Dexcom

Not A Single Decent Number.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

“Huh.  223 mg/dL.  Still.” This was the mumbled mantra of our vacation to Maine. Aside from the long drive to Bar Harbor (six hours, plus coffee stops and bathroom stops and “Hey, look at that lobster!” stops), the time we spend in Maine is usually very active.  As a family, we did the hike around Jordan Pond (about 3.5 miles),…

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BOLUS: Beware Of Loose, Unsupervised Snacks.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes and Emotions, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By August 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

I graze.  I’m a grazer.  Visually speaking, my food choices are spread out over a gigantic field and I run through, grabbing bites here and there and never properly taking amounts or serving sizes into account. “How many grapes did I just eat,” is a common, whispered question.  “Did I bolus for that protein bar?” is another one.  “Hey, I…

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The Dexcom / Mac Dance.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By August 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

Sharing, because that’s what friends do. Brian Bosh, living with type 1 diabetes and also apparently a very clever guy, found a workaround for uploading Dexcom G4 data to a Mac computer. Yes, you read that correctly. @4thandLife https://t.co/HUp5vRTvLm — brian bosh (@bosh) August 12, 2014 “I created Chromadex because I was trying #DIYPS but hated carrying around a second…

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Clouding on the Road.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Robot Life By August 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

The CGM in the Cloud concept matters most to me when I’m traveling alone.  While I was in Orlando last week, my bedside table looked like this at night: A Moto G hooked up to my Dexcom G4, sending CGM data to the cloud. And that data being routed to my family back in Rhode Island and to my wristwatch….

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Go Bionic: Ed Damiano, Clara Barton Camp, and How the Bionic Pancreas “Really Works.”

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 38 Comments

During my visit to Clara Barton Camp yesterday, I heard the same sentiment over and over again from the kids wearing the bionic pancreas:  “It works.” “It was weird not to touch the buttons when it beeped,” Addy said, an 11 year old camper at Clara Barton Camp who has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was two. …

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Unexpected Advocacy.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life, Traveling By July 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 126 Comments

The last thing I wanted to do was take my cover-up off. Chris and Birdy (and our friends and their daughter) were at a water park in New Hampshire where kids can run and play in safe-for-littles sprinklers, pools, and water slides, and as the adults, we were tasked with guarding the perimeter.  Pacing back and forth, the four of…

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We Are Not Waiting: CGM in the Cloud (Part 2).

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Continuing from last week, I’m picking up this morning with Laurie Schwartz, mom to Adam (T1D) and an active and supportive voice in the CGM in the Cloud group.  In the last week, I’ve had many interactions with people from the CGM in the Cloud group and every single person has been happy to share their experiences, eager to share…

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Dexcom Rash.

Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By June 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 25 Comments

The itch started back in July 2012, when I pulled off a Dexcom sensor and saw a prickly, hive-ish rash underneath where the sensor and transmitter had been placed.  Blaming it on the summer heat and the recycled, dry air of airplane cabins, I figured it was a one-time thing and I’d be sorted out on the following sensor placement….

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Hypo Effery.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

BEEEEEPBEEEEEPBEEEEEP!! My purse start vibrating in a panic. 79 mg/dL and two arrows down – how the hell did that happen?  I just dropped my daughter off at preschool.  My blood sugar was 139 mg/dL before leaving the house with a steady, easterly arrow. I pulled the car over and put on my hazard lights so I could bust out…

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Mystery of the “Right” Button: SOLVED.

Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Robot Life By June 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

When the “circle” popped off my Dexcom receiver last week, a thread in the discussion on that post highlighted the mystery of the “right button.”  As in, what the hell does it do? And it’s taken me until today to realize that I use the right button all the time, or at least have the option to use the right…

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Circle.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 25 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, when I went to calibrate my Dexcom, the wheel-o-everything (that wheel on the right hand side of the receiver that is used to calibrate, view the graph, set alarms … everything) made a very soft clicking sound, not unlike the sound my old computer made when I pressed on the F key and then it came loose off…

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