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Clouding on the Road.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Robot Life By August 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

The CGM in the Cloud concept matters most to me when I’m traveling alone.  While I was in Orlando last week, my bedside table looked like this at night: A Moto G hooked up to my Dexcom G4, sending CGM data to the cloud. And that data being routed to my family back in Rhode Island and to my wristwatch….

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Go Bionic: Ed Damiano, Clara Barton Camp, and How the Bionic Pancreas “Really Works.”

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 38 Comments

During my visit to Clara Barton Camp yesterday, I heard the same sentiment over and over again from the kids wearing the bionic pancreas:  “It works.” “It was weird not to touch the buttons when it beeped,” Addy said, an 11 year old camper at Clara Barton Camp who has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was two. …

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Unexpected Advocacy.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life, Traveling By July 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 126 Comments

The last thing I wanted to do was take my cover-up off. Chris and Birdy (and our friends and their daughter) were at a water park in New Hampshire where kids can run and play in safe-for-littles sprinklers, pools, and water slides, and as the adults, we were tasked with guarding the perimeter.  Pacing back and forth, the four of…

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Miss Idaho: #ShowMeYourPump!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Have you heard?  Sierra Sandison just earned the crown as Miss Idaho, and she accomplished her goal with an insulin pump clipped to her hip.  Yes, that’s right – another Miss America contender has hit the stage with diabetes front-and-center.  And since winning Miss Idaho barely a week ago, Sierra has already brought type 1 diabetes to the national stage…

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CGM in the Cloud: Personal Preferences.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By July 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 21 Comments

“Why would you want your continuous glucose monitor information in the cloud?” Fair question, especially coming from folks in the CGM in the Cloud Facebook group, which is heavily dominated by parents of children with diabetes. I didn’t want to answer, at first, because I didn’t want to say the wrong thing.  When I meet with parents of kids with…

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Tallygear Giveaway! Exclamation Point!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 61 Comments

Tallygear is awesome, and I’ve been a big fan for many years.  After switching over to the Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor, I was so happy to see that Donna at Tallygear had created a case to protect the G4 (and have been using it daily since).  And now she’s up and running with a lot of new cases for…

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We Are Not Waiting: CGM in the Cloud (Part 2).

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Continuing from last week, I’m picking up this morning with Laurie Schwartz, mom to Adam (T1D) and an active and supportive voice in the CGM in the Cloud group.  In the last week, I’ve had many interactions with people from the CGM in the Cloud group and every single person has been happy to share their experiences, eager to share…

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We Are Not Waiting: CGM in the Cloud (Part 1).

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 31 Comments

Waiting, when it comes to diabetes, frustrates the hell out of me.  According to the “cure in five years!” mantra that rang out constantly when I was diagnosed in 1986, I’ve been waiting for a cure for almost 30 years.  Currently, I wait (impatiently) for the Animas Vibe to become available to US patients.  I wait for the Dexcom Share…

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Dexcom Rash.

Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By June 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 25 Comments

The itch started back in July 2012, when I pulled off a Dexcom sensor and saw a prickly, hive-ish rash underneath where the sensor and transmitter had been placed.  Blaming it on the summer heat and the recycled, dry air of airplane cabins, I figured it was a one-time thing and I’d be sorted out on the following sensor placement….

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Hypo Effery.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By June 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

BEEEEEPBEEEEEPBEEEEEP!! My purse start vibrating in a panic. 79 mg/dL and two arrows down – how the hell did that happen?  I just dropped my daughter off at preschool.  My blood sugar was 139 mg/dL before leaving the house with a steady, easterly arrow. I pulled the car over and put on my hazard lights so I could bust out…

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Mystery of the “Right” Button: SOLVED.

Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Robot Life By June 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

When the “circle” popped off my Dexcom receiver last week, a thread in the discussion on that post highlighted the mystery of the “right button.”  As in, what the hell does it do? And it’s taken me until today to realize that I use the right button all the time, or at least have the option to use the right…

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