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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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Open the Door.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

For several weeks, I was flipping open the charging port on my t:slim insulin pump and plugging it in while I was in the shower.  But then I noticed the charging port cover was looking a little worse for the wear, and I connected with a friend about best practices.  (“Best practices” standing in for “How the hell do you…

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My Tail.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 24, 2016 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

“Miss!  Your tail!” the lady behind me called out, touching my elbow. I looked behind me and sure enough, my insulin pump tubing – my tail – had come loose from underneath my shirt and wrapped itself around the metal shelving at CVS.  I was two steps away from pulling out my site, three steps away from jacking up the…

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Switching to the t:slim Insulin Pump.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 28 Comments

This will not be a post about what insulin pump is better for YOU.  I’m not a soothsayer (though every time I say that word, the mental image of a knight slaying a dragon made entirely out of teeth is hard to shake), so keep in mind that this post doesn’t include as many facts as it does opinions.  Also,…

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Airplane Site Changes: A Grost.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By February 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Earlier this week, I flew to San Diego to visit with the team at Tandem and brainstorm some plans for 2016.  It was a quick trip (managed to land right when that weird storm was picking up speed – made for a very exciting landing and also reinforced my hatred of flying), but a productive one. On Tuesday morning, before…

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New Year, New Disclosure.

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin By January 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 37 Comments

Disclosures are important, so I’m making a new one today, and my disclosure policy has been updated accordingly.  There are some big changes on deck for 2016, with the first one being a change in some of the companies I’m partnering with.  Which is why I’ve decided to end my contract with Animas, because it was time for a change….

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Traffic Jam.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By September 8, 2015 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Last week, I was up in Boston visiting with Ed Damiano to hear some updates on the bionic pancreas (now known as the iLet – more on that later meeting this week), and our meeting ended late in the afternoon. Which means I climbed into my car to make the drive home on Route 93 south towards Rhode Island at…

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Guest Post: Does Diabetes Tech Assist or Insist?

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Robot Life By August 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Several years ago, I “met” DCScribe (who remains mostly anonymous) on Twitter and he and I did not see eye-to-eye on much, aside from sharing the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.  For a while, the lack of common ground frustrated me because I identify with and bond over experiences, but then I realized the alternative viewpoints he provided were not…

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My IOB and Me.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin By July 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

There’s a lot of data that PWD (people with diabetes) spin through on a daily basis – carbs counts, insulin units, blood sugar results, blah, blah, blaaaaaaah there’s so much shit sometimes.  I’ve been encouraged by my endocrinologist to download my data and review it every week or two in order to assess trends over time, but I don’t do…

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Couched.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

“Can I lay here?”  I pointed to the almost-available section of the couch, where if Chris moved his legs juuuuust a little bit and Siah got her fat furry butt off the cushion, I could curl up and let my brain go quiet after a full day of writing. “Sure thing,” and Chris adjusted his body. “No,” was the message…

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