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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: Mar 18, 2009 12:07
  • Am so excited!

       Well, before I start on my latest bit of dribble to you - the good news on my insulin pump with the delivery message on the weekend - has all been sorted out.  Animas was very surprised that there had been no help for me when I called (they have taken note of what happened).  They were even more surprised I was able to sort through the problem on my own - since usually it is a problem that must be dealt with through their tech department.  They told me I should apply for a job at Animas here in Canada.  I may just do that - but now that I'm starting on another adventure in my “Jill of All Trades " type of work I do - I'm wondering .... "How many jobs can a person have?".  I do love a challenge though - makes life more interesting - and keeps me on my toes.

       My latest adventure in life is going to start next Monday - working in a quaint little cafe in the village of Pointe Claire here in Quebec a few days a week - called Cafe Marmelade. The owner, Eleanor Arless, a Type 1 diabetic like myself, offered me a job the other day when I brought a friend in for a coffee and nibbles.  I am so excited since I love to bake  and create healthy wholesome food for my family and friends.  Now I can learn off of a pro - since she beats me hands down with her tasty breads and sweet baked treats (have sampled a few)!

       Besides working there - I'm going to be helping Eleanor with learning how to carb count - so she doesn't experience all the ups and downs she's been having with her BG's (not fun if  you're wielding a sharp knife at the time).  She isn't very aware of how much insulin she requires for the amount of food she eats which I can relate to.  About 5 years ago - I started to figure out how much insulin I required to shoot up with in order to cover the food I was eating.  Now with the pump - because it's a more precise way of giving insulin - I had to tweak my skills of carb counting a little bit more. Along with the handy programming that I have set up in the pump I’m all set.  Remember though you are still the brains behind what amount of insulin goes into your body with the pump – it only “suggests”.  It was abit annoying in the beginning having to know the "exact" amount of carbs I was going to inhale - but in doing so - it's helped me to have fewer lows - and not do the roller coasters ride of shooting up high.

       One thing Eleanor has recommended to me - for treating hypos - is to mix maple syrup with some water. She vouches that it doesn't rebound afterwards shooting her BG up high.  I'm going to give this a try next time I have a hypo here at home (who carries a jug of maple syrup with them in their purse?).  I may have to buy maple syrup from her since it's a wee bit expensive due to supply and demand.

    Bon Appetite!




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