Blog Entries With Tag: NovoRapid


Posted: Feb 21, 2014

Most of you know, I started insulin pumping back in 2008 with an Animas 2020 after 40+ years with multiple dosage injections (MDI).  Sadly, with the problems over the years when I go on holidays with a pump – it often fails on me - and I have to use the loaner pump that all Animas owners with a warranty can take advantage of.  I also had always brought MDI back  up incase the loaner pump also crapped out on me (See NOTE1).

Cool picture of an aircraft

On a recent trip to Martinique, with my assortment of insulin products I use for my MDI adventures - I experienced a little scare when it came to doing my basal injection with Levemir (I decided to give this a go again - doing 3X shots a day every 8 hours rather than the usual Lantus 2X a day regime). 

When I went to give my 14H00 Levemir injection with the NovoPen Echo (my American readers - it's now available in the USA as of January 2014) - like always - I went to prime the needle for injection.

Nothing came out.

I primed it again with 2 units instead of the normal 1.

Nothing came out.

I then started to panic.  Yes, I did have another 1/2 unit pen needle - the Novolin-Pen Junior - which has my NovoRapid in it for my bolus injections - but my mind wasn't thinking logically of taking out the vial of Levemir and inserting it into that pen. In cramped quarters on a plane – I just really was wanting to be a Princess!

Princess Cat - that's me in a nutshell NOT

Along comes my night in shining armor - my DH - saying something he'd said before when I used to fly with my insulin pump. 

"Air pressure in the aircraft may make the plunger mechanism go wonky"

Hmmm, I then looked down in the window where you can view  the insulin cartridge in the pen - and yuppers - the piston rod had gone back up to the top - even though earlier in the AM shot (in the airport before we left at the ungodly hour of 0600) - it had been in the correct position.  The plunger had actually retreated back to it’s base!

So, I pull pen needle apart, and get the piston rod to behave the way it should.  The one thing with the "improved" NovoPen Echo - is the rod seems more flimsy than the Junior pen I've been using for about 3 years (the piston rod seems more strong).  We're thinking maybe it's due to the Echo pen having "dose memory" of how much was injected and abit of an ability to tell you how long ago it was done (it's not the most precise for time of dose). 

After that - all was fine - and on return trip 3 weeks later (sigh - good bye warm ocean breeze and dolphins) - it never occurred.  Still - it makes me wonder - does this happen that often with an insulin pump - that the plunger mechanism can rewind itself back? 

In the meantime, I’ve posted to @NovoNordiskCanada on Twitter about this glitch that happened – and I’ll keep you posted with their reply. Hopefully if all goes well - compared to how it went with obtaining a 1/2 dose pen delivery system will be easier than it was last year

NOTE1: Hmmm, this doesn't make an insulin pump sound very reliable does it - well - in my case - I sometimes think I've been jinxed - so don't worry - if you are new to pumping - just ensure you have every possible back up with you - incase something goes wrong – since without insulin – we are plain and simple - DEAD.  It's always better to be safe than sorry - and I can do it all in a carry on for a month  (I really should make a YouTube video on how I do this – it’s so easy - and trust me - I still bring more then I need even in a small space).  All the “legal drugs”  we have to tote along can take up space (what leave my sexy sandals behind?? NEVER).  Though some airlines now will allow an extra carry (e.g. tote bag that fits under seat in front of you) as long as it contains ONLY medical equipment (always check with your airline carrier first). 

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Posted: Feb 16, 2014

I wrote this back on the 13th of February (no - not a Friday ) - my 2nd day of a 3 week holiday in the French Antilles (sailing for 2 weeks - 1 week on dry land).  Have a laugh NOT - especially if you've done a similar thing - but in my case - this was my FIRST time in all my years as a T1 diabetic (I was diagnosed in 1967).  Live and learn - right?  You'll find a link to Zouk music further down - which I found I quite liked.

It’s just after 22h00 and I was all set to go to bed after my basal shot of Levemir.  I’ve done something I’ve never ever done in my life as a diabetic.  I’ve read about it in forums.  I’ve helped people through their fear of what they’ve done - many of us have stayed up late in the night to help them thru' it.  Sadly, due to where I am in Le Marin, Martinique ... I’m stuck without access to high speed Wi-Fi – so unable to get onto FB to post in the appropriate groups – to have someone help me feel more at ease as I play this waiting game. 

