Real Life Diabetes

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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Dexcom G6: A Few Weeks In

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 5, 2018 Tags: , , , 45 Comments

It’s been over a month (by a bit) of using the Dexcom G6, and I have second impressions.  (First impressions are here.) REVISITING INSERTION. It doesn’t hurt to go in.  I know I mentioned that the first time around but it’s a really big change from all of the other iterations of the Dexcom CGM product.  The updated G6 insertion…

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Release the Bullet Points!

Real Life Diabetes By May 25, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

An unloaded of a loaded brain. I’ve been working towards a deadline for a project that’s time-consuming and yet still fun, but it’s been keeping my brain very busy, leaving little time for writing here and little time for doing anything that resembles housework stuff. … actually, that’s kind of a lie because my favorite way to procrastinate doing work…

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Do you “count carbs” or “wing it?”

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By May 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

When it comes to making sense of diabetes and food, do you count carbs, or do you wing it? Turns out, there’s plenty of gray area between those two concepts. Folks on Facebook seemed to do a bit of both winging and measuring. “We will wing it when we have to, but for the most part, we strive for accuracy…

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Dino Days

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Being diagnosed with diabetes as a child twists time, making me feel like I’m not terribly old but that my diabetes is ancient and withered.  Looking back at an online journal that chronicles almost half my life with diabetes paints me as a digital dinosaur, one whose story and community has evolved in response to time, technology, and ability. The…

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Selective Sweet Tooth

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By May 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

I love going out on the town for the night And having a meal by a soft candlelight (Because I know, at a restaurant, meals are yummy; For the food isn’t prepped, touched, or cooked by me.) But to dine with type 1 can be quite complex, Because restaurant food has a whole set of specs That require some SWAG’ing;…

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The Diabetic Survivor: Interview with the Artist

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By May 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

I love when diabetes goes visible.  Artistic interpretations of life with diabetes are my favorite, because they have this way of distilling diabetes down to a single image that says so much.  I felt that way when I stumbled upon thediabeticsurvivor’s Instagram account, where simple drawings spoke volumes about the emotional baggage of diabetes.  I love how his work peels back…

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A StayPut Medical Giveaway!

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 91 Comments

A few months ago, I stumbled upon StayPut Medical and tried one of these overlay tapes out over a Dexcom G5 sensor.  And even with a history of wonky adhesive issues and easily irritated skin, this tape helped my sensor hold tight, without issue.   Thankful for the free trial sample and eager to share this “simple solution” with you…

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