Alicia: UnLeashed! march 2019 article: Why Have Diabetes Tech Companies Not Supported Customer Service?
Alicia: UnLeashed! February 2019 article: Being in a relationship with someone with diabetes can be a special challenge!
Alicia: UnLeashed! July article: The right tools for the job: get more refined results by using more than 2 insulins
My dad is a mechanic, so I spent my formative years leaning over engines and climbing on car lifts getting covered in grease stains and rust. So it's probably no big surprise that I turned out to be pretty mechanically inclined which helped develop my skills in assessment and diagnostics as a nurse. I find myself frequently using automotive metaphors for health. When you think about it, the two worlds are not too different. There are all these different size and shape vehicles similar to the different people in the world. Some bodies are specialized and are good at different things, but they all run more or less the same way similar to all the vehicles in the world. Bodies, just like vehicles all need routine maintenance to run optimally and maintain their capabilities over as long a life as possible. We have all heard the analogies that our body is like a car, we need to fuel it, keep good tires on it, and take it for an oil change every so often. Taking your car to my dad or the guy a hundred miles down the road will provide you with more or less the same oil change. For people, this is the equivalent of getting our flu shot at the pharmacy, no need for advanced know how or even to know me as an individual. Just do the thing and move on until next time. Rusty old beater, or shiny new racer, we all get the same oil change/flu shot - this is maintenance. But what happens when there is something wrong? This is where trouble starts. If you let this problem with a car go on for so long, it may [...]
Alicia: UnLeashed! October article: When you have Diabetes: Why you NEED a doctor when you are WELL .... We have all heard the analogies that our body is like a car, we need to fuel it, keep good tires on it, and take it for an oil change every so often.
Alicia: UnLeashed! September article: Dia-Bullying- Back to school tips for students with Type 1 diabetes and their families. As we settle into the school year and the changes of these first few weeks we often see rises in blood sugar or changes in eating patterns that seem to defy control.
Alicia: UnLeashed! July article: A basic guide to sanity and civility for we people with diabetes. I'd like to share my experience with interacting with the diabetes world online without feeding the trolls.
Alicia: UnLeashed! June article: I can often be heard reminding patients that their doctors work for them, not the other way around! We should Develop a "language of diabetes".
A recent discovery about the structure of the retinal blood vessels may give us some ammunition in the prevention of retinopathy beyond just tight blood sugar management.
Alicia: UnLeashed! April article: There are a lot of moments that unite people living with diabetes. But by far one of the most loathsome shared experiences is having an insurance company deny coverage for a medication or service. So what opens the door when the insurance company says no?
My In-Depth Review of the 2018 Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitor. I wanted to experience living with the Libre like anyone would for 10 days and gave it a complete test drive. Read about my experience: Alicia: UnLeashed!
Alicia: UnLeashed! February 2018 monthly article: What are the best mobile apps for insulin pump and CGM users? A detailed look at Type 1 Diabetes Pump Management Software and Devices in 2018
Alicia: UnLeashed! January 2018 monthly article: How to take control of resources available to Type 1 Diabetics