Pumping Insulin

Couched.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

“Can I lay here?”  I pointed to the almost-available section of the couch, where if Chris moved his legs juuuuust a little bit and Siah got her fat furry butt off the cushion, I could curl up and let my brain go quiet after a full day of writing. “Sure thing,” and Chris adjusted his body. “No,” was the message…

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An Animas Assist for Snap Users.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin By June 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

All disclosures out of the way first:  You guys know I have a professional relationship with Animas, as they have been a partner of mine since 2010, details outlined here.  Bias lens firmly in place?  Continue on. Today I have a Q&A with John Wilson, the new VP of Insulin Delivery at Johnson & Johnson about Asante closing, the Animas…

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Boop Beep Boop.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By April 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

“Boop beep boop!” The sound is unmistakable, as it used to ring out from my hip for so many years.  That noise, the sound of a Medtronic insulin pump alerting for whatever reason, used to be my soundtrack before Fur Elise and the “boop boop boop!” of the Animas pump replaced it. “Boop beep boop!” I was sitting outside of…

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Plug It In.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

I’m not a good traveler, but I am a good packer. Part of my preparation ritual is to make sure I only bring what I need and that outfits are tried on and coordinated before I go. (Because there was that one time I brought a shirt and forgot pants and that made for a different sort of panic before…

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Sharps, or “Shaaaahps,” Containers.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

In the last few weeks, I’ve taken some device breaks and reverted back to some of my multiple injection (MDI) ways (until skin rashes healed up, bruises started dotting up my skin landscape, and frustration with trying to draw up 1/4 of a unit of Humalog using a syringe tossed me back into DeviceLand).  It was a good break and…

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Practice Turkey.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 82 Comments

Chris and I are both from big families with piles of aunts and uncles and cousins at every birthday party.  Part of being part of a flurry of people means big holiday gatherings, and Chris and I are prepping ourselves to start hosting some of the holidays. Problem is, I’m a terrible cook.  Or, better stated:  an inexperienced cook.  Cooking…

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Why I Pack Heavy.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 18, 2015 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

“And then Marcus gave me a Valentine and it had SPIDERMAN STICKERS on it and I love Spiderman stickers so that was the best Valentine I got except the one from Maddie that had a pencil and that was ALSO THE BEST ONE,” yelled Birdzone from the backseat as I was buckling myself into the driver’s seat. “Yeah?  So Valentine’s…

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Animas Vibe: A Few Weeks Later.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Again, disclosure:  I work with Animas and have a sponsorship contract.  Here are more details on my disclosures. And this is the Mr. Plow theme song.  Mr. Plow would be great, about now, since the snow keeps dumping down outside. It’s been several weeks since I’ve switched to the Animas Vibe insulin pump (with integrated CGM technology – doesn’t that…

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Twitter Rant.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Healthcare, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 22, 2015 21 Comments

The lows that have been creeping in lately need to stop.  They are inconvenient at best, completely debilitating at their worst and the in-between is a muddled mess of glucose tab dust and frustration.  Yesterday I had a diabetes technology fail coupled with a highly symptomatic hypoglycemic event that occurred simultaneously with a phone call to the Joslin Clinic ……

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Diabetes Interruptus.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 21, 2015 No Comments

Yesterday I had a hovering sort of low before a conference call, a low that took its sweet time letting my brain check back into the conversation despite my blood sugar number coming up reasonably quickly. This morning, my pre-conference call routine involved a quick site change at my desk because I ran my insulin reservoir down to the fumes….

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Chipped Battery Cap.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

When you wear something every, single day, you notice every, single bit of it.  I’ve been wearing this pump for four years and I know the lines of it by heart.  (I remember the day that I switched from Medtronic to Animas and even those similarly-structured insulin pumps felt entirely different to me in weight, curve, and especially clip.  As…

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Animas Vibe: First (and Quick) Impressions.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 5, 2015 Tags: , , , 34 Comments

Again, disclosure:  I work with Animas and have a sponsorship contract.  Here are more details on my disclosures.  I link to my disclosures more than I link to cat .gifs, which is saying QUITE A BIT. As I mentioned, I’m testing out the Animas Vibe.  Here are my first, quick impressions after a few days using the Vibe.  (What, you…

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