Joslin Center Endocrinologist Appointment – Time for a New Endo?

Originally, this post was going to focus predominately on my disappointment with having to switch back to seeing my endocrinologist at our local Joslin Diabetes Center.  After leaving the Joslin Center roughly two years ago due to problems with Joslin not being able to respond to refill requests in a timely manner (it once took over two weeks), I started seeing my endo at her private practice in a... read more

Travel Lancets – Disposable Lancets for Quick Blood Glucose Testing

Every diabetic has to do a fingerstick to test their blood sugar level multiple times a day but sometimes the necessity comes at the most inopportune time.  A few months ago while we were waiting at Walgreens for my husband to get his flu shot, I tripped over a product that made the task easier and quicker.  They are called travel lancets (available online here).  These are single use lancets that... read more

Continuous Glucose Monitor Sensor Insertion FAIL

Obviously it’s not a good thing when you are inserting your continuous glucose monitor sensor and the inserter needle only goes halfway into your abdomen, while at the same time across the expanse of sensor wrappers, alcohol swabs and CGM supplies currently littering your kitchen table, your wife’s eyes open wide as if she just witnessed a circus acrobat only get one hand onto the trapeze.  The... read more

Bret Michaels Diabetes Interview – Life as a Type 1 Diabetic

Ever since I was a kid back in the 80s, I’ve always liked the band Poison.  I can remember lying on my bed next to my small stereo cassette player, my hand on the record button as I waited for Poison to rock the airwaves.  I’d sing along to ballads like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Fallen Angel”.  I didn’t know what a diabetic was and I didn’t know that the lead singer of my then... read more