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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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Changing the Set.

Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

Changing out an insulin pump infusion set is a methodical moment for me. I do things in the same order almost every time, with the same mildly frenetic mindset. Remove old set from my body so I can enjoy the “connected to nothing” feeling for as long as possible. Take out a new infusion set and new reservoir. Ferret out…

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Unexpected Advocacy.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life, Traveling By July 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 126 Comments

The last thing I wanted to do was take my cover-up off. Chris and Birdy (and our friends and their daughter) were at a water park in New Hampshire where kids can run and play in safe-for-littles sprinklers, pools, and water slides, and as the adults, we were tasked with guarding the perimeter.  Pacing back and forth, the four of…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Life-Hacks.

Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

I feel like the beginning of Diabetes Blog Week had so many prompts that really tapped the emotionally-saturated side of my diabetes management that I’m spent.  But I didn’t want to phone it in today for the last weekday post, so I’m pulling myself up by the bloggy bootstraps and putting my hacker hat on.  (Damn, Gina – that sounds…

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Don’t Mind Me.

Healthcare, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By April 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 12 Comments

Don’t mind me … … I’ll just be sitting here with 1 unit of Humalog left in my pump because I went to bed with 9 units left and tried to use my insulin to the very last drop.  I’ll let my dawn phenomenon-induced morning basal rate suck up the rest of this cartridge before swapping it out for a…

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Inset/Outset.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Most of the time (read: every other time except this one), the cannula is laced through the insertion needle on the insets for my insulin pump infusion sets.  But this infusion set was attacked by diabetes gremlins, because the cannula made a run for it before I even opened the spaceship pod: Scott, on Facebook, quipped it best:  “It appears…

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This is how we do it.

Pumping Insulin, Traveling By February 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

Wednesday morning, leaving Logan Airport in Boston, en route to Montreal: TSA agent:  “Excuse me.  What is that?” Me:  “An insulin pump.” Their mouth:  “Okay.” Wipe it down, test my hands, pass the screening, no issues, carry on with my carry-on. My mouth:  “Thanks!” Their mouth:  “Safe travels!” Thursday morning, leaving Montreal and headed back to Boston: Security agent:  “Bonjour. …

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Verio Sync: Second Impressions.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

[Second Disclosure Verse, Same as the First:  I have received the Verio Sync meter for review prior to the full US launch. I was not asked to write this review.  Opinions shared, for better or for worse, are mine.  Typos, too.] It’s been about five weeks since I started using the Verio Sync, and after getting over the initial “eh,…

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So Fresh and So Clean. (Clean.)

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 22 Comments

I rarely clean my pump.  I hope that doesn’t make me a complete dirtbag (though the more I think about it, the more I should regularly clean this device that is with me 24 hours a day, every single day, and is brought everywhere but in the shower, so it’s likely to be the most filthy thing I own). But…

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EVERYWHERE.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , 18 Comments

“How long have you been on the pump?” He stood next to his car, holding the gas pump to his tank, filling up his car while I was putting my debit card into the console near my car. “I’m sorry?” “Insulin pump.  How long for you?  I just got mine a few weeks ago.” “Oh, I’m sorry!  I thought you…

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Raspberries.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin By June 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

The infusion set was on the tail-end-of-day-three-just-about-day-four, so maybe it was starting to sour. Or maybe it was going to the beach/playing in the garden/flying kites that tousled the site too much, causing the tubing to untwist just a little bit from the lock at the top of the insulin cartridge.  (Is that even possible?) Or maybe it was just…

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