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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 21, 2010 9:55
  • I have OCD and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

    Last week I had to make an emergency visit to my endocrinologist (Dr. S) to ask him for some advise on how to go about fixing my BG’s (blood sugars) that seemed to have been out of whack for the past week.  The end result was that I had two days of BG’s in >20 mmol/l (360 mg/dl) range.  I haven’t registered that high since I ate a chocolate cake meant to serve up a crowed of 60.  Only kidding, though it would be a dream of mine if I had a functioning pancreas to have my face smeared with lots of chocolate icing … SNAP OUT OF IT ANNA.   So, I lucked in on seeing Dr. S 3 days after pulling the plug on Salvador (my Animas 2020 insulin pump) – otherwise I’d have been waiting until July 12th to see my GP (that’s a whole other saga – lovely Canadian health system we have at times). 

    I arrive at his office, and give my health card to his assistant Ms. L, and then went to wait my turn.  Ms. L then called me up to her desk, asking “Why are you here? You don’t have an appointment are you needing a prescription?”  I told her my story of high blood sugars/ketones that I’d told before on the phone that week and due to a cancellation she told me to come in for that day.  Her reply at this point was “You know what you are doing with your diabetes – you always have.  Why do you need to see Dr. S?”  I was starting to go into shock at this point.  She went on to say “You don’t have to worry about BG’s in the 15-20 mmol/l (270-360 mg/dl) range –many diabetics live with those BG readings and they’re okay”.  Now, if you are like me, having just finished reading that last reply, your jaw is on the floor by now like mine was – yellow teeth clacking away on the floor – right?  

    What was even funnier was when I told Ms. L that the pharmacist had advised me to go to ER because of my whacky BG’s since they know how tightly controlled I am. Ms. L  said that "Pharmacists always over react with diabetics".  Again, duh, my yellow teeth are now really hanging out on the floor.  I’m not a Pharmacist, but I took that as a slap in the face as if I was one.  To me, my Pharmacist’s team is my next best option for seeking medical help when I can't get hold of them - they've come through for me!

    So, to make a long story short.  I got to see Dr. S, he was quite shocked to see I’d pulled the plug on the pump, but at the same time, quite pleased with how I seemed to be managing on MDI (multiple doseage injecting).  He was able to understand my reasons behind taking a break from the pump, and is fully behind me with my experimenting (I like being a guinea pig) with first Lantus and then Levemir.  The one thing he said to me was that he feels I am OCD (Obsessive Compulsion Disorder) the way I am with my blood sugars numbers.  I told him, diabetes is a 24/7 thing – you can’t just let it slide by – if you do – then bad results happen.   I think maybe he got my point, but still I was still surprised that he said this to me.  The one good thing out of this appointment he is wants me to fax my results on a weekly basis, something he’s never asked me from me since I started seeing him 22 years ago.

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Apr, 23, 2010 15:40 PM

    No, no, no Kelly!!!!  I am just taking a pump break (I wonder if Salvador is missing me???).  I'm hoping to stick it out for abit - though - after the last few days where I've been doing alot of travelling - this is where I miss the pump the most.  Having to pull out the needle all the time to eat or correct my blood sugar is a pain in the ###! Writing out all that I do, compared to using the pump to contain everything - lot of work!!! Those are a few advantages over needles that I am finding right now with being on this pump break.

    I am also trying to be able to help out other diabetics who don't have the luxury like I have of being able to afford an insulin pump.   I am hoping that over this period of using first Lantus and then Levemir to perfect my basal rate as well as I was able to with my insulin pump, that I will be able to give them better  advise as to how I do it.  I know of a few PWD's (people with diabetes) that manage very well without a pump, so I hope to follow in their footsteps (and also suck their brains dry of info as to how they do it).

    I'll be blogging about this all shortly - so watch for the next chapter :)

    By: Kelly59: Apr, 23, 2010 15:16 PM

    Anna, tell me it is not true! You didn’t give up your pump? Why would you do that? I just submitted the paperwork for my pump last night. My blood sugar is low so I must be hallucinating! I will come back later & re-read this and I will see I read this wrong or was dreaming.


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