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Dexcom G6 Approved by FDA

Blood Sugars, Dexcom By March 29, 2018 Tags: , , , 17 Comments

Thirty-one years ago, I was checking my blood sugar with this giant lancing device, using a heavy brick of a glucose meter, and chasing my blood sugars with Regular and NPH insulin.  If you told me that the future of diabetes would include streaming video of where my blood sugars have been and where they might be headed, I’d have…

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Managing Expectations with the Freestyle Libre System

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By December 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 18 Comments

[DISCLOSURE – PLEASE READ:  The team at Abbott reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial the Freestyle Libre system.  I said yes.  After my doctor approved a prescription for the device, Abbott sent out the scanning device and two sensors at no cost to me.  This whole review needs that bias lens in place.  Good?  Good….

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Lower Arm Real Estate.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

“Rotating sites?  Hell yeah, I rotate.” … sort of. I’m good about rotating my pump and CGM (continuous glucose monitor) sites, but I’m decent, at best, about exploring new real estate.  Most of the time, I use my outer thigh or lower back/hips for my CGM, going back and forth between those four areas.  This sounds like proper rotating, in…

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Longest Dexcom Break in Six Years.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

“Is it because of the skin thing?” he asked, watching me put the transmitter and receiver on the bedroom dresser. “Yeah,” I replied, only it wasn’t exactly the truth.  Sure, my skin had some pretty irritated patches from the constant application/reapplication of my CGM sensors, but it was manageable, especially if I was more diligent about rotating my sites.  But…

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Stress!!!! and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Do your blood sugars respond to food?  Of course.  How about to insulin?  And exercise?  A big “hell yes” to those, too.  Food, insulin, and exercise have tangible influence on my blood sugar levels.  But one influencer that I don’t often take into account is stress … which is a ridiculous variable for me to ignore because stress can make…

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Dexcom Rash.

Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By June 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 24 Comments

The itch started back in July 2012, when I pulled off a Dexcom sensor and saw a prickly, hive-ish rash underneath where the sensor and transmitter had been placed.  Blaming it on the summer heat and the recycled, dry air of airplane cabins, I figured it was a one-time thing and I’d be sorted out on the following sensor placement….

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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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