Diabetes Products

Gift Ideas for People with Diabetes.

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech By November 29, 2016 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

What do you get for the person who has everything … except a working pancreas?  Here are six (until me) of my favorite d-related things: Medical alert jewelry.  Looking for medical alert jewelry that isn’t clunky or ugly? I’ve always loved this simple, classic bracelet from StickyJ Jewelry and have been wearing it daily for the last few years.  It’s comfortable and…

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That Clip, Though.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

I’ve been using the t:slim pump for the better part of a year now, and over the last few months (here’s a handy disclosure that you should read for context on my relationship with Tandem), I’ve appreciated the new set of options that the t:slim has brought into my diabetes life. … man, that sounds a little formal.  I’m too…

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t:slim with a Twist.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Infertility and Pregnancy, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Several months ago, I switched insulin pumps.  (Here is the post about the switch, and please read this post about the disclaimer that initiated the switch.  My full disclosure page is here.)  My first impressions of the t:slim pump were drummed up over a year ago, after trialing one for a few weeks, but my real t:slim immersion came once…

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Guest Post: From Inside a D-Tech Startup

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Marcus is cool.  I’m pretty certain about this because he has diabetes, thus making him part of a group of people I trust without justification outside of the whole “not making insulin, either” part.  (And he makes entertaining videos, but that’s a whole separate post.)  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hosting some guest posts here and there, and…

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Open the Door.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

For several weeks, I was flipping open the charging port on my t:slim insulin pump and plugging it in while I was in the shower.  But then I noticed the charging port cover was looking a little worse for the wear, and I connected with a friend about best practices.  (“Best practices” standing in for “How the hell do you…

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Switching to the t:slim Insulin Pump.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 28 Comments

This will not be a post about what insulin pump is better for YOU.  I’m not a soothsayer (though every time I say that word, the mental image of a knight slaying a dragon made entirely out of teeth is hard to shake), so keep in mind that this post doesn’t include as many facts as it does opinions.  Also,…

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Verio Sync: Unanticipated Glitch.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By February 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 17 Comments

The Verio Sync meter and I have been happy friends for a few years now, starting back in late 2013.  (Here’s that first post, with disclosures aplenty. Second impressions are here.)   I honestly can’t figure out why more people aren’t using this meter.  It’s fast, it’s accurate, and the Reveal app is awesome.  This meter has been the best…

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Pump Peelz Gift Card Winners!

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products By January 11, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Giveaways are fun, but the entries received on this Pump Peelz Superhero gift card giveaway were truly awesome.  From Sir Lancet-a-lot to Carbo-Man to Madame Betta, the superheroes created by insulin-infused imaginations are incredibly fun.  And now, on to the winners! The superhero call: To enter the giveaway, you need to leave a comment on this post that includes a…

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Pump Peelz Giveaway: Now with More Superheroes!

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin By January 8, 2016 Tags: , , 25 Comments

You guys.  The team at Pump Peelz (Scott and Emily) have returned with new designs for their very clever diabetes device decorations and a very generous gift card giveaway for Six Until Me readers.  That’s all the lead-in I’m giving because that’s all the lead-in you need. GIVEAWAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! To enter the giveaway, you need to leave a comment on this…

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Small Victories.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

My only resolution for 2016 was to write more. Not necessarily here on my website, but wherever the words seem to come most comfortably. I have a few fiction ideas I’m fleshing out here at home, but blogging has always served as a way to unknot some of the thoughts in my head, mostly centered around my disease. Once my…

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New Year, New Disclosure.

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin By January 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 37 Comments

Disclosures are important, so I’m making a new one today, and my disclosure policy has been updated accordingly.  There are some big changes on deck for 2016, with the first one being a change in some of the companies I’m partnering with.  Which is why I’ve decided to end my contract with Animas, because it was time for a change….

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Second Impressions: Dexcom G5 Mobile.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products By November 30, 2015 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

Disclosure Up Front (where it should be):  I have a relationship with Dexcom that includes receiving my continuous glucose supplies at no cost.  More details are outlined here on my disclosures page, but please know that the bias I’m bringing to this is pretty significant, not simply because of the working relationship with Dexcom but also the fact that this…

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Bionic Pancreas Update and Call to Action.

Diabetes Products, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

A few weeks ago, I met with Ed Damiano and we spent an afternoon talking about recent developments in the bionic pancreas program and what’s up next. “Here’s our new device,” he said, placing the iLet on his desk, inadvertently putting it right next to his cell phone, which didn’t look much bigger/thicker by comparison.  (I asked for a quarter…

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Sticky JMedical Giveaway Winner.

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products By October 30, 2015 Tags: , 3 Comments

Through a very official and terribly complicated process of asking a friend to pick a number between 1 and 169, we have a winner!  Congratulations to Jennifer, who is a sentimental fan of Kermit. (Yeah, I called you sentimental.  Mostly because you told me to.  Also, Sentimental Jennifer, I sent you an email this morning, so please check your inbox!)…

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GIVEAWAY: My Favorite Medical Alert Bracelet.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products By October 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , 171 Comments

The “long and overdue” part of this post cannot be over-stated.  I have had the best medical alert bracelet from Sticky JMedical for a very long time now and am just writing about it this morning. But it’s lovely and discreet.  Because of that, I wear this bracelet every, single day, which helps protect me in the off-chance that something…

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Livongo Health: First Impressions of Their Meter.

Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 23, 2015 Tags: , , , 12 Comments

Disclosure:  Manny Hernandez, SVP of Member Experience at Livongo Health, reached out to me a few weeks ago about test driving the Livongo meter.  Manny is my good friend, and diabetes is not my friend, so anything that helps a friend and also helps me take a bite out of diabetes is a welcomed opportunity.  For the purposes of this…

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