Blood Sugars

Victoza for T1D?

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By April 5, 2018 Tags: , , , 17 Comments

I am way behind the curve on any drugs that have been making the off-label rounds in the type 1 diabetes community because I was attempting pregnancy/actually pregnant/then breastfeeding my son for almost four years in total.  I wasn’t willing or able to dabble in anything deemed experimental or unapproved.  But I will never have another pregnancy (thanks, tubal ligation!),…

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Dexcom G6 Approved by FDA

Blood Sugars, Dexcom By March 29, 2018 Tags: , , , 19 Comments

Thirty-one years ago, I was checking my blood sugar with this giant lancing device, using a heavy brick of a glucose meter, and chasing my blood sugars with Regular and NPH insulin.  If you told me that the future of diabetes would include streaming video of where my blood sugars have been and where they might be headed, I’d have…

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Get Bent

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

508 mg/dL. What?  No way. 488 mg/dL.  501 mg/dL. Dexcom was just saying HIGH to me. I made some really dumb decisions.  I should have pulled that site out and replaced it last night at 9 pm when it became obvious that my blood sugar was not responding to the insulin from my boluses.  Instead, the thick and sticky pudding…

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If a BG Falls in the Forest, Does it Make a Sound?

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By February 6, 2018 Tags: , , 13 Comments

The alarm went off. I couldn’t shake the sleep from my body. This morning, I swept the empty carcasses of two juice boxes off the bedside table, a reminder of what must have happened last night.  I looked at my CGM graph and saw a line with the shape of a teaspoon etched into it around 2.30 am, where I…

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“Instead of mints, we’d get glucose tabs.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 29, 2018 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

BEEP!  BEEP!  BEEP! “Mom, is your blood sugar low?” I checked my pump and saw the Dexcom low alarm flagging me at 64 mg/dL and dropping.  “Yeah, I am.” “But we just had breakfast?”  My daughter knows that I take insulin for the food I eat, and couldn’t reconcile why I’d be low after breakfast. “We did, but I forgot to…

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Beep, Beep, Beep!

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Poetry, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

One of my son’s favorite books is Little Blue Truck.  We have that mess memorized and can bust it out even without the book pages in hand.  And every time my pump beeps, I think of the little black pump on my hips at all times.  These two thoughts ended up in my mental blender this morning, thus, Little Black…

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Managing Expectations with the Freestyle Libre System

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By December 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 20 Comments

[DISCLOSURE – PLEASE READ:  The team at Abbott reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial the Freestyle Libre system.  I said yes.  After my doctor approved a prescription for the device, Abbott sent out the scanning device and two sensors at no cost to me.  This whole review needs that bias lens in place.  Good?  Good….

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Silent Night

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Poetry By December 19, 2017 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

I read a post on Facebook this morning about a mom who spent a few hours by her kid’s bedside, monitoring a low blood sugar and keeping the snacks at the ready.  I thought about my own mom, who carried the bulk of the diabetes burden so that I didn’t have to, and how life felt normal because she made…

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Trying out the Freestyle Libre System

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By December 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 37 Comments

[DISCLOSURE – PLEASE READ:  The team at Abbott reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial the Freestyle Libre system.  I said yes.  After my doctor approved a prescription for the device, Abbott sent out the scanning device and two sensors at no cost to me.  This whole review needs that bias lens in place.  Good?  Good….

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Walking in No-Hitter Wonderland

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Poetry By November 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Dexcom rings Are you listening? On the graph Lows are blistering. A beautiful sight Is an overnight Walking in no-hitter* wonderland Gone away Are my betas Here to stay Is the data. My Dexcom alarms Protect me from harm. Searching for no-hitter wonderland In the meadow we can build an organ And pretend that he’s a pancreas. He’ll say I’m…

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