I'm feeling very alone right now without my DOC (diabetic online community) and D-friends nearby to talk me through my fears.

What have I done you are wondering?

I’ve just injected my rapid insulin used for meals and corrections to my blood sugar aka bolus  – but it should have been my slow insulin injection aka basal.  Crikey – panic set into me at that point very quickly.   Why it did not dawn on me at the time I did this – as the needle seemed dull (it had been used all day to inject into the I-port for my bolus shots and was bent out shape) – is beyond my comprehension.  Double crikey!!!

Alot has to do with STRESS (you will see this word ALOT in this post) - being on holidays - different routine – which seems to be a thing for me as I become older (plucking my grey nostril hairs out).  Not like when I was younger – when travel was so exciting – and I didn’t seem to worry about diabetes the way I do now.

What stresses you are all saying?  .... "You’re on holidays - we aren't - quit complaining!!!!"   Well, one of them was getting in some of the provisions for the catamaran we are chartering  with some friends over the next few weeks in the French Antilles (the shopping market was so packed, itt was like people were preparing for a tropical storm).  Of course, it was a Friday, and people preparing for “les weekend”.  STRESSSSS – did I tell you that I’m not a big lover of crowds?   In my little brain I was playing Zouk music - to stay sane with getting around the cramped store with shelves fast emptying out.

Along with getting the car back to the rental agency before noon when they close (and sometimes they close before – things you learn about places you visit).   STRESS – if only we could have had a full 3 days rental (it was a total of 140 Euros – which to most North Americans – is ALOT of money – but then taxi fare from Fort du France for 30 km distance to Le Marin – is 60-90 Euros – so win-win situation for a car rental despite the return time). So, trying to get all we had to do before it was to be returned ... STRESS.

Top it with with trying to find a restaurant in Le Marin that night which realistically in the North America wouldn’t require 2 billion days advance for a reservation -  STRESS!! Yes, life in a foreign country can be fun sometimes that often differs from what we’re used to at home – but  ....

NOT as fun as when a diabetic injects with the frigging wrong kind of insulin!!! 

STRESS!!!

Alright – it’s only 4 units of insulin that I’ve injected – for some of you it doesn’t sound like alot – but I’m very insulin sensitive.  On average – I take about 25 units a day of insulin I use (when on the pump).   With the MDI method that I’m using while on holidays – I use less insulin – and average about a total of 5 units of rapid insulin for meals/corrections – with the rest being taken care of by a basal insulin of about 12-18 units a day depending on my activity, etc.    In my case, 1 unit of rapid insulin – takes me down 3.5 mmol/l or 63 mg/dl – and my reading of my blood sugar (BG) just before I decided to go to sleep was 7.4 / 133.  Except I still have 2 units of rapid insulin on board (IOB) – due to a pizza and a few sinful cookies that had high fat (yes - a no reservations place near our boat - thumbs up to Pizz'amis Martinique!!).  So who knows what will be in store for me over the next few hours.

Yes, I am staying fully awake – and I’m composing this #dblog for posting when I get back home in 3 weeks.  I’m Fing freaked out by this error.  Have not even fathomed if I should take my Levemir shot or not (as my DH was saying before headed off to bed – with an insulin pump this would never have happened – one insulin – no mix up with injecting with the incorrect insulin).  I now finally after almost 50 years of diabetes – know what some of you – who have done the same thing – feel like.  PANIC!!!

I’ve already consumed the breakfast guava juice (it’s about 30 grams of carbohydrates) – inhaled a few Dex 4’s  – I am playing a waiting game of making sure I don’t go into la la land – but hoping I eventually can get some sleep – since we have to move our bodies out of the quaint little hotel we’ve been at here in Le Marin.  Walk down the hill to the marina in the AM – with all the foods we aren’t having delivered to the boat (yuppers – found a good deal for someone to get some of the bulky stuff in for us instead of us heave hoeing it). 

So, if I can post this on Diabetes1.org without access to Facebook – this is what I’ll be doing.  If not – you’ll be reading this later on – when I have Wi-Fi access again – that is of better speed – and nodding your heads in agreement .... Been there done that ...

I hope to never EVER do this again – and will faithfully check the pen needle BEFORE proceeding with the dart board practise on my behind with my basal insulin.

