Circles

What’s cool, fashionable, and is now hoping to help children in other countries get the insulin they need?

A Blue Circle Pump Peelz, of course!

A few months ago, I sent an image to Scott from Pump Peelz for a design to use on the pods, Verio IQ, and Dexcom stickers. It was one I had made a couple of years ago for a phone skin, and hadn’t done much with it since. Some of you may recognize it if you participate in the monthly pictures on Instagram as being the background as last year’s photo that was the idea of Abby from SixuntilMe for November’s prompt. Scott said he would work with it and see if we can get some made.

And he did.

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This morning, I woke up to an image in my inbox and I was delighted. It looks pretty cool, I think. One request I had was that the proceeds be donated to the IDF’s Life For A Child, and Scott happily obliged. I’ve also asked that one be made for the Dexcom for those of you who aren’t on the Omnipod, which is in the works as well.

Thank you SO VERY much, Scott, for adding my design of the IDF’s WDD Blue Circles to your Pump Peelz line up! The name of this design is Sarah’s Circles, but in reality, it’s everyone’s circles. I hope that in some small way this will help the children and others who are in need.

To read more about the IDF’s Life For A Child program here.

What’s New Monday No. 4

1. One thing that’s new is my new (replacement) BLUE Animas Ping pump.

I had been on the fence about whether to wait to upgrade in December or just get the broken, cracked green one I had replaced. After a lot of talking with Erik, I decided to get it replaced. I was told I would have to get a green one because they can’t replace and swap them out with a different color (I asked if I could get a pink replacement), and I was perfectly fine with that. I mean, my blog colors are blue, green, and purple, so pink would just be out of “range” anyways. Well, when the replacement Ping came, I opened the box and actually gasped. Then I laughed. I couldn’t believe it. I had been sent a blue one by accident… and what’s so cool about it is that I got it on November 1st! The FIRST day of National Diabetes Awareness Month! So far, I am back in love with the Ping. Not because it’s blue, but I really do think something was freaky wrong with my other one. I don’t have problems with the buttons like I did with the green one. I probably should have had it replaced way before, but I didn’t know they were as un-responsive as they were until I got this blue one. Oh, and I’ve chosen to name this one. My cousin actually nicknamed me “Blue Fireball” (long story) before I got it, so I’m passing on the nickname to it.

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2. Even though I love the Contour Next USB Link meter, it doesn’t upload into Diasend. So, I’ll be switching back to the Verio meter. It’s not the best, but it’s better than my other meters. I’m very much a “data-driven” diabetic, and I do not like having multiple places to upload all of my equipment. I’m not going to upload my pump one place, my meter another place, and my CGM another. If I can at least keep my pump and meter combined into one place, I’m good.

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3. Scott from PumpPeelz, the OmniPod skin maker, messaged me and asked if I would spread the word about their new product. They have teamed up with Team Type 1 to make an awesome design for a OmniPod Pump Peelz with the TT1 logo on it. Sales from it will help benefit Camp Kudzu, a camp to help “educate, empower, and inspire children living with diabetes”. I’m very much a diabetes camp fan, and I know how it is to need to raise the funds to keep these types of things going for the kids. The years I had gone, I was able to go via “scholarship”, and was SO very thankful to have that opportunity. Camp is something that I believe every single child with diabetes should be able to experience, so any cause that helps a diabetes camp out, I’m all for. If you use the OmniPod, please consider getting one of these “skins”. They’re cool, durable, and helps an awesome cause.

Photo courtesy of Scott from PumpPeelz

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 4. Oh, and JUST in case you missed it, there’s a National Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-A-Day challenge on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. I wrote about it Friday, as well as many others, and it’s a BIG hit. If you’re not a part of it, JOIN IN THE FUN! You’ll be glad you did. If you need the prompts again, here they are:

 You just take a picture in Instagram, tag it with the day’s topic and #ndamphotoaday and share it! That’s it! Come on… you know ya want to! Wanna see what others have posted? Look at the feed here.

