I Did It

2015-12-17 01I did it. I ordered the Dexcom G5. I have it.

(The ordering process is a whole ‘nother blog post…)

I just did the fake “Yes, I inserted a new sensor.” this morning so it’s been one whole week!

I like it. I really like it.

I leave the receiver at home while I’m at work. I only have to find my phone and that’s not so bad since I can call it if I lose it. And hope that I haven’t shut off the ringer.

I’m still figuring out some stuff. I still don’t have a clue how Diasend is going to work. Or even if it works.

Clarity works – automatically from the phone so that helps.

Phone staying charged hasn’t been too bad. I bought new, longer charging cords for the bedroom for each of us so that we’re not having to unplug it just to look at it.

M’s had more no info issue than I have. He’s on as a follower/sharer. I’m not sure what the problem is (or what I did wrong…) but it’s been better the last day or two so maybe it’s not a problem. I wish.

I’m using the receiver at night and putting the phone on vibrate. The receiver is in a glass dish on my nightstand. I almost always hear it so, it works.

I had a couple of questions and ended up speaking with a CDE at Dexcom. She was very helpful – has Type 1 – and wears a pump and Dexcom.

I’ve said this before – I may have written it before but… If I could only have one D-machine, I’d choose Dexcom.

Keep writing those letters to your representatives and senators. We need Dexcom and other CGMS to be approved (and paid for) by Medicare. And it’s not just those of us of a certain age that need your help with this. Medicare approval helps all of us when it comes to having and using a CGMS that’s provided by insurance.

Speaking of which, our insurance changes January 1. I have NO clue what’s going to be covered/not covered, etc…

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday or a Nice Day. Whatever make you smile and feel good!

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Learning from the D-Blogs

I have always enjoyed learning something new. I’d prefer that my new knowledge NOT be related to Diabetes but – you take what you can get.

I keep juice boxes in my car most of the year. And I have to be honest, sucking down a box of hot juice in August is not fun. But, even less fun is trying to suck down a partially frozen box of juice in February. Only happened once because – I enjoy learning.

But – I didn’t know that glucose tablets don’t freeze. And I doubt that heat kills them so – My jumbo jar of Wal-Mart glucose tablets will now stay in the car – hot and or cold.

Where did I learn this? That Canadian D-gal – Scully and her Hacks!

Inserting Dexcom by myself in my arm? There are several d-people who have recorded a bunch of “how to’s.”

The one that helped me was Kim’s – a couple of years ago. I was quite annoying with my Yay! I did its! on Facebook that day. I still ask my husband for help most of the time – cuz it’s easier. But at least I know that I can do it, if I have to do it.

And – I don’t use OmniPod but – the first time I watched Caleb do his – by himself (with a little help/advice) – I was just as thrilled as if I’d been his mom. He was so proud and it gave me the courage to keep on working on this d-stuff, even when it’s not easy. He’s older now – and even cuter!

So – d-bloggers need to keep on teaching. You never know who you’re giving some much needed courage to keep on keeping on.

 

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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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