 

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Posted: Jan 4, 2014

Remember the movie with Daniel Lewis - My Left Foot? It was based on a true story about Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy.  Christy could only control his left foot.  

As I started to try to figure out a title for this blog - my British sarcastic humour way of thinking brain - did what it always does - whether it's having a hypo or not ... breasts came into play - just like some of my previous blogs have done.  So I apologise to anyone who thinks I'm making fun of Christy's situation - and now I'll proceed on with the reason I'm posting this blog. 

Oh, and the nipple bit in my title is actually my i-port - which I like to play around with at times (does that make me kinky?) .  Over the past few weeks at get togethers - I've been asked about "why did you go off the pump, yadda, yadda, yadda".  For some reason, I start to feel my "nipple" and tell them the story.  I'm always educating EVERYWHERE I go - with abit of humour in it - and at the same time - telling them that without good control - diabetes is a serious condition to have - that has dire consequences if you don't take care of yourself.

I am loving my i-port - aka "nipple".  Using it for my NovoRapid shots - not worrying about injecting in an area I have already done - and have problems with healing.  This little baby solves everything (to read more about my previous trial with two i-ports - check it out here).

You can inject ONE insulin only into the port - so with my Lantus - I've been injecting the "old fashioned way" (no biggie with a 32 gauge 6mm pen needle).  I have a good fleshy area on my backside which makes for a good dart board practise.  After a few weeks of being off the pump (of course - I chose the holiday season - when there is LOTS of good healthy food around) - I thought I'd give Levemir a try again.

Dartboard with bright coloured needles

Why do a trial with Levemir?  Well, I did try it a few years ago (back in 2009) – but sadly developed an allergy to it – which caused lumps/bumps in the area injected and swelling in areas I didn't want to swell up! I had horrible BG control - it plain freaked me out with all that happened - due to being a bit of a control freak with my diabetes management. 

Fast forward to Dec 2013 – a friend of mine who decided she’d had enough of MDI (multiple dosage injecting) –went onto a pump (lucky person has 100% coverage for EVERYTHING) – oh did I mentioned that they’re in their 70’s – and they are uber techno cool? 

So, they had a box of pen needle vials of Levemir – though I did tell them – keep them incase something goes wrong with your pump.  They detested - being a human dart board for the past 20+ years was enough for them - so I took the vials – thinking maybe another diabetic who needed it could use them before they expired in 2015.  That person now happens to be me - Ms. Guinea Pig!!

Cat waving good byeI said sadly said "bye bye" to George Michael (my Animas 2020 insulin pump) mid-December for what now seems to be a ritual every year at this time for taking a pump holiday.   I started with Lantus originally – getting used to doing the X2 (every 12 hours) shots with the inbetween dart shots of NovoRapid (using the i-port)  for my meals and corrections.   Luckily, the notes I took earlier this year – unlike the previous time – where my record keeping was pretty lame  – the transition this time (who wouldn't get anxiety attacks going off their pump?) is much easier! 

Why did I decide to give Levemir a go again?  I have a T1D mate who I lovingly call the "Insulin Guru" who swears (politely) by this insulin regime of 3X a day (every 8 hours) - and they have an A1C of 4.9% (note - a lower A1C is not my goal - just having level BG's - in my happy zone is all that matters the most to me).  Because that insulin doesn’t work as long as Lantus – they feel splitting it up into 3 shots instead of the usual 2 (or in some cases – people only take their basal insulin once a day – though I wonder about their BG readings over a 24 hour period – IF they do basal testing that is).

The first few days – I was abit unsure if I was doing the right thing.  I took my total Lantus amount – and split it up into 3X – similar to Lantus – where I take more for my AM shot – less for PM shot.  So far, with my hormonal bursts (menopause / period / stress from holidays) – I’m actually not doing too badly.  My corrections with the doses to make sure I’m staying in my happy zone are working out alright.  I have tried to allow at least 3 days before I make any changes.

The one thing that I’m finding as I enter into my 2nd week experiment with Levemir – my BG’s seem to be doing less of the roller coaster ride.  Sadly, Lantus has a reputation of landing those of us who use it – into hypo fairy land – as it has a tendency to peak – and bang – you are low.  One of the reasons I had originally gone onto George Michael was because of the hypos I was having overnight and in the mornings.  Not conducive to work at all!!!  Levemir from the research I’ve done in forums as well as medical discussions with endo’s/CDE’s tends to show that this doesn’t occur with Levemir.  

