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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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Guest Post: The One Diabetes Rule I Always Follow.

Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Thanks to the magic of the Internet and how words can travel from CA to RI by email faster than a sneeze, I’m happy to be hosting a guest post from friend and fellow PWD, Christopher Angell.  (You may remember him from such glucose tabs as GlucoLift and such guest posts as the one about decAY1c.)  Today, he’s writing about…

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Don’t Mind Me.

Healthcare, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By April 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 12 Comments

Don’t mind me … … I’ll just be sitting here with 1 unit of Humalog left in my pump because I went to bed with 9 units left and tried to use my insulin to the very last drop.  I’ll let my dawn phenomenon-induced morning basal rate suck up the rest of this cartridge before swapping it out for a…

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LEGO Easter Robot.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

Easter morning dawned bright and early (with a confused little Bird wondering about the strange relationship that appeared to be in place between her parents and a giant bunny).  Egg hunt, breakfast, and then off to visit relatives throughout the day. Easter has always been one of those “Sunday best” holidays in my family, where people dust off their dresses…

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So Maybe Don’t ALWAYS Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Pumping Insulin By April 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

I like to pre-bolus.  It helps keep my post-meal blood sugar spikes from rocketing out of range and taking a sizable bite out of my overall diabetes control.  (… I’m sorry.  I laugh every time I type the word “control.”  It’s not a word I toss around lightly when it comes to diabetes.  I’m not Janet Jackson.) The art of…

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Inset/Outset.

Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By March 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Most of the time (read: every other time except this one), the cannula is laced through the insertion needle on the insets for my insulin pump infusion sets.  But this infusion set was attacked by diabetes gremlins, because the cannula made a run for it before I even opened the spaceship pod: Scott, on Facebook, quipped it best:  “It appears…

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Boop Beep Boop!

Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 28, 2014 Tags: , , 17 Comments

BOOP BEEP BOOP! I lifted the corner of my shirt and inspected my pump, looking for the “low battery” or “low reservoir” alarm splashed across the screen.  Nothing. I went back to working, throwing my focus back onto the words escaping my hands but then … BOOP BEEP BOOP! “The gosh darn?!” I said (or a version of that), lifting…

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This is how we do it.

Pumping Insulin, Traveling By February 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

Wednesday morning, leaving Logan Airport in Boston, en route to Montreal: TSA agent:  “Excuse me.  What is that?” Me:  “An insulin pump.” Their mouth:  “Okay.” Wipe it down, test my hands, pass the screening, no issues, carry on with my carry-on. My mouth:  “Thanks!” Their mouth:  “Safe travels!” Thursday morning, leaving Montreal and headed back to Boston: Security agent:  “Bonjour. …

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Close, but(t) not close enough.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By February 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

“My mom?  She has brown hair and a red shirt,” said my daughter’s playgroup friend, climbing up the jungle gym. “My mom is over there.  She has a pump in her butt,” my daughter pointed towards me and waved, causing me to quickly answer the look of surprise on the other parents’ faces with a brief, panicked explanation of the…

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Looking Back: Hawkey Playah.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

It’s a balmy 8 degrees in Rhode Island this morning, and we’re snapping icicles off of everything by the dozen.  Going out into the driveway and attempting to get into the car becomes an accidental hockey rink.  Which reminded me of the time a lady caught me changing my infusion set in a restaurant bathroom and then talking about her…

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OMG MY PHONE.

Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By January 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

“WaitasecondIcan’tfindmyphone.” A sentiment that comes tumbling out as one, single word, and impales me right through my social-media obsessed heart.  (Not really my social media obsessed heart, but the heart of someone who is in phone-tether-mode thanks to my littlest Bird, my job, and my diabetes-related discomfort at the thought of being out-of-contact with people who provide emergency medical care,…

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