Diabetes Tech

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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Missing: The Rest of my Infusion Set

Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin By August 16, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

Last week, I ripped an infusion set off my arm – by accident – with such force that I knocked the “teeth” clean off the part that connects with the “hub.”  It happened sort of in slow-motion, with BSparl hollering “Maaaaa maaaaaa!” and the pump site disconnecting in a way that sort of sounded like a wet tennis ball hitting a racket….

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The Glucose Meter Shuffle

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Tech By August 11, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

I have several One Touch meters, a Freestyle one, and a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor that I consult on a regular basis.  (Not usually at the same time, but I have been doing multiple checks recently.  More on that below.)  I also have an Agamatrix meter and an Accu-chek one, somewhere in the diabetes cupboard in the bathroom, only without…

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Hacked: Jay Radcliffe, Insulin Pumps, and Diabetes Sensationalism

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 5, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Jay Radcliffe is a fellow type 1 diabetic, and I remember reading his diabetes blog way back in the day, when I first started blogging.  We read and commented on each other’s posts, and we were both part of the blogosphere when the DOC first started to grow.  I knew he was married, had children, and did the day-to-day diabetes…

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