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Is There Another Way to Open These Boxes?

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

I tend to be very organized when it comes to my diabetes supplies, but there are marked exceptions: For some reason I always tear into a new box of reservoirs or infusion sets like a caffeinated squirrel. I mean, is there another way to open these boxes? You might also like: Open the Door. I Heart Insurance. Open Windows An…

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Muddling Through Thoughts

Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By January 16, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Nothing structured about today’s post.  Totally winging it. I had an endo appointment a week or two ago, and things are holding steady there.  My weight continues to go in the right direction (baby weight is finally gone, working on just getting fitter), my blood pressure was great, my nerve appear to still be nervy, and my A1C is stalled…

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On the Loom

Diabetes and Emotions By January 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

In prepping for a chat I helped facilitate for the team at The Patient Revolution, I came across this quote in Victor’s book: These words really build a visual around the effort of diabetes management. There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind-the-scenes of diabetes – so many individual threads and colors on this particular patient loom –…

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Diabetics Doing Things: Talking with Rob Howe

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By January 14, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

We met for the first time about two years ago at a JDRF TypeOneNation in Dallas, and over the last few years, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the community that Rob Howe is building through his podcast, Diabetics Doing Things.  Today, Rob is visiting SixUntilMe to share his diabetes diagnosis, how he ended up starting a podcast, and a curious little…

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“You shed de esh word.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m from a very big family – my mother is one of seven and my dad is one of five, for starters – so I had plenty of relatives who used to babysit for me when I was small.  Overnight visits at my aunts’ houses were part of the fun, and I always looked forward to them.  (Because – let’s…

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Free Shower

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

  I love free showers. They are rare bird moments, but pulling off due-to-be changed pump infusion sets and ratty CGM sensors, then stepping into a hot shower and being able to scrub skin with reckless abandon is AMAZING. Free showers.  See also:  yaaaaaas. You might also like: Free Shower. Free Shower. Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass….

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FTF Warrior: An Interview with Matt Vande Vegte

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By January 8, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Instagram introduced me to Matt and his FTF Warrior team, and I’ve been following along on their journey via social media since. We met in person at the TCOYD ONE in San Diego a few months ago, and having a chance to talk with Matt, his wife (and business partner) Lisa, his sister (also a T1D), and several other members…

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Diabetes Feeties

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications By January 7, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

The title of this post is terrible but I kept it because it rhymed. Don’t judge. Or, if you do judge, judge by way of rhyming couplet.* So I’ve had diabetes for 32 years. Which is a long ass time. (Long ass … weird visual.) It’s not so long that I’m paranoid, but long enough that I’m becoming aware. Like it’s…

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The Friday Six: Haven’t Done One in a While Edition

Diabetes Advocacy, The Friday Six By January 4, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Six.  Which means I should do one.  Riiiiiiight … now. New content up at T1Everyday Magic – Sweet, Little Lies. This one is about the Blue Bin Incident, which is a story I often tell during presentations because it involves a slide with a big chocolate cupcake on it, and that’s…

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Hypersensitive: A Look at the Dexcom G6, Several Months Later

Dexcom By January 3, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 23 Comments

I’ve been using the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor since April, and over the last few months, I’ve settled into a pattern with this new system.  But there have been some hiccups alongside some victories.  And that’s what this post is about, ya’ll. THE INSPIRING:  There’s no denying that not having to prick my finger is AMAZING. My fingertips feel…

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Goals

Diabetes Community By January 2, 2019 Tags: , , 5 Comments

Kicked off the work year by spotting a fellow pumper in the coffee shop.  His tubing was sticking out of his pocket, all casual, nothing-to-see-here except for being a beacon for instant connection with another funky pancreas. We compared diagnoses (“Six years ago, pumping for two years,” he said. “Thirty two years ago, pumping for 14 years,” I said.), compared…

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