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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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A Deep Dive into Tidepool Medtronic Support

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Robot Life By August 10, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Earlier this week, I heard about the big Medtronic update at Tidepool.  They’ve been working on making it possible for Medtronic users to manage their data through Tidepool, and that support went live yesterday.  President and CEO of Tidepool, Howard Look, stopped by SixUntilMe to talk about this new option from Tidepool and how the diabetes community’s approach to data…

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Unreasonable Fear?

Diabetes Complications, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By July 31, 2018 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

Some diabetes concerns feel normal – worrying about low blood sugars or diabetes related complications.  But worrying graphically and incessantly about my insulin pump being catapulted through me in the event of airbags deploying feels like a bit much. … and then again, it seems kind of normal to worry about weird shit like this. You might also like: Not…

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A First

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 17 Comments

It’s a picnic.  I’m wearing a maxi dress with pockets and my infusion set is on my arm, the tubing snaking discreetly into the body of the dress, disappearing. “Hi, nice to meet you.” “Nice to meet you, too!” I don’t know everyone but that’s okay; kids are running everywhere, it’s a beautiful day, sunshine like whoa. “Do you mind…

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Dexcom G6: A Few Weeks In

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 5, 2018 Tags: , , , 58 Comments

It’s been over a month (by a bit) of using the Dexcom G6, and I have second impressions.  (First impressions are here.) REVISITING INSERTION. It doesn’t hurt to go in.  I know I mentioned that the first time around but it’s a really big change from all of the other iterations of the Dexcom CGM product.  The updated G6 insertion…

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A StayPut Medical Giveaway!

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 92 Comments

A few months ago, I stumbled upon StayPut Medical and tried one of these overlay tapes out over a Dexcom G5 sensor.  And even with a history of wonky adhesive issues and easily irritated skin, this tape helped my sensor hold tight, without issue.   Thankful for the free trial sample and eager to share this “simple solution” with you…

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Site Change

Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 20, 2018 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

“I’m going to change my pump really quickly while you’re finishing up in the tub,” I said to Birdy after rinsing the shampoo out of her hair. “Is that cool?” “Yeah,” she replied, grabbing a toy whale, plastic dinosaur, and Han Solo figurine out of the bath toy bin. “That’s cool.” “Glad I have your approval, Birdzone.” I took a…

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Get Bent

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

508 mg/dL. What?  No way. 488 mg/dL.  501 mg/dL. Dexcom was just saying HIGH to me. I made some really dumb decisions.  I should have pulled that site out and replaced it last night at 9 pm when it became obvious that my blood sugar was not responding to the insulin from my boluses.  Instead, the thick and sticky pudding…

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