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mySugr: Feeding the Diabetes Monster.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

At first, I was all indignant about the fact that diabetes was portrayed as a monster in this app. “I can’t hate it!  Or fear it, right?  That makes it a tumbleweed of psychosocial turmoil, doesn’t it?” In efforts to truly test the app, I went all in and embraced the monster.  Which is why I’ve spent the last few…

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Diabetic Fashionista.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Fashionista, I am not.  (Confirmed by my lack of understanding as to what ‘couture’ means, my love for the white-bra-under-white-shirt combo, and my undying affection for the skort.)  But even I realize that nothing ruins the fit of a nice dress sometimes more than the bulky mess of medical devices. During a presentation I gave recently, I wore a dress…

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Hacked: Jay Radcliffe, Insulin Pumps, and Diabetes Sensationalism

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 5, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Jay Radcliffe is a fellow type 1 diabetic, and I remember reading his diabetes blog way back in the day, when I first started blogging.  We read and commented on each other’s posts, and we were both part of the blogosphere when the DOC first started to grow.  I knew he was married, had children, and did the day-to-day diabetes…

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Animas Vlog: A Day at the Beach

Diabetes Videos, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 4, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

Sometimes I forget that not everyone has diabetes.  Here’s a quick video about two different reactions from my trip to the beach last week.  (And how many cell phone/insulin pump references can I make in three minutes?  Several.  You’ll see.)  You might also like: Beach-Borg. Animas Vibe: First (and Quick) Impressions. Animas Vibe: A Few Weeks Later. (Good) Animas Vibe(rations).

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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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