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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: Apr 29, 2010 14:36
  • Missing You

    Last week I went to visit my Mum and Dad in Ottawa.  It's only a 2 hour drive, I'm used to longer drives by myself, but this was going to be my first time ever driving, alone, without Salvador Dali aka my Animas 2020 being plugged into me.

    Of course, being stressed out about this, my blood sugars (BG's) didn't start off that great in the morning.  Because I was afraid of giving too much insulin by MDI (multiple doseage injecting) I probably gave less then I should have, but I did not want to experience having a hypo on the road.   It almost felt like I was learning how to drive again, with the way I was feeling when I left.

    I arrived at my parents home, and of course, they are all set to eat (my Mum eats by the clock - if she was a diabetic - she would be very well controlled).  My first thing I wanted to do, test my BG.  Of course, it was high and here was my Dad wanting to know if I wanted a pizza (yikes - high in carbs) or a tuna fish sandwich.  Like all we PWD's do, calculations are going off in my head as to how many carbs are in this, how much extra insulin to give for the correction.  At this point in time, I was wishing I had Salvador Dali with me - I was REALLY missing him big time.  Meanwhile, everything my parents are serving up screams carbs glorious carbs, e.g. did I want a V8 juice, apricots, biscuits.  I know they mean well, but it's too many carbs for me to handle when I'm high like I am and personally even if my BG's were alright, I just can't stuff that much into me.

    The jist of my story is, that, yes, I do miss Salvador.  I find when it comes to controlling my BG's that I have better control with him.  Having to pull out the pen needle, find some flesh to inject, is abit annoying at times. With Salvador, he looks like a fancy cell phone / camera (I've had people comment about him looking like one).  No one really questions what I'm doing (is she texting to her lover boy?).  Bing, bang, boom, it's all over and done with.  With MDI, it's put on a new pen needle (31 gauge, 8mm length - sweet - no pain), and you know the rest if you've injected as long as I have over the years.

    What I find funny now, is that before going on the pump, I never thought about what I was doing, but 3 years ago, before I started on the pump, I was often just guessing in the dark as to how much insulin to give to cover foods/correction.  I'm sometimes amazed that I had the A1C's back then that I did (I tended to be in the lower 7% range).

    Week 2 is almost over - still have 3 vials of Lantus to "play with" - before I head off to give Levemir a go (am really anxious to try that out - heard so many good things about using that insulin compared to Lantus).  My BG's this week incase you are wondering - are not bad - considering I'm still playing around with my basal injections with Lantus and I'm averaging 6 mmol/l (108 mg/dl).

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  • By: FatCatAnna: May, 04, 2010 20:16 PM

    DJD: No question lows are physically exhausting. When I'm trying to do something in the garden (or other) it is frustrating but honestly, it's my own fault. I know darn well it is much easier to eat almost nothing but protein but my mouth thinks otherwise when I know I'm going to be outside. And then you get into the russian roulette game. It wouldn't matter at this point how I injected it. I'd still be doing the math myself.

    And don't forget ... I think I'm taking 1/2 the basal you are - and you don't take a lot relative to many other people. That is part of why I take more "food" shots - I don't do what so many people are taught to do - take extra basal to cover late digestion on protein etc. Or like I call it "eating to the insulin."

    I agree that most people won't want to deal with my insulin cocktail but even my endo said there is no arguing with the fact that it works.

    As you said, there are days that all bets are off and nothing works - I have a few of those hormonal days a month. Or adrenalin days. Or whatever. No tool is going to tell us what our ratios need to be unfortunately. Just like we don't have a liverometer to guess glucose release. Or a stomach meter for digestion.

    Speaking of ometers ... did you read the article on the correlation between heart disease and high cortisol levels? Ouch.

    Oh (laugh at me) you know how I feel about worrying about what other people think about being conspciuous or not - I DO NOT CARE. They can suck it up for 5 split seconds if I can suck it up for all these years.

    By: FatCatAnna: May, 04, 2010 16:15 PM

    DJD: And there are jerks who wonder why I test 15 times a day and take very small amounts of insulin (to avoid your husbands horrific experiences) ... their idiocy or interruption of my ability to take care of myself now THAT bothers me.

    I was told the doctor from Westpoint, who is supposedly here on the base, told my bosses' boss I test too much. Imagine what four letter words were trying to dive out of my mouth ... He hasn't, thus far, had the audacity to say it to my face.

    FatCatAnna FCA): Yes Doris - very weird. I hate being low. I hate having to fight within myself to be "normal". I prefer to be in the middle ground with my blood sugars (BG's) being stable. It's also very tiring for me, when I did used to have hypos frequently (e.g. 2-3 times a week) - that it left me an unproductive/depressed person.

