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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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 Okay, for those of you who have never read my #dblogs before, I give names to all my little gizmos that I use for controlling my diabetes.  What we have today, ...
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It’s rare for me to compose a #dblog that is not all “chirpy chirpy” … I think the last time I did one that was kind of down was at Diabetes1.org ...
Surviving the Holocaust with Type 1 diabetes - Mar 27
  " To the best of my knowledge, I am the only diabetic who survived years of imprisonment in German concentration camps. This is my story "   The above words ...
Sugar and Your Health - Mar 06
The other day I emptied out a 4 kg (about 10 lbs) of white sugar that I had dated a year ago when I opened it.  I use white sugar purely for cooking (I make my own ...
Eating from the ground - Yuca Fries - Feb 20
I am home now from a working holiday, in the Bahamas and Miami.  Despite the weather being abit cooler then normal (they only get 2 weeks of winter - we were there in ...
Posted: Jun 9, 2013 11:39
  • Back To The Land of Pumping Again
    George Michael nestled inbetween the girls

    Well, it’s now been a week since I plugged myself into George Michael (GM).  Most of you know that I’ve been on a “pump holiday” since January.  I went off the pump in order to prepare myself for what usually happens when I go on a holiday with my Animas 2020 pump.   I end up having to use the loaner pump – due to having glitches with it.  Sadly, with no warranty (Animas doesn’t offer this to their clients once their warranty is up like Medtronic does), I had to make sure that I’d be able to enjoy my holiday with the control of MDI (Multiple Dosage Injecting) incase the same scenario happened again.  I didn’t want to spoil my holidays or my fellow passengers on the sailboat we were chartering in the Exumas for almost 3 weeks.  After coming back from my holidays, with the issues I have written about with the internal date programming of the Animas 2020 pump (and all their pumps have same programming still) – that it would cease to function past 2015 (the PING is 2022).  I needed a break from all the stress of fighting with a big corporation. 

    So, with my endo’s appointment last Monday and an A1C of 6.2% – I am pretty happy with the results of my MDI “holiday” (my last A1C with GM in December 2012 was 6.4%).  Despite not having much success with a Levemir experiment (my BG’s were not as good as with Lantus – which sort of puzzled me) – I know that due to the written journal I kept during this period – that if I have to go back to MDI – it’ll be much easier this time due to the journal.   I may even keep it up with the GM, but I’ve sort of gotten lazy this past week with not writing anything down (I’m such a lazy cat aren’t I?).

    GM seems to be doing alright up until today when I experienced my first ever - and it kind of got me wondering with what I had blogged about the other day with a T1D in a coma for past year due to “possible” pump failure.  My pump shut itself off of delivery of insulin – since I’d not pressed any buttons on it since I had dinner the night before (my BG’s were stable from that period of with my going to bed with a BG of 5.1/92 – alright – and I ate A LOT of carbs that evening as well – so I obviously bloused correctly).  I’ve never had this alarm before in all my years of pumping – like my infusion set in my arm pictures I posted the other day at Twit pic – I’m no longer a virgin in that area as well !

    ‘ AUTO-OFF – NO DELIVERY – No button presses in last 10 hours ‘

    How many of you have experienced this alarm (CODE 150-0000 AUTO OFF)?  Have you set a certain set of hours for the alarm to function that you are happy with? 

    I’ve always had mine set at 10 hours – figuring this was a safe number to go with.  In away, this is sort of where the closed loop system that I wrote about in the blog about Amanda who’s in a coma at Blogger – comes into play.  My pump shut itself off – it didn’t want me to be in any dire circumstance – and I woke up to it (I actually was just about to get up – but still am VERY impressed with this part of the pump programming of Animas 2020).  See Animas users – I do once in a blue moon write something positive about our pumps!!!

    I then of course started to freak out when a few minutes later, another alarm went off with:


    At that point in time – I thought “WTF???” – not this again (this error occurred in my last pump – which resulted in my getting GM replacement last year prior to my warranty ending).  I was not a happy camper – texted my DH at work saying “GM maybe on his way out!”   Yuppers, I jumped the gun, but with age, I’m beginning to learn to take a breath of relief

    According to my Animas 2020 manual – once this alarm has been confirmed – a ' No Prime ' warning is triggered.  Due to never experiencing the Auto-Off alarm before – this was new to me until composing this blog (as usual – this blog is taking way longer than expected as I want to be my facts straight – the first time – I’m such a purrfectionist ).

    The funny thing though, is there is no record of this as I look through the alarm history – except for my having to PRIME to get GM to start pumping insulin into me (and yes, ALWAYS DISCONNECT FROM YOUR PUMP PRIOR TO PRIMING).  Luckily, when testing my blood glucose (BG) after all of this – I was at a level of 8.2 / 148 – usually I am in the 4-6 / 72-108 range in the morning. Main thing, I'm no worse for the wear - I woke up to the vibrating alarm on my chest - I'M ALIVE!!!!

    So, all is good in my little world of pumping with GM – though I have a feeling I didn’t eat enough for my bolus/correction I gave for my higher fasting BG a few hours ago.  Off I go to have a yoghurt since I’ve dropped to 3.9/70.

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