Blood Sugars

Looking Back: Lows in Public.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By March 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

On the road this week, so I’m looking back at a post from June 2012 about experiencing hypoglycemia in a public place.  It’s never fun to be low, but I’m always grateful for the patience and compassion of others who help see me back to being in-range. *   *   * I heard the Dexcom BEEEEEEP!ing in that frantic, “you’re low”…

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Guest Post: A Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 19, 2014 18 Comments

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in some cases, that necessity comes with a side of love. My dear friend Dana Lewis (who threatens to wash my mouth out with soap every time I curse) and her amazing boyfriend, Scott Leibrand, have created a “Do It Yourself Pancreas System” that is revolutionizing not only Dana’s diabetes confidence, but potentially…

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Bloody Cannula. (A Grost.)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

This one’s a grost [read: gross post], so viewer beware: Blood sugars inexplicably in the high 200’s?  Burning sensation when I bolus?  Site uncomfortable to lay on? Shoulda known.  Sneaky little vampire cannula. You might also like: Sweet Little Lancet. How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.) Looking Back: How Often Should I Change My Lancet? (A “Grost.)…

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Hypo Unawareness.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 11, 2014 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

There are times when I think that maybe my hypoglycemia unawareness is made up, or all in my mind, or that it’s overblown and exaggerated.  “Pfffft, you can go without a Dexcom for a few hours, because you’ll totally feel any lows that crop up,” is the mantra that runs through my head when I pull a sensor off and…

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Flight Anxiety and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

Every time I travel, I go through the same routine to prepare for the trip: The night before, my suitcase is packed.  My medical bag, a bright orange packing cube that I bought probably while hypoglycemic at Target, houses all of my medical supplies: bottle of insulin, insulin pen, infusion sets for pump site changes, pump cartridges, Toughpad for CGM…

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Airplane Mode.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Robot Life, Traveling By March 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

When it comes to traveling by airplane, I follow all of the rules (if you don’t turn off your cell phone when it’s time to take off, I’m the one shooting you panicked looks, which is how my face remains for the duration of the flight).  Until we’re up in the air, I leave my Dexcom receiver fully shut down…

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Looking Back: Telling Off the Paramedics.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By March 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

A few things:  This post is almost ten years old, which is unsettling on its own accord. It also documents the only time in my 27 years with type 1 diabetes that paramedics needed to be brought in to assist, and mostly because my roommate needed help getting me to eat, not because I was unconscious. I miss Abby and…

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Diabetes Food Lies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 41 Comments

So many rules were slapped into place immediately upon diagnosis, with diabetes feeling like a disease of “don’ts.”  Don’t eat cookies, don’t forget to measure your food, don’t leave the house without your meter or insulin or glucose tabs, don’t go to bed without checking your blood sugar, don’t eat too much sugar-free candy or else you will take up…

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Missed Manners.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By February 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 60 Comments

So this popped up as a Q&A in a recent Miss Manners column: “DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a businessman who frequently flies both domestically and internationally. I also happen to be an insulin-dependent diabetic.  I currently do my glucose testing in my seat. It does involve using a lancet device to get a drop of blood to test, but…

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Guest Post: How the MiniMed 530G Changed My Diabetes Management (Without Ever Even Seeing it in Person)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

SUM is being borrowed today by Christopher Angell, fellow PWD and creator of GlucoLift, so that he can share his thoughts on the Minimed 530G … without having ever seen or used the system.  What is he on about?  Find out … *   *   * Leading up to the launch of the Medtronic 530G (and what a long lead-up it…

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Endless Lows.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By February 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 15 Comments

I do not know what makes them stick like this, the lows that creep in and stay creepy for hours at a time. “Is this thing serious?” I asked.  Then I’d prick my finger to confirm that, indeed the Dexcom was serious, and I was in fact still low. There are times when high blood sugars are stubborn and refuse…

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