What you need to know about Canada's newest insulin pumps

Posted by Daniel Bestvater RPh, CDE - T1 1977, Pumper 20+ years on Nov 17, 2018 8:10:42 AM

The Medtronic™670G  and the Tandem® t:slim X2™ insulin pumps have received approval from Health Canada.  This is very big news for the Canadian insulin pump market!

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Tags: managing diabetes, children with diabetes, diabetes community, life with diabetes, starting an insulin pump, Tandem® t:slim X2, Medtronic insulin pump, diabetes tips, diabetes, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes

Nightscout...the Original CGM Sharing Program

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 5 years ago. She was 6 years old at the time. All she knew about T1D was what she saw or heard from me. I've been managing a life with Type 1 for 20 years.

Before she was diagnosed, I used to hear whispers of new treatments, tools and potential cures coming down the pipe, but always with the tagline of '5-10 years from now'. They were right. That 5 years turned to 10, which quickly turned to 15 and now 20, yet - after millions of hours and dollars invested in research and development, I felt that there had been no significan progress. I had basically become numb to 'the pipeline' and had completely given up on 'the cure', until I tripped over Nightscout while scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook a few years ago.

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Tags: diabetes control, managing diabetes, diabetes community, life with diabetes, children with diabetes, Medtronic insulin pump, diabetes tips, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes, DIY pumping, DIY CGM, #WeAreNotWaiting

Talking About Diabetes: Why it’s helpful, why you might not want to, and how to go about it

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Sep 13, 2018 10:46:41 AM

There are a variety of reasons you might want to let some people in your life know about your diabetes. An obvious example might be that it can be helpful to have people in your life that can assist you in case your blood glucose levels are dangerously high or low, but even outside those emergency situations it can just be nice to know that you have other people in your life that are open and willing to support you through the everyday ups and downs of diabetes.

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Tags: reducing stress, mindfulness, diabetes community, life with diabetes, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes stress, mental health, diabetes tips, type 1 diabetes

What should I do if my pump fails?

Posted by Daniel Bestvater RPh, CDE - T1 1977, Pumper 20+ years on Sep 12, 2018 1:49:57 PM

Have you ever thought about what you would do if something happened to your insulin pump?

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Tags: managing diabetes, diabetes control, going on vacation with diabetes, traveling with diabetes, children with diabetes, life with diabetes, Animas®insulin pump, Tandem® t:slim X2, Medtronic insulin pump, Animas insulin pump, diabetes tips, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes

Finding Your Balance in the Transition to College and University

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Aug 27, 2018 9:51:00 AM

There is a dominant narrative that the period from your late teens to early twenties is simply about being carefree, trying new things, and finding your place in the world. This account is not entirely wrong, but it is quite often incomplete. Early adulthood might be filled with new and exciting experiences, but it is also an anxiety provoking time for a lot of people. Figuring out who you are as an individual, while also trying to fit in with your peer groups can be stressful; getting lost in the sudden lack of daily routine found in a lot of college and university timetables can be unsettling; while, uncertainty about your future education and career path can be overwhelming.  

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Tags: reducing stress, diabetes meditation, mindfulness, life with diabetes, diabetes and mental health, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes counselling, diabetes and depression, diabetes burnout, anxiety, mental health, diabetes, type 1 diabetes, going to school with diabetes, Going to college with diabetes, dealing with diabetes in university

What the Heck are IPX Ratings Anyway?

Posted by Kelly Evans, Type 1 '72, Pumper '15 on Aug 25, 2018 9:58:00 AM

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Tags: managing diabetes, going on vacation with diabetes, traveling with diabetes, life with diabetes, Animas®insulin pump, Medtronic insulin pump, diabetes tips, insulin pump, type 1 diabetes, waterproof, water resistance, IPX rating

A Little Self-Compassion Can Go a Long Way in Helping You Deal with Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Aug 13, 2018 10:00:18 AM

Diabetes can present as an incredible burden on those who live with it. There is a lot of social stigma felt by people with diabetes and those who care for them, which can lead to feelings of difference, isolation, and personal failure. The daily regiment of management is demanding and can be overwhelming. And the ups and downs of blood glucose levels can be exhausting and traumatic. All of these factors combined often lead people with diabetes to judge themselves harshly.

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Tags: diabetes meditation, mindfulness, diabetes control, managing diabetes, life with diabetes, diabetes and mental health, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, mental health, type 1 diabetes

When Worry Comes to Visit: Understanding and Managing Anxiety Related to Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Jul 24, 2018 9:03:59 AM

Those that live with diabetes, either themselves or have a loved one with the condition, know why worry can go hand in hand with having diabetes. Managing diabetes is something that seems to be on our minds all the time, even when not in the forefront of our thoughts. There are so many factors that can affect blood glucose levels that, even when you seem to have everything under control, levels can change quickly and drastically. And these ups and downs are not inconsequential—they interact with every area of our lives and sometimes in quite detrimental ways. This combination of unpredictability and the potential severity of consequences lays a ripe breeding ground for worries to grow.

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Tags: mindfulness, diabetes meditation, diabetes control, managing diabetes, diabetes and mental health, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes stress, diabetes counselling, diabetes and depression, diabetes burnout, anxiety, mental health, diabetes, reducing stress, type 1 diabetes

What Does ‘Self-Care’ Mean in the Context of Diabetes?

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Jul 9, 2018 1:43:34 PM

The term ‘self-care’ has become a somewhat of a buzzword these days. There are plenty of articles, memes, and graphics describing simple steps you can take for yourself to find a break from your hectic daily schedule—take a bubble bath, enjoy a piece of chocolate, create a daily gratitude journal. All of those things are nice, and potentially helpful, but they talk about self-care in terms that don’t take into account the reality of living with a chronic illness.

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Tags: mindfulness, children with diabetes, diabetes community, life with diabetes, diabetes and mental health, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes burnout, mental health, diabetes and depression, anxiety, diabetes tips, diabetes, type 1 diabetes

15 Travel Tips for Insulin Pumpers...part 2

Posted by Kelly Evans, Type 1 '72, Pumper '15 on Jun 30, 2018 11:16:00 AM

I’ve planned, booked, organised, packed, and said a not-so-tearful goodbye to my colleagues. I’ve loaded my e-reader with as many books as it will hold. I’ve checked every item off of my pre-travel checklist (get your copy here) and I’m ready to go. There ARE, however, a few things to still keep in mind while traveling with a pump.

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Tags: going on vacation with diabetes, traveling with diabetes, diabetes and airplanes, life with diabetes, insulin pump, infusion sets, travel list, diabetes supplies checklist, type 1 diabetes

     

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