Yes, you do have to be abit patient when you try any new regime that you may not be familiar with – I won’t lie to you about this.  I won’t lie to you either – that using a pump is way easier as it has the ability to do everything with one insulin – and ability to fine tune your basal requirements.  I’m finding the time to “think” about my carb count – despite the use of the InsuLinx (watch for a new blog on this soon).  I'm still writing in a log book (the meter sadly doesn’t have ability to do this).  So initially, it’s time consuming, but if it’s anything like last years 6 month holiday from the pump – it all becomes easier.  It's like tying up your shoe laces (wait – there’s Velcro for that right?).   

The other aspect of using the Levemir – is being a clock watcher (actually it’s my android that’s my savoir).  Timing of the shots – remembering to test my BG’s a few hours later – it’s getting used to this that is bugging me slightly - but I'm determined to make this work - despite getting up at the ungodly hour of 0600 to do my first Levemir shot - that's too early for this little work at home puss cat (my other shots are at 1400 / 2200 - this is the regime that works for ME that I set up for myself).

On the other side though – that’s good at least to me –

  • not being hooked up to a machine
  • no tubing (fast dressing/undressing - Whoo! Whoo! If you get my drift)
  • Wearing clothing that normally I can’t wear due to have the pump (this may change if I ever progress to a pump that has a remote – but still – depending on where you stuff the pump – it can lead to a bit of a bulge – and sorry – I have enough of those from fat deposits on me already) … I’m so vain ;)

So, how many of you use Levemir - and find taking 3 shots of it a day work for you as well?

 

*** For more discussion on the I-port - feel free to check out the forums at this link ***

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Posted: Jan 25, 2013


First of all, I’d like to thank the staff at the Costco pharmacy in Pointe Claire for managing to obtain the ½ unit dosing BD syringes which sometimes can be VERY difficult to obtain according to some of my D-mates who use them.  Secondly, my endocrinologist, Dr. Skamene, who I sometimes don’t always paint in a great picture, but as a specialist, and the amount of patients he has and ill secretary (please Linda – beat that cancer!!!) – he came through for me.

A few weeks ago, I started to get my goodies ready for my travel bag.  I’m going sailing for almost 3 weeks – with a few friends (aren’t we cute in the picture below?) – but I started to hit a few road blocks as I began to inquire about some items I would need.

The first was to replace my NovoPen Junior – that delivers ½ unit increments of insulin.  It’s a pen delivery system that is designed initially for children – who dose with small amounts of insulin.  Well, the one I had was going on 7 years – and due to my recently obtaining a new pen for delivery of my Lantus – I decided I should replace the NovoPen.   Note – that the Lantus ClikSTAR pen is recommended to be replaced every 2 years.

Easier said than done,  after going to almost ½ dozen pharmacies (yes – I have lots of time to waste NOT) – I discovered that they can’t supply that pen -  let alone – have never heard of it (are all kids in Quebec using a pump now???).    I then came home, and started to investigate, to find out the NovoPen Junior has been replaced by a pen with memory in it for your dosage – it goes by the name of NovoPen Echo.  Okay – I like that with my old fart brain forgetting when I injected/how much if I don’t write the details in my log book.  So, I want one …. NOW!!!


I’m then told that Novo Nordisk cannot send me one, let alone connect me up with the service rep for my area of Quebec.  It had to all be done either thru’ a Diabetes Education Centre (DEC) or doctor.  I’ve never been to DEC in Quebec – last time I was in one was over 30+ years ago In Ontario – so I scratched that one out.  Next it was make a call to my endo, I explained the situation, and viola, I landed an appointment for 5 days later – hopefully giving us time to get the pen needle delivered in time for me to flap my wings to destinations further south  with all my favourite tools that make my diabetes control happy.

The crazy thing is, what a waste of time, seeing my endo when I dropped in (I’d only seen him the month prior for my 6 month check up).   Having him make the call to Novo Nordisk, request the item (the funny part was when he asked me “what colour do you want – blue or red?” – and I squealed like a kid “Is it candy apple red?” – his face if I could have taken a picture of it – PRICELESS – he didn’t give a rats ass about the colour – so I quickly said “Red please!!!”.  So, promise of said pen – aka Echo – would be delivered in time for me to take it with me for my holidays.

