A Symlin Conundrum: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A Symlin Conundrum: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

(Background: Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4) Well, it has been not one but two weeks since I set up my Symlin experiment. Three vials, each with one part Symlin and ten parts Novolog insulin, set out on my desk, in the … Read more

Pumpers, Can You Hear Me?

Pumpers, Can You Hear Me?

(Yes, that is a Barbara Streisand reference. Sorry.) So, you’d think that after more than five years of wearing various editions of the Minimed insulin pump, I’d have all the ins-and-outs figured out by now. But, whaddayaknow, just last week, … Read more

When Insulin Pens Jam

When Insulin Pens Jam

I woke up this morning with slightly elevated BS levels. So I ate a little breakfast – a salad with some quinoa – and took four units of insulin (Apidra) and set off to do some errands. When I came … Read more

Symlin, Part Two: But What About Me?

Symlin, Part Two: But What About Me?

Where I Left Off In the last installment of my symlin saga, I had found that Symlin, Amlyn Pharmaceutical‘s synthetic amylin, helped slow gastric emptying and reduce post-prandial spikes. I also found that Symlin had to be injected subcutaneously, either … Read more

Learning about Symlin, and Rejecting What I Learn

Learning about Symlin, and Rejecting What I Learn

One of the biggest takeaways for me from the ADA Scientific Sessions was that I needed to learn about the magic drug everyone was talking about, Symlin. So, over the past week, I’ve been doing some reading, and this is … Read more

An Appeal to Its Mercy

An Appeal to Its Mercy

I should have known. I should have known when I launched the Minimed Minilink Continuous Glucose Monitor’s javelin-sized sensor at my abdomen, and it stopped halfway in. I should have known when I tried to push it in that last … Read more

Things Not To Do With Your Insulin Pump

Things Not To Do With Your Insulin Pump

I suppose it’s not the best idea to let a kitten eat the tube connecting you to your mechanical pancreas — but it was so funny, I couldn’t help it.

Painted Nails, or Why I Love My Continuous Glucose Monitor

Painted Nails, or Why I Love My Continuous Glucose Monitor

It’s been about three months now with my new Continuous Glucose Monitor. I love it, and I refuse to go back to the old, pre-CGM days– maintaining glucose control is so much easier with constant tracking and visibility into rates … Read more

Novo Nordisk or the Greek Government, Who’s To Blame?

Novo Nordisk or the Greek Government, Who’s To Blame?

Crystal Bowersox, a type 1 diabetic and this year’s American Idol runner-up, recently said in an interview that there were times when she had to beg for insulin because she couldn’t afford it.  Anyone who depends on insulin injections for … Read more

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