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Pump Peelz Giveaway Winners!

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By June 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Time for the Pump Peelz Giveaway winners!  The original contest rules are from earlier this week are here, and the entries came in through blog post comments and Twitter. Some were poignant, some were silly, and all were written by people touched by diabetes. Poems don’t have to rhyme. But if you count syllables, You might win fun shit. http://t.co/aKNMHvxVVA — Kerri /…

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I Wanna New Tape, One That Won’t Itch.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Robot Life, Uncategorized By June 1, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

I wanna new tape, one that won’t itch! One that won’t give me big, fat welts or make my skin twitch, twitch! I wanna new tape, one that won’t give a rash! Make it easy to wear my Dex, without the urge to “Hulk, Smash.” (Channeling Huey Lewis and the News.  Click it.  You know you want to.) I’ve been…

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Diabetes Blog Week: The Quiet Parts.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships, Robot Life By May 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

Feels weird, and slightly ironic, starting a blog post about the diabetes-related things I don’t share here on the diabetes blog I’ve written here on the open Internet about my personal experiences with the disease.  It’s been ten years of this – the idea that there’s crap I don’t talk about might seem like a big fat lie. But there…

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Plug It In.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

I’m not a good traveler, but I am a good packer. Part of my preparation ritual is to make sure I only bring what I need and that outfits are tried on and coordinated before I go. (Because there was that one time I brought a shirt and forgot pants and that made for a different sort of panic before…

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Sharps, or “Shaaaahps,” Containers.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

In the last few weeks, I’ve taken some device breaks and reverted back to some of my multiple injection (MDI) ways (until skin rashes healed up, bruises started dotting up my skin landscape, and frustration with trying to draw up 1/4 of a unit of Humalog using a syringe tossed me back into DeviceLand).  It was a good break and…

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Dexcom SHARE: First Impressions.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 23 Comments

“Your thing is going off.” Though nondescript, that phrase is a loaded one.  It is Chris-speak for, “Your Dexcom is making an alarm of some kind; you need to take a look at it.”  And now that the Dexcom SHARE application is feeding my glucose results to my husband and a few other authorized viewers, when the thing goes off,…

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Potent Potion.

Dexcom, Diabetes Complications, Robot Life By April 8, 2015 11 Comments

Turns out I’m not unique in experiencing the dreaded “Dexcom rash.”  (Which sucks for anyone else who gets the major sensor scratchies, but at the same time, the diabetes community is innovative as eff.  We work around the workarounds.) When it comes to dealing with my own Dexcom rash, wearing the Toughpad underneath my sensor helps a ton, but it…

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McDave from the Plane.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By March 18, 2015 14 Comments

“Were you saving these seats for us?” I travel regularly for work, and because I’m usually on the road without my family, I end up in various discussions with strangers to fill the time.  Since my days as a breakfast waitress in college, I’ve always enjoyed those snippets of single-serving conversations.  Airplane travel can offer insight at 30,000 feet (sometimes…

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Practice Turkey.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 82 Comments

Chris and I are both from big families with piles of aunts and uncles and cousins at every birthday party.  Part of being part of a flurry of people means big holiday gatherings, and Chris and I are prepping ourselves to start hosting some of the holidays. Problem is, I’m a terrible cook.  Or, better stated:  an inexperienced cook.  Cooking…

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