Insulin

Looking Back: Humalog Christmas Lights.

Insulin By December 17, 2014 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

What says “holiday festivities” like insulin bottles fashioned into Christmas lights?  (You’re right – gingerbread cookies would be a little more ho, ho, ho, but stick with me.)  In anticipation of the coming holidays, I’m looking back at a post from two Februaries ago, which went live on Diabetes Art Day but is holiday-relevant, so let’s roll.  — For my…

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When Good Insulin Goes BAD.

Blood Sugars, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Ninety percent of the time, my high blood sugar has an identifiable reason, and there’s a cluster of common causes.  Did I under-estimate the carbs in a snack and therefore under-bolus?  Did I over-treat a low blood sugar?  Did I eat without bolusing at all (it happens)?  Is there a lot of stress floating around that I’m responding to? Most…

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Changing the Set.

Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

Changing out an insulin pump infusion set is a methodical moment for me. I do things in the same order almost every time, with the same mildly frenetic mindset. Remove old set from my body so I can enjoy the “connected to nothing” feeling for as long as possible. Take out a new infusion set and new reservoir. Ferret out…

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Pre-Bolusing for Snacks.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By September 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

“Do you pre-bolus for your meals?” “I do.”  (I was happy to answer this question because I actually do pre-bolus.  Pre-bolusing is my A1C’s saving grace.) “Okay, that’s great.”  She made a few notes in my chart.  “How about for snacks?  Do you pre-bolus for those?” “I … um, nope.  I am horrible at pre-bolusing for snacks.” Unfortunately, hat is…

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Guest Post: The One Diabetes Rule I Always Follow.

Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Thanks to the magic of the Internet and how words can travel from CA to RI by email faster than a sneeze, I’m happy to be hosting a guest post from friend and fellow PWD, Christopher Angell.  (You may remember him from such glucose tabs as GlucoLift and such guest posts as the one about decAY1c.)  Today, he’s writing about…

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Don’t Mind Me.

Healthcare, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By April 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 12 Comments

Don’t mind me … … I’ll just be sitting here with 1 unit of Humalog left in my pump because I went to bed with 9 units left and tried to use my insulin to the very last drop.  I’ll let my dawn phenomenon-induced morning basal rate suck up the rest of this cartridge before swapping it out for a…

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Guest Post: Timesulin, Innovation, and the Sniff Test.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin By March 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

People with diabetes know what people with diabetes want, and John Sjölund is no exception to this rule.  Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before he turned four, he has created a simple, streamlined solution to make multiple daily injections easier to manage:  Timesulin. I’ve used his product, and thought of it as “informed MDI’ing.”  Recently, he kicked off an Indiegogo…

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Guest Post: How the MiniMed 530G Changed My Diabetes Management (Without Ever Even Seeing it in Person)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

SUM is being borrowed today by Christopher Angell, fellow PWD and creator of GlucoLift, so that he can share his thoughts on the Minimed 530G … without having ever seen or used the system.  What is he on about?  Find out … *   *   * Leading up to the launch of the Medtronic 530G (and what a long lead-up it…

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Spare a Rose: Halfway There!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Insulin By February 7, 2014 Tags: , , No Comments

The folks at the IDF reached out to let me know that, in a week’s time, the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign has raised $5,800 dollars.  We are more than halfway to our goal of $10,000! There is still work to do.  The goal of $10,000 can be reached, through large and small donations, through outreach, through our…

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The Art of the Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 34 Comments

“So it’s a Wednesday night … what’s the chance we might not be seated right away?” “Are you talking to me?” Chris asked, pulling the car into a parking spot near the entrance of the restaurant. “Yeah.  Sort of.  I’m trying to decide if I should bolus now, because I’m 200 and I don’t want to be high all night. …

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Smash.

Diabetes Products, Healthcare, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 40 Comments

It slipped out of my hand and smacked against the tile floor, making a thick, heavy sound that went silent and caused guilt almost immediately, like dropping your mom’s favorite Christmas tree ornament and watching it smash into a dozen pieces. Brand new bottle of insulin, used previously for one, single pump cartridge filling.  I had just taken it out…

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