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“Do You Like It?”

Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By July 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

“Excuse me … your, um, arm?  What’s that on your arm?” Ninety-five percent of the time, I don’t care if people ask about my insulin pump or CGM.  More power to them for being bold enough to embrace the awkwardness and actually ask, instead of assuming.  (And even in the 5% moments of “argh – stop looking, don’t ask,” it usually…

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Enjoy the Silence. Or Not So Much.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By July 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

[Disclosure about my relationship with Dexcom] During the first trimester of this pregnancy, lows were intense and weirdly symptomatic; a nice contrast from the hypoglycemia unawareness that’s crept in over the last five or six years.  (I ended up stashing a jar of jellybeans in the dining room hutch, only to have to move it into direct line of sight…

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Free Shower.

Robot Life By June 10, 2016 Tags: 6 Comments

Internet LOLZ suggest I title this post “Free Shower Be Like …” but I refuse to do that.  My dad, and every English teacher I’ve ever had, would throw things at my head. Instead, I’ll just assert that diabetes-device free showers are totally akin to this: AKA the happy dance of airy weightlessness, scrubbing skin unadorned with medical devices.  It’s brief,…

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Blame the Hormones.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 7, 2016 10 Comments

I’m still angry that the UHC/Medtronic issue hasn’t been resolved.  There is/was a ton of discussion about how this is not a decision that takes patient needs and preferences into account but instead seems to cater to what’s best for business needs. “Resolved” would be a reversal of this decision and reinstating the patient/doctor team’s right to decide which therapy…

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t:slim with a Twist.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Infertility and Pregnancy, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Several months ago, I switched insulin pumps.  (Here is the post about the switch, and please read this post about the disclaimer that initiated the switch.  My full disclosure page is here.)  My first impressions of the t:slim pump were drummed up over a year ago, after trialing one for a few weeks, but my real t:slim immersion came once…

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Rasharoni.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

As this pregnancy continues on, so does the rapid rounding-out of my abdomen (today’s issue = not being able to zip my jacket without over-taxing the zipper). Feeling quite like Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Pluses to this expansion are that a. the pregnancy is progressing on schedule and b. the real estate options for my pump…

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Open the Door.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

For several weeks, I was flipping open the charging port on my t:slim insulin pump and plugging it in while I was in the shower.  But then I noticed the charging port cover was looking a little worse for the wear, and I connected with a friend about best practices.  (“Best practices” standing in for “How the hell do you…

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Switching to the t:slim Insulin Pump.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 28 Comments

This will not be a post about what insulin pump is better for YOU.  I’m not a soothsayer (though every time I say that word, the mental image of a knight slaying a dragon made entirely out of teeth is hard to shake), so keep in mind that this post doesn’t include as many facts as it does opinions.  Also,…

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Bionic Pancreas Update and Call to Action.

Diabetes Products, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

A few weeks ago, I met with Ed Damiano and we spent an afternoon talking about recent developments in the bionic pancreas program and what’s up next. “Here’s our new device,” he said, placing the iLet on his desk, inadvertently putting it right next to his cell phone, which didn’t look much bigger/thicker by comparison.  (I asked for a quarter…

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Livongo Health: First Impressions of Their Meter.

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 23, 2015 Tags: , , , 12 Comments

Disclosure:  Manny Hernandez, SVP of Member Experience at Livongo Health, reached out to me a few weeks ago about test driving the Livongo meter.  Manny is my good friend, and diabetes is not my friend, so anything that helps a friend and also helps me take a bite out of diabetes is a welcomed opportunity.  For the purposes of this…

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As a Kite.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Woke up to this little gremlin number on my meter: Gross, gross start to the day. #DOCtober #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Oct 20, 2015 at 6:11am PDT I pulled my site and immediately blood streamed out, leaving a trail down the side of my hip and actually running onto the bathroom floor (which is DISGUSTING…

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