Friday, November 24, 2017

How fast is fast when it comes to insulin?

I was excited to learn that Fiasp, an extremely fast-acting insulin that I first heard about earlier this year, finally received FDA approval back in September.  Fiasp had been available in the UK for a little while already, so it's big news that it's finally been approved here.

Reading up a little on Fiasp, what I've found is that it doesn't seem to have a shorter overall time than Humalog and Novolog, the other two major fast-acting insulins that are used today.  Fiasp supposedly hits its peak between 1 and 3 hours, and stays in your system for 3 to 5 hours, which sounds pretty similar to its competitors.

What's different about Fiasp is that it starts working so much faster.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

My Medtronic 670G experiences: Making this pump work

I blogged recently about starting to use the Medtronic 670G.  After my history with diabetes, I really love this pump!  I've gotten to know a lot of people other people on this pump and I've discovered a lot of people really struggle with it in the beginning.  I don't know if I adapted more quickly because I'd never been on a pump before and didn't have to unlearn previous habits, or because I never developed the control freak approach to managing my diabetes, or for some combination of several factors... but I've done pretty well on the 670G.

Here's what I've learned about making the 670G work well for you.

Monday, November 6, 2017

My Medtronic 670G experiences: Why I love this pump

Before I talk about the specifics about the Medtronic 670G, I want to start out by saying this is why I love this pump:

Maybe this doesn't seem all that great to you, right off the bat.  To understand why it's so amazing to me, you'd have to understand how things were going before the 670G.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

My Medtronic 670G experiences: My story

A while back I posted about getting the Medtronic 670G, but then I had a long blogging hiatus that was mostly just caused by a busy year and not a lot of time spent on my own writing projects (blogging is only one of many).

I'm not sorry, though, because after six months on the Medtronic 670G -- and over five months in auto mode -- I think I have a much better understanding of the system, and can give a better overview of my experiences.

In addition, I've also been helping to admin a Facebook support group for the 670G.  Seeing what new people struggle the most with -- not to mention helping so many new users of this pump -- has helped me understand what is the most helpful for people to know about the system.

Whether you're researching the 670G, trying to make a decision, or recently started using the system, I hope my experiences will be helpful.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Just a girl and her artificial pancreas

I promised some big news and then dropped the ball.  I'm so sorry if you've been waiting patiently (or impatiently) since I hinted at my big news on my post about resisting the AHCA.

(Our work there isn't done yet, by the way.  It seems as fast as we defeat one bill, they come up with another, even worse plan.  Stay on your toes and continue to make your phone calls, write your letters, and RESIST!)

But here's my big news!  Two months ago I got on the Medtronic 670G, the pump + CGM that is being called an artificial pancreas (even though that's probably a bit of an exaggeration).

Saturday, July 8, 2017


I apologize for not having blogged in so long, especially when there is so much going on with health care right now.  The AHCA had me terrified -- and the Senate version of the bill, even more so.

I hear a lot of denial from people -- "They couldn't possibly pass it!  How could they take health care away from millions of people?"  "They'll never agree long enough to pass it" and the like.  But the fact of the matter is, we said that about the House version of the bill, and it even appeared dead -- until suddenly it wasn't, and they held a vote and passed it.

I'm afraid they'll do the same with the Senate version of the bill, so here's what I'm asking everyone to do to help.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The American Diabetes Association and the medical community speak out

Independent doctors groups within the medical community, including the American Diabetes Association, have been speaking out against what people are calling "Ryancare," and what I called "Obamacare lite" in a couple of previous posts (Obamacare lite and More on Obamacare lite).

Here is the American Diabetes Association's press release about their misgivings regarding Ryancare:

American Diabetes Association Expresses Deep Concerns with Affordable Care Act Repeal Legislation and Impact on Millions with Diabetes

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More on Obamacare lite

I posted last night about Obamacare lite, the newest GOP plan for replacing the ACA.  Although it's not a terrible plan and won't have quite the devastation as simply repealing Obamacare and all its protections, it definitely has some issues.  I mentioned some of them, such as the reduction in subsidies, last night.

But the more I read about it and talk to others, the more problems I'm finding, such as:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Obamacare Lite

Today Republicans announced their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare lite," according to Rand Paul.

As the nickname would indicate, the plan isn't far from the ACA, which is a good thing for most of us.  The taxes would go away, but so also would some of the subsidies, which isn't as good a thing.  But there would still be subsidies for singles who make under $75,000 and families with total incomes over under $150,000.

Of course, my biggest concern would be how the plan treats preexisting conditions, and ensuring that they don't resurrect lifetime caps or high-risk pools.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The rape of the Affordable Care Act

I've resisted blogging in a long time.  At first, right after the election, I was just plain discouraged and sometimes downright depressed.  But as the headlines started piling up, I started to become energized and motivated to activism.  I was pretty active for weeks after the inauguration, although I've settled down now into a fairly steady, but not quite so consuming routine of activism.

Unfortunately, the more time passed, the more the headlines piled up, and now I just don't know where the ACA/Obamacare stands anymore.  There have been so many conflicting headlines:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obamacare helps you more than you know

In my continued rant about the likelihood of losing the Affordable Care Act, which allows diabetics like myself to rest easy knowing we'll always be able to get health care, here is another gem:

6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

Obamacare didn't just mandate that everyone needed health insurance, any more than it just set up a marketplace where people could buy health insurance policies directly.  It even did more than protect people with preexisting conditions, like diabetes (although I have to admit that is my favorite part of it).  There are also a number of things the ACA did for us that we're going to regret losing.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The truth about Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has been in the headlines a lot lately.  Republicans intend to repeal it once Trump takes office, and the only thing that remains to be seen is how quickly it'll happen.

This, of course, scares the hell out of me.  Obamacare is responsible for me being able to get health insurance at all.  I should address why this is sometime, and why I support the ACA with every fiber of my being, just in case some of you have forgotten what health insurance was like before the ACA was passed.  But not right now, as this particular post is about fact checking the claims about Obamacare.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


I have to apologize for having been silent so long, especially during all of the upheaval this fall.  Truth be told, I was despondent for a long time after the election, and the many headlines about the fate of the Affordable Care Act just made it worse.  I'm terrified for the fate of my health care, hell, for my health.