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Review & Win!

This week on Diabetes Connections I shared a big milestone: the show has received more than 50,000 downloads. In podcast-land this is a remarkable number to have reached after just over a year for a show like mine. I didn’t have a huge “brand” or powerhouse blog before starting the show. But I knew that people touched by diabetes are hungry for information and inspiration. And we’re kind of passionate about the topic.

Thank you so much for listening, for spreading the word and for letting me know what you want to hear. Many of you have emailed, recorded messages and even been on the show for my Community Connection. To say thank you, I’m giving away two $25 gift cards. Here’s how to enter:

Leave a review on iTunes or on the show homepage by September 27, 2016.  One iTunes reviewer will win a $25 card to iTunes, one homepage reviewer will win a $25 Amazon card. Please leave a genuine review! I’m picking the winner at random, not for who leaves the “best” review. But don’t troll me. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re a listener. Or at least a nice person.

To review on the homepage:

Go to Diabetes Connections. Click on any Episode Title (the blue text). That will open a new window. Scroll down under the audio tab and “Helpful Links” to see “Leave a Reply.” Write your review in the comment box. Click “Post Comment.” You can leave a comment/review for any episode to be eligible.

To review on iTunes

  1. Launch Apple’s Podcast app
  2. Tap the Search tab
  3. Enter “Diabetes Connections”
  4. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right
  5. Tap the logo of the podcast
  6. Tap the Reviews tab
  7. Tap Write a Review at the bottom
  8. Enter your iTunes password to log in
  9. Tap the Stars to leave a rating
  10. Enter the title text and content to leave a review
  11. Tap Send

This article from iMore has more detailed info and a screen by screen walk through. iTunes is fussy.

You can enter in both locations but you can only win once.  If you have any questions, please reach out. Again, thank you so much for making this show what it is. Lots more good stuff to come!

 

 

Getting Diabetes Gear to Stick

This week on Diabetes Connections we gathered advice on getting diabetes gear like CGM sensors and insulin pump insets and pods to stick to skin.  I spoke with experts and “ordinary” people living with type 1. As I say in the episode, so much of this is trial and error; it’s very difficult to know what may work for you or your child until you try it.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please add what we missed in the comments or head over to the Facebook page and add your advice!

It’s worth noting that whatever product you use, most experts will tell you preparing the skin is the most important step.  Clean with soap and water or with alcohol wipes and be sure to let dry. Then you’re ready for the actual sticky stuff. We have also found it helpful to insert sensors or insets at least 4-5 hours before going in the water and the night before swimming (or earlier) works best for us.

This list is full of brand name and generics. I’ve linked to a website when the brand has one. You may also want to try Amazon or ask your medical supply provider. Just as everyone’s skin is different, so is our health insurance. It’s possible that what works for you may actually be covered. Stranger things have happened.

I expect to edit & add to this list in the weeks and months to come. Hope it helps!

Sticky Wipes

These make the skin a bit tacky in order to give the material you put on top a better hold.

Skin Tac wipe or liquid

IV Prep wipe

Mastisol liquid

Stoma Care wipe w/aloe

Hollister skin gel

ReliaMed wipe

Tapes/Patches

Tegaderm film dressing

Opsite Flexifix transparent film

Hypafix dressing tape

RockaDex Dexcom patches

GrifGrips adhesive patch

Waterproof Bandaid

Wraps/Bands

Kinesiology Tape (Includes brand names KT Tape, Rock Tape, Vara Tape)

Vet Wrap

SleekSleeves

Bands4Life

Athletic Sleeves

Rash Guard/Swim shirt (cut to fit)

Misc.

EK Tools Tag Punch Classic (Dexcom-sized hole punch)

Dexcom & Libre Rash (Public Facebook Group)

 

 

 

Celebrate One Year of Podcasting (Contest)!

One year ago I went ahead with an idea that had been kicking around in my head for a while.  I created Diabetes Connections, a weekly podcast. I hoped it would be a way to talk to interesting people in our community, share information & inspiration and use the skills from my broadcast career to reach people touched by diabetes who may feel isolated or alone.

It’s been amazing. If you listen, you know I love it. I gush about how fun it is at the end of just about every episode.  I can’t help it. It’s SO GREAT! I get to talk to people I admire, learn from experts and connect with people all over the country and even the world.

Win me!

Let’s celebrate!

I’m partnering with Pebble to give away two Pebble Time Smartwatches like the one pictured here. Everyone who enters will receive a link to 20% off Pebble products. Contest opens May 31st and closes June 12th. A valid email address is needed for the discount code; you can see the other rules & regs when you enter the contest.

(click the box at the bottom of this post to enter the contest)

In planning this celebration and contest, I hadn’t counted on something else. And it’s big. Diabetes Connections was nominated for The Podcast Awards! These awards are listener-nominated (so thank you to those who nominated me) and then a panel of judges narrows it down to the top ten in each category.  I found out last week that the show made it to the finals in Health. Wow! Now it’s time for listeners to vote for the top shows. Voting for The Podcast Awards opened on May 29th and closes on June 12th.

podcast awards vote now w-logoI need your vote, but I have mixed feelings about asking. First of all, it’s a pain to nag everyone to vote every day; you don’t want me junking up your timeline begging you to click & vote. BUT, as the only diabetes podcast in the running, I think it would be great to make it to the top spot. So I’ll be posting on social media, but let me know if I start to become a giant self-promotion machine. That’s not cool. But wow! Top ten for health in the country!? Yeah, I’m a little excited.

The awards voting and the contest are NOT tied together. No obligation to do one or the other, but I hope you take part in both. Many thanks for an incredible year, an amazing anniversary and here’s to lots more good stuff to come!

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