A Warm Welcome to Modern Diabetes Care

I met my new endocrinologist and CDE today. The short version goes something like this: I love everything about them. And I’m getting a t:slim. And I feel great about everything.

Tell ‘em Stanley.

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The Beginning of the End of Lantus

Depending on how tomorrow goes, this could be the last time I completely finish a Lantus pen. Depending on how long it takes to process an order for a new t:slim insulin pump and complete my training, I could be using Humalog as both a basal and bolus insulin. Depending on how long everything takes, I can start saying goodbye to persistent overnight lows followed by extreme cases of dawn phenomenon (which, at this point should just be called dawn certainty).

Tomorrow I meet my new endocrinologist. Tomorrow could be the beginning of a new phase in my diabetes care. I have high hopes.

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Just Talking about Clinical Trials

This week I’m joined by Mary Rooney to discuss being the first participant in a T-Reg Clinical Trial. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what that is, as Mary does a great job of explaining the trial, how she learned about it, her results, and how others can learn about clinical trials relative to their personal interests. We also talk a bit about Mary’s diabetes diagnosis, moving to San Francisco, and her promising career as a child psychologist. Enjoy!

For more information about clinical trials, you can visit trialnet.org and clinicaltrails.gov.

You can contact Mary at mary dot rooney at ucsf dot edu

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Camping Is Its Own Basal

I’m not a doctor.

During our camping adventure in Sequoia this weekend, I knew there would be an abnormally high amount of physical activity. Between walking everywhere, and walking everywhere, I knew insulin adjustments would be necessary to avoid as many lows as possible.

Precautions were certainly taken: I bought gatorade mix to stock my water bottle every morning, we bought some tasty granola bars, and picked up some trail mix to top things off. And Dayle and I ensured all of our diabetes devices were sufficiently charged before going off the grid. But even with all of that preparation, lows can still happen.

I suppose there are worse places to stop and take a snack break though. I mean…  Continue reading