“Looping and Alive” and other apparel

Earlier this year I released a T-shirt design which related to having Type 1 Diabetes. Since then there have been several additions based on requests from other PWDs, and the collection has grown. The “Deliberately Non-compliant” one you see above was inspired by Renza at Diabetogenic. In case you feel any of these would suit you, you …

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AAA batteries for insulin pumps – Part 2

Recently I posted an analysis of the behaviour of various AAA batteries in my insulin pump. Second instances of some battery models have been completed, so we get a chance to review the initial conclusions. Here’s the graph with just the duplicated battery types: That’s still quite busy, so next we’ll look at just the …

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Carrying CR2032 batteries

We use many devices today that rely on batteries. Some of them rechargeable, some not. For essential equipment like BG meters, carrying spares is important! As well as in things like kitchen scales (useful for carb-counting food) the CR2032 “button cells” are used in many BG meters today. I’ve been caught out in the past …

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World Diabetes Day – November 14

Various events are being held around the globe to mark November 14: World Diabetes Day. At Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne’s west, there will be a T1D patient peer support event on the 14th entitled “How far away is the artificial pancreas?“. There will be three main speakers: two involved with the current Australian trials of the Medtronic …

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Cellnovo finally arrives

It’s November and Cellnovo, the latest insulin pump supplier in Australia, has finally started supplying pumps. Their consumable products appeared on the NDSS register in an update on the 1st of November, which means that users can now start using their products. As I wrote last month, Cellnovo had initially expected to have this available on …

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Which pump is that?

Here’s a Medtronic 640G sitting on top of the box it came in. But why is the photo on the box of a different pump? Notice the reservoir cap in the upper left of each. The pump on the left has a longer black extrusion sticking out of the pump, whereas the one on the right …

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Connected BG meters

Blood glucose meters are an essential tool for anyone with diabetes. Even those of us using Continuous Glucose Monitors need to manually check every now and then (e.g. to regularly calibrate the CGM). I’ve used many different meters over the years, but this isn’t going to be a history lesson. It’s more about some of today’s …

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Not your average pump

“My friend’s kid has one of those.” Not an unusual reaction if I describe my closed-loop insulin system to someone without diabetes. They’ve heard about insulin pumps, and not unreasonably assume that they take a lot of the work away by automatically adjusting the insulin dose as required. Because that seems an obvious application of …

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