Here's just a brief summary of who I am...

My name is Robert Simmons and I’ve been a Type One Diabetic for 21 years. I’ve gone through the stages of needing family assistance to test my blood and give me shots, utilizing pump therapy, multiple-daily injections (MDI), and back to pumping. I’ve experienced the bumpy road of using regular and NPH insulin with syringes, the curious and erratic use of Humalog with an insulin pump, and the relatively steady path of currently using Lantus and Novolog to keep my numbers under control. The benefit of discovering the diagnosis in the early 90's provided me with an never ending supply of “new” technology. I will do my best to contribute what I was able to remember about the more dated technology and provide some additional feedback about what the market will be providing us in the future. It has been my experience with all Type One’s that I’ve met that everyone has “their” means of keeping their blood sugars under control. I will not choose sides or show preferences about one technology versus another but show what has worked for me.  I have a current A1C of 6.1 with a 21 year diagnosis. I do use a Dexcom G5 and I currently am bouncing between my 'untethered' pump use. 'Untethered' meaning I don't get basal from my pump and instead supplement Lantus. It gives me freedom of taking my T:Slim off when I sleep or surf.

Speaking of which, I enjoy surfing when there’s waves and staying active when the ocean’s flat. My wife (who I’ve been with since high school) and I have had a mutual understanding of the complexities and irregularities of having Diabetes and without her continued education by taking part in my Endocrinologist appointments and accompanying me to various JDRF events, I would be without my closest asset.