Category Archives: Diabetes

Step 9

Step 9: Communicate more with my diabetes team. Thanks to my health network’s patient portal, I’m in closer contact with Awesome Endo and Awesome NP than ever before. This option isn’t exactly new, but I haven’t made much use of … Continue reading

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Step 8

Step 8: Record the data. That should actually say, “Record and act on the data.” I’ve been recording all of my diabetes data—fingerstick BGs, CGM values, carb consumption, insulin delivery, exercise details, infusion set changes, etc.—for the better part of … Continue reading

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Step 7

Step 7: Get believable basal rates and carb ratios. They have a huge impact on how my day plays out, but it’s been a while since I verified these basic settings. They’re the baseline for changes that I need to … Continue reading

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Step 6

Step 6: Ask for help. Nobody knows my diabetes experience better than me, but that doesn’t mean I’m the only one with ideas. Other people can help, too, by providing insight into diabetes, information about what’s in the food I … Continue reading

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First Thoughts on the Dexcom G5

I’m coming up on the end of my first Dexcom G5 sensor, which is to say six days. (Yes, I’ll be trying to restart it and see how good zombie sensors can be.) So far I’m really pleased. It largely … Continue reading

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Step 5

Step 5: Use CGM. Once upon a time I used a continuous glucose monitor, and it was helpful . . . when it worked. It didn’t work often enough for me to trust it, though, so I stopped using it. As a result, … Continue reading

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Reading Diabetes Data from Tidepool into MATLAB

Here’s what I did over the weekend with the help of my awesome coworker Kelly. Yup that’s (almost?) all of my diabetes data from Medtronic Carelink, which I uploaded to Tidepool. Yay!

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Step 4

Step 4: Tolerate lower blood glucose. 120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L) isn’t low. 80 (4.4) isn’t low. Context matters, of course: 120 during exercise is time for action, and 80 before bed means it time for a snack. But right now, … Continue reading

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Step 3

Step 3: Bolus more insulin. More than sixteen years after I started using insulin, it still freaks me out. There . . . I said it. It’s not the insulin itself but the potential for hypoglycemic events. They feel terrible, get in the … Continue reading

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Step 2

Step 2: Try harder to know or estimate carbs. Knowing the number of carbs in things makes bolusing decisions (somewhat) easier, so why not do it? Taking the right amount of insulin is a separate issue, so let’s leave that … Continue reading

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Step 1

Step 1: Test my BGs more often. Whether it’s high, low, or in that happy 80-150 range, not knowing what it is doesn’t change the number. It only means it takes longer for me to react to it. So . . . test.

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In Praise of Getting It Off Your Chest

A couple of days ago, Christopher Snider wrote a very important post defending My Diabetes Secret (as well as the other “My Chronic Disease Secret” sites he has created). This is my “+1″ to his response. I don’t read My … Continue reading

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I’m Feeling Lucky

Things I Googled this evening: Dexcom G5 Animas Vibe — As in, “Does the Dexcom G5 work with the Animas Vibe?” — It doesn’t look like it . . . yet. Of course, to communicate with the G5 the Animas has to talk … Continue reading

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Jeff Mather, You’re an Ironman

This is a long post. I wish I knew how to make it shorter, but I don’t. It was a long event anyway. “You’re having a great race! Your paces are exactly what you had estimated. I’m so proud of … Continue reading

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Where are we? How did we get here?

Tomorrow’s the Ironman. How did we get here? There was that time in late 2009 when Lisa suggested that we go to the pool before our 2010 trip to Australia so that we would look good and not drown when … Continue reading

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