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Missing Salvador Dali - aka my Animas 2020 insulin pump

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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: Sep 10, 2010 12:05
  • Missing Salvador Dali - aka my Animas 2020 insulin pump

    Yesterday we had quite the adventure on Lake Ontario.  According to LOOFS (Lake Ontario Operational Forecast System) website - the waves on Lake Ontario for the day we were setting off to Oswego, NY looked to be good.  So off we started, 07h00 in the morning when waters tend to be more "calm" (I am NOT an early morning person) - we soon realised - once we got past Main Duck - about 20 nautical miles south west of Kingston, Ontario (not Kingston, Jamaica - someone commented on that on my Facebook page ) that this was not be be.

    With the 8 foot waves and high winds (20 - 25 knots), testing of blood sugars was impossible (you try poking your fingers with a lancet as you're hanging on from being thrown overboard - any suggestion from those that have tested in these conditions - fill me in on your secret of how you do it).  I just about broke my arm when in the cabin below when a wave hit us on the side of the boat - trying to grab what I could to stay upright (ended up on my buttucks in that fall - think I cured my slight frozen shoulder problem as well - free physio at sea ).  Therefore, not checking BG's / eating until 21h00 / meant diabetes wasn't kept in check which is so unlike me!  If I'd had the pump on, things would have been much better I feel, as we went thru' a similar experience a few years ago in our smalle25' sailboat.

    Also, with being here for next 5 days - I'm going back onto pump - time to reconnect with pumping again - my MDI (multiple dosage injection experiment has been very successful - but I have to admit - MDI sometimes can be more work - and right now - I'm wanting to be lazy - 'cause I'm trying to enjoy what holiday time I have left).

    Due to working from an old lap top - I'm having to keep this blog fairly plain Jane (no fun pictures of me eating some of the meals prepared on Jenna's Journey) - so below is part of an email update report that I sent out earlier this morning - wish us luck with our journey back to our home port just west of Cornwall, Ontario.


    So, for those of you not in the loop - we left originally from Kingston, ON on Thurs - original intentions were to head to Oswego, NY- but winds / wave conditions led us to abandon that hope. Remember, this is or 1st time on Lake Ontario - mini-me ocean as I affectionately like to call it.
    Anyway, we had wanted to seek shelter at Main Duck (remote island near the centre of Lake Ontario), but engine refused to start - and we didn't want to attempt to sail into the small harbor there. Despite having engine"fixed" the day before (filters, fuel pump replaced) in Kingston - the issue we now are understanding is 20+ years of bad fuel/water accumulation (had discovered O-ring on fuel cap was allowing water into diesel tank for "x" amount of years)  along with the jostling of the boat in water stirred up ALOT of crap. So, we headed to Sacket's Harbor instead - 8 hours of sailing (8 foot waves - fun, fun, fun ... NOT) - we are here until at least next Wednesday. Fuel tank has to be removed/drained which will solve all our engine issues. We are of course kicking ourselves that we did not do this prior to leaving on holidays - as it's been tense at times when we've needed the engine (e.g. getting the hell out of the way of a HUGE freighter while under sail).  We are also discovering the former owner wasn't really mechanically inclined, so we've learnt our lesson there when buying any future things .  Ahhh, such is life.
    Yesterdays sail just on the jib (110) we were averaging 6 knots - which was pretty good. Jenna's Journey handles rough seas very well I might add - just don't go into the cabin during sailing - not fun below.
    So, for anyone of you close by to Sacket's Harbor (we are 8 miles west of Watertown) - give us a shout (wi-fi here is EXCELLENT) - and drop on by.  We're at the Navy Point Marine.
    Our adventure back to Cornwall will now be done at a more rushed pace - as we had hoped to stop off in the 1,000 Islands for some R&R - but with the gong of the work bell fast approaching - we'll have to save this until our next summer holiday/adventure.

    Tally hoe!!!!
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  • By: : Sep, 27, 2010 11:21 AM
    Hi Anna,

    We are going on a week long Mexican Riviera cruise (Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas) at the of October.  I love the tips!  I probably will bring both the pens and the pump  Thank you!  :)


    By: FatCatAnna: Sep, 25, 2010 00:40 AM

    Hey Kathleen - yes I've been back since Monday - trying to catch up with things (NOT IN THE WORK MOOD THOUGH). I've been going on a cruise every year for the past 10 years aka  floating cities.  It's my way to relax and not be the crew for a change of pace.  I've done both methods of insulin control - MDI and/or pump.  Because I'm abit of a fashionista (hey - I live in Montreal - what do you expect).  When I'm wearing something that is tight on the cruise ship - I simply disconnect from the pump for that time (I do this more in the evening).  I just bring my pen needle with me/BG supplies and take care of BG's that way.  Another tip, if you are wearing a bikini, put your infusion set in your upper back (or below your bikini bottom) - and just clip your pump discretely out of the way. I have ways of concealing my pump without it being to obvious on my takini (I don't have the body for a bikini since I was 16 - you are lucky to be able to wear one).  I just try to keep my pump out of the sun so it doesn't fry our juice of life (look into FRIO products - you can plop your pump into them).  I have them for my pen needles as well.

    BTW, you may find you require way less insulin then you normally do, even your I:C may change, so be prepared (e.g. I bring a jar of Dex4 with me).  Relaxation / no stress - causes me to reduce my basal insulin (either Lantus or via pump) by almost 50% but it varies from person to person.  I like to walk alot, so am being more active as well then I would if I was back home, in the cold weather here in Canada.

    When is your cruise?  I'm going on an NCL cruise beginning of December - taking my in-laws with us this time - as they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

    If you need tips on packing - only take 1/2 of what you have originally packed! I can live out of a carry on for a cruise believe it or not.  It's the other bag, medical stuff that I think I have more crap in - but I'd rather leave a piece of clothing behind then not have my supplies that keep me alive! That's the only thing I find with the pump, you need alot of supplies to bring with you!

    By: : Sep, 24, 2010 18:27 PM
    Hi Anna,

    It sounds like you are having quite the adventure, although by the time I'm wiriting this, I think you are back!  :)

    I've been trying to decide whether to do MDI when we go on our cruise (not quite as adventurous as your trip) at the end of October but I really missed my pump while waiting for the replacement to arrive.  I am much better controlled with the pump...but is so doesn't go with my bikini!

    Take care,

    By: Kelly59: Sep, 17, 2010 13:46 PM
    When I saw missing Salvador, I thought you were going to say poor Salvador fell into the water and drowned.  Don't scare me like that!  Sounds like you had a fun vacation, even with all the bumps in the road. 


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