From the Mailbag: Comedy, D-Shirts, and Lack of Pumps

Among those emailing me this week out of pure interest, and/or requesting plugs (I’m always up for a good cause!) are:
* Shawn Lesser of Showcase Comedy in Atlanta, GA, running a “laughs campaign” to raise $100,000 for diabetes in 80 days.
* Gina from DiabetesTalkFest reminding us that voting has begun on the Diabetes T-shirt slogan contest. Click here to vote before April 30.

–> If you’re in the New York area, Gina also…

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Diabetes and the Blogosphere

I spent yesterday at a Bite PR blogging conference with icon presenters the likes of Doc Searls, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, Tom Foremski of Silicon Valley Watcher, and Mark Jen, the guy who got fired from Google recently for blogging about their stuff.
I came away more convinced than ever that: 1) we are just experiencing the tip of the iceberg here — blogs have reinvented publishing forever; 2) traditional media still “doesn’t get…

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Continuous Monitoring: The Next Big Thing

Working in the fast-paced technology industry as I do, I just can’t fathom why they haven’t yet come up with a viable device to continuously monitor blood glucose levels. I mean something you wear on your ankle, or wrist, or ear lobe, you know? OK, they tried the wrist with the GlucoWatch, but that was a burnout –- literally -– because it hurt patients’ skin and proved inaccurate.
But with all our hopes for islet…

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It’s My Blog and I’ll XXXX if I Want to

I’ve been getting offers lately to write for diabetes newsletters and “official” diabetes Web sites. I’ve been giving this some serious thought. While I utterly appreciate the interest — believe you me! — I feel I’m developing a somewhat obsessive attachment to “Diabetes Mine.”
I mean, if something sucks I want to be free to say so. DIABETES SUCKS! There, see?! I want to be able to say that and a lot more, all with…

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Road Trip

I drove over 400 miles one way to take my kids to Disneyland this week. A few Diabetic Observations on this road trip:
1) If you drive long distances regularly, you really need to be on the pump. I just couldn’t stand to stop the car just to inject myself, so got way high and all out of control the whole @%&* travel day.
2) Oooh, the layers of complexity with packing! Insulin on ice,…

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