Real Life Diabetes

mySugr Sponsored Post AND Giveaway

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes By September 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 35 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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Friendo

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Mental Health, Real Life Diabetes By September 10, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

friendo (n.) – An endocrinologist who brings expertise, experience, and engages with a high level of empathy.  ex.  “My endocrinologist is kind of my friend.  And my endo.  They’re my friendo.” Last week, I had my quarterly visit with my endocrinologist. Our clinician/patient relationship is still in its fledgling stage, and we’re definitely still getting to know the pros and…

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An Initial Review of Basal IQ

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 4, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Disclosure:  I have a sponsorship agreement with Tandem Diabetes Care – details are on my disclosure page.  This post is written with that bias in place.  Tandem did not ask me to write this post. Neither did my pancreas, because that thing doesn’t do much. The hardest part about the Basal IQ update was waiting for my endo to sign…

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Dexcom Rash: No Longer a Thing?

Dexcom, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

Weird skin week continues!  Welcome back. Sometimes I think that diabetes makes my skin extra weird, extra sensitive, extra … extra.  Like the bit with the Dexcom rash.  I’ve been writing about my skin’s over-sensitivity to whatever is in the Dexcom adhesive for several years. Here’s a look back at some of the archives: Dexcom Pros and Cons 36 Hours…

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Parenting with Diabetes: Round Two

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“Pump!  Pump, pump, pump!  Pump, where are you?” It’s his siren call, yelled at full volume as my toddler forages around in my top trying to find my insulin pump.  “Oh hi, pump!  One … two … three!” and the buttons are pressed and the beeps are beeped and I’m constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t given me a…

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Dia-Be-Tees Giveaway

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By June 28, 2018 Tags: , , , 101 Comments

Yeah, another giveaway.  But HELL YEAH because giveaways are awesome because they support the diabetes community, signal boost a small business, and provide something diabetes-nice to counteract the diabetes-crumbs that can bring you down.  A little lift is good. Today, I’ve partnered with Rachael from Dia-Be-Tees for a fun t-shirt giveaway.  I found her store today after doing a search…

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Casualty Girl Giveaway

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By June 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 210 Comments

Monica Vesci, creator of Casualty Girl, was on a mission to wrangle in her diabetes … stuff. “When traveling, or leaving the house, I always have this inner dialogue asking myself if I have all my diabetes shit with me. On a whim, I thought it would be fun to add the phrase to a carry-all pouch because I found myself…

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You’ve been sick your whole life?

Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By June 20, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , 10 Comments

Yesterday, I was at a meeting where the audience was decidedly not a diabetes one.  And in explaining my experiences with diabetes, I had to give an overview of what type 1 diabetes is and how long I’ve been living with it. “I was diagnosed at the age of seven.  It will be 32 years this September …” After the…

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Diabetes Tough Love

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By June 13, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

200 mg/dL. Often, when I see a number like that, I think, “Oh, it’s okay.  It doesn’t define me.  It’s not an assessment of my self-worth.  I’m still a decent person despite an out-of-range blood sugar.” And that’s true.  I’ve written about how true that is a pile of times*.  These numbers aren’t ME. … but they’re still mine. The problem…

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Two Months of Victoza

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By June 12, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

I stopped taking Victoza.  But I’d revisit it if necessary.  Here’s the personal experience, not medical advice, talk to your doctor, etc. lowdown: WHY I STARTED ON VICTOZA. After having my son (he’ll be two in August), I experienced postpartum anxiety.  It was next level for me and impeded a lot of my daily interactions.  Therapy helped.  When I stopped…

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A First

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 17 Comments

It’s a picnic.  I’m wearing a maxi dress with pockets and my infusion set is on my arm, the tubing snaking discreetly into the body of the dress, disappearing. “Hi, nice to meet you.” “Nice to meet you, too!” I don’t know everyone but that’s okay; kids are running everywhere, it’s a beautiful day, sunshine like whoa. “Do you mind…

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