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continuous glucose monitor

Lower Arm Real Estate.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life September 28, 2015 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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Whoops.

Dexcom, Robot Life September 10, 2015 6 Comments

In almost ten years of using a CGM, I’ve never, ever had this happen. This morning, when I went to insert a new Dexcom sensor, I followed all the usual protocol:  Put a Toughpad down against clean skin, place the sensor adhesive against the Toughpad, and then insert the sensor right through into my skin, allowing the giant needle to…

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Longest Dexcom Break in Six Years.

Dexcom, Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life September 9, 2015 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 March 25, 2015 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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Circle.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life May 27, 2014 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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