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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

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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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The joys of having Bowie my CGMS – Chapter 1 - Sep 02
 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, ...
In a slump and scared - Jul 21
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: Apr 24, 2010 15:34
  • Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

    Well, I’m now into Week 2 of pull the plug on my pump and taking break.  Again, to those of you who think I may be bashing pumping – I AM NOT – far from it!!!  I’m just taking a break, trying to see if I can have as good control over my diabetes / blood sugars (BG) as I do with Salvador Dali (my Animas 2020 pump).  I have a friend who has been diabetic for 50 years since the age of 25 and he doesn't use a pump, and has an A1C of 5.1% - and next to no complications due to long term diabetes.  If he can do it, hopefully I and others who don't have the luxury of owning a pump can do the same thing!  Anyway, I will go back to pumping eventually, heck I paid $7K for the pump, might as well use it!  I’m not that crazy and looking a gift horse in the mouth.

    One thing I’ve noticed is I found that being on the pump has made me so much more aware of how to use my insulin properly then when I was MDI (multiple dosage injections) for the previous 40 years.  Before pumping, I guess I just lucked in on doing the “right thing” and managed to maintain an A1C in the 7% range, but I have a feeling that was due to having low blood sugars (hypos) plus I wasn’t testing my BG’s (blood sugars) as frequently as I do now.  So, insulin pumping has made me a better  diabetic I feel.  I’m currently using Lantus / NovoRapid and I’m going to try out Levemir when I run out of Lantus pen cartridges.  

    I know eventually I'll go back to the pump, maybe it'll be in a few more weeks, few months, not sure, but for now I’m actually finding the regime of Lantus (slow insulin – aka basal in the pump) twice a day - and the NovoRapid (rapid insulin – aka bolus / BG correction in the pump) no different then when I was using the pump.  I just have to pull out the pen needle, change the needle (I tend to use the needle twice - I know - bad - but I have a high pain threshold I guess).  Because this is still new to me, I'm finding it abit of a longer process, but I'll be back in the swing of things soon.

    One thing I do find I’m perhaps performing more BG (blood glucose) testing then before. Remember, I’m slightly OCD as my endo called me (read previous blog here).  Heck, diabetes is something we live with 24/7 and you can’t shake this monkey off your back as a Type 1 diabetic.  It’s with you for life, so if you can keep things at an even keel then hopefully less complications in the future will befall us.  

    Off to test my BG!

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