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The dreaded "poke 'em doctor" visits

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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: Oct 15, 2008 11:59
  • The dreaded "poke 'em doctor" visits




    I have been using a pump for the past year after MDI (multiple dosage injecting aka “poor man's pump”) method.  The pump has proven itself to be a valuable tool in controlling my diabetes – and I find I am in more control of my life now.  No  more being the regimental soldier eating every “x” amount of hours.  Also, I have very few hypos now. Pumping is the best thing since sliced bread IMHO (and I make my own bread here at home – I am quite the Domestic Engineer since becoming semi-retired).  


    The good news with my first “poke ‘em doctor” – my A1C instead of being the usual prepump 7.0ish reading was 5.9 (6 months ago my A1C was 6.1).  I was really amazed at the latest result with having just come off a 3 week sailing holiday. A wee bit of stress with some of the 3 tropical storms (Gustav, Hannah, Ike ... hmmm where's Tina?) that came up north hitting our little 25’ sailboat called the Fat Cat (oh and my marriage held together - swearing at my hubby that we're going to die in Lake Ontario while the boat feels like it's in a  washing cycle for heavy duty clothing - joy!).  Along with eating foods I don’t normally eat – I actually used less insulin and also my blood sugars remained very level during that time (I try to attain 4.5 – 6).


    The other good news – I am not losing my eyesight!  A few years ago my ophthalmologist started to get worried about my eyes.  After that I was seeing her every 6 months instead of once a year (field vision test, dilation of pupil, yadda, yadda, yadda – you know the drill).  This time I “poised for the camera” (had an optic nerve test – where they take pictures of your sexy eyeball). Not covered by Quebec Medicare but it was done.  The results from all these tests – she is amazed at the quality of my eyes due to my length of having diabetes!  Losing my eyesight has been always a nagging thing with me – as I’m sure it is with others.


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