Hello, It’s Me…

The song was popular in the early 70’s – 1972, to be exact.

Here’s the song – https://youtu.be/lLeCB7Kn-VE
I put it at the bottom of this post.

Here are the lyrics (for you younger d-people who think the 70’s are the old days – please remember that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were the 60’s) – (And some of us were around for those…)
https://play.google.com/music/preview/Tkmzw3nu2aqyfawffhhnsgbby5i?

I very often think of the d-bloggers that I got to know when I was first diagnosed. OMG – I have Diabetes? Me? I was scared. I was angry. I was petrified. And there they all were – right there on my computer screen. It was very nice.

I have this terrible habit of speaking before I think. Commenting on blogs? Well, I’ve grown wiser with age and kept my mouth shut for a long time. I was a “lurker.” There was even a day for “unlurking.”  I really enjoy having all of these d-friends and know that I’m lucky to have found the DOC – Diabetes Online Community.

Back in the beginning, I spent a whole lot of time Googling terms I would read on the d-blogs.

What’s a basal? (Hint – not the plant you grow in your veggie garden.)

What’s a bolus? (Another hint – frequently seen as “I bloused 2 units for the cupcake,” because spell checks just don’t get bolusing – )

What’s MDI? (Multiple Daily Injections) It’s not an advanced degree – but it probably should be!

And now? Well – I’m pumping with an Animas Ping. I’m CGM’g (Continuous Glucose Monitor) with a Dexcom. And I’m writing letters to Senators and Representatives for their help in making CGMs available through Medicare. And – my preference is approval for Types 1 & 2.

So – since I’ve dusted this ole blog off (Thanks, Reyna!), I hope to find some new friends in addition to boring my old friends.

Oh – one more thing! I can spell Endocrinologist! Yay, me!

AND – we haven’t had to shovel any snow yet!

 

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I miss blogging

I love all my DOC friends on Facebook. But..

I really miss blogging.

So, I’m going to try again.

Right – in December – I work at a church – I’m busy.

I’m still going to try again.

And – I haven’t had to shovel any snow, yet…

Working on writing up my info for those who are trying hard to get Medicare approval for CGMs. Then – I could retire!

And – after hitting publish – saw that this is #599 – so I guess #600 has to be a good one!

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Burnout?

It’s September? Really?

I want to do a burn out burnout post – if only to say that you can do the burn out burnout thing even when you haven’t had D forever and ever.

But – it’ll have to be later this week.

Oh – did you see me over there on Kerri’s blog? If no, go read – please. And then send some letters so I can retire.

Guest Post!

Just Googled burnout. It’s one word, not two. So now I have to edit.

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The D Connection

Shortly after I was diagnosed (Type 1-LADA) – no insulin – just some pills, we were out to dinner at a local restaurant with friends from work. Must have been blogging by then or I wouldn’t have spotted the Medtronic pump on the waiter who walked by our table. Being the (ahem…) shy, and quiet person that I am, I grabbed the young man and said, “You’re wearing an insulin pump!” He was delighted (Thank, God…). We had a great time chatting and then he got back to waitering. My friends at the table thought I was nuts but – I worked with them so – they sorta already knew I was a little nutty.

Standing in the customs’ line in Dublin last September – which winds back and forth and back and forth – I spotted TUBING! Had to wait for the next loop and yes! It was an insulin pump! On a teenager – who wasn’t that thrilled that I spotted it. But – her mother was delighted. So as we wove through the back and forth, we had a fun conversation! The friends who traveled with us – well, thought I was nuts. M, the husband, he’s kinda used to it and copes. And the teenager? We were great friends by the time we got to the customs stuff.

Last summer, I met a local family whose young daughter has Type 1 and uses a Medtronic Pump. They wanted to enroll their daughter at VBS, in our church but – felt they couldn’t because of her diabetes. A friend of theirs – who knows me – said yes, you can – the church secretary wears an insulin pump. They’re a great family and I didn’t kill the cute young lady while she was at VBS. (A Medtronic pump is a whole ‘nother pump from Animas Ping.) We had fun and lots of giggles as she showed me what to do. Amazingly – this tiny little girl plays ice hockey, just like her mom. Seriously, the ice hockey equipment is bigger than she is.

Earlier this month (remember – this post is about connections) a d-dad, Carey Potash, posted on FB about a D-Ice Hockey Camp being held up there in Canada. I sent the info to the d-mom. And……..

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They’re there – and they’ve met Carey – and she’s having a great time – and they’re already talking about going back next year. I’ve never met Carey but – a couple of years ago he posted a great video of his son with a light saber in their back yard – and it was fun to watch. AND – Carey knows Shannon Lewis – a d-mom – and Shannon told me that they’re a really great family. And Shannon lives in New Hampshire so sometimes we meet for lunch when I go down to the BIG city, Manchester.
And – isn’t she cute?

So – those D Connections very often show up when you least expect them.

