I spent an only slightly nerve-wracking half-hour Monday applying a software update to my t:slim insulin pump. Tandem started rolling out a Mobile Bolus feature this summer, to allow you to bolus from your phone. It makes life a little easier for us because you don’t necessarily need to put your hands on your pump, so you’ve got more placement options. It’s probably a much bigger deal for women than men, because we guys have belts and pockets. Women don’t have as many pockets as we do, and they’re generally a lot smaller. Most guys I know tend to not care so much about stuff hanging off their pants or belts, either.
There was a half-hour training session that I really didn’t need to go through because my phone, an S 21+, isn’t yet eligible for Mobile Bolus. Somewhat amusingly, the base model of the S21 is eligible.
There are a few cool things in the update for those of us who aren’t yet eligible though. They added the ability to see boluses on the home screen. Previously we could only see that on the mobile app or the website portal. They also tweaked the alarms when you temporarily stop insulin delivery. Previously, you had to acknowledge an alarm at 15 minutes, or it’d beep at you every minute or so. Not so great when you’re in the shower or otherwise occupied. A lot of us got by with a temporary zero-rate profile, but that took a bunch of button presses to get to. Now when you stop delivery, you can change the alarm setting in 15-minute increments up to an hour. I appreciate that change.
2K Games had a sale on Civilization VI this week, I learned from Oldest Son. They had the entire anthology on sale for $30, so I jumped on that, and at the same time switched over to Steam. I’d picked up the basic game a couple of years ago for free on Epic, but because 2K has a partnership with Steam, all of the add-ons and mods are much more easily downloaded there.
Of course, I managed to forget to write down all of the mods I was running before I deleted the Epic version of the game, so now I have to hunt down the mods again.
And while I was playing my first full game, the MSI crashed. That doesn’t bode well. We’ll see what happens next.
One last really cool tidbit: I’ve got a couple of posts up about my time in the Army that mention my basic training units, including this post. Friday evening, one of the guys from Delta Company commented on that post asking if I remembered him. I haven’t spoken to anyone in either Basic Training unit in 30 years. He lives up the road in Tulsa, and we’re going to o get together in a couple of weeks. Small world, eh?
Forgive me Father, for it’s been too many weeks since I’ve checked something out from the library. I won two Bryan Gruley audiobooks at Murdercon and started listening to one of them on the way back from Wisconsin, but that was weeks ago and I’ve never gone back to either one of them. That’s not a dig on Bryan. I just don’t do anything (like drive long distances) that is conducive to listening to audiobooks. The only time I might listen to them is when I’m mowing, but I got the books on CD, so I’ll have to figure out how to transfer the chapters to my phone.
3,238 words on Ghost this week. I’m into chapter 10.
I really am going to get the edits done on In Plain Sight. I think my current plan is to finish Ghost, then do the edits for In Plain Sight, release it, then edit Ghost. I’m really excited about getting the paranormal out for some reason. It’s weird because I don’t usually read paranormals. I should work on that.
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