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Hypo Effery.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

BEEEEEPBEEEEEPBEEEEEP!! My purse start vibrating in a panic. 79 mg/dL and two arrows down – how the hell did that happen?  I just dropped my daughter off at preschool.  My blood sugar was 139 mg/dL before leaving the house with a steady, easterly arrow. I pulled the car over and put on my hazard lights so I could bust out…

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Mystery of the “Right” Button: SOLVED.

Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Robot Life By June 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

When the “circle” popped off my Dexcom receiver last week, a thread in the discussion on that post highlighted the mystery of the “right button.”  As in, what the hell does it do? And it’s taken me until today to realize that I use the right button all the time, or at least have the option to use the right…

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Circle.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 25 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, when I went to calibrate my Dexcom, the wheel-o-everything (that wheel on the right hand side of the receiver that is used to calibrate, view the graph, set alarms … everything) made a very soft clicking sound, not unlike the sound my old computer made when I pressed on the F key and then it came loose off…

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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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Friday Six: DBlog Week, Small, and BAMWD!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, The Friday Six By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I love Diabetes Blog Week.  It’s inspiring and encouraging, and reignites the blogging ecosystem for readers and writers alike.  Are you participating?  Head over to Karen’s blog for details. “This head-to-head-to-head comparative effectiveness study reveals the G4 Platinum as the most accurate and precise of the current generation of CGMs, followed closely by the Navigator, with both devices markedly more…

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Dexcom Real Estate: Lower Back Edition.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By April 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

For the better part of the last seven years, I’ve been wearing my continuous glucose monitor sensor on my outer thigh.  I rotate this site in terms of not placing the next sensor right on top of where the old one was, but for the most part, my legs dominated CGM real estate choices, and I liked it that way….

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LEGO Easter Robot.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

Easter morning dawned bright and early (with a confused little Bird wondering about the strange relationship that appeared to be in place between her parents and a giant bunny).  Egg hunt, breakfast, and then off to visit relatives throughout the day. Easter has always been one of those “Sunday best” holidays in my family, where people dust off their dresses…

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Guest Post: Crusading for CGM Coverage.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Robot Life By February 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 30 Comments

I’ve used a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (from the 3-day STS system to the G4 Platinum) since 2006, and the positive influence it has had on my diabetes management and overall quality of life is undeniable.  But as it stands now, when I reach the Medicare age, my coverage for CGM use will be denied.  Susan Berger, an advocate and…

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If I Knew Then: Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Dexcom.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy By January 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 71 Comments

I tried my first CGM system back in 2006 (this post outlines the very first awkward sensor application) and have spent the last seven years or so being thankful that this technology exists.  If I knew then what I know now … actually, I started on a CGM as quickly as I could, and stayed on it.  Why I wanted…

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Half a Juice Box.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By January 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 31 Comments

Turn on the light. Fall back asleep. Press the button on the CGM to make it stop BEEP!ing. Fall back asleep. Unzip the meter case and take out my glucose meter. Lapse back into sleep again; was it sleep or was I passed out and what’s the difference when it’s 4 am and your blood sugar is under 40 mg/dL?…

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Hypoglycemic Blues.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 14 Comments

This past weekend, I was in Omaha (pronounced in my head as “OMAHA!!!!” almost every time), Nebraska for a TCOYD conference, joining in as speaker for the event. One of the topics in OMAHA!!!! that we talked about was the integration of medical devices, sharing anecdotal stories about life with out diabetes-related robot parts.  Panel moderator Dr. Jeremy Pettus shared…

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Short Dexcom Break.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

It’s not just a matter of slapping on a new sensor, queuing it up, and making use of the data once it’s available on the graph.  Wearing a Dexcom sensor has now become this intricate pseudo-science of site rotation, skin maintenance, and scheduling, thanks to the dreaded Dexcom rash. My first skin irritation from the Dexcom sensor popped up in…

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