Few days later, only one more day before I depart, I call the office.  Line is busy, busy, busy.  I send a FAX to find out – has the eagle landed?  No reply after a few hours – still trying to get thru’ on LAN line.  I then send a copy Novo Nordisk with the hopes they can tell me if it was delivered to the office – but have to record a voice message.  Ohhhh, if only I had the service reps phone number – I could avoid all of this aggravation!!!!

So, I take the bull by the horns – with no answer from endo or Novo Nordisk –head out to the his office about 20 minutes drive away.  Endo’s office – it’s a zoo – busy as usual – and new secretary trying to cope as best as she can.  He happens to be picking up his next patient - looks at me – it’s never arrived – he’s as frustrated as I am.  He says to go to Lake Shore Hospital – across the street – and seek out the Diabetic Clinic and see if they carry them.  I’m even contemplating going to the Children’s Hospital – but my time and patience is beginning to wear out.

This Lakeshore is a cesspool of germs – I personally hate hospitals – and recently this one has been having issues with gastroenteritis–  telling people to not come to ER due to over crowding.  Today, It’s my lucky day, no one seems to be banning people from coming in.  I take a deep breath outside (-30C) – and pray that I won’t come down with anything – again – I HATE HOSPITALS!!!

I manage to locate the clinic – this hospital is massively disorganised due to constant renovations to keep up with mainly the again population that is clogging up our hospitals sad to say.  I luck in at seeing  Kathryn Arcudi, who works in the DEC.  I’m not sure if she recognised me (I had a goofy hat on) – but she took a few minutes from her client at the moment to tell me what I had not hoped to hear …. “We don’t use those pen”.   No words can describe my sorrow at this point.  I trudge back thru’ the mass like hospital – in a daze – and proceed to go to Costco – where they at least have been able to get my ½ cc syringes that I had a prescription for a few days ago – they will have to do.

Getting back home, I find a message from Niki at Novo Nordisk – telling me that the pens (2) had been delivered the day prior – but my endo’s office was closed – so they were left in the “office next door”.  It’s like – SCREAM!!!!  She is like me – after I call her back – unable to get thru’ on my endo’s LAN line all day long – and having to resort to sending a FAX-  with no reply .  I plead with her, can the rep not send me the pen to my house – but it can’t be done - period.  So, between the both of us – we again send our own individual faxes to my endos office of the situation – with the hope that SOMEONE will see our fax – and respond to one of us.

Two hours later – ring, ring, ring, ring … it’s my endo’s office calling – he has the pen – and says he’ll stay in office for 15 extra minutes – so I can come pick it up  (it’s now rush hour – Montreal has the worst in the world).  Incase I don’t make it in time, he’ll leave the pen at the Pharmacy for me to pick up.  Luckily, that doesn’t happen – we get there 20 minutes late going the back route saves us some time – he is still in his office – waiting for me – and I’m one happy camper – yes I am.  I almost hug and kiss him – but hold off.  I’ll repay him another time – since he went over and beyond what I would expect a busy specialist to do.  I am blessed!

My question to Novo Nordisk is – why go thru’ this ordeal with obtaining the Echo pen?  Why can the doctor NOT give a prescription for it – and allow the patient to PICK IT UP from their chosen PHARMACY?  To waste the precious time of a busy specialist is beyond my comprehension.  I do realise that perhaps some people would need training on how to use the pen, but really, it’s not that difficult to figure out with the well written manual (and mini version – which I’ll be taking with me).

Oh and by the way, I had asked Stephanie at Novo Nordisk about the expiration date of the NovoPen  Echo – she couldn’t tell me – let her know – it’s written on the box of the pen – mine expires in 2017 …. I’ll be back to get a new one then … hopefully with less problems then I had with obtaining this one!  I can't survive without my juice of life!!!

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Posted: Jan 12, 2013
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I'm now going into my third week without my insulin pump, GM (aka George Michael).  It's been a challenge this time, compared to the last time I did it in 2010 (for some reason I didn't keep a log).  I am frustrated as all heck - as I go up and down - like on a roller coaster ride - but those are more fun - since they are just temporary ups and downs with abit of screaming.  You eventually get off - and get on with life and it's regular routine.


