Diabetes Products

Casualty Girl Giveaway

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 211 Comments

Monica Vesci, creator of Casualty Girl, was on a mission to wrangle in her diabetes … stuff. “When traveling, or leaving the house, I always have this inner dialogue asking myself if I have all my diabetes shit with me. On a whim, I thought it would be fun to add the phrase to a carry-all pouch because I found myself…

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Dexcom G6: A Few Weeks In

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 5, 2018 Tags: , , , 58 Comments

It’s been over a month (by a bit) of using the Dexcom G6, and I have second impressions.  (First impressions are here.) REVISITING INSERTION. It doesn’t hurt to go in.  I know I mentioned that the first time around but it’s a really big change from all of the other iterations of the Dexcom CGM product.  The updated G6 insertion…

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Actually Using the Dexcom G6

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By May 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Disclosure:  I received my Dexcom G6 as part of the initial PR roll out, once it was approved and available.  I am also part of the Dexcom Warriors program.  But my supplies all go through insurance and my deductible is gross.  For more on my disclosures, click here.   I wasn’t home when my Dexcom G6 kit arrived at the…

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A StayPut Medical Giveaway!

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 91 Comments

A few months ago, I stumbled upon StayPut Medical and tried one of these overlay tapes out over a Dexcom G5 sensor.  And even with a history of wonky adhesive issues and easily irritated skin, this tape helped my sensor hold tight, without issue.   Thankful for the free trial sample and eager to share this “simple solution” with you…

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Victoza for T1D: A Few Weeks In.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

I’m on my fourth week of Victoza.  Here’s the good, the bad, and the reminder that none of this even remotely resembles medical advice for the love of Loopy. THE GOOD: My numbers have been excellent.  Truly excellent.  And I’m the last person who is going to post perfect CGM graphs all the live long day because I have always struggled…

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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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Myabetic Giveaway!

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By March 7, 2018 Tags: , , , 260 Comments

I carry around a lot of stuff.  Diabetes gear – my glucose meter, some tabs in case of a low, a spare infusion set, an insulin pen, snacks.  Parenting gear – diapers, wipes, spare outfit for baby in case of chaos, oh hey, snacks again.  Work gear – laptop, phone, earbuds, notepad, and a pen courtesy of some hotel chain.  Plus,…

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Designing for Diabetes: An Interview with Natalie Balmain

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Natalie Balmain is a fashion designer from England, and the creative force behind Type 1 Clothing. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 20, and this was ultimately her inspiration behind her debut line, designed to help people manage their multiple daily injections more easily and wear insulin pumps more comfortably. Natalie has raised money for…

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Managing Expectations with the Freestyle Libre System

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By December 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 21 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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Trying out the Freestyle Libre System

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By December 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 41 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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Holiday Gift Guide: Diabetes Book Edition

Diabetes Products By December 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Since you can’t curl up with a functional pancreas, sometimes you need to resort to different sorts of comfort.  Like a good book, dog-earing the pages with your fingers.  Or a good book that’s gone digital, wiping your finger sauce on the screen.  However you like to take in your reading materials, we’ve got you covered with this holiday gift…

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Finish Line Vision: An Interview with Jay Hewitt

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By December 4, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

I remember watching Jay Hewitt speak at a Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference several years ago thinking, “Why do people do Ironman triathlons?  And also, if you do more than one, have they done Ironmans or Ironmen?”  Grammar quandary aside*, Jay is a physical force to be reckoned with and he’s done the whole Ironman journey with diabetes…

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Holiday Gift Guide for People with Diabetes

Diabetes Products By November 29, 2017 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Holiday shopping is HAPPENING, and if are a PWD or loving one, there are a bunch of silly, fun, clever, and joy-sparky gifts available for you to snap up in time for the holidays.  Check out this gift guide for people with diabetes (here’s the one from last year), and if you have gift ideas that are perfect for PWD,…

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Tandem X2 with Dexcom G5 Update

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 6, 2017 Tags: , , 17 Comments

[Please read my Tandem disclosure.  I was not asked to write this post.  But I need to disclose anyway, because it felt weird not to.] Even though the update email came in a few days ago, I didn’t have a chance to update my Tandem X2 insulin pump until yesterday afternoon.  My original intentions were to sit down (preferably with…

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Useless Juice.

Blood Sugars, diabetes, Diabetes Products By June 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

We don’t drink juice “for fun” in our house; it’s only for low blood sugars, considered almost as medicinal as the insulin hiding out in the butter compartment of our fridge. So when I came home with these juice boxes unintentionally, I was pissed. 35% less sugar?  That’s exactly what I don’t want! Useless juice.  I’m bringing it back and swapping it…

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Review: Verio Flex Meter.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By January 9, 2017 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

For years, my love for the One Touch Verio Sync meter knew no limits.  Despite a slightly MS-DOS interface that only showed me one result at a time and didn’t let me scroll back to other results unless I loaded them to the Reveal application, I loved this meter.  It was small, it was accurate (as compared to my Dexcom…

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