Robot Life

Your moop or mine?

Dexcom, Diabetes Community, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By June 5, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

The first flight out was jumbly, with the plane riding into some kind of air pocket right after takeoff, eliciting audible screams from some of us.  (No, not from me.  Turns out that, if things get scary, I resort to frantically saying the F word under my breath whilst clutching the arm rest.)  Once the plane hit some smooth air,…

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Hips Don’t Lie.

Blood Sugars, Healthcare, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 1, 2017 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

“You’re early for your appointment!”  The receptionist looked at me hopefully.  “Less nervous this time?” (My track record as a nervous dental patient follows me everywhere.) “Yep.  I’m early.  And I have a babysitter this morning for my kid.  I have to follow through now!” Over the last seven years or so, I’ve finally hit stride with my dentist visits.  Very sensitive…

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The Follow Up About Dexcom.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

Today is Day 7.  I’ll be pulling this sensor off in six hours. Day 7. No filter. No rash. No worries. #dexcom A post shared by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on Mar 6, 2017 at 6:07am PST No rash.  No filter.  Does this mean no worries? (For reference, this post is a follow up from a week ago when I put…

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Some t:slim X2 Q&A.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By October 11, 2016 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

[Disclosure:  I have a relationship with Tandem Diabetes Care that is outlined here.  Bias noted?  Good.  Read on, then.] I am notorious for holding out on purchasing a new cell phone because I’m convinced that, the moment I hand over my money for Newest Phone it will immediately become obsolete at the announcement of NEWER PHONE. Which is why I’m…

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That Clip, Though.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By August 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

I’ve been using the t:slim pump for the better part of a year now, and over the last few months (here’s a handy disclosure that you should read for context on my relationship with Tandem), I’ve appreciated the new set of options that the t:slim has brought into my diabetes life. … man, that sounds a little formal.  I’m too…

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“Do You Like It?”

Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By July 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

“Excuse me … your, um, arm?  What’s that on your arm?” Ninety-five percent of the time, I don’t care if people ask about my insulin pump or CGM.  More power to them for being bold enough to embrace the awkwardness and actually ask, instead of assuming.  (And even in the 5% moments of “argh – stop looking, don’t ask,” it usually…

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Enjoy the Silence. Or Not So Much.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By July 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

[Disclosure about my relationship with Dexcom] During the first trimester of this pregnancy, lows were intense and weirdly symptomatic; a nice contrast from the hypoglycemia unawareness that’s crept in over the last five or six years.  (I ended up stashing a jar of jellybeans in the dining room hutch, only to have to move it into direct line of sight…

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Free Shower.

Robot Life By June 10, 2016 Tags: 6 Comments

Internet LOLZ suggest I title this post “Free Shower Be Like …” but I refuse to do that.  My dad, and every English teacher I’ve ever had, would throw things at my head. Instead, I’ll just assert that diabetes-device free showers are totally akin to this: AKA the happy dance of airy weightlessness, scrubbing skin unadorned with medical devices.  It’s brief,…

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Blame the Hormones.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 7, 2016 10 Comments

I’m still angry that the UHC/Medtronic issue hasn’t been resolved.  There is/was a ton of discussion about how this is not a decision that takes patient needs and preferences into account but instead seems to cater to what’s best for business needs. “Resolved” would be a reversal of this decision and reinstating the patient/doctor team’s right to decide which therapy…

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t:slim with a Twist.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Infertility and Pregnancy, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Several months ago, I switched insulin pumps.  (Here is the post about the switch, and please read this post about the disclaimer that initiated the switch.  My full disclosure page is here.)  My first impressions of the t:slim pump were drummed up over a year ago, after trialing one for a few weeks, but my real t:slim immersion came once…

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Rasharoni.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

As this pregnancy continues on, so does the rapid rounding-out of my abdomen (today’s issue = not being able to zip my jacket without over-taxing the zipper). Feeling quite like Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Pluses to this expansion are that a. the pregnancy is progressing on schedule and b. the real estate options for my pump…

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