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Bright Spots and Landmines Review on YouTube

Hey everyone. I finally did my review of Adam Brown’s Bright Spots and Landmines and decided to do it over on YouTube. I have embedded the video just below, but you can also click over to YouTube to watch the video with this link.

In order to be eligible to win the FREE copy of Adam’s book, you must Like, Comment and Share the video on YouTube.

If you’d like to purchase Adam’s book you can do so with this link (http://amzn.to/2uxOfHO), I believe it is priced at less than $7 which is awesome.

Hope you enjoy!

My Backup Plan When My Insulin Pump Fails

The other night I was up late working and needed to rewind my pump and fill up a new reservoir. I knew the battery was low, but I was hoping I could just make it to the morning because I was in my office where I didn’t have any spare batteries.

While in the middle of rewinding the pump alerted me that the battery was dead and the pump needed to be restarted. Once I restarted, I tried to rewind the pump again, but I could tell that it already finished rewinding.

I attempted to rewind and it would get another area and need to be restarted.

This just kept happening over and over and over.

At that time, I knew the pump was having some sort of motor issue and was done.

This was at about 1:45 AM.

The back up plan was needed.

Luckily, I always try and keep some form of long-acting insulin at home. I usually get this from my endo as samples that haven’t been used and she needs to get rid of.

I took a lower dose of what I would normally take for basal insulin because I knew I had a lot of insulin on board at the time.

First thing in the morning, I called Medtronic and went through the troubleshooting and determined that indeed the pump was not going to work. Since the pump is under warranty a new one would be sent out to me overnight and I would receive it by noon the next day. That’s almost a 24 hour turnaround time.

Replacement MiniMed 630G Insulin PumpPretty amazing.

The point of the story here is that we all must have a backup plan if using an insulin pump.

Do you have one?

Do you have any long-acting insulin? Do you have your pump settings saved? Do you know how much basal insulin you need?

If you don’t have a plan yet, then I highly recommend speaking with your doctor or healthcare professional in order to create an insulin pump failure backup plan.

As I was finishing this up, I heard the horn.

There was the big brown truck with my replacement pump.

Time to get connected again.

Here’s a link to the first unboxing of the MiniMed 630G, this should bring back memories.

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Weekend Reading – July 15th, 2017

I catch up on a lot of reading on Saturday’s so I decided to just start sharing some of the posts that I’m reading from the week before.

I’ll be doing this every Saturday in my weekly email newsletter.

So, if you would like to see what I’m reading and get weekly updates from the DOC then sign up below:

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Here is a little taste of what you will see every Saturday.

New in Diabetes Drugs: Healthier Hearts, Improved Glucose Management – DiaTribe

Flashes of Diabetes Inspiration from Friends For Life 2017 – DiabetesMine

Could Gene Editing Be Used to Cure Diabetes? – DiabetesMine

Why People With Type 1 Diabetes Shouldn’t Compare Themselves With Others – Diabetes Daily

COLLEGE DIABETES NETWORK ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH AGAMATRIX – College Diabetes Network

WHAT I WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW ABOUT MY DIABETES – Medtronic The LOOP

Recipe for FFL – Six Until Me

I’ve Been Nominated for a WEGO Health Award

I’ve been nominated for a 2017 WEGO Health Award. I have been nominated in the Healthcare Collaborator – Patient category. I am honored to have been nominated.

This aware is for people who speak at conferences, consult with healthcare companies to try and make change in the healthcare industry.

This is something that I am passionate about, and one reason I receive a lot of negative feedback from some.

As someone with diabetes, I know that I have to rely on products that are manufactured by businesses in order to survive. So, I can just constantly battle with these businesses or I can work with them to find common ground and help them make advancements with the community as whole.

I have to live with them, so why not live peacefully with them.

You can click on the badge on the right hand side of the screen for desktop or scroll down to the bottom if you’re on mobile to vote.

You can also just click here:

Vote Chris Stocker – The Life of a Diabetic for Healthcare Collaborator: Patient

I greatly appreciate your vote.

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Why I Took a Long Break and What You Can Expect from Me in the Future

Over the last year, especially the last 6 months, I have not been updating this blog as frequently as I did in the past. There are several reasons for it, but the main one is simply for the fact that I just didn’t feel like it.

Why didn’t I feel like it?

Because I am just tired of the constant bickering within the diabetes community.

Just like anything in life, you can never please everyone. I don’t ever even try to please everyone, because it’s impossible.

But I felt like the blog just wasn’t getting as much feedback as it once did, but I was continuing with great engagements on Facebook and Twitter and felt like I was helping people there.

I also stepped back from the amount of interaction I did on Twitter as well because that’s just the worst place in the world right now.

I love Twitter and hate it at the same time.

Twitter has given every one a much louder voice, which in my opinion is a blessing and a curse.

It’s great because it allows people to voice their opinions and be heard.

