Real Life Diabetes

Non-Billable Hours: The Diabetes Stuff That Doesn’t Have Copays

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

At first glance, I manage my diabetes using an insulin pump from Tandem Diabetes Care, a continuous glucose monitor from Dexcom, Humalog insulin, and either the mySugr meter kit or a Freestyle one.  All of these items require prescriptions and $$$ and involvement from my clinicians. But there’s a number of items that are used regularly to manage my diabetes,…

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Non-Billable Hours: Lost Sleep

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By November 2, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Last night looked like this: And today I feel like this: Which translates into a low blood sugar that Basal IQ couldn’t fully pull me out of, most likely the result of … I have no idea because I didn’t exercise more than normal, didn’t eat anything that required a shit ton of insulin, wasn’t feeling extra stressed, wasn’t possessed…

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I’ve Never Shared This Halloween Video Before

Real Life Diabetes By October 31, 2018 Tags: , , 1 Comment

  (Hahahaha I share this video every damn year, but I still like it because of the rabbit ears.  Now I need to go find the rest of my holy forking shirt balls Bad Janet costume.) You might also like: Halloween Prep and Diabetes. Halloween Rules for Kids and Adults with Diabetes. Video: Diabetes Complications. Halloween Your FACE.

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Trapped by Shipments and Timeouts

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Day-to-diabetes requires a lot of focus on timing:  what time did I take my insulin, what time did I eat, what time will I exercise, what time will I be in a meeting, what time am I planning to go to bed, what time will my insulin and my food seemingly serendipitously meet somewhere in my body, mapping out into…

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Non-Medical Switching

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Diabetes Videos, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By October 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“From the Alliance for Patient Access YouTube page:  People with diabetes describe non-medical switching, where an insurer has pushed them to change insulin, pumps, meters or other medical necessities.” Being told to switch medications because the insurance company says so, not because the medical team recommends the switch, is a messed up situation.  Clinicians and patients should be making those…

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Flu Shots are Important

Real Life Diabetes By October 17, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I get a flu shot every year.  The practice was encouraged when I was pregnant with my daughter back in 2009/2010 and I have carried it through since.  My whole family gets the flu shot.  We do this every year, even though Birdy hates it and the little Guy is starting to become wary of visits to “the lady” (aka…

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Sorting Through the Bulleted List

Real Life Diabetes By October 15, 2018 8 Comments

A lot rolling around in my head.  It’s like a ball pit up there. My social media feeds are in EXTREME mode.  (Wishing I meant More Than Words but sadly, I do not.)  It’s either EXTREME politically polarizing stuff or EXTREME panic about environmental concerns or EXTREME stories about horrible things that people have been put through.  I haven’t seen…

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Blue Lagoonabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By October 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

We made plans to go to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before we had left for our trip, so I knew I’d be a little bit jet-lagged and a little bit moody about missing the kids, but I was excited to see this “wonder of the world,” where geothermal hot springs pool to create a steamy, cyan-colored bath. When you…

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Rewind: Diabetes Food Lies

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 24, 2018 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

(I’m traveling this week, with limited access and desire to visit the Internet, but while I’m on an adventure, I’m rewinding the blog to showcase some older posts.  So don’t freak out if you see some older post about being pregnant or whatever because giiiiiiirl I am not pregnant.) So many rules were slapped into place immediately upon diagnosis, with…

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Rewind: Ordinary but Extraordinary

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

(I’m traveling this week, with limited access and desire to visit the Internet, but while I’m on an adventure, I’m rewinding the blog to showcase some older posts.  So don’t freak out if you see some older post about being pregnant or whatever because giiiiiiirl I am not pregnant.) I will admit right here, right now that I admire people…

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mySugr Sponsored Post AND Giveaway

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes By September 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 36 Comments

This is a sponsored post. I am using my social media platforms to share this information with my readers because I believe in spreading useful information to people with diabetes. And I am doing this as a favor to Scott Johnson, who works for mySugr, because he is a friend and I like to support friends, especially when they’re aiming…

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