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Sailing without nav aids reminded me of when my insulin pump goes wonky

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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 4, 2013 14:38
  • Sailing without nav aids reminded me of when my insulin pump goes wonky

    Jenna's Journey in the 1,000 Islands (off of Camelot Island) In August

    I've been finding the time to go over some of my scribbles I made while on holidays back in July/August - and finally getting around to posting a few (like the other one earlier - with my DKA experience).  This following blog idea came to me when our chartplotter (GPS to you folks who drive 4 wheels) - went wonky - and wasn't working.  We'd gotten used to sailing with the ability to see depths that were coming up, look ahead to where we were heading, things that we used to do with charts and by sight. 


    Here we are into our 5th day of sailing on our holidays – we’re anchored in a bay – with warning of gale force winds coming – and to seek secure coverage (or go to safe port) – and we decide to pull up anchor and move abit close to shore – to block some of the wind that is howling from the southwest.  I start up the engine (at least this holiday – we’re not having issues like back in 2011 when we had tainted fuel forcing us to hobble into American waters to fix the problem).  I look down at the chart plotter to see what depths lie ahead of us (our Catalina 30 draws 5’3” – and see that the plotter shows where we are – but there is no definition – e.g. no depths showing.   I call up my DH who is at the bow (front of the boat) preparing to pull up the anchor that is set in mud/weeds to tell him what I’m viewing (or not in this case).  He’s not a happy camper after coming back to the cockpit – testing out the card in the chart plotter we received earlier in the Spring (we belong to a club where you receive a new one each year for the areas you sail in).  We decide at that point, with the winds picking up even more to stay put, let out abit more anchor rode (more line to extend the leverage of the anchor making the boat more secure).

    Charting the old fashioned way - RELIABLE!

    Not having the chart plotter (or GPS in a car) working is similar to my not having an insulin pump when it develops hiccups – it dawned on me later the next day (ahhh – the call of the loon is happening as I type this out to you – so beautiful).    When our devices that we so come to love – and expect to work 100% most of the time – don’t function – you have to remember how to sail the “old fashioned” way by using paper charts to figure out your depths /coordinates.  In away it’s a good thing this happened (I always have to look on the bright side of things don’t I?) since it forces you to go back to how navigating used to be done – before all the bells and whistles of these electronic devices that have come into our world.  The same has happened to me over the years with my insulin pumps going wonky – or my doing a “forced” break from technology that rules my life.  For some, I know this is a scary thing to do, but if you do try it, and succeed, it’s a good thing!  I've written about it over the years here at Diabetes1.org - trust me - it can be done.

    I mean before the wheel came along there was only our feet – aka walking – to get us around – unless we lucked in on befriending a dinasour that would let us leap on its back for a ride.

    Oh and my blood sugars over the past 5 days while on holidays?  Purrfect – no stress from the workplace – family stuff – makes a big difference in my control – even if it’s a short holiday – it’s a nice change of pace.

    So, as we look at the charts over our AM cuppa java – and decide where to set sail today in the Thousand Islands - eventually anchored in a quiet cove – I feel very blessed despite this little glitch.

    The End of my  story

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