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5. Even though I love my blue Ping, I’m still going to move forward with getting the t:slim. I’ll keep it as a backup, and all of my other pumps (except for the Revel) are going to be traded in. The Revel is being packed up in a special box and when my cousin needs it, it’s all hers. I will pay to have the warranty transferred at that time, but I just don’t see the point of having a bazillion pumps in my possession for “backup”s. I know she will take care of it too. My decision to do chose the Revel was because I know the sets for the Ping will interchange with the t:slim, and I’ll only have to hold on to a couple of boxes of reservoirs for it, not a whole enchilada of supplies for the Revel. I don’t want to have happen with the Revel that I did with my old Spirit pump – I went through my stuff a couple of weeks ago and found BOOKOODLES of reservoirs and sets that are now expired. And, call me crazy, but my numbers have done better on the Ping. I have YET to figure that one out.

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That’s about it. I hope you all have a great week. Happy voting tomorrow!

Friday Find – Pump Peelz!

One of the cool things that I like about the Minimed Revel is that you can customize the look of it. And, for a while, they were the only ones that you could do that to. Well, not anymore.

Scott Imblum is an awesome innovator. After his wife started on the OmniPod, he began to think of ways to personalize it. We can personalize cell phones, laptops, even our cars… why not our pumps? Especially since the pod is literally stuck to you. His original idea (which, from what I understand, they are still working on) was to create a snap-on type of case that can be customized and reused as many times you would like. Unfortunately, the cost to design and make them is high, and they needed to find a way to start creating funding towards them. So, he had an idea. What about a sticker?

And thus, Pump Peelz was born. I’m not going to lie. The first prototype they showed on their Facebook wall was of a ladybug and I completely went all girly “EEEEEK!!!! – WANT!” in that very instant. (That was in August when I was on the Omnipod system. ) After contacting Scott to see if he would let me try one out for a FridayFind post, he agreed and I recieved them mid-September. I’ve had a lot going on with school and welcoming a new baby into the family (NOT me, my sister-in-law!) that I’ve sort of let time slide by, and for that, I apologize.

So, for the sake of trial, I went bionic for a while. Not only was I reconnected to my Revel pump and CGM, as well as the Dexcom CGM (some trial testing of those going on again), I also had a pod that had failed during prime stuck to me as well:

 The installation of the Pump Peelz was easy. I just lined up the cut out for the pod window and then stuck the sticker down the middle of the top of the pod. Then, carefully, I smoothed down the edges. I’ll have to say, this thing is pretty awesome. It takes a couple of tries the first time to get it lined up just right, but the re-application was a breeze. (Yes! Thy’re reusable too!)

These pics are after the 3rd day of wear and complete removal and reapplication.  Not only did it hold up beautifully, but it the sticker didn’t peel up or get icky after the re-application. It has survived yet another reapplication since as well. It’s been submerged in water too (you know, for people who swim or take long baths…. that sort of thing). I have to admit. I wanted to really put it through the ringer, and it has held up! My concern when I saw that he was creating a sticker and when I saw the price was, was it worth spending $6 on a sticker for a pod that may only stay on 2-3 days? Is it reusable? How many times? I’m not sure how many more reapplications it can use, but I’m stopping at three just because of time-constraints in that I really needed to get this post up. But honestly, I think it could last a month easily if you take the time to carefully apply and reapply it – maybe longer.

Scott actually sent me three skins. I was hoping to stay on the OmniPod system, but due to absorption issues, I can’t, so I have two extra. I have the Zebra print and the Flower print. So, I’m going to do my first ever “game” from my blog. Share my post and leave a comment that you have shared it. Next Friday, I will put the numbers of the comments into a random number picker and the number that comes up will get the Pump Peelz.

Oh, and if you go to their site, you can see all of the cool Fall and Halloween ones! How COOL is that?