Tandem Diabetes Announces the t:flex

When I first heard about the t:flex and it’s 480 unit cartridge I initial wondered what value that could have. “It would take me a decent chunk of time to use that much insulin, let alone that much in a 3-day period”, I thought to myself.

Then I remembered that diabetes, and its demands come in all shapes and sizes. And insulin sensitivity is the epitome of “Your Diabetes May Vary“. And that this diabetes thing is bigger than little ol’ me. And the more options people have to manage their diabetes with the goal of leading a happy and healthy life, the better.

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Button Holes

Have you ever seen a sewing machine create a button hole? It’s wizardry of the n-th degree.

Love is…sewing button holes for insulin pump tubing in my favorite pair of shorts. Thanks @daylekern. #diabetes

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Have you ever seen your wife-to-be take your favorite pair of shorts and make a button hole in the pocket for your insulin pump tubing? It’s love.

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You Should Check Out ‘Take This’

I’m going to share a bunch of links in a moment that are all worth clicking on, in order of importance. They all revolve around Take This, a non-profit which “seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.” Most of the time I share content and projects and initiatives aimed at diabetes, its stigmas, and community-created solutions to the struggles and challenges of living with diabetes, and in a way, this is an extension of that.

The mental health component to diabetes management is often overlooked, ignored, and dismissed. But making the right decisions in the name of diabetes control is unbelievably difficult if you’re not in the right frame of mind.

So, in a way Take This does relate to life with diabetes. It’s another avenue to explore, share, and learn from others who have something to say about mental health.

Take This recently launched its own podcast, you can listen to it here.

And if you want to hear more from Russ Pitts, the co-founder of Take This, he’s been a guest on my podcast, Just Talking, not once, but twice. There’s plenty of talk about Take This in both episodes which should help you get a better idea of Take This‘ mission.

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The Result of Turning Off Notifications

Over the past few months I’ve taken pointed efforts to reduce the time I spend staring at my phone. While social media is great, and ensuring all my emails are marked as read is a worthwhile goal, I wasn’t doing a great job of living in the moment. So I turned off nonessential alerts on my phone. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – the apps themselves stayed on my phone, but their frequency of use dropped as the number of times my phone updated in the background decreased.

I’m still not sure if that’s enough to get me back in the moment, but I’ve certainly felt detached from the diabetes community as a result of these efforts. Recently I’ve made somewhat public statements that it felt like the community was shrinking or changing, but I wasn’t looking in the right direction for an explanation.

This is the result of my own actions. So now the challenge is to find a way to continue to embrace and engage the diabetes community, but in a healthy way.

This should be interesting.