Robot Life

Light Up Meter: Secondary Uses.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

One thing I really love about recently-developed blood glucose meters is how so many of them have a small light at the top of the device, allowing PWD to FINALLY see what the hell they’re doing when they check in the dark.  Light up meters have saved precious blood droplets in bed, movie theaters, and dark restaurants (not to mention…

Share:

Hacking Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

(Seems like that post title should end with “to bits!!” including a defiant shout and then the popping open of a can of Diet Pepsi.  Or something less specific.) Last week I traveled to Melbourne, Victoria to present at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress.  Long, Inception-esque flight.  Excellent flight attendant.* My presentation was anchored in the “Living Well With…

Share:

Not Prescribed.

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

There are things that I use, regularly, to manage my type 1 diabetes that never end up on a prescription pad, but are instrumental in making the diabetes integration in my life reasonably seamless.  (In related news, I’ve never, ever owned a small purse.)   [None of this is medical advice.  You shouldn’t ever be taking anything from the Internet…

Share:

Time is of the Essence.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

For the first few days I was here in Australia, I was wondering why my morning blood sugars were such crap. “Must be the travel, or the time zone change, or the lack of sleep, or the food-on-the-go,” I reasoned. Nope – it must have been the fact that I changed the time on my pump to PM instead of…

Share:

First Impressions: One Touch Verio Sync.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

[Disclosures up front:  I currently have a contract with Animas and I have received the Verio Sync meter for review prior to the full US launch. I was not asked to write this review.  Opinions shared, for better or for worse, are mine.  Typos, too.] “Mawm!  Are there cookies in there?” my daughter asked, after the package containing the Verio…

Share:

Another #DayOfDiabetes, Twitter-Style.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

For World Diabetes Day yesterday, I attempted to participate in another round of #dayofdiabetes, using Twitter to log the different nuances of a day with type 1 diabetes.  It was a tougher day than normal, Internet-wise, because I spent the morning in the plane and the rest of the afternoon with very limited access to Wifi, but it was World…

Share:

Diabetes Advocacy Postcards.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By November 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

I told Birdy I needed to make some postcards for a diabetes project.  She wanted (insisted) to help, so we spent much of last night drawing insulin pumps on index cards. My insulin pump has been part of her life since she was born, so it’s no wonder she knows the buttons and lines by heart, even though she had…

Share:

Photo-A-Day: Check.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Today’s Diabetes Month Photo-A-Day prompt is “check.”  And seeing how different my Dexcom result is from my meter proves why it’s still important for me to check my blood sugar instead of relying on the information from my CGM.  (Also, you can’t see the “blood drop” request for calibration because the overhead light flushed it out, but this Dexcom sensor…

Share:

Ketchup and Mustard.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 27 Comments

Blood sugar excursions are one thing (little trips to the grocery store, short flights to Canada … those sorts of excursions are fine) but the long-haul ones are not okay (BOS -> MEL).  I can deal with a sticky high of 180 or 200 mg/dL without getting fired up, and lows are less frequent these days, so I’m not as…

Share:

So Fresh and So Clean. (Clean.)

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 22 Comments

I rarely clean my pump.  I hope that doesn’t make me a complete dirtbag (though the more I think about it, the more I should regularly clean this device that is with me 24 hours a day, every single day, and is brought everywhere but in the shower, so it’s likely to be the most filthy thing I own). But…

Share:

Looking Back: Law and Disorder.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Today, I’m looking back today at a post from December 2006, talking about an infusion set that went wonky on me during dinner.  This was all pre-engagement, pre-marriage, pre-Bird (“Play Pre-Bird!”), but not pre-diabetes,  because my blog doesn’t go back far enough.  *   *   * *Dun dun (the Law & Order noise)* Prosecution Attorney:  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,…

Share:

Spectacular!

Robot Life By October 22, 2013 Tags: , , 7 Comments

Last night, we checked out the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular display here in Rhode Island (we went to a similar one in Norwalk a few years ago – thankfully, the maddening theme music remains the same, and is permanently lodged in my head), and it was awesome.  Birdy was impressed, and a little nervous (though she claimed not to be), but…

Share: