Insulin Pump Training

Way back in 2009, in order to use an insulin pump, my endo’s office required a series of classes. I got to skip one class as I showed up with my Omnipod sample pod along with tons of documents about the other pumps available at the time. Thanks to the DOC – Diabetes Online Community, I was (at the time), the most well informed soon to be pumping d-patient they’d seen. And I knew I wanted the Animas. I’m so, so going to miss the remote bolusing from the Ping meter. I will really, really miss it.

On Monday, a Tandem trainer is coming to our home to do the T:slim X2 start up with me. I’ve been good. I haven’t started it – yet. And to be honest, I probably won’t before we meet on Monday. I know, I’m a wimp. But – I’m a very organized wimp. I no longer have the Animas stuff on my computer after a lightning hit last summer – but got my pump settings downloaded using Diasend. I also have all my recent Dexcom numbers thanks to Clarity.

IMG_2127I’m now a Medicare patient but – have enough Dexcom supplies to last me for a couple of months. So – I don’t need to order Dexcom stuff and so… Medicare won’t know/care that I’m using my iPhone to get my Dexcom info. That whole iPhone thing drives me nuts. We do not live close to an ambulance service. If I had an issue it would take awhile for help to arrive. Having the “Share” available so there are two of us to get any low alerts, helps keep me alive. My transmitter is almost dead but I have two in the box to go when ready. (I’m frugal and annoying.) I’m using expired/almost expired sensors and so far (knock on wood..), so good. Although – tonight it said I was HIGH (I’ve never seen that) (see those two dots up there at 400? NOT!) when the number was around 120. Did a couple of calibrations and it seems to be settling down.

IMG_2126And this evening? Well – the snow is gone, the Official Ice Out – a VERY big deal up here on Lake Winnipesaukee – has been announced and we were able to enjoy a cocktail on the porch. Life is good.

 

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Lucky me!

Had an endo appointment today.

I was sure the A1c was going to be the worst ever.

I was sure she’d look at me like I had two heads when she examined my Dexcom and Ping Pump graphs.

As I sat with her- looking at the graphs – the assistant came in with the magic piece of paper, handed it to my doctor who then laughed as she handed it to me.

I felt it was going to be my HIGHEST ever. It wasn’t. I don’t do numbers here but I’m fine. The number was better than usual. I guess I’m not killing myself with Diabetes.

We went over some strategies. We changed two basals. We changed an I-C ratio.

And – I got my flu shot. As an “over 65” person, I get the high test shot.

The Dexcom Clarity thing now goes to them automatically once I sign up. She asked me to use it regularly and just email her if I need some help.

I got in the car – heading north on the interstate and feeling so very lucky to have a physician who gives a rat’s ass about me. Called Moffett who made appropriate “Yippee” responses. The radio was on – The Four Tops-I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (released in 1965) – and I giggled.

I’m not a perfect Diabetic – but with the help of d-friends, I can do this.

PS – Thanks Kim Hislop for meeting me for lunch. We’ll have to do that more regularly.2016-10-18

PPS – Charli – Yes, you may ask, “Who are the Four Tops?”

Try to remember…

Here’s the big question. Do I even remember how to do this blog thing?

I’m going to make this one short and sweet. Well, no. I guess it won’t be sweet cuz then I’d have to take insulin and I don’t consider blogging as being Bolus Worthy.

Endo appointment this week. The office is just over an hour away and it should be a not so bad drive. (Fall in NH. People pay big bucks to ride around on buses and check out the “foliage.”) Nicest part? Kim Hislop is going to meet me for lunch before my appointment. I met Kim in Las Vegas at the first Diabetes UnConference. And last month my husband and I both did the JDRF walk with her team in Manchester, NH.

I’m trying to get back on the D-Wagon. Today I did my first Big Blue Test. Number plummeted and as usual I said to myself, “Self – why don’t you do this more often?”

Here’s hoping I get back on the stupid treadmill tomorrow morning before work!

Oh – here’s the photo I used on our Thank You notes that I sent to my JDRF donors!

jdrfwalkphoto

Diabetes Grief

Today – one of the attendees of the Diabetes UC (UnConference) posted this:
My biggest struggle lately has been the grief over diagnosis. Before attending, I’d been having some rough weeks with sadness and worry over how my life was going to be now that I had diabetes. But something clicked over the weekend, and since returning I have felt so much more positive.

And yes – that was me, 10 years ago.

And yes – it’s still me, now.

D sucks. And you can “Pollyanna” it all you want. (And I’m one of the best Pollyanna people around.) But Diabetes sucks. Lots of other diseases suck – but I don’t have one of those at this time.

So for now, Diabetes sucks.

I can be positive. I can be angry. I can be sad. (I’m really, really good at sad.) I can be happy that there’s all these DOC people in my computer who help me. I can be angry that there’s all these DOC people in my computer who are stuck with the same sucky disease.

Sometimes it’s hard to be positive.

I’m lucky. When I started pumping, I was invited by our Animas Rep to join a group that met about an hour away. It was awesome. The pumping people were friendly and helpful and nice. Unless it was snowing, I drove to every meeting. Sitting around talking with other d-people made a HUGE difference. I wasn’t scared. I learned stuff. It really, really made me more confident in pumping.

Then – Animas phased out our Rep. She went to Rhode Island. And that was better for her family situation but, I miss her and our meetings…

And – apart from this – in speaking w/ a doctor’s office this week, and saying that I have Type 1, the person (nurse/receptionist/whatever) told me that she has a friend with diabetes who just doesn’t take care of herself. And she was angry. I told her that it wasn’t easy, and to try to NOT be angry at her friend with diabetes. And I told her that maybe her friend just needs another d-friend and gave her permission to share my name and number. I am far from the perfect d-person but sometimes, as we all know, just having someone else say, “Yes, me too.” makes a huge difference.

 

Not much

The d-life here goes on. And on. And on. Oh wait, is that a copyright problem? Somehow, I doubt that they know who I am…

Endo this past week. A1c up a little, but considering all the yummy corn on the cob I’ve eaten since July, I’m not too worried. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to drive down to Manchester. Sun was shining! Lots of leaf color. Not many tourists on I93. I had the car with Sirius so I could sing out loud with the 60’s, 70’s and even some blues and jazz. I’m sure I looked funny but at my age, I don’t worry about it. The endo and I ended up with all sorts of stuff to look at and I think I blew out her schedule. I did feel a little bad as there was a cute elder woman in a wheel chair in the waiting room who was a little upset that she hadn’t gotten in yet. I told her it was my fault after admiring the purple horn on her wheel chair.

I was looking forward to getting together with a d-mom, Shannon but – her son had his appointment at Joslin that day. So we’ll have to plan on another day to meet.

This is our last “tourist” weekend up here in the mountains of New Hampshire. The busses have been rolling through town. It’s fascinating to watch them make the tight turns on our small streets. Sad this week – the campgrounds up in the mountains, although privately owned, have had to close. I don’t do politics here but… campgrounds closing and everyone who isn’t getting paid really, really pisses me off. That’s all I’m going to say. (I don’t like writing the plural form of bus. It looks funny.)

The last fair of the year is this weekend. We’re not going. It’s the Sandwich Fair and it’s wonderful. But there’s a whole lot of fried dough, and blooming onions and salty French fries, and other carby foods. It’s easier to stay home. Besides, been there – done that.

I worked on my postcard for Lee Ann’s World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange this afternoon. (It was more creative than cleaning a bathroom…) It was drizzly and chilly and yucky and so, I pretended to be artsy. It’s done! Are you signed up? It’s fun. You meet new d-friends. You don’t have to spend lots of money. And who doesn’t like getting something in the mail that makes you smile? Check it out!

Just because – some photos!

2013-10-02 016My “commute”

2013-10-02 017 2013-10-04 003October Sunrise

2013-10-06 001 (2)The acorns can be quite annoying and you can’t sit on the deck without a helmet.

2013-10-07 003The view…

2013-10-09 014A bus

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I’m off to see the Endo

Endo appointment on Friday. Appointment #3 with endo #4. I like her. I like her attitude.

I think I probably ruined any chances for a stellar A1c for this appointment but I’m not going to sweat it. Oh, and my idea of “stellar?” Around 7. That would make me happy. I’ve only had one A1c under 7 – and it wasn’t much under… (but you shoulda seen me doing my happy dance in the office parking lot!) I haven’t had any over 7.9 (I think), not even when I was diagnosed (at age 55). Weird…

Tonight’s chore – getting the Ping & Dexcom down (up?) loaded to the magic internet. (I’m still not happy that Diasend stopped doing the CGMs.) I called my PCP’s office a couple of weeks ago to have all my lab reports sent to the endo’s office AND, they sent me a set of copies so I think I’ve got that covered.

Nicest part of the day will be meeting Shannon Lewis for lunch! Two d-meetups in one month! That just doesn’t happen to me…

There are a few, very few, daffodils just coming up in my yard. Most of them were destroyed during our reconstruction but a couple were spared. Next fall? More daffodil planting!

Oh – “Ice Out” was declared this morning for Lake Winnipesaukee. Let Spring begin!