Weight of an Insulin Pump

Weight of an Insulin Pump

My Medtronic 522 insulin pump weighs 100 grams, which is equivalent to 20 nickels. That’s not much, just a pocket full of change, but lately its weight has been, well, weighing on me. Some women, I’ve read, wear their insulin … Read more

A Call For Ideas: If You Could Design The Perfect Educational Tool for Diabetes, What Would It Look Like?

A Call For Ideas: If You Could Design The Perfect Educational Tool for Diabetes, What Would It Look Like?

Search for diabetes educational resources online, and chances are, you’re going to end up doing a lot of reading. I’ve been continuously surprised that some of the most reputable sources of information out there — ADA, JDRF, even health insurance … Read more

Diabetes in Your Pocket

Diabetes in Your Pocket

Yesterday afternoon I ran into one of my mother’s friends who lives across the street from me. She has had type 1 for as long as I can remember and was one of the two people I knew growing up … Read more

Needle Goes In

Needle Goes In

I hadn’t found a sweet spot, the place where the needle to the insertion set goes into flesh like a knife into softened butter. Instead, the spot on my hip was as tough as tent canvas, and the needle hit … Read more

The CGM tri-lemma: Abbott, Dexcom, or Minimed?

The CGM tri-lemma: Abbott, Dexcom, or Minimed?

After a year and a half on Abbott’s Freestyle Navigator Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, I’m back to square one. I loved my Abbott. Sure, it had its problems — a bulky transmitter, adhesive that refused to stick, an annoying tendency … Read more

The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Done With My Insulin Pump

The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Done With My Insulin Pump

When I travel, I like to be prepared. As my husband and I got ready to depart on our seven-month trip around the world, I packed a first aid kit worthy of an EMT — everything from bandaids and thermometers … Read more

Reducing Insulin Doses for Long Runs

Reducing Insulin Doses for Long Runs

I signed up for a 30K (18.75 miles) off road race a couple months ago.  At the time it seemed like a good idea, but I have been nervous about it for the last couple weeks and was not at … Read more

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