But it sucks because those same people turn into internet trolls and bullies towards people that do not support them or do not agree with their views.

An opinion is an opinion, it’s personal, it’s not a fact. So, your opinion may not actually be right. To you, it is. But to me, it may not be. Or maybe I agree with you, but I have higher priorities.

That’s what the diabetes community has become.

There are many initiatives involving insulin pricing and helping people get insulin, healthcare laws, partnerships between companies and more. I’ve seen some of these groups attack others because they don’t work directly with their group and support another group instead.

This is just absurd in my mind.

I have written about this idea in the past.

We all have different passions. We all have different things we can advocate for. I am going to advocate for what I feel like I can do the best at. It may not align with you. It doesn’t mean I don’t agree with your advocacy, it just simply means, I can’t advocate for everything because nothing will ever get accomplished.



If you don’t respect what others are advocating for, how do you expect someone to respect you and your cause?

So, what can you expect from me in the future?

I’m going to be here. I’m going to be writing (and Vlogging, which you will see more of my life in general, not just diabetes).

I’m going to be writing about what peaks my interests. What I’m advocating for. What I’m having issues with or troubles with during my life.

You can read, or you can just block me. I’d appreciate the reading choice, but if you don’t like it here, the back button is located in the corner of your browser and you are more than welcome to hit it at any time.

If not, I’ll see you around the DOC some more.

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Weird and Funny Keywords from April – VLOG

Every month I check the keywords that people searched to get to my blog. I like to see questions that people are asking because it helps me answer people’s actual questions. Anyway, some times there are some weird and funny keywords, so here is a few of them from April – https://youtu.be/F69s2g1dBzQ

The Feeling of Guilt at 3:00 AM

Last week I posted a VLOG episode that started out with a 3:00 AM low blood sugar that required my wife to go downstairs to get some apple juice for me. Unfortunately, the same thing happened last night. I woke up around 3:15 AM to use the bathroom and I instantly started to feel lightheaded, sweating a lot and just discombobulated (first time I ever typed that word).

I instantly staggered out to my work desk where I keep a bag of Starburst Jelly Beans (thanks after Easter sales). But they just weren’t doing the job.

As I sit on the edge of the bed trying to not make a lot of noise with the bag of jelly beans because I don’t want to wake up my wife, I hear her say, “Do you need some juice?” My initial thought in my head was, “absolutely I need some because this is a bad low.” But, then that feeling of guilt sets in. The feeling that I don’t want my wife to have to get out of bed, go all the way down the stairs to the kitchen, fill up a glass of juice, bring it back upstairs and then have to try and fall back asleep. I’d much rather her just lay there and sleep.

So, I first answered her with a, “no, I’ll be fine. The jelly beans should do the job.” But I ate 1/3 of the bag already and I’m not feeling any better. I need something to react quick! Juice is what’s going to do it. But, I still don’t want her to have to wake up and get out of bed, this is my low blood sugar, not hers.

starburst jelly beans for low blood sugarsThen I somehow started to do some basic math in my head. I had my pump off for dinner because I needed to do a site change and didn’t feel like doing it until after I took a shower. So, I took an injection for dinner, then took an injection for a snack and a correction and then put my pump back on and didn’t adjust my temp basal at all. So, I realized I had a lot of insulin in my body and I needed to feed it some sugar.

So I finally gave in, “actually, I’m going to need some juice, I’m sorry. Can you please get me some? Sorry”

If you could see the speed of which my wife jumps out of bed to get downstairs to get my juice, you would think she’s starring in the new Wonder Woman movie.

As she came in with the juice, Kool-Aid last night, I said thank you and sorry again. Her response is always, “stop saying sorry, it’s fine.”

But it’s not.

I always have the same feeling of guilt every time this happens in the middle of the night. If I can make it downstairs myself, I will, but some times these lows have me extremely light headed, it’s extremely dark, 2 baby gates to step over, it can be tricky for someone fighting with a low.

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Even after I’m starting to feel better (which usually means I’m going to go high soon because I over-corrected, which I always do in the middle of the night), she doesn’t fall back asleep until she knows that I’m good to go.

This is what it’s like to have a life partner that’s with you through thick and thin and there for you for every low and also my short-tempered highs as well (we’re still working on those situations).

I’m not sure the guilt will ever go away, but the guilt quickly turns into thankfulness and appreciation.

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Switch It Up Book Review

This book was sent to me for free in exchange for writing a review. See my disclosure page here. Links included in article may include affiliate links.

Also, read until the end to find out about a giveaway for this book!

As you may remember, my wife and I have been trying to eat a lot healthier. Not so much a diet, but more of a lifestyle change. I have been trying to cut out as many carbs as possible in order to lower my insulin usage and hopefully increase my insulin sensitivity levels.

