Diabetes Tech

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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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: , , , , , 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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“Nice pump.”

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By December 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

“Can I please have an iced coffee?  No sweetener, please,” I said to the girl behind the counter at the coffee shop.  The snow was falling fast outside, but she expertly kept her eyebrows steady at my request for an almost frozen beverage. “Sure thing.”  Her hands deftly hit the right buttons on the ordering pad.  Without looking up, she…

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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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Replacement Parts

Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By November 20, 2017 Tags: , , 4 Comments

This piece was written back in 2013 about a different insulin pump, but the song remains the same:  pumping insulin alleviates some of my diabetes mental load and makes living with this disease a little mellower.  I mean, I could “wash the dishes by hand,” but it’s so much nicer to play with my kids or go for a walk…

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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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The NEW Jerry the Bear.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Tech, Psychosocial Support By March 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 40 Comments

Since they’re local to me here in Rhode Island, I drove up to the Jerry the Bear office to meet with my friends Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung, creators of Jerry the Bear. “It’s awesome to see you guys! Where have you been the last few years?” After hugs and hellos, I realized my question was unfair. Because they haven’t…

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Dexcom Rash: Updated.

Dexcom, Diabetes Tech By January 11, 2017 Tags: , , , , 19 Comments

Frigging rash.  The issue first presented itself back in August 2012, leaving me scratching my head and itching my sensor sites for the next four years. At first, I tackled the problem by trying a pile of different barrier tapes, but the only one that brought about any semblance of relief was the Toughpad.  For about a year, I used a…

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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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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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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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SOP for TSA and PWD.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 22 Comments

This past week, when leaving Las Vegas and heading home to Rhode Island, I had another new experience.  The TSA pat-down agent, after making a horrified face when I told her I was wearing an insulin pump, told me she has to check the pump itself and then my skin where I was wearing it. Since it was in my…

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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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From Abby: Casually Defective

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By August 31, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

It’s not just our pancreases that are busted at times – there are often moments of diabetes techno-burps that leave us scratching our heads.  Abby recently had a “WT …H” moment with her insulin pump.  And she also experimented with word smashing; you’ll see.   *   *   * Since I got home from camp, my lifestyle is much more … umm … sedentary…

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Changing the Animas Ping Song: Top Gun

Diabetes Tech, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By August 22, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

A few years ago, I was talking with (or was I actually hanging out with?) Faye from SugarBump.  She’s a talented photographer, baker of some badass Novolog cake pops, and discovered she’s apparently a crackerjack Animas composer.  Our very own Beethoven … only she did something better than Beethoven.  She figured out how to replace his Für Elise on my pump with ……

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