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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2009 0:36
  • Oh baby it's cold out there!

    Winter WonderlandI've got Baby It's Cold Out There  - a classic -  playing in the background as I type this out to you.  If you want the full effect of my scribbles below, click on the link, and enjoy the soothing voice of Dean Martin.

    We're not getting the cold temperatures that Alberta is getting at present (-37C / -35F tonight for some of them - brrhhhh), but here in Montreal we are having unusually cooler temperatures then we usually do that this time of the year.  Usually February is when we hit the deep freeze of temperatures like this.  Anyone want to buy an island property in the sunny Caribbean with me?

    Joking aside, all I know is that tonight, by accident, I left my blood monitor (I use the Freestyle Lite) in the side pocket of my little Smart when I went to see the movie 2012 (excellent movie - despite the critics reviews).  When I came outside a few hours later, to make sure I had bolused for the right amount of insulin for the nutritious dinner of "popcorn" - duh - meter not functioning!  This has happened to me once before, last year, and you would think I wouldn't do the same thing again! Scream!! At least I remembered what I did last time this happened to me, stuck the little monitor inside of my pants (plush tummy area <lol>).   Yuppers, that was the warmest place on me at the time as the theatre for some reason was cold. I was huddled with my down filled jacket on top of me, after pigging out on the popcorn of course!

    Fifteen minutes later, the monitor was up and running again, but I seriously have to start bringing a handbag with me (I am not a lover of those things as some of you know),  to bring my medical supplies with me, even if it's for a few hours.  I must learn to be a real woman!

    I know one thing I have to look into getting, is another blood monitor, as I only have the one.  That scares me sometimes that my current monitor may go on the fritz, at a time when I can't dash out to purchase another one.  Note to self - talk to the pharmacist  this week to see how to obtain another one, hopefully for free, since I go thru' an average of 10 strips a day ($1 / strip). I should own stock in Johnson and Johnson!

    So, take care and stay warm everyone!  Winter is almost here, it starts officially December 21st!!! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Jan, 11, 2010 14:44 PM

    Yes, Europe has been getting hit with some nasty weather. I have alot of friends there, and one of them was coming home to London by train, it took 7 hours to get back home (not sure how long it usually takes).  The tracks were snowed/iced up, to the point that occupants of the train were going to have to wait until the next day. Luckily, they got home by train, but still, scary for her. She's like me, always has food on hand, but imagine if she'd not had that, or extra insulin/BG monitor strips! Not everyone carries extra supplies with them (I'm bad for forgetting that - have BG monitor, but forget sometimes to bring pen needle, etc.).

    I know for myself, I have enough to get me by for a few weeks with insulin supplies/needles/BG monitor strips.  Oc course, I'd be VERY stressed out, and stress equals usually more insulin shots, so maybe my insulin supply would only last 1/2 the amount of time.  We had no power for a week here in Quebec in '98  (e.g. Ice Storm), and I managed alright, but we escaped to a shelter by Day 3.

    For others on just meds, I am hoping that they have enough to see them thru' a few extra days.  Or like my Mum was saying as my Uncle in England is having problems getting out due to living in a hilly area.  Have your groceries/prescriptions delivered to your house - provided those companies can get thru' the streets!  Yes, might cost abit extra, but when it concerns your health, it's just something you have to factor in I guess.

    By: RunnersHigh: Jan, 11, 2010 13:57 PM

    Hi Anna, hope you are staying warm in Canada. At least you can turn on the heat and, then, you should be fine. Our friends in Europe were not that lucky this past weekend when a big snow storm hit them. 

    "A weekend of snow, ice and heavy winds brought large parts of Europe to a standstill and was continuing to cause flight and train delays on Monday. Some villages in northern Germany are still cut off after huge snowdrifts made roads impassable." (quoted from the above linked source).

    So these people could not even get out to get their diabetes supplies. That raises the question how much of a stock should you keep at home?

    By: FatCatAnna: Dec, 17, 2009 23:40 PM


    Yes, "talking" to Henry (D and the Guy) - saying I need to get a spare BGM ... soon!!!  He is going on a trip to Florida and South America and is packing a spare meter.

    If you go to my previous blog about  - will keep you in suspense here - had reported it in Facebook / Twitter as well - you'll see what I have named my little green pump. I say little, because it actually looks smaller then my previous Animas 2020 - which was blue.  For some reason - the lighter colour makes it seem smaller.  I always thought lighter colours made things look bigger (e.g. pics of me on my holidays a few weeks ago - in white - I look like a beached whale, delete, delete, delete <lol>).

    Nighty, night all, busy day ahead, licking out a few toilet bowls (I do housecleaning for a few clients - my way of exercising - scrub, scrub, scrub).  LOL

    By: Diabetic_Iz_Me: Dec, 17, 2009 23:23 PM


    I am glad you didn't loose your meter but I agree, you should have a back up. lol, it's cold where you are! I am complaning because it's 60 in Southern California.  I think I may have a solution to your problem but I can't talk about it until next month.  BTW, Have you decided on a name for your pump yet?

    By: FatCatAnna: Dec, 17, 2009 18:54 PM

    Like in every province, state, coverage varies, so like you've done in your province of Ontario with OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan), best to check the website and if no answers can be found, either ask your pharmacist , or call up to speak to someone (the dreaded waiting game).

    I had spoken to my pharmacist about our public health plan in Quebec, as he knows I test my BG's frequently.  He had told me that these would be covered by RAMQ (the Québec health insurance board) as long as I had a prescription from a doctor stating the details of useage.  I also use  Avapro, for high blood pressure, and I was amazed that it's covered by RAMQ, as many American friends have told me it's a very expensive drugs, and some of their plans don't cover it.  Now, if the prescription is not on the list then your doctor has to go thru' a tribunal type of process in order for that medication to be paid for. 

    The link here shows the costs you have to pay out for prescription coverage at the pharmacy in Québec.  This of  course depends on your income level of how much you fork out for your prescriptions and there is a limit of $585 CDN and varies by age group.

    Currently, it seems I'd be covered for my insulin/BG strips, but it could all change due to the aging population, along with more diabetics being diagnosed (hope you don't become one of those statistics - stay healthy!). Also, I've made sure to save for my nonworking days, when expenses I've taken for granted that are currently paid for won't be, but again, this could all change.  Not looking forward to that time, but it's inevitable for those of us long term PWD's.

    By: RunnersHigh: Dec, 17, 2009 17:28 PM

    Hope you stay warm! Maybe you should put the BGM into a warm/insolated pouch. Also the Smart is almost as small and cute as a pouch :)

    By: : Dec, 17, 2009 15:35 PM
    I noticed on the OHIP site that they allow up to $600/year for these. "Blood testing strips and lancets are covered at 75% to a maximum of $600 annually." Are they covered in Quebec?

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