Guest Post: Learning to deal with my own diabetes

When you’re diagnosed with type 1 at 22 like I was, your diabetes management starts out as all your own. There is no adolescent journey to independent care. A fact for which I’m sometimes thankful. Growing up is difficult enough, I don’t know what it’s like having diabetes added to that mix, but my guest blogger today knows exactly what it was like.

Corinne, the brain’s behind an award-winning diabetes life hack, Pumpstash, is sharing her story about learning to manage her type 1 diabetes on her own. (Corinne was recently named one of the winners of the DiabetesMine Patient Voices Contest. Just a reminder, I do a little work for them.)

Meet Corinne

My name is Corinne Logan, I am a 20 year old college student, have had type 1 diabetes for  almost 19 years, and been on the insulin pump for 14 years. Looking back through middle school and high school there are so pretty cringe worthy moments, from bad outfits, to dumb behavior, to learning how to deal with my diabetes on my own and figuring out what role it played in my daily life.

When I was 12 or 13 I was convinced I was mature and responsible enough to handle my life on my own. Nevermind that I couldn’t drive, had no income, and essentially had no clue what I was doing. This new quest for independence included wanting to handle my diabetes on my own. I didn’t want to have to call my Mom to confirm boluses, have my parents be in charge of my supplies, or calculate the best pre-sport practice snack. Just as I wasn’t ready to be responsible for myself in non-diabetes ways, I definitely wasn’t ready to handle diabetes on my own. Continue reading

One Box

The other day, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the UPS delivery man. I was expecting a box… a very large box.

As I held the very large box, I thought about what was inside. Continue reading

OmniPod: Where to put it? Can you see it? Does it hurt?

Three of the most common questions I see from people considering OmniPod are:

  1. Where do/can you put it?
  2. Can you see it through clothes?
  3. Does insertion hurt?

So I figured I would share my experiences to these questions. For the record, I’ve been using OmniPod since December of 2011, three months after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I went from multiple daily injections to the OmniPod, so I have no experience with any other kind of insulin pump.

Where do/can you put it?

From my OmniPod start kit

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Fun Stuff: Tweets, Fashion and Diabetes

I have some exciting things going that I want to share with you.

First, I’ve joined the Diabetes Mine Twitter feed, tweeting on their behalf a few hours each week. I’m really excited about this gig because it combines Twitter (which I love) and connecting within the diabetes community (which I also love). And Amy and Mike have been fantastic to work with! (Diabetes Mine Recently moved over to Healthline, you can read more about the team here.)

Photo by Allison Carey at The Plain Dealer

Second, I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with Allison at the Cleveland Plain Dealer to show off some refashions, talk about my personal style and chat about living with diabetes. The interview and photo shoot were a ton of fun and the story got posted yesterday afternoon.

Here are the refashions that were featured in my photo shoot:

My medical ID bracelets and PumpPeelz got shout outs as well. (Don’t forget, 20% off PumpPeelz orders with code: probablyrachel is only good until January 31!)

How would you describe your personal style?

10 Things My Diabetes Devices Have Been Confused With

I wear an OmniPod so I don’t deal with the common pager confusion but my pods, PDM and Dexcom still get confused with other things.

Here are 10 things my devices have been confused with, as said to me:

1. Is that a cell phone?

2. Why are you still using an old-school BlackBerry? (PDM)

3. That’s an intense nicotine patch, you must have smoked a lot.

4. Did you hurt yourself? (meaning: Is that a band aid?) Continue reading