Thursday, December 4, 2014

Asante MySnap - Review and Unboxing

As you may know, I have been using the Asante Snap Insulin Pump since my 30-day free trial in November of 2013. I thought they were cocky that I'd love it in 30 days, but I did, so it's been my pump of choice since Christmas Day 2013 when I unboxed my new red Snap (1.0).

Their latest product is called the MySnap and it's a user-designed color-customizable pump.

Using the MySnap designer, the user can choose from 11 different face and frame colors, as well as accents like patterns and colored button outlines. No two MySnaps have to look alike.

I chose a blue face with a blue frame. Shocking, I know.

They've made some respectable updates to their original product and I will outline them below.

Beyond the bright and beautiful colors, they've added a lovely high resolution color screen. THANK YOU! That was hands down the worst thing about Snap 1.0 and I've mentioned it in multiple places. It's 2014. I would like a nicer screen on a device I have to use everyday. (I'm looking at you next, Pebble Smartwatch.)

They have also added IOB to the home screen, as Insulet Omnipod did with their latest update. This is crucial information that helps us make management decisions and I appreciate quicker access to it.

The left button (from a sleeping screen) can now function as a shortcut to Temp Basal. Very useful and I've used it already in my first week. I still have my right button set as a shortcut to the Bolus Calculator.

A cannula prime now resets the Pump Alert (site reminder). That's a nice touch.

What's missing from MySnap? I'm not thrilled with the lycra case they sent. My husband likes it, but once again, I feel it's man-designed. I've already scratched my screen using it because I'm a bit of a klutz, so I've gone back to my Tallygear G4 standby case. And it works beautifully.

They also took away the option for Daily Alerts. I had been using these as a stand-in for missed meal bolus reminders after my usual breakfast, lunch, and dinner timeframes.

I'm quite pleased with the product after using it for a week and will shush now let you watch me try to unbox it with a 2yo and 4yo.

Try Snap for 30-days by clicking here in the month of December and my beloved Diabetes Hands Foundation gets a donation!

Disclosure: Asante Solutions provided me with a complimentary upgrade to their new MySnap insulin pump controller. They do not provide me with supplies or other compensation. My views are my own. My review of their product is unsolicited. This blog is not sponsored by any entity or corporation. I am not paid to review diabetes devices - I'm just obsessed with telling people what I think about ALL THE THINGS.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pale Blue Circle

Sagan described the earth as a
pale blue dot.
"On it, everyone you love, everyone you know,
everyone you ever heard of,
every human being who ever was,
lived out their lives."

I feel that same wonder
when I hold a vial of insulin in my hand.
How it looks like water,
and how, like water, everything I am depends on it.

It's like I'm holding my heart outside myself,
careful not to squeeze it too hard
or hold it too warmly.
Without it, I'd have died in an emergency room.
a ten year old girl.

Everything I love,
Everything I know,
Everything I've experienced as I live out this borrowed time,
I owe to these droplets of science swirling in a bottle.

To Banting, to Best,
To starving children who reached for the first syringes
with faith and hope.

All so that I could stand here today,
marveling at this solution.

A century later, children still die without it
in places my privilege has not reached,
who aren’t alive to argue for access
and need a voice,
but more than that,
a vial.

In their obscurity, without that access,
They wait for a hint that help will come from elsewhere
while we stockpile for ourselves.

We are all part of a pale blue circle,
hopeful children
to be preserved and cherished.

In my hand,
I clutch a drug that cannot cure,
could certainly kill,
and cannot be trusted,
but an elixir that means
another day of life for me
and a day less for those without it.

With reverence and fear,
I marvel at its fragility
and tuck it safely away,
overwhelmed at the responsibility
and the random chance of the universe
that I hold it
and they don't.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Strong and Simple Challenge

The Asante Snap Strong and Simple Challenge is a smart, simple, and quick way to share how their pump has helped make diabetes simpler for you.

For every video (1min or less) submitted, Asante will donate $25 to one of two charities - Diabetes Hands Foundation and Diabetes Youth Families.

If you use Snap or even if you're just doing your free 30-day trial of their pump, would you consider making a video and choosing Diabetes Hands Foundation (or the other fine charity, sure, but seriously, DHF)?

I made my video. On my iPhone. In my car. In a Target parking lot. (Because that's where it was quiet and where I could be childless.)

It's that easy.

Answer (1) how has diabetes made you stronger? and (2) how has Snap made diabetes simpler?

Upload your video here and view my video here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Than a Number

I am more than a number.
 I am a child with dreams and determination.
I want to succeed. I want to be healthy.
 I am listening, learning, doing my best.
I'm staying active. I'm eating right.
 I am the victim of a system that fails my family,
fails to educate, fails to innovate.
I thrive in spite of the standards. I rise above the average.
In more ways than one.
I try new therapies boldly, but blindly. Alone. Terrified.
I sing, I teach, I shine. And I struggle.
 I am more than a number.
I'm a woman with dreams and determination.
 I find partnership. I discover community.
We are more than our numbers.
I am a woman, a mother, and I'm still listening, learning.
I rise and fall, ebb and flow,
knowing that there is much I don't know.
I am not a statistic.
I am a human being.
I am more than a number.
So are you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

D-Parody: I'm Still Here

I'm Still Here
(a D-Parody of Elaine Stritch's Live at Liberty recording of Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" from Follies)

High times and low times, I've seen them all
and, my dear, I'm still here.
Stocked closet sometimes,
Sometimes syringes and tears,
but I'm here.

I've found test strips in my shoes,
miscalculated, sung the blues.
Seen all my hard work disappear,
but I'm here.

I've slept in the ER,
courtesy of DKA,
but I'm here.
Tangled with PR
when they muck up what they say,
but I'm here.

I've heard cutting edge talk from the best.
Counted exchanges with the rest.
When I couldn’t get pregnant,
was I depressed?
Pretty near.
But I became a DOC-er,
so I'm here.

I've gotten through diabetic coma.
Gee, that was fun and a half!
When you've been through diabetic coma,
anything else is a laugh!

I've been thru Saccharine, Splenda and Truvia too,
but I'm here.
Drank Diet Dr. Pepper
back when the cans were blue,
and I'm here.

Tried every gadget, every tool,
Still I don't log as a general rule.
I should've gone to medical school,
That much seems clear.
Still someone said, "She's been there",
so I'm here.

Target range one day,
next day it flies out of whack,
but I'm here.
Roller coaster Monday,
Tuesday, you're back in the black,
but I'm here.

First, you're a poster child they turn out,
then careening through college,
then you're burnt out,
Then you see CDE to CDE to CDE.
I've almost got this thing figured out,
so I'm here.

I've gotten through,
"My grandma had diabetes.
She lost both her feet.
Or better yet, "My dad used to have diabetes,
but, you know, he got the thing beat."

High times and low times, I've seen 'em all
and, my dear, I'm still here.
Stocked closet sometimes,
Sometimes syringes and tears,
but I'm here.

I've run the gamut of A1cs
15 to 5 dammit, C'est la vie.
At least I got to be here,
and I'm here!
They said there’d be a cure in five years
but I'm here!

I’m still here!
Look who's here!
I'm still here!