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Pump Peelz Giveaway Winners!

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By June 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Time for the Pump Peelz Giveaway winners!  The original contest rules are from earlier this week are here, and the entries came in through blog post comments and Twitter. Some were poignant, some were silly, and all were written by people touched by diabetes. Poems don’t have to rhyme. But if you count syllables, You might win fun shit. http://t.co/aKNMHvxVVA — Kerri /…

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Boop Beep Boop.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By April 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

“Boop beep boop!” The sound is unmistakable, as it used to ring out from my hip for so many years.  That noise, the sound of a Medtronic insulin pump alerting for whatever reason, used to be my soundtrack before Fur Elise and the “boop boop boop!” of the Animas pump replaced it. “Boop beep boop!” I was sitting outside of…

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Plug It In.

Blood Sugars, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

I’m not a good traveler, but I am a good packer. Part of my preparation ritual is to make sure I only bring what I need and that outfits are tried on and coordinated before I go. (Because there was that one time I brought a shirt and forgot pants and that made for a different sort of panic before…

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Chipped Battery Cap.

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

When you wear something every, single day, you notice every, single bit of it.  I’ve been wearing this pump for four years and I know the lines of it by heart.  (I remember the day that I switched from Medtronic to Animas and even those similarly-structured insulin pumps felt entirely different to me in weight, curve, and especially clip.  As…

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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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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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Pun(ch) Line and Inkage.

Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I wish I could find the source for the following image, but I love it too much not to share.  (I think it was Type 1 Diabetes Memes but I can’t re-find it.  If you know the source, please leave a comment so I can link out appropriately!)  This is real life as a pancreatically-challenged cyborg: The punch line!  The…

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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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Changing the Set.

Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

Changing out an insulin pump infusion set is a methodical moment for me. I do things in the same order almost every time, with the same mildly frenetic mindset. Remove old set from my body so I can enjoy the “connected to nothing” feeling for as long as possible. Take out a new infusion set and new reservoir. Ferret out…

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Pre-Bolusing for Snacks.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By September 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

“Do you pre-bolus for your meals?” “I do.”  (I was happy to answer this question because I actually do pre-bolus.  Pre-bolusing is my A1C’s saving grace.) “Okay, that’s great.”  She made a few notes in my chart.  “How about for snacks?  Do you pre-bolus for those?” “I … um, nope.  I am horrible at pre-bolusing for snacks.” Unfortunately, hat is…

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