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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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The joys of having Bowie my CGMS – Chapter 1 - Sep 02
 Okay, for those of you who have never read my #dblogs before, I give names to all my little gizmos that I use for controlling my diabetes.  What we have today, ...
In a slump and scared - Jul 21
It’s rare for me to compose a #dblog that is not all “chirpy chirpy” … I think the last time I did one that was kind of down was at Diabetes1.org ...
Surviving the Holocaust with Type 1 diabetes - Mar 27
  " To the best of my knowledge, I am the only diabetic who survived years of imprisonment in German concentration camps. This is my story "   The above words ...
Sugar and Your Health - Mar 06
The other day I emptied out a 4 kg (about 10 lbs) of white sugar that I had dated a year ago when I opened it.  I use white sugar purely for cooking (I make my own ...
Eating from the ground - Yuca Fries - Feb 20
I am home now from a working holiday, in the Bahamas and Miami.  Despite the weather being abit cooler then normal (they only get 2 weeks of winter - we were there in ...
Posted: Mar 9, 2009 10:04
  • Daylight Savings Time

    Ugh – I really don’t like losing an hour sleep!  I actually woke up this morning – at my “usual” time within my internal clock – looked at my alarm clock (luckily I didn’t have any outside work today so it wasn’t set) – and low and behold – 09h06!  I’m usually up between 07h30 to 08h30 – and of course – with the time change – my body was right – but not according to the clocks that rule our world!!

    I learned on my last holiday back in December – where time zones vary as you travel across the big blue marble– that being on an insulin pump if you don’t change your clock settings – well – you’re abit out of whack with your basal rate setting (in the injecting world – it would be your long lasting insulin – e.g. Lantus / NPH / UltraLente).  I realized a few days later on my last holiday that – oops – I had forgotten to change the time on my pump – so this meant I was waking up a few mornings with lower blood sugars then I have programmed into my pump.  Quick change – and viola – back on track again.  Being new at the pumping world – I will not forget to change my time again on my pump !

    I did travel more frequently to Europe at one point in my life – and would basically adjust my insulin regime / eating habits as soon as I got on the airplane for the destination I was heading too.  A little bit of tweaking here and there – with perhaps a few more vampire stabs of the fingers – and no problems with my diabetes.  Okay – so maybe a little bit elevated in blood sugars until my body adjusted to the time change along with the different foods I was eating – but nothing that would permanently affect me later down the road.  If only I’d had my present blood meter that I use now – Freestyle Lite – where I can test on my forearm due to the small droplet of blood. 

    Well, with my late start in the day – I’d best get back to work!!  Though now I have this hankering to start looking for cheap deals to Spain (great country – great people) – anxiously looking up in the sky for that big bag of money to drop on my head!


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