    This is one reason I had.gone onto the pump originally, was having lows in a.m. - but I didn't know what I was doing with my MDI (multiple doseage injections) then. I have learned so much more with being on the insulin pump. With the pump you can tweak things so much more then with MDI. So, with your 10+ shots a day- this is what a pump does - except I find it is more inconspicious to do then pulling out a needle. Also, with a pump, you are only using ONE insulin, rather then I think the 3-4 that you use. I know the reason behind why you do this, but for others, this would be way too much work. The pump is a simpler way to go ... if you use it properly!!!

    At the moment, with MDI, I'm only injecting on average 8 times a day. I am fortunate that I don't overshot with rapid insulin for meals, but then, there are some days, where you have no control with your diabetic control - and everything that worked the day before - bing, bang, bong, doesn't work. No harm done, it's a little blip, life goes on. I try not to let diabetes take over my life if I can help it.

    By: FatCatAnna: May, 04, 2010 16:11 PM
    DI: My husband bitches about pulling out the insulin pump in public. He even objects in a hospital clinic to me diving for the insulin pump. I think he's nuts. He even wouldn't let his ENT see the insulin pump. I'm not kidding. I said, "Ah, come on, Bob, let Dr Smith see the thing." <chcukle> He still wouldn't and Dr Smith backed off. <chuckle... See More> He's a nice guy.

    Re: your doctor from Westpoint. Endo? When I get a 6.1 and the pump says 6.1 3 times in a row, I think I"m testing too much. It doesn't happen often though.

    I got a 27 yesterday coming back from Ottawa. I changed the insulin reservoir on the fly on the 401 and, then, the set when I got home. Why does a set fail so unexpectedly in the middle of a road trip?

    We were so close to home by that point that I didn't think we should pull over and waste another 20 m., say. . . and even though I had a extra set, I'd not brought the serter so i'd have had to insert it myself.

    By: FatCatAnna: May, 04, 2010 16:06 PM
    Good discussion of my blog going on at Facebook - where I post my blog from Diabetes1.org - maybe you've got a few comments of your own?  Feel free to join in - as you can see (have to post this in sections as there is alot of good comments here)!

    Doris J Dickson (DJD): Very cute Anna (missing your pump I mean) ... am I the only diabetic on the planet who doesn't have this built in fear of lows?

    Too many at an inconvenient time I find annoying but I'm definitely not afraid of them. And when I get annoyed, I'm annoyed with my miscalculation or the unpredictable digestion or ... but never with the insulin or diabetes.

    I know ... I 'm very, very weird.

    Dianna Inkster (DI): My husband passed out and convulsed for years on end. It bothered me and the kids. It never bothered him much. Maybe, the time he was taken out of his workplace half naked and put in an ambulance bothered a bit. . . or not.

    "If you are disabled, the best thing to do is to not take society's rejection personally and just move on." has always been his philosophy.
    It works more or less. I've never seen him break down over his situation.

    By: FatCatAnna: May, 02, 2010 16:41 PM

    Yes, I've written a few blogs here at Diabetes1.org about my "lover" - aka insulin pump.  First it was Antonio Banderas - but he cheated on me back in December while I was on a cruise in the Caribbean (only kidding - he had a few probs - had to be replaced - you can read about it here).  I received a new pump, and he's called Salvador Dali (all my pumps are named after Spanish men ).

    Yes, the insulin pump does work well for me and I'm amazed that MDI (multiple doseage injections) works much better then it did prior to my going onto the insulin pump.  I have a better understanding of how insulin works and what it can do to keep my blood sugars stable and at the level I am aiming for. 

    Well, off to bake up some rhubarb struesel muffins (my garden is full of rhubarb).  Can't wait to sink my teeth into a warm muffin and sip a cup of coffee with it!  Will post a picture of them later.

    Ahhh, the joys of insulin, that allows us to eat well and stay as healthy as we want to be.

    UPDATE: picture of my muffins (just ate one - gave 3 units of insulin (Novorapid) to cover the muffin and an expresso) - delicious.  Here's the link - http://tweetphoto.com/20844642

    By: : May, 02, 2010 04:15 AM
    I know your story about too many carbs and so sweet family but I don't know your love story with your pump, Anna. Maybe the pump is really become a part of you. And it seems to work very well with you. Did I really understand that your pump has a name? Super! 

    hypo (1) pump (1) insulin (1) carbs (1) injections (1) MDI (1) basal (1) Levemir (1) Lantus (1)

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