Saved by the Beep

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By January 24, 2019 1 Comment

(a parody of the Saved by the Bell intro) When I wake up in the morning And my Dexcom wails out a warning, I don’t think I’ll grab the juice box in time. By the time I take a breath Having just there cheated death I’m at corner just between “It’s fine” and “What the BLEEP?!” It’s alright ’cause I’m…

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I am the one who pukes.

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By January 22, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

(Ew, ew, ew I, too, am a little horrified by the title of this post.  I promise to keep the puke references to a minimum.) Friday night, I went to bed feeling fine. Blood sugars were excellent – 90 mg/dL and stayed that way straight until around 7 in the morning. But at 2.48 am, I woke up feeling like…

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You’re Just My Type: Photography, Advocacy, and T1D

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 21, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

There have been a lot of personal profiles and interviews on SUM this month, because I’m finally making good on my resolution to spotlight more amazing PWD. Today, I’m checking in with Laura Pavlakovich from You’re Just My Type about photography, advocacy, and type 1 diabetes. Kerri:  Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, Laura! Can you please…

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Is There Another Way to Open These Boxes?

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

I tend to be very organized when it comes to my diabetes supplies, but there are marked exceptions: For some reason I always tear into a new box of reservoirs or infusion sets like a caffeinated squirrel. I mean, is there another way to open these boxes? You might also like: Open the Door. I Heart Insurance. Open Windows An…

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Muddling Through Thoughts

Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By January 16, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Nothing structured about today’s post.  Totally winging it. I had an endo appointment a week or two ago, and things are holding steady there.  My weight continues to go in the right direction (baby weight is finally gone, working on just getting fitter), my blood pressure was great, my nerve appear to still be nervy, and my A1C is stalled…

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On the Loom

Diabetes and Emotions By January 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

In prepping for a chat I helped facilitate for the team at The Patient Revolution, I came across this quote in Victor’s book: These words really build a visual around the effort of diabetes management. There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind-the-scenes of diabetes – so many individual threads and colors on this particular patient loom –…

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Diabetics Doing Things: Talking with Rob Howe

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By January 14, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

We met for the first time about two years ago at a JDRF TypeOneNation in Dallas, and over the last few years, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the community that Rob Howe is building through his podcast, Diabetics Doing Things.  Today, Rob is visiting SixUntilMe to share his diabetes diagnosis, how he ended up starting a podcast, and a curious little…

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“You shed de esh word.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m from a very big family – my mother is one of seven and my dad is one of five, for starters – so I had plenty of relatives who used to babysit for me when I was small.  Overnight visits at my aunts’ houses were part of the fun, and I always looked forward to them.  (Because – let’s…

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Free Shower

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

  I love free showers. They are rare bird moments, but pulling off due-to-be changed pump infusion sets and ratty CGM sensors, then stepping into a hot shower and being able to scrub skin with reckless abandon is AMAZING. Free showers.  See also:  yaaaaaas. You might also like: Free Shower. Free Shower. Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass….

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FTF Warrior: An Interview with Matt Vande Vegte

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By January 8, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Instagram introduced me to Matt and his FTF Warrior team, and I’ve been following along on their journey via social media since. We met in person at the TCOYD ONE in San Diego a few months ago, and having a chance to talk with Matt, his wife (and business partner) Lisa, his sister (also a T1D), and several other members…

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