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Chris Snider: Tidepool by Day, "Just Talking" Podcast by Night

Chris Snider: Tidepool by Day, "Just Talking" Podcast by Night

Tidepool is a powerful data collection and analysis tool. One that will change the way individuals with diabetes can integrate data and contribute that data to change the way we live with diabetes in the future. Exciting stuff. 

I found out about Tidepool from Chris Snider at the JDRF TypeOneNation Research Summit-- he was representing Tidepool while I speaking on balancing sports and T1D management. Not only is Chris the Community Manager for Tidepool, but he also has T1D himself and hosts a podcast: Just Talking. I even got the opportunity to sit down with Chris and talk about med school, The Marathon We Live, running the Boston Marathon, and cheering for the Washington Capitals.

Here, Chris shares Tidepool's mission, uses, and future directions.

When Your Dia-Bestie Asks You to Run Your First Marathon...And It's Boston

When Your Dia-Bestie Asks You to Run Your First Marathon...And It's Boston

Seemingly out of the blue, Angela asked if I had interest in running Boston 2018 with an Abbott bib. No qualifying required. Just a heck of a lot of training and using the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system to help manage my glucose throughout. She also asked if I knew another T1D athlete who would be willing to do the program….a.k.a. do you have any other athletic, just-crazy-enough friends with T1D who would agree to run the Boston Marathon?

I immediately thought of Pat. He hadn’t run a marathon yet, but was determined and had done plenty of running around the soccer field. Wouldn’t hurt to ask…

Turns out, Pat had already been training for a half, but Boston was on his bucket list. He said he would think about it…which really didn’t take all too long. Pat was in.

He rose to the occasion and I couldn’t be happier to have him by my side (before passing me) at the Boston Marathon on April 16th. Here we sit down with Pat to get an idea of his training, balancing T1D, and what he’s most excited about for Boston 2018.

 

Medical IDs, T1D Moms, and...Discount on RoadID!

Medical IDs, T1D Moms, and...Discount on RoadID!

My mom was also in the audience (such a treat!). Her hand shot up. 

"Were you wearing your medical ID when you got stranded?" 

The answer is...no...I was not. To me, the most interesting part of that story was lack of strategy. To my mom, it was the fact that a very simple solution could have protected me if the situation escalated. Mercifully, a car drove by and I was able to get a ride back to campus to treat my low. But what if I had passed out and was not able to communicate that I had T1D? 

I took a quick poll to see who was wearing a medical ID. Out of 50 teens, less than half were wearing medical IDs. Why not? Clunkiness. Perception of "coolness." Forgetting to put them back on. All relatable reasons. When I was not wearing my ID, all of these factors came into play.