I'm finding that I am living by the clock / alarm - for my basal shot (I have split up my Lantus into 2 shots - in AM and PM).  I sometimes have forgotten an hour or so later - I have forgotten one of the shots.  Kind and experienced MDIer diabetic mates (gag - I used to be one of those) - have told me - "don't worry - you're off by a few minutes or an hour - it won't effect you".  BS is what I say to that - maybe for them - but not for this ADH D-gal - who is used to having pretty level BG's that when they do go on  roller coaster ride - it's due to inaccurate carb count, hormones, or some other little glitch that sometimes can't be explained.

I now have my android phone set up with alarms - I feel guilty sleeping in (not that I did too often - but when I did - I knew my basal insulin in GM was working away).  When I just want to have a little nibble - I have to go and test my BG - which I always did before - but sometimes - I could get away with not doing it - and just do a "guestimate bolus" and usually things were fine.  Not so with MDI , in order to maintain my standard of BG level - I have to be constantly thinking of what next - did I miss a bolus - did I / do I? 

Eating has become a somewhat of a chore - I feel like my Mum - who eats on time  (she should be a  diabetic - she's more controlled then I am) - she has no change in her routine or foods that she eats.  That is not me - SCREECH - I'm a Bohemian type of gal - I can't live this way of life - I must be freeeeee!!!!

My other option, which I'm surprised isn't giving me sleepless nights - is just to go back onto GM - admit defeat - I can't do MDI.  Alright, you ask youselves - why isn't FatCatAnna going to the endo for advise?  Frankly, I only go to him for prescription refills - at one point many years ago he actually semi-belowed as to why I was injecting with rapid insulin in his office - when my BG reading he took was high.  His thoughts at that time was - you only inject for meals.  Oh, and even better, going onto a pump - he was dead set against it - but I went ahead - without his approval (but in end - when it came to purchasing - I needed him signature - by then he realised going from an A1C of 7% to 5.9% in less then 6 months with trial pumps - meant I was doing something right - and it wasn't due to having lows to even out the A1C number).

So, to make a long rant short.   A D-mate of mine whose pump warranty ran out the same time as me - and as disgruntled by all of the recent releases - encouraged me to call up Animas Canada - since apparently my scribbles here at Diabetes1.org and other forums where I post made them decide to stand up for themselves.  They did - and are now a brand new owner (received the day after they called) of an Animas Ping (and they like it better then their 2020) 

I proceeded to call up Animas Canada as they encouraged me to do the same as they did and spoke with Jessica at Customer Care.  She very nicely listened to me rant (am I Rick Mercer - I mean I am CANADIAN - just not from the east coast).  I explained about what I was doing with MDI while off the pump temporarily due to fear of GM going wonky on holidays like others before him. Told them to check out my blog after I jabbered on - look for my postings in Facebook and Twitter - just to be aware of how serious the problem is with selling a product that the buyer was not aware of - our pumps die December 31, 2015 - plain and simple! 

I explained to her - if she wished me to have issues with GM (she kept on questioning me about the component issue from January 3rd Urgent Pump Recall) - then I told her I would gladly put GM back on - go on my holidays.  If he is the same as previous Animas 2020 pumps or perhaps a different issue - it IS a SAFEY RISK.    I told her, by weaning myself off from GM to relearn MDI due to my distrust with their pumps - I'll be better prepared in my humble opinion.   Even perhaps too honest - was my telling her that I'm looking a purchasing a used Medtronic pump as a back up - but so far - Medtronic Canada when I inquired about the safety of that basically warned me against it.  So, I await to hear back from Animas Canada on the problem with their Animas 2020 - they'd promised to call back the day I called - but so far - nothing.

So, my fellow MDIer's (thumbs up gang on Twitter) don't panic yet - I am determined to get this MDI sorted out before I leave in a few weeks - this is the reason I started a month prior to departure.  I do not want to be a heaping sobbing blob on the floor in a panic as I try to sort out my insulin requirements via pen needle - and ruin my fellow sailors holidays as well as mine.  I want to enjoy my holidays - plain and simple - but have to admit - I do wish I had a reliable pump - that I could trust to take on my holidays. 

I miss you George Michael - all tucked up in the zip lock bag - safe and sound - battery taken out. Sleep tight until I unzip you in Feburary to start pumping with you again (and hopefully you still function).


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