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Dexcom SHARE: First Impressions.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 23 Comments

“Your thing is going off.” Though nondescript, that phrase is a loaded one.  It is Chris-speak for, “Your Dexcom is making an alarm of some kind; you need to take a look at it.”  And now that the Dexcom SHARE application is feeding my glucose results to my husband and a few other authorized viewers, when the thing goes off,…

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The Friday Six: Sea Serpent of Doom.

Diabetes Online Community, The Friday Six By April 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

I’m not going to complain about the weather.  Nope.  Not even a little bit, because eventually it will be so balls hot that the sidewalks melt and crumble into an oatmealish texture, so I am going to be quiet about the fact that we STILL HAVE THE HEAT ON and it’s mid-April. It’s time for some link-sharing, because there’s lots…

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Stress!!!! and Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By March 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Do your blood sugars respond to food?  Of course.  How about to insulin?  And exercise?  A big “hell yes” to those, too.  Food, insulin, and exercise have tangible influence on my blood sugar levels.  But one influencer that I don’t often take into account is stress … which is a ridiculous variable for me to ignore because stress can make…

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The Last Straw.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By March 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

“Mommy … I had a nightmare.” She shows up in the middle of the night sometimes, evicted from her warm bed down the hall due to a nightmare.  “I had a dream about a blue monster with no arms and popcorn on his feet.”  She’s clutching her blanket, her water, a flashlight, and a stuffed animal; clearly she’s in for…

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Practice Turkey.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 82 Comments

Chris and I are both from big families with piles of aunts and uncles and cousins at every birthday party.  Part of being part of a flurry of people means big holiday gatherings, and Chris and I are prepping ourselves to start hosting some of the holidays. Problem is, I’m a terrible cook.  Or, better stated:  an inexperienced cook.  Cooking…

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It’s a Good Tune.

Dexcom, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

“BEEEEP … BEEEEP… BEEEEP!” “Mom, your Dexcom is making noise,” my daughter says casually, as we’re kicking the soccer ball around in the basement (because we’ll never, ever go outside again because snow). “It is. Hang on a second,” I told her. A click shows that my blood sugar is over my high threshold, with a few yellow dots taking…

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Animas Vibe: A Few Weeks Later.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Again, disclosure:  I work with Animas and have a sponsorship contract.  Here are more details on my disclosures. And this is the Mr. Plow theme song.  Mr. Plow would be great, about now, since the snow keeps dumping down outside. It’s been several weeks since I’ve switched to the Animas Vibe insulin pump (with integrated CGM technology – doesn’t that…

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Animas Vibe: First (and Quick) Impressions.

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 5, 2015 Tags: , , , 34 Comments

Again, disclosure:  I work with Animas and have a sponsorship contract.  Here are more details on my disclosures.  I link to my disclosures more than I link to cat .gifs, which is saying QUITE A BIT. As I mentioned, I’m testing out the Animas Vibe.  Here are my first, quick impressions after a few days using the Vibe.  (What, you…

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Bulk Solutions.

Dexcom, Robot Life By January 2, 2015 Tags: , , 5 Comments

Due to adhesive change/skin sensitivity/dermis witchcraft, the Dexcom rash seems to be a now-reliable side effect of wearing a CGM (or anything else with adhesive ability, honestly.  Sometimes a bandaid gives me the scritchy-scratch).  I feel best with the Dexcom data streaming, though, so I do whatever keeps the sensor on and the itch at a minimum. Which means ordering…

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Hypo Management.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By December 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

“Ninety-five percent of the time, I’m fine.  The lows are ones I can treat myself, even if the number is really low.  Usually my symptoms are shakiness or like this brain fog.  When the lows are really gross, I usually cry at random.  Or I throw things.  No real in between.  But the majority of the time, I can take…

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Animas Vibe APPROVED in the US!

Uncategorized By December 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 22 Comments

Oh YAY!!! [Disclosures first:  I have a sponsorship relationship with Animas and have since early 2010, so everything said here is colored by that bias.  For more information on my disclosures, you can read my disclosure page.] I was really excited to see in my inbox this morning that the Animas Vibe insulin pump has been approved for use in…

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When Good Insulin Goes BAD.

Blood Sugars, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Ninety percent of the time, my high blood sugar has an identifiable reason, and there’s a cluster of common causes.  Did I under-estimate the carbs in a snack and therefore under-bolus?  Did I over-treat a low blood sugar?  Did I eat without bolusing at all (it happens)?  Is there a lot of stress floating around that I’m responding to? Most…

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LOW.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By October 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , 19 Comments

BEEP!BEEP!BEEP! from the Dexcom receiver on the bedside table. I heard it beeping for a long time. Woke up with sweat pouring off my forehead and running down the side of my face, pooling up in my ears and in my collarbone.  The pillow was soaked.  My hair was soaked.  An outline of me underneath me, the line drawn with…

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Diasend: Now With More CGM!?

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By October 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Is it a glitch?  A misfiring Internet tube?  A mistake that they haven’t realized yet and now I’m that jerk for pointing it out?  WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!! Dexcom data, now available for upload on Diasend.  I don’t know when this changed (last time I looked was over 18 months ago), but it’s working now.  Even here, deep in Rhode…

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Best Intentions Need to Stick.

Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Yesterday, my bag was packed with all kinds of good intentions.  My CGM sensor was only three day old, on a bright and shiny Toughpad to prevent adhesive rash!  The Dexcom receiver was fully charged!  My CGM in the Cloud rig was all charged up and ready to send my data into the cloud so that I would have a…

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