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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: Jun 26, 2009 17:26
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  • Back from a "Technology vacation"

    I left the laptop behind on my recent trip to Washington, D.C. and then when we came back home for repacking for sailing - still did not touch the PC. I actually thought I would be foaming at the mouth wanting to switch on my computer - but just being away from all the technology that is involved in our lives these days was oh so nice. Except, when I think about it - I was still hooked up to Antonio (my pump) - so I guess I wasn't on 100% cut off - though no Twitter, no Facebook, no Tudiabetes, or Diabetes1 - accchhhh!!!

    I never got the chance to meet up with Cynthia Kahn - due to a 24 car pile up on the highway coming thru' Maryland that took 2 hours to get by - even on a 4-lane highway. I took a picture of my BG reading at the time - as we were stuck in an unairconditioned car (Smart behaved otherwise mechanically very well averaging 60 miles to the gallon). I'll post that picture and others later (it read 7.7 - not bad for being stuck in a car for 8 hours).

    During our stay in Washington, where we walked and walked and walked (I love to walk - unfortunately I think my in-laws needed some R&R after being with us). I had to reduce my basal rate on my pump to 60% - and am curious if this has happened to anyone else where your carb ratio changes. Instead of my usual 1:13 - it changed to 1:20! I realised something was up when I was starting on my 3rd container of Dex4 (and starting to panic that I didn't pack enough for the trip) - and having bolused for food prior to that - that something wasn't quite right. After that I ignored the suggested amount and shaved off abit to stop any further hypos. To be on holidays - and trying to appear "normal" around people as you are fighting with your brain/body is so embarrassing (sort of like being drunk on alcohol as I'm sure you are all nodding away at this remark).

    What was the highlight of our trip was going to the National Museum of Natural History to see "Night At The Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian" on the IMAX screen - and experiencing yet another hypo - while the little singing cherubs in the movie that I realised quite suddenly, even in the state of mind that I was, were the Jonas Brothers singing away. How funny is that? Having an insulin pumping cherub staring/singing down at you - while you fiddle with a juice box in the dark (managed to get that thru' security) - and then tweak your insulin pump basal settings!

    Overall, great place to visit - just disappointed I never met up with the president!

     

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