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I'm a glass-half-full type of girl. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, grave's disease and celiac disease in 2010 and life-altering allergies in 2013. I believe having a positive attitude is the only way to live with dis-ease. I also believe that life doesn't have to be PERFECT for it to be WONDERFUL. Dis-ease is expensive, so I live a frugal yet healthy lifestyle. This is just my blog; my day-to-day story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Omnipod should partner with Kindle to get a screen I can see in the sunlight.

Omnipod, you and I need to have a serious talk about your screen. I think you need to get together with Kindle technology. I mean seriously, what's wrong with your screen???? Why is it hard, no, not hard... IMPOSSIBLE to read your screen when it's sunny out????

Omnipod, this was me checking my blood sugar and trying to bolus today at the gas station. Do you see a problem here??

Your screen looks...blank. But it's not. If I block the light from outside, I am sometimes able to see the screen. But not without a lot of effort, and certainly not effort I would want to take driving (thus, why I was testing while pumping gas).

It's just one of those small things that could make our d-life a little easier.

Tonight I had one of those inevitable accidents with the pod on my arm. I didn't give enough clearance when walking through a doorway and knocked my two-hour-old pod right off. Since it was newly put on only an hour or two earlier, when the adhesive is still nice and new and strong, it also took with it the top layer of skin. Oouuuch. I guess I never noticed that I walk that close to door frames. Diabetes helps you to notice interesting things about yourself.

Happy to report that the 'betes has been pretty good lately. The low blood sugar issue I was having seems to have resolved itself and my pancreas seems to have returned to its old non-functioning self. Diabetes: it will teach you to be grateful for weird things. Like that.

I've gotten back into juicing and smoothie-ing again lately. Tonight I made a smoothie with spinach, strawberries, a frozen banana (but a fresh one with also work), and a little water. I use frozen bananas often because I hate to waste food, so when my bananas get over ripe, I slice them and put them in baggies in the freezer for smoothie use. This is what it looked like before blending:

And here's what it looked like after blending

I know, not as appealing-looking afterwards but trust me when I say it's so delicious! It's drinkable (read: fast to reach your blood stream) carbs though, so I have to limit my serving size. Otherwise, I could just drink the whole thing down in one sitting. It definitely tastes more strawberry-ish than spinach-ish. And you can taste the banana, too. If you aren't a big banana fan, I'd add 1/2 a banana instead because it's pretty banana-y as well.

Usually when I juice, I make more vegetable juices and less fruit stuff because of the carbs. When you are drinking your carbs, it sure spikes your bg faster, so I have to bolus a good 15-20 minutes ahead of time before drinking it. I think I'm supposed to be doing that for all foods, but I usually don't. And often times with the juices I make I will even increase the bolus amount by a little.

But at least when you make your own you know how many carbs you actually used to make it, versus when you buy it from a smoothie place. And it doesn't cost you oodles of money, either, compared to buying it from a juice bar. Now that produce is coming down in price in the grocery stores, I can afford to juice and smoothie it up more frequently.

Warning tho, I wouldn't drink this at night time, because I think the spinach gives you energy or something. I feel like I am a little more energized than normal right now and think I will stick to drinking them in the morning when I need the energy.


  1. I enjoy your recipes/food ideas!!! Keep em' coming!! :)

  2. The screen is just the first place to start with omnipod. I had alot of issues with their quality.

  3. I hope you have heard this before now but I just learned a couple months ago myself. If you hold down the ? button for a couple seconds the screen will get brighter!

    1. Jason, Nooo I didn't know that! I will have to try that!! Thank you!