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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Poetry.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Uncategorized By May 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

Today is Poetry Day for Diabetes Blog Week, and I’m paying homage to one of our favorite books here in the run-by-a-four-year-old Sparling household – Room on the Broom. There’s Room, I Assume? The Girl has a panc And islets that were blank And a long history With no pancreas thanks. Oh but how the Girl worked And how the…

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Dexcom Real Estate: Lower Back Edition.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By April 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

For the better part of the last seven years, I’ve been wearing my continuous glucose monitor sensor on my outer thigh.  I rotate this site in terms of not placing the next sensor right on top of where the old one was, but for the most part, my legs dominated CGM real estate choices, and I liked it that way….

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LEGO Easter Robot.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

Easter morning dawned bright and early (with a confused little Bird wondering about the strange relationship that appeared to be in place between her parents and a giant bunny).  Egg hunt, breakfast, and then off to visit relatives throughout the day. Easter has always been one of those “Sunday best” holidays in my family, where people dust off their dresses…

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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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Guest Post: Crusading for CGM Coverage.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Robot Life By February 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 30 Comments

I’ve used a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (from the 3-day STS system to the G4 Platinum) since 2006, and the positive influence it has had on my diabetes management and overall quality of life is undeniable.  But as it stands now, when I reach the Medicare age, my coverage for CGM use will be denied.  Susan Berger, an advocate and…

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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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Photo-A-Day: Check.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Today’s Diabetes Month Photo-A-Day prompt is “check.”  And seeing how different my Dexcom result is from my meter proves why it’s still important for me to check my blood sugar instead of relying on the information from my CGM.  (Also, you can’t see the “blood drop” request for calibration because the overhead light flushed it out, but this Dexcom sensor…

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Hypoglycemic Blues.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 14 Comments

This past weekend, I was in Omaha (pronounced in my head as “OMAHA!!!!” almost every time), Nebraska for a TCOYD conference, joining in as speaker for the event. One of the topics in OMAHA!!!! that we talked about was the integration of medical devices, sharing anecdotal stories about life with out diabetes-related robot parts.  Panel moderator Dr. Jeremy Pettus shared…

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Flight Risk.

Dexcom, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

I’m not a fan of traveling by air (major understatement) and my flight-related anxiety has ebbed and flowed over the last few years.  Actually, it’s been way more flow than ebb, because traveling by plane has a direct and predictable influence on my blood sugars, in that the anxiety of air travel causes my blood sugar to rise with the…

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Short Dexcom Break.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

It’s not just a matter of slapping on a new sensor, queuing it up, and making use of the data once it’s available on the graph.  Wearing a Dexcom sensor has now become this intricate pseudo-science of site rotation, skin maintenance, and scheduling, thanks to the dreaded Dexcom rash. My first skin irritation from the Dexcom sensor popped up in…

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EVERYWHERE.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , 18 Comments

“How long have you been on the pump?” He stood next to his car, holding the gas pump to his tank, filling up his car while I was putting my debit card into the console near my car. “I’m sorry?” “Insulin pump.  How long for you?  I just got mine a few weeks ago.” “Oh, I’m sorry!  I thought you…

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Totally Looks Like: Shark Attack.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By September 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

I don’t know how to write out the theme for JAWS, but mentally insert that [here] because apparently there was a shark sighting in the wee early morning hours of my basal profile. Totally looks like we’re gonna need a bigger boat. You might also like: Pre-Bolusing for Snacks. Free Shower. Ketchup and Mustard. BOLUS: Beware Of Loose, Unsupervised Snacks.

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