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Officially off my insulin pump as I bring in 2013 with a BANG

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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: Jan 2, 2013 12:37
  • Officially off my insulin pump as I bring in 2013 with a BANG

    Well, I had written a blog earlier saying I'd be off the pump as of December 31, 2012 - but I still had some insulin left in the reservoir - and we all know that insulin does not come cheap - so I milked that cartridge for all its worth - and officially disengaged from GM in the afternoon on New Years Day.

    The only thing with doing that - was the basal shot of Lantus - trying to figure out - what to give - since I split my doses up of Lantus - 12 hours apart.  So, I rolled the dice, and came up with an amount that I thought would be alright until my night time shot.  What can I say, I like to gamble .

    The one thing I took was a few pictures - one showing the amount of stuff I generally have to carry for travelling - I call it my mini-sac - because on longer travels - e.g. 2-3 weeks - I pack even more pumping stuff in my zip lock bag(s).  So, going now to the pen needles (two of them - one for Novo Rapid - aka bolus shots for meals / corrections and the Lantus - for my basal insulin).  So much less to lug around.

    So far, my BG's seem to be not going below 10 mmol/l (180 mg/dl) which is abit of a drag for me - as I tend to have tighter control then this - but I'm writing everything down as to what I inject / BG (blood glucose) reading / food intake - something I didn't really seriously do last time I did a pump holiday (that one was for almost 6 months).  So, not having any notes to go back on has been abit frustrating, so I'm trying to do better this time (let's hope I stick to it).

    So, day 2 has started - I actually do miss the pump - but then I don't - because now I have to really think twice before I stick something into my gob.  Because it means I have to take an insulin shot of rapid insulin - in order to enjoy that morsel of cake or chocolate.  Before, it was simply doing a BG test (which I am now going to be doing more of) - then pushing a few buttons to infuse some insulin.  I'm thinking maybe I'll lose some weight - gleefully clapping my hands here - but hopefully the weight loss will be due to well controlled eating / injections - and not having high BG's which can lead to weight loss (been there done that in my younger years when I was out of control).

    Okay - off to test my BG - then head outside into the balmy -15C (windchill is showing -22C) weather.  It'll be nice to get some fresh air - and compete with other shoppers in the grocery store that have dwindling supplies in fresh foods (I'm down to zilcho veggies and fruits due to being away over the holidays).

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