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So Cheered Up.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

“How about something that is cheered up and happy?”  She pointed to the image of the dark blue make-up bag I was considering buying from Amazon to serve as a new meter case.  “That’s boring.” “Good point.  What would you prefer I use?” Her tiny Bird-brow furrowed.  “Maybe something with a face.” Which brought us to this: I’m an adult,…

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Flight Risk.

Dexcom, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

I’m not a fan of traveling by air (major understatement) and my flight-related anxiety has ebbed and flowed over the last few years.  Actually, it’s been way more flow than ebb, because traveling by plane has a direct and predictable influence on my blood sugars, in that the anxiety of air travel causes my blood sugar to rise with the…

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Short Dexcom Break.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

It’s not just a matter of slapping on a new sensor, queuing it up, and making use of the data once it’s available on the graph.  Wearing a Dexcom sensor has now become this intricate pseudo-science of site rotation, skin maintenance, and scheduling, thanks to the dreaded Dexcom rash. My first skin irritation from the Dexcom sensor popped up in…

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EVERYWHERE.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , 18 Comments

“How long have you been on the pump?” He stood next to his car, holding the gas pump to his tank, filling up his car while I was putting my debit card into the console near my car. “I’m sorry?” “Insulin pump.  How long for you?  I just got mine a few weeks ago.” “Oh, I’m sorry!  I thought you…

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Shine On, You Crazy Pedometer.

Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness, Robot Life By August 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

I’ve spent a few weeks playing with the Shine fitness tracker from Misfit Wearables.  (Hence the title, which I’ve been itching to use since receiving the device.) As with any pedometer/fitness tracker/new thing, I’m paying attention to this device and becoming immersed in the data.  I use it as intended; I wear it all day long and sync it to…

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Not What She Thought I Was Doing.

Blood Sugars, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 22, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

When you get into the car after going for a run and see a blood sugar of this: … it’s way past time for glucose tabs.  So when you reach into the Spibelt you’re wearing to retrieve the glucose tabs that you stuck in there, encased in a plastic bag once used for diaper discards instead of the travel tube…

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“OK.”

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 20 Comments

“Mawm, I can I help you put on your pump right now?” It’s always an issue of immediacy.  If Birdy sees me taking off an old pump site and preparing a new infusion set for insertion, she’s immediately taken with the urge to press all the buttons and cue up the dosing. “Sure, you can help with some of the…

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Keeping the Dexcom Stuck.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 41 Comments

It’s been almost a year since the first itchy, blistering rashes showed up underneath my Dexcom sensors, but by taking a very peculiar set of precautions, the rashes are all but gone.  Thanks to the use of the J&J Toughpad underneath my Dexcom sensors, I’m able to go a full seven (plus!) days without reacting rashly. So yay! for no…

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Pumped for the Pizza Man.

Diabetes Community, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 22, 2013 Tags: , , , , 125 Comments

The oven broke. It took me a while to notice, because it was upwards of 90 degrees inside of my house (no central air … we will not be making this mistake with our next house), but once I realized the stove was kaput, it was about 6.30 pm and very much time for Birdzone’s dinner.  While I’d like to…

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Over It.

Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By June 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 42 Comments

It was sitting in traffic on the way to Boston for an endocrinologist appointment, spending more time in the car than in the actual care of my medical team.  The appointment was fine, and my A1c still holds steady in a range I’m comfortable with, and I even brought print outs of my meter results and a list of questions…

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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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