Kind of like that old TV show “Candid Camera.”

And now you know, I’m older than you.

 

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I’m not perfect.

Perfection – certainly not a word used when you’re dealing with Diabetes.

ha-haBack when I first started pumping, I put the “change inset” schedule on my calendar. Because, you know, you change it every 3 days and that would remind me in the morning to change the inset and fill a new cartridge before my shower – every 3 days.

And I’d read where people’s pumps would run out of insulin. And I’d smugly think, “Well, if they’d just schedule it like I do, they wouldn’t run out of insulin.”

And then – a doorknob happened – or a kinked cannula happened – or life happened. And that 3 day schedule – down the tubes. At first I’d readjust the calendar schedule after the mishaps.

But now? I gave up the calendar scheduling. (Try not to laugh…)

I use a cartridge down to the last drop because – I forgot to change my inset/cartridge that morning.

Or even more annoying – will finishing showering and dressing for work, only to figure out there’s not enough insulin to last through the day.

Or – exasperating – get ready to eat lunch at work and find out I don’t have enough insulin for lunch.

Eeeeeek!

Yes, I carry an insulin pen for those times. I even have needles for the pen! (I forgot needles one trip.)

But I smile when I think of how “smug” I was years ago. And I’m grateful that I never expressed that smugness on a blog or anywhere else.

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PS – Animas Ping Pumps play Für Elise when you are close to running out of insulin. Driving yesterday and listening to the radio, Für Elise came on. I shut off the radio!

 

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Dusting It Off

I’m very impressed with those d-bloggers who blog more than once every 3 or 4 months.

dustingI’m dusting this one off and I’m not happy with myself. I would have been a looney tune case if I hadn’t found the d-blogs. Really.

Those early d-blog pioneers were and still are amazing people.

I’m going to do better.

I’m going to write here more often with the hope that some other, “Oh My God, I have what?!” d-person will find this and know that – they’re not alone.

PS – Today was our 41st Wedding Anniversary. Wowee, Zowee!

 

 

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D-Blog Week

So – I’m not doing D-Blog Week – for the first time since Karen began it.

But…

I can read blogs and comment so – that’s me this week.

If you haven’t – check out Karen’s list of who’s blogging.

Here’s a link to Day 1 – The “I Can” blogs.

I Can – Monday, 5/11

They’re quite amazing and I’m already enjoying “meeting” some new d-people.

Have a great week!

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Me & the Anesthesiologist

And by the way, he was one of the cutest anesthesiologists I’ve ever seen. Not that I’ve met a whole lot of anesthesiologists…

When you reach a certain age, a colonoscopy is recommended. The one this week was my third. I’m on the five year plan as they’ve found and removed polyps each time. I don’t whine as I had two good friends who died due to colon cancer.

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And as much as I hate, hate, hate doing the prep thing… I really, really hate it…

And this year, I decided to fix an abdominal hernia that was becoming annoying.

So I did both this week. (Oh, and my husband is a saint.)

2015-04-08I did the prep. My blood sugars were really quite amazing during the entire time. A couple of quick lows that a few sips of regular ginger ale took care of nicely.

Arrived at the hospital at 8am and began the whole prep for surgery thing. (And Dexcom and the hospital meter matched – the nurse was awed. So was I…) This was my first time with general anesthesia (2 C-sections but that’s been all). The nurses were awesome and everyone wanted to look at Dexcom. They hadn’t seen one. And they wanted to know who implanted the Dexcom transmitter… They were surprised when I said I did it once a week – by myself.

I cannot tell you how many times this was said, “You must be a very brittle diabetic.”

Um, no. The pump and the cgms are tools used by any person with diabetes. Even the youngest children have them. “Really?!”

And then the anesthesiologist arrived. And he asked how to work the Ping and the Dexcom. Quick lesson with a strong reminder that a finger stick had to be done as confirmation of any Dex info that was going to result in insulin or glucose –  and I was down the hall and out. The Dexcom was placed on a tray – and the Ping was hooked to my hospital gown’s neck. I checked my dex and history button later and there was a 200 with a one unit bolus halfway through the surgery.

When I saw the anesthesiologist after, I told him it was awesome that he’d used them. He wanted more info about Dex. I told him I was especially appreciative of the Dexcom when driving.  He told me his father had Type 1 and had a car accident due to a hypo. I told him I’ve had several times where I either pulled over to treat or didn’t even leave work when Dexcom alerted me to a lower blood sugar.

So, my innards got cleaned and checked and I’m good for another five years.

And the weird lump on my abdominal area is gone (well, I think it is – there’s a huge bandage there right now – I get to take it off and joy, joy take a shower tomorrow!).

Oh – and one of the nurses has a sister with Type 2. She said she knows her sister wishes she had someone to talk to about Diabetes. I let her know about the DOC and will be sending her some blog addresses.

Oh – then it snowed last night. A couple of inches. Sigh…

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