So, when I was asked to review a copy of Switch It Up: A Fresh Take On Quick and Easy Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for a Balanced Life by Corinne Trang I thought it was a no brainer because I really need some new recipes.

This book is one of the American Diabetes Association books.

One of the main issues that my wife and I always have is repetitiveness. We find something that we like that is healthy, but then we overdo it and then we start to get bored with it. Once I get bored with something, then it just makes me want to go and eat unhealthy food that may be quick to fix for dinner.

The pictures in this cookbook are unbelievable. A lot of the times my wife may find a recipe online but it’s filled with ads all over the page, confusing cooking instructions or you have to sign up for something in order to read the full recipe. That’s why I like good ole’ fashioned cookbooks and recipe books.
So far, some of my favorites have been the Curry Spiced Chicken Breast, Avocado Corn and Tomato Salad, and Pork Lettuce Wrap with Prune Relish.

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We’re just getting started with this book though, so I’m sure we will have a lot more favorites soon.

Finally, I am going to be giving away one FREE copy of Switch It Up to one lucky winner. Here’s how to enter in order to win:

1. Comment below or on Facebook (you can use the Facebook comments below)

2. Like this post on Facebook

3. Share this post on Facebook and/or Twitter (You can simply click to tweet below)

Once doing all three you will automatically be entered to win a FREE copy of this book.

Winner will be selected on May 10, 2017.

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All images in this post are credited to: ©2017 by Corinne Trang. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. Switch It Up is available at ShopDiabetes.org, in bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733. Food Photography: Corinne Trang

Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) Releases New Advocacy App – Review

If you haven’t heard of the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) yet, then you can check them out with the link and you can read everything that I’ve written about them over the last couple of years by clicking on this custom search.

I have been a huge fan of DPAC from the day I found out about them. They have done so much for diabetes advocacy that it’s unreal. They have truly made it so easy and simple to advocate. You can go to their website and just click on your reps names and send them tweets and emails. Seriously, how much easier can it get?

Well, they actually did just make it that much more easier. Like many others, I live on my phone or iPad. I’m connected to it at all times. I love apps. I particularly love apps that do good. And this one does.

Now, you can simply download the DPAC App and advocate right from your phone.

 

Well, here’s my initial review of the app.

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Once I downloaded the app, it was super easy to set up. You can link to your Facebook or Twitter account or email if you would like. This creates your profile for others to see. I love the idea of building a community around advocacy. It helps me knowing that others are participating in some of the same efforts that I am.

The profile set up part was super easy.

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By inputting your address, the app is able to figure out exactly who your reps and Senators are and makes it super easy to then contact them.

The next part was to simply take action, already. For me, the easiest, quickest thing to do was going to be to Tweet my Representative. So, that’s what I clicked on. Once you click on Tweet your Representative, a second option pops up for which one you want to tweet to. Click on the button and it will automatically draft your tweet for you. You can add more to the tweet if more characters are available. If you don’t want to edit, then just simply send the tweet.

Finally, you will get confirmation of your tweet and you can go back and start taking more actions.

Earning Points

People are driven by success. Success can be measured in any way that you want to. I am super competitive, in anything. I compete against my diabetes to beat it. I compete against fellow advocates, because I don’t want to be out-advocated. It drives the advocacy efforts.

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Doing more to collect points is a way to keep people engaged and keep people doing more. If you’re last on the leaderboard and you feel like you’ve done enough, chances are, you haven’t, so you will want to do more.

Do More.

It’s a quote I have everywhere around my life. Simply, Do More.

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So, there’s my review. The app is super easy to navigate. It really does make advocating so easy. You can do this while waiting in your doctor’s office, while you’re waiting for the water to boil for dinner, in the bathroom, waiting for your coffee to brew, anywhere!

Download the app here (iOS Link)

Get Up Out That Seat

First off, Happy Easter everybody.

I recently wrote about my decision to purchase an Apple Watch to help in my diabetes management. One of my favorite things that I didn’t talk about was how the watch reminds me to stand up. As someone who owns a digital marketing agency, an e-commerce craft site and a multitude of affiliate marketing websites, I spend a lot of time in my chair all day. Like, a lot of time. Some times up to 16 hours a day just sitting.

All of that sitting is just horrible.

I have the app set up to remind me to stand up once every 30 minutes. I tend to work, when I plan it out, with the Pomodoro Technique which is work on one task only for 25 minutes an then take 5 minute break and then start back up for 25 minutes. So, I plan my days in 25 minute blocks. During those 5 minutes, I try and stand up and walk around or get a quick game of hide and seek with the kid (perks of working from home).

There are some days that I just sit for 3-4 hours at a time without getting up and oblivious to the world around me. Those are usually project launch days! The watch helps remind me with a little vibration every 30 minutes.

The more and more I use the watch and all of it’s features, the more and more I love it and can’t wait for the next product that Apple releases that can help manage my diabetes.