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It’s a Good Tune.

Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

“BEEEEP … BEEEEP… BEEEEP!” “Mom, your Dexcom is making noise,” my daughter says casually, as we’re kicking the soccer ball around in the basement (because we’ll never, ever go outside again because snow). “It is. Hang on a second,” I told her. A click shows that my blood sugar is over my high threshold, with a few yellow dots taking…

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Wild Krattsabetes.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 23, 2015 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Wild Kratts have invaded my house in a big way.  It’s okay, because Birdy loves watching them and she learns all this random stuff about animals.  (“MOM! The lion’s mane is the same color as the savannah grass,” yelled from her car seat as we’re driving.  So I’m learning too, apparently.)  She dons her version of a creature power suit…

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Why I Pack Heavy.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 18, 2015 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

“And then Marcus gave me a Valentine and it had SPIDERMAN STICKERS on it and I love Spiderman stickers so that was the best Valentine I got except the one from Maddie that had a pencil and that was ALSO THE BEST ONE,” yelled Birdzone from the backseat as I was buckling myself into the driver’s seat. “Yeah?  So Valentine’s…

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Animas Vibe: A Few Weeks Later.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Again, disclosure:  I work with Animas and have a sponsorship contract.  Here are more details on my disclosures. And this is the Mr. Plow theme song.  Mr. Plow would be great, about now, since the snow keeps dumping down outside. It’s been several weeks since I’ve switched to the Animas Vibe insulin pump (with integrated CGM technology – doesn’t that…

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Twitter Rant.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Healthcare, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 22, 2015 21 Comments

The lows that have been creeping in lately need to stop.  They are inconvenient at best, completely debilitating at their worst and the in-between is a muddled mess of glucose tab dust and frustration.  Yesterday I had a diabetes technology fail coupled with a highly symptomatic hypoglycemic event that occurred simultaneously with a phone call to the Joslin Clinic ……

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Diabetes Interruptus.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 21, 2015 No Comments

Yesterday I had a hovering sort of low before a conference call, a low that took its sweet time letting my brain check back into the conversation despite my blood sugar number coming up reasonably quickly. This morning, my pre-conference call routine involved a quick site change at my desk because I ran my insulin reservoir down to the fumes….

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#WeAreNotWaiting: The (Not So?) Brief Story of Tidepool.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 19, 2015 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Technology has scrambled forward by true leaps and bounds in the last few years, making my Clinitest urinalysis kit of 1986 seem pretty archaic.  Now, people touched by diabetes can see their glucose levels with a flick of their wrist, and there’s more on the horizon as far as data and diabetes management.  Today I’m so happy to have Howard…

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Chipped Battery Cap.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

When you wear something every, single day, you notice every, single bit of it.  I’ve been wearing this pump for four years and I know the lines of it by heart.  (I remember the day that I switched from Medtronic to Animas and even those similarly-structured insulin pumps felt entirely different to me in weight, curve, and especially clip.  As…

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Animas Vibe: First (and Quick) Impressions.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 5, 2015 Tags: , , , 34 Comments

Again, disclosure:  I work with Animas and have a sponsorship contract.  Here are more details on my disclosures.  I link to my disclosures more than I link to cat .gifs, which is saying QUITE A BIT. As I mentioned, I’m testing out the Animas Vibe.  Here are my first, quick impressions after a few days using the Vibe.  (What, you…

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Bulk Solutions.

Dexcom, Robot Life By January 2, 2015 Tags: , , 5 Comments

Due to adhesive change/skin sensitivity/dermis witchcraft, the Dexcom rash seems to be a now-reliable side effect of wearing a CGM (or anything else with adhesive ability, honestly.  Sometimes a bandaid gives me the scritchy-scratch).  I feel best with the Dexcom data streaming, though, so I do whatever keeps the sensor on and the itch at a minimum. Which means ordering…

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(Good) Animas Vibe(rations).

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 1, 2015 6 Comments

(Disclosures aplenty:  I have a sponsorship contract with Animas through 2015 and have received an Animas Vibe as part of a two week trial.  I’ll receive an actual Vibe as part of my contract.  Keep this in mind as you read through any reviews, because my perspectives are colored by my business relationship with the company.  My reviews have a…

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