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Switching to the t:slim Insulin Pump.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 28 Comments

This will not be a post about what insulin pump is better for YOU.  I’m not a soothsayer (though every time I say that word, the mental image of a knight slaying a dragon made entirely out of teeth is hard to shake), so keep in mind that this post doesn’t include as many facts as it does opinions.  Also,…

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If I Knew Then: Insulin Pumps.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 13, 2014 38 Comments

At the Medtronic diabetes advocacy forum this past weekend [disclosure], there was a brand-agnostic discussion about the things we wish we had known before starting on an insulin pump.  I’ve been pumping since 2004, and switching from injections to the pump was a big hurdle for me, for physical and emotional reasons: I wish I had known that wearing a…

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Hacked: Jay Radcliffe, Insulin Pumps, and Diabetes Sensationalism

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 5, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Jay Radcliffe is a fellow type 1 diabetic, and I remember reading his diabetes blog way back in the day, when I first started blogging.  We read and commented on each other’s posts, and we were both part of the blogosphere when the DOC first started to grow.  I knew he was married, had children, and did the day-to-day diabetes…

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Insulin Pumping, After a Fashion

Uncategorized By October 18, 2006 No Comments

I wear an insulin pump.  (Gasp from the Faithful Readers.  “She’s a diabetic?!”  I know.) The pump itself is not very big – Minimed says it’s a tiny 2.0 x 3.0. x 0.8 inches.  That’s smaller than your average cell phone, true. As I was going through my morning “get ready” routine today, I stood in front of my closet…

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Why I Pump

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 26, 2019 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

It took me years to use an insulin pump. Actual years. I was on multiple daily injections for 17 years before deciding to take the cyborg plunge, and honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in terms of making sense of my diabetes. I use an insulin pump because it keeps me from having blood sugar bumps in…

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Eventually, I Missed my Pump

Uncategorized By March 5, 2019 4 Comments

I needed a pump break for a few days. Actually, I needed a diabetes device break entirely, because the cold winter air was eating my skin alive. Everywhere I had put an infusion set or a CGM sensor in the last month or two became a patch of scaly, itchy skin that I was scratching into oblivion even while I…

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What is it like to take insulin?

Uncategorized By July 28, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 11 Comments

This was a search term that brought someone over to SixUntilMe, and I realized they probably didn’t find their answer easily.  I don’t have a pile of “How To” and “Five Ways You Can …” sort of articles, despite the Internet trend in that direction.  (Closest I’ve come is the one about the ten best cocktails for people with diabetes.)…

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Pump Peelz Gift Card Winners!

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products By January 11, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Giveaways are fun, but the entries received on this Pump Peelz Superhero gift card giveaway were truly awesome.  From Sir Lancet-a-lot to Carbo-Man to Madame Betta, the superheroes created by insulin-infused imaginations are incredibly fun.  And now, on to the winners! The superhero call: To enter the giveaway, you need to leave a comment on this post that includes a…

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Pump Peelz Giveaway Winners!

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By June 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Time for the Pump Peelz Giveaway winners!  The original contest rules are from earlier this week are here, and the entries came in through blog post comments and Twitter. Some were poignant, some were silly, and all were written by people touched by diabetes. Poems don’t have to rhyme. But if you count syllables, You might win fun shit. http://t.co/aKNMHvxVVA — Kerri /…

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“Instead of making insulin …”

Diabetic Mommy By December 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 11 Comments

“What’s insulin?” my daughter asked me as I was buckling her into the car seat. She knows the word because vials of insulin sit where the butter usually resides in other people’s refrigerators. “Insulin is a hormone that people’s pancreases make.  It helps make the foods we eat into something our bodies can use for energy.  My pancreas doesn’t make…

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Show Me Your Pump … Or Not.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

During a presentation in Duluth, MN last week, I was talking about my family and I used a photo in the slide deck that I’ve used many times before.  It’s one of Birdy, Chris, and I and we’re at some park on a sunny fall day, enjoying the sunshine. “This is my family.  And right there – RIGHT THERE –…

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When Good Insulin Goes BAD.

Blood Sugars, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Ninety percent of the time, my high blood sugar has an identifiable reason, and there’s a cluster of common causes.  Did I under-estimate the carbs in a snack and therefore under-bolus?  Did I over-treat a low blood sugar?  Did I eat without bolusing at all (it happens)?  Is there a lot of stress floating around that I’m responding to? Most…

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Miss Idaho: #ShowMeYourPump!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Have you heard?  Sierra Sandison just earned the crown as Miss Idaho, and she accomplished her goal with an insulin pump clipped to her hip.  Yes, that’s right – another Miss America contender has hit the stage with diabetes front-and-center.  And since winning Miss Idaho barely a week ago, Sierra has already brought type 1 diabetes to the national stage…

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