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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dexcom

I typically wear the sensor for my Dexcom cgm (continuous glucose monitor) somewhere on my belly which I change every 7 days.  I rotate my sites along with the site for my insulin pump (which I change every 3 days) on the left side of my stomach/lower back for a couple weeks and then switch to the right side of my stomach/lower back for a couple weeks, being mindful not to insert the site in the same spot too often and build up scar tissue.  Recently though I gave my Dexcom a go on my arm for a change.   While my insulin pump is usually always (since I clip my pump to a belt at my waist or my pants/shorts) , the site for my pump and the sensor for my Dexcom are always hidden since they're inserted on my stomach.  So, it was interesting wearing my cgm site so...out there this time.  I had a couple people ask me if it was jewelry and a handful of people who just asked a simple, "hey what's that".   My favorite though was when a curious kid I know who asked me about it and I told him I was sort of a robot.  I had fun with that one :)  "wait you're really a robot! But that doesn't make any sense!"
In other dexcom/t1d news, I'm really, really excited for a photoshoot I have on Saturday for T1D Exposed The Nude Diabetes Advocacy Project !  Since day 1 of having an insulin pump/cgm I knew I wanted to find ways to encourage others to see the beauty in the somewhat weirdness of wearing these devices and I was so excited when I learned about T1D Exposed who's mission is to promote awareness and connect people with type one diabetes.  A calendar celebrating the unique beauty of type one diabetics, with our robot parts and all...exposed.  Type one diabetes changes our bodies so much and we have to adapt to a completely new version of "normal" and T1D Exposed is an avenue to truly embrace that change.


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