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Diabetes Shorthand

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Robot Life By May 1, 2019 Tags: , , 8 Comments

Last night, my oldest kid and I went out for a mommy-and-daughter dinner date. Our waitress was a student at the local university, and very nice. She took our order (“Wow, your kid chooses broccoli over french fries! I’m impressed!”) and then turned to go back to the waitstaff station. “MOM,” Birdy stage whispered at me. “She has a Dexcom…

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Why I Pump

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 26, 2019 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

It took me years to use an insulin pump. Actual years. I was on multiple daily injections for 17 years before deciding to take the cyborg plunge, and honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in terms of making sense of my diabetes. I use an insulin pump because it keeps me from having blood sugar bumps in…

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“No, it’s me.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 25, 2019 1 Comment

“Could I please have a medium iced hazelnut coffee with extra ice and some half and half?” BEEEEEEP BEEEEEEP The barista stopped keying in my coffee order and looked behind her. “I’ve never heard them make that noise before,” she said, tipping her head towards the wall of brewing coffee machines. Shrugging, she continues with my order. BEEEEEEP BEEEEEEP “Okay,…

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Friendly Robot Vampire

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Earlier in the week, I wrote up my thoughts on the Freestyle Libre 14 Day system and also promised perspectives from a colleague who is using the system who has type 2 diabetes. Today is that day! Thanks to Barry Campbell for visiting SixUntilMe today, and I’m grateful for his generosity with his words and in sharing his graphs! *…

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Taking the Freestyle Libre 14 Day Sensor for a Spin

Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 12, 2019 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

[DISCLOSURE – PLEASE READ:  The team at Abbott reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial the Freestyle Libre system.  I said yes.  After my doctor approved a prescription for the device, Abbott sent out the 14 day system to me, which included a scanner and three sensors.  This whole review needs that bias lens in place.  Good?…

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Clinical Trials of the Diabetes Kind: A Guest Post

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 7, 2019 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

I’m very excited for the future of diabetes technology, and today’s guest post is a glimpse into what the Tandem Diabetes Care’s Control IQ experience might be like once it’s released into the wild. Big thanks to Celia for reaching out to excitedly share her experiences as part of a clinical trial for Control IQ.   This post is to…

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Myabetic Giveaway – Unicorn Sparkle Time

Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 5, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 56 Comments

I love, love, love all of the Myabetic options. From the Kerri bag (bias alert!) to the dinosaur meter case, the Myabetic team finds a way to make diabetes functional, fashionable, and fun. And their newest bag is no exception. Check out this unicorn cutie: “Diabetes care needs a little sparkle,” said Kyrra Richards, founder of Myabetic. “As a mom…

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Saved by the Beep

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By January 24, 2019 1 Comment

(a parody of the Saved by the Bell intro) When I wake up in the morning And my Dexcom wails out a warning, I don’t think I’ll grab the juice box in time. By the time I take a breath Having just there cheated death I’m at corner just between “It’s fine” and “What the BLEEP?!” It’s alright ’cause I’m…

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Free Shower

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

  I love free showers. They are rare bird moments, but pulling off due-to-be changed pump infusion sets and ratty CGM sensors, then stepping into a hot shower and being able to scrub skin with reckless abandon is AMAZING. Free showers.  See also:  yaaaaaas. You might also like: Free Shower. Free Shower. Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass….

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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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Rockin’ Them Disco Boobs

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By October 25, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

This morning, it took me a few extra seconds to forage for my insulin pump, which was stuck in my bra.  I was reminded that the holidays are coming, and that I’m always festive, after a fashion.  Which made me want to share this way old post about the disco boobs.   *   *   * Over the holidays,…

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Trapped by Shipments and Timeouts

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

Day-to-diabetes requires a lot of focus on timing:  what time did I take my insulin, what time did I eat, what time will I exercise, what time will I be in a meeting, what time am I planning to go to bed, what time will my insulin and my food seemingly serendipitously meet somewhere in my body, mapping out into…

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Garage Door Opener

Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By October 9, 2018 Tags: , , , 16 Comments

Garage door opener.  Beeper.  Control panel?  TV remote control. What’s the strangest thing your insulin pump has been mistaken for? (image from @sixuntilme on Instagram) You might also like: Open the Door. That Clip, Though. Guest Post: How the MiniMed 530G Changed My Diabetes Management (Without Ever Even Seeing it in Person) t:slim with a Twist.

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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: , , , , , 23 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: , , , , , 8 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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