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Diabetes Shorthand

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Robot Life By May 1, 2019 Tags: , , 8 Comments

Last night, my oldest kid and I went out for a mommy-and-daughter dinner date. Our waitress was a student at the local university, and very nice. She took our order (“Wow, your kid chooses broccoli over french fries! I’m impressed!”) and then turned to go back to the waitstaff station. “MOM,” Birdy stage whispered at me. “She has a Dexcom…

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Clinical Trials of the Diabetes Kind: A Guest Post

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 7, 2019 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

I’m very excited for the future of diabetes technology, and today’s guest post is a glimpse into what the Tandem Diabetes Care’s Control IQ experience might be like once it’s released into the wild. Big thanks to Celia for reaching out to excitedly share her experiences as part of a clinical trial for Control IQ.   This post is to…

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Trapped by Shipments and Timeouts

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

Day-to-diabetes requires a lot of focus on timing:  what time did I take my insulin, what time did I eat, what time will I exercise, what time will I be in a meeting, what time am I planning to go to bed, what time will my insulin and my food seemingly serendipitously meet somewhere in my body, mapping out into…

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A StayPut Medical Giveaway!

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 92 Comments

A few months ago, I stumbled upon StayPut Medical and tried one of these overlay tapes out over a Dexcom G5 sensor.  And even with a history of wonky adhesive issues and easily irritated skin, this tape helped my sensor hold tight, without issue.   Thankful for the free trial sample and eager to share this “simple solution” with you…

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CGM: Cat Glucose Monitor?

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

This post is from 8 years ago, originally published in 2010 on dLife as part of my column at Generation D.  (Man, this post is old.  This is before Birdy.)  Abby was the best cat ever (sorry, Siah), and her ability to sniff out a low blood sugar is only bested by my Dexcom.  Because I totally had a CGM…

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Dexcom G6 Approved by FDA

Blood Sugars, Dexcom By March 29, 2018 Tags: , , , 19 Comments

Thirty-one years ago, I was checking my blood sugar with this giant lancing device, using a heavy brick of a glucose meter, and chasing my blood sugars with Regular and NPH insulin.  If you told me that the future of diabetes would include streaming video of where my blood sugars have been and where they might be headed, I’d have…

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Walking in No-Hitter Wonderland

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Poetry By November 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Dexcom rings Are you listening? On the graph Lows are blistering. A beautiful sight Is an overnight Walking in no-hitter* wonderland Gone away Are my betas Here to stay Is the data. My Dexcom alarms Protect me from harm. Searching for no-hitter wonderland In the meadow we can build an organ And pretend that he’s a pancreas. He’ll say I’m…

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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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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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Dexcom Adhesive, Activated!

Dexcom By June 20, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Nothing to see here, especially if you’re looking for an adhesive-related Dexcom rash. Because ever since switching to the sensors that expire after 8/17/17, the rash is a thing of the past. Now I can wear my sensors for the recommended seven days (sometimes stretching it a day or two here and there, if I’m feeling bold), and my skin…

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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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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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The One About Expiration Dates.

Uncategorized By February 27, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

On the Dexcom and Libre Rash Facebook group, I saw a note posted back in December from someone referencing sensors with an expiration date after August 17, 2017. “Dex recently changed their mfg process to eliminate a substance that caused rashes in some. Get some expiration date AFTER 8/15/17 …” Huh.  Interesting.  (Read: HOLY SHIT COULD THIS BE TRUE??!!) I’ve been…

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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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