Robot Life

Circle.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 25 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, when I went to calibrate my Dexcom, the wheel-o-everything (that wheel on the right hand side of the receiver that is used to calibrate, view the graph, set alarms … everything) made a very soft clicking sound, not unlike the sound my old computer made when I pressed on the F key and then it came loose off…

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Guest Post: The One Diabetes Rule I Always Follow.

Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Thanks to the magic of the Internet and how words can travel from CA to RI by email faster than a sneeze, I’m happy to be hosting a guest post from friend and fellow PWD, Christopher Angell.  (You may remember him from such glucose tabs as GlucoLift and such guest posts as the one about decAY1c.)  Today, he’s writing about…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Life-Hacks.

Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

I feel like the beginning of Diabetes Blog Week had so many prompts that really tapped the emotionally-saturated side of my diabetes management that I’m spent.  But I didn’t want to phone it in today for the last weekday post, so I’m pulling myself up by the bloggy bootstraps and putting my hacker hat on.  (Damn, Gina – that sounds…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Poetry.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Uncategorized By May 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

Today is Poetry Day for Diabetes Blog Week, and I’m paying homage to one of our favorite books here in the run-by-a-four-year-old Sparling household – Room on the Broom. There’s Room, I Assume? The Girl has a panc And islets that were blank And a long history With no pancreas thanks. Oh but how the Girl worked And how the…

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Dexcom Real Estate: Lower Back Edition.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By April 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

For the better part of the last seven years, I’ve been wearing my continuous glucose monitor sensor on my outer thigh.  I rotate this site in terms of not placing the next sensor right on top of where the old one was, but for the most part, my legs dominated CGM real estate choices, and I liked it that way….

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LEGO Easter Robot.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

Easter morning dawned bright and early (with a confused little Bird wondering about the strange relationship that appeared to be in place between her parents and a giant bunny).  Egg hunt, breakfast, and then off to visit relatives throughout the day. Easter has always been one of those “Sunday best” holidays in my family, where people dust off their dresses…

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Binge-Watching Causes Low Blood Sugars.

Blood Sugars, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Dead Poet’s Society.  It might be a film from 1989, but it remains one of my favorites largely in part to Josh Charles as Knox Overstreet. (He doesn’t care that Chris is with Chet.  Carpe diem!  And there’s a point to this – stick with me.) Chris and I don’t watch a lot of television, but we have been swept…

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Inset/Outset.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Most of the time (read: every other time except this one), the cannula is laced through the insertion needle on the insets for my insulin pump infusion sets.  But this infusion set was attacked by diabetes gremlins, because the cannula made a run for it before I even opened the spaceship pod: Scott, on Facebook, quipped it best:  “It appears…

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Guest Post: A Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 19, 2014 18 Comments

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in some cases, that necessity comes with a side of love. My dear friend Dana Lewis (who threatens to wash my mouth out with soap every time I curse) and her amazing boyfriend, Scott Leibrand, have created a “Do It Yourself Pancreas System” that is revolutionizing not only Dana’s diabetes confidence, but potentially…

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Bloody Cannula. (A Grost.)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

This one’s a grost [read: gross post], so viewer beware: Blood sugars inexplicably in the high 200’s?  Burning sensation when I bolus?  Site uncomfortable to lay on? Shoulda known.  Sneaky little vampire cannula. You might also like: Sweet Little Lancet. How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.) Looking Back: How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.)…

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Hypo Unawareness.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 11, 2014 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

There are times when I think that maybe my hypoglycemia unawareness is made up, or all in my mind, or that it’s overblown and exaggerated.  “Pfffft, you can go without a Dexcom for a few hours, because you’ll totally feel any lows that crop up,” is the mantra that runs through my head when I pull a sensor off and…

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Airplane Mode.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Robot Life, Traveling By March 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

When it comes to traveling by airplane, I follow all of the rules (if you don’t turn off your cell phone when it’s time to take off, I’m the one shooting you panicked looks, which is how my face remains for the duration of the flight).  Until we’re up in the air, I leave my Dexcom receiver fully shut down…

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