – An endocrinologist who brings expertise, experience, and engages with a high level of empathy.  ex.  “My endocrinologist is kind of my friend.  And my endo.  They’re my friendo.” Last week, I had my quarterly visit with my endocrinologist. Our clinician/patient relationship is still in its fledgling stage, and we’re definitely still getting to know the pros and…

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An Initial Review of Basal IQ

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 4, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

Disclosure:  I have a sponsorship agreement with Tandem Diabetes Care – details are on my disclosure page.  This post is written with that bias in place.  Tandem did not ask me to write this post. Neither did my pancreas, because that thing doesn’t do much. The hardest part about the Basal IQ update was waiting for my endo to sign…

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Dexcom Rash: No Longer a Thing?

Dexcom, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

Weird skin week continues!  Welcome back. Sometimes I think that diabetes makes my skin extra weird, extra sensitive, extra … extra.  Like the bit with the Dexcom rash.  I’ve been writing about my skin’s over-sensitivity to whatever is in the Dexcom adhesive for several years. Here’s a look back at some of the archives: Dexcom Pros and Cons 36 Hours…

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Parenting with Diabetes: Round Two

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“Pump!  Pump, pump, pump!  Pump, where are you?” It’s his siren call, yelled at full volume as my toddler forages around in my top trying to find my insulin pump.  “Oh hi, pump!  One … two … three!” and the buttons are pressed and the beeps are beeped and I’m constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t given me a…

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