Blood Sugars

The Art of the Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

“So it’s a Wednesday night … what’s the chance we might not be seated right away?” “Are you talking to me?” Chris asked, pulling the car into a parking spot near the entrance of the restaurant. “Yeah.  Sort of.  I’m trying to decide if I should bolus now, because I’m 200 and I don’t want to be high all night. …

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If I Knew Then: Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Dexcom.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy By January 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 71 Comments

I tried my first CGM system back in 2006 (this post outlines the very first awkward sensor application) and have spent the last seven years or so being thankful that this technology exists.  If I knew then what I know now … actually, I started on a CGM as quickly as I could, and stayed on it.  Why I wanted…

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Long Term Lows.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By January 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 24 Comments

Last night, just before bed, I did what I do every night before turning off the bedside lamp:  checked the IOB (insulin on board) on my pump and looked at the Dexcom graph.  IOB was okay (0.21u from a small snack bolus two and a half hours earlier), but the Dexcom was showing 146 mg/dL and heading in a southwesterly…

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Verio Sync: Second Impressions.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

[Second Disclosure Verse, Same as the First:  I have received the Verio Sync meter for review prior to the full US launch. I was not asked to write this review.  Opinions shared, for better or for worse, are mine.  Typos, too.] It’s been about five weeks since I started using the Verio Sync, and after getting over the initial “eh,…

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Half a Juice Box.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By January 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 31 Comments

Turn on the light. Fall back asleep. Press the button on the CGM to make it stop BEEP!ing. Fall back asleep. Unzip the meter case and take out my glucose meter. Lapse back into sleep again; was it sleep or was I passed out and what’s the difference when it’s 4 am and your blood sugar is under 40 mg/dL?…

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Light Up Meter: Secondary Uses.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

One thing I really love about recently-developed blood glucose meters is how so many of them have a small light at the top of the device, allowing PWD to FINALLY see what the hell they’re doing when they check in the dark.  Light up meters have saved precious blood droplets in bed, movie theaters, and dark restaurants (not to mention…

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Time is of the Essence.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

For the first few days I was here in Australia, I was wondering why my morning blood sugars were such crap. “Must be the travel, or the time zone change, or the lack of sleep, or the food-on-the-go,” I reasoned. Nope – it must have been the fact that I changed the time on my pump to PM instead of…

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Taste Test.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By December 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Since it’s December now, I hope it’s okay to revisit a video that includes a festive ol’ tree in the background.  This video is about how awesome coffee is … and why it matters that the order is RIGHT. (See also:  Now I put my own fake sugar in the cup, instead of playing coffee roulette.)     You might…

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Guest Post: Telltale Signs That I Have Low Blood Sugar.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By December 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

My low blood sugar “tells” have changed over the last twenty-seven years, ranging from numb lips to crying jags to shaky hands.  The scariest symptom of all, though, has been the complete absence of symptoms, which is part of the reason why using a CGM has been such a big leap forward for me.  Dan Fleshler has had type 1…

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First Impressions: One Touch Verio Sync.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

[Disclosures up front:  I currently have a contract with Animas and I have received the Verio Sync meter for review prior to the full US launch. I was not asked to write this review.  Opinions shared, for better or for worse, are mine.  Typos, too.] “Mawm!  Are there cookies in there?” my daughter asked, after the package containing the Verio…

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What A Low Blood Sugar Feels Like.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By November 7, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 116 Comments

Across the board, a low blood sugar seems to be considered as anything under 70 mg/dL.  Revisiting the American Diabetes Association’s website this morning offers up a list of symptoms of low blood sugar, like: Shakiness Nervousness or anxiety Sweating, chills and clamminess Irritability or impatience Confusion, including delirium Rapid/fast heartbeat Lightheadedness or dizziness Hunger and nausea Sleepiness Blurred/impaired vision…

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