PAID ONLINE RESEARCH STUDY

Yes, you heard me correctly.  This is an opportunity to give back to the diabetes community through participating in research,  while also receiving compensation to do so if selected.

I am working with Matchstick LLC (my disclosure) to help spread the word and find participants for their study detailed in Matchstick’s words quoted below:

“[Matchstick’s] goal is to understand what patients and caregivers want and need to create solutions that eliminate barriers to treatment and ensure clients are developing the right devices. To us, the people who use these devices always come first.

Matchstick is running an online research study that can be completed on your computer or through an app. The study goal is to understand the current practices of insulin pump users. If you have diabetes, are insulin dependent, and use either Sure – T or Silhouette with a pump you may qualify for this research study.

This online study is currently open and closes end-of-day Thursday, July 5th.[*] The study is set to be completed over the course of 2 separate days of your choosing during the open period. It should take approximately 45 minutes to complete the activities for each day, for 90 minutes of participation in total.

If you qualify and complete the study you will receive compensation for your time.”

*Date updated.

Also noteworthy:

  • You must be US-based to participate.
  • Encrypted platforms are used, and participant information will be de-identified.
  • The research is being conducted for a device company client of Matchstick LLC.  The research will not be published.

If interested in participating and/or sharing the link, the insulin infusion study screener can be found here.

Or, you can manually copy and paste the link from this address:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSez5jzqrl6N-UXb0TuB9wex7JJnwrcLvwvy_pVlx-S6l4Y2ag/viewform

I encourage you to please share this link within your networks, particularly Twitter and insulin pump-related Facebook groups.  Thanks so much for your participation and assistance!

-Ally

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New Beginnings.

new pump

I’m looking forward to fresh beginnings today, as I just started with my new Medtronic MiniMed pump, which was overnighted to me to replace my older pump.  I know that I have been vocal regarding pump issues, but as with anything diabetes-related, the problems are incredibly complex and multifaceted.  While there will always be the occasional bumps in the road when it comes to technology that steps in for a malfunctioning pancreas, the sheer number of issues that we have experienced of late insinuates that there is another culprit always lurking behind the scenes: diabetes being its menacing self.

The repeated issues are not a direct result of anything that I am doing wrong particularly, nor anything that Medtronic intends to happen.  We are all in this fight together, and no one likes bad pump days.  Period.  We all just want to feel healthy each day.  I would like to especially thank Angie of Medtronic who has spent many hours on the phone troubleshooting with me and has been incredibly kind and patient through out this process.

Praying for a smooth transition over to the new pump…  I wish all of you other pumpers and non-pumpers a drama-free weekend when it comes to diabetes.  We’ve got this.