Medicine X – Let’s Do This

Over the next few days I’ll be tweeting up a storm at Stanford Medicine X. Follow my comments on Twitter – @iam_spartacus.

As far as the rest of the diabetes community is concerned, Dana Lewis will be talking about the digital divide among patients and the DIYPS. Scott Strange will be on three different panels discussing mental health and chronic disease patients. And Kim Vlasnik will be giving an ePatient Ignite Talk on the main stage. You can also follow Heather Gabel on Twitter as she shares her experiences during the conference.

If you would like to see Kim’s talk live, please sign up for the Global Access Program so you can watch the livestream from the comfort of your own home.

Medicine X is a big deal to me, as can be evident by its inclusion in the menu bar of this blog, if you have the time, I hope you take a look.

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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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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.

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Just Talking about the Bionic Pancreas

Last month Wendy Rose took her daughter to a diabetes camp so she could participate in a trial for the Bionic Pancreas. This week Wendy, and her daughter, join me to talk about their experiences. Learn about the Bionic Pancreas, the experience of not caring about type 1 diabetes for a week, and the realization that the future of diabetes technology is upon us. Very exciting times. Enjoy!

You can follow Wendy on Twitter @MrsCandyHearts and candyheartsblog.org.

And, keep up with the latest information on the Bionic Pancreas at bionicpancreas.com

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