Pumping Insulin

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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My Tail.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 24, 2016 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

“Miss!  Your tail!” the lady behind me called out, touching my elbow. I looked behind me and sure enough, my insulin pump tubing – my tail – had come loose from underneath my shirt and wrapped itself around the metal shelving at CVS.  I was two steps away from pulling out my site, three steps away from jacking up the…

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Interview: Brian Nelson-Palmer, T1D Drummer of Fellowcraft.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

If you were at the ADA Tour De Cure event at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC last September, you might remember this diabetes rant from the drummer: He’s a group fitness instructor, a public speaker, and has a day job working for the government. And he’s also the drummer for the three-man, DC-based rock band Fellowcraft. Brian Nelson-Palmer is something…

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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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Airplane Site Changes: A Grost.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By February 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Earlier this week, I flew to San Diego to visit with the team at Tandem and brainstorm some plans for 2016.  It was a quick trip (managed to land right when that weird storm was picking up speed – made for a very exciting landing and also reinforced my hatred of flying), but a productive one. On Tuesday morning, before…

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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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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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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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All Night Long.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin By November 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

It started out innocently enough.  Just a wiggly little drop before bedtime with a bit of insulin on board, so the need for snacking was elevated. With .8u IOB. Snacktime. #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:32pm PST A small handful of raisins and I’m on my merry way.  No worries! But then…

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As a Kite.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Woke up to this little gremlin number on my meter: Gross, gross start to the day. #DOCtober #diabetes A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Oct 20, 2015 at 6:11am PDT I pulled my site and immediately blood streamed out, leaving a trail down the side of my hip and actually running onto the bathroom floor (which is DISGUSTING…

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Untethered, After a Fashion.

Dexcom, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

Around 8.30 am, I took an injection of Levemir. At about 9 am, I switched my basal profile to “OTHER” and disconnected my insulin pump.  The OTHER profile has me at 0.025U basal rate per hour (as close to zero as I can get on my pump) but still holds all my other settings.  I kept the pump in my…

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My IOB and Me.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin By July 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

There’s a lot of data that PWD (people with diabetes) spin through on a daily basis – carbs counts, insulin units, blood sugar results, blah, blah, blaaaaaaah there’s so much shit sometimes.  I’ve been encouraged by my endocrinologist to download my data and review it every week or two in order to assess trends over time, but I don’t do…

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