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The One About the Dead Pump

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 18, 2011 No Comments

In my almost eight years of pumping insulin, my beloved pumps have died twice.  The first time was the night my diabetes turned 21 years old (clearly, it was out on a bender) and the second time was last weekend.  On a Saturday afternoon.  On Fourth of July weekend. You know, when EVERYTHING is closed?  What happened is this:  I was getting dressed in the bathroom and…

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Destructo Kerri

Robot Life By June 16, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

When Chris and I first started dating, I had him fooled.  Because I was able to maneuver in high heels and I hadn’t yet fallen in front of him (just for him … aww?), he didn’t have any reason to think I was a clumsy fool.  But I remember the moment, after we had been dating for a few months…

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Need vs. Want

Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Robot Life By June 10, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

When I was planning my pregnancy, I wanted a Dexcom because I desperately wanted to bring down my A1C without crashing and burning into a pile of low blood sugars.  But when I was pregnant and dealing with the epic lows of my first trimester (hello, 29 mg/dl without symptoms), I needed my CGM. Sometimes the Dexcom is not on-target.  If I am hyper-calibrating and feeding it too…

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Guest Post: Why I MDI

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Robot Life By June 10, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

Yesterday I wrote about a diabetes technology piece that works in my life.  But wearing a device – two or three devices, some of us – isn’t for everyone.  Diabetes management varies like New England weather (hello, 95 yesterday and 68 today).  Today’s guest post comes from Erin O’Neil, who eloquently shares her tale of why she went from pumping to…

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The Coveted Dexcom/Animas Hybrid

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By June 2, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

Clearly, the United Kingdom has the edge on us this morning, because they’re getting the Animas/Dexcom “hybrid” before we are.  I received this press release in the wee hours of the morning today (Oddly enough, I was awake when it came in.  Blogger zombie mode.), and I am very excited to see when this technology will be available in the US.  Here…

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Diabetes Goal Bingo

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 28, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

Recently, I reconnected with a long-lost local PWD named Ryan.  Last time Ryan and I saw one another, we were talking about diabetes goal-setting and dealing with wicked bouts of burnout.  And this week I received an email from him with a freaking brilliant idea about how to stay motivated towards setting – and reaching –  diabetes-related goals. “I’ve had this…

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What Dexcom Shows Me

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Robot Life By January 20, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’m very rarely caught without my Dexcom, and I’ve been wearing a sensor for the better part of the last three years.  But wearing a sensor doesn’t mean that every low is caught and every high is avoided.  What it does mean is that I see every high and low in a big picture format, leaving me sometimes with more information…

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A Pump Vacation

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 13, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

That insulin pump is attached to me pretty much 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  There’s very little down time when it comes to being a “pumper,” and for the most part, I don’t have attachment issues. The tubing, the infusion sets … doesn’t really bother me. Except when I’m attending a dressier event.  Aside from my wedding…

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Guest Post: Pump Vacations?

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 12, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

In the midst of a very brief pump vacation myself (more on that later), Moira McCarthy’s guest post today really resonated for me.  I know if I told my mother (or my husband, for that matter) that I wanted to take a break from pumping, they’d read “burnout” in that admission.  But sometimes deciding to take a break from certain…

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Disco Boobs

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 6, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

Over the holidays, my husband and I had the opportunity to join his agent (who happened to be in town) for dinner.  Grown-up time, sans BSparl.  (I wore tights.  It was a fancier than our average Tuesday night.) So we all sat down to dinner and while everyone was talking, I reached into my purse to do a quick blood…

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Two Years Ago Today.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 28, 2006 1 Comment

Reflections on the day my pump arrived two years ago… The FedEx box loomed in the middle of the room. Special overnight delivery. On a Saturday, no less. The room shrank as the box sat unopened. I made myself a cup of tea and sat down on the floor. Peeled back the packing tape. The flaps sprang open and a…

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