Robot Life

Beep, Beep, Beep!

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Poetry, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 8, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

One of my son’s favorite books is Little Blue Truck.  We have that mess memorized and can bust it out even without the book pages in hand.  And every time my pump beeps, I think of the little black pump on my hips at all times.  These two thoughts ended up in my mental blender this morning, thus, Little Black…

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A Sobering Experience

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

“Do you mind ringing out this orange juice first?”  I asked the lady who was working the cash register. “No problem,” and she went bip with the scanner against the bottle’s bar code while my Dexcom screamed BEEP BEEP BEEP! from my phone. I opened the bottle and downed the majority of it in one, open-throated gulp.  My son, strapped into…

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Tandem X2 with Dexcom G5 Update

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 6, 2017 Tags: , , 17 Comments

[Please read my Tandem disclosure.  I was not asked to write this post.  But I need to disclose anyway, because it felt weird not to.] Even though the update email came in a few days ago, I didn’t have a chance to update my Tandem X2 insulin pump until yesterday afternoon.  My original intentions were to sit down (preferably with…

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Pockets.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 24, 2017 Tags: , , 11 Comments

I’ve been wearing an insulin pump since 2004 and even though I take pump vacations or go untethered every now and again, I prefer pumping over injections because it’s just EASIER to avoid high blood sugars if I’m wearing a pump. Yep.  That’s my jam.  It’s not the basal rate programming that I can do (although that’s a nice plus)…

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Free Shower.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By August 1, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

(to the tune of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Free Fallin’) He’s a good pump, does his job well Loves priming and bolusing too. He’s a good pump, crazy ‘bout islets Gives insulin when those islets don’t come through. It’s a long week being my Dex sensor There’s adhesive workin’ while I play And I’m a happy girl cause I…

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Magic Kingdom, Magic Bathrooms.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

“Is that an insulin pump?” I was standing outside of the stall in a bathroom in Tomorrowland, waiting for my daughter to wash her hands. “Yes, on my arm here?  Yes, it is.”  I pointed to the infusion set on my right arm, the tubing snaking back up my sleeve into my dress. “Oh!”  The lady smiled really big, relieved. …

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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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