Blog Entries With Tag: Apidra

Posted: May 11, 2010

I guess you would say that I've got a horse shoe up my ass as far as hypos or lows go.  As a child I was probably running in the medium / high range for blood sugars (BG's) since in those days generally we only injected once a day with a long acting insulin.  No fancy stuff like today with basal (Lantus/Levemir) or bolus (NovoRapid/Apidra).  Also, A1C's weren't available to the general public until the late 70's and urine testing at home was the only way to see how you were doing (depending on how long that urine had been sitting in your  bladder <lol> ).  Having low BG's really only started to effect me when I entered into my 30's  and I decided to become  more tightly controlled with MDI (multiple doseage injections)  with testing my BG's more frequently.
My Mum used to pack Sunmaid raisins into my school bag for those times when I might need a low.  I still love those today, but I try to be careful when I am having a low, that I don't eat too many!  I'll have a few nuts / cheese afterwards to offset all the sweetness and hopefully cause less tooth decay.

My other favourite treat when I'm low as a child was Life-Savers.  We all know 4 of those sweet little candies equals 15 carbs but the only problem with these, it is hard to stop at just 4!  The next colour could be my favourite flavour (green). Shovel, shovel, shovel!!!  Rebound later on :(

Life Savers

Urrrhhh!!! Now you see why I detest hypos along with leaving you like a limp noodle.  I really don't have any favourite type of food to deal with them - Dex4 is pretty well what I carry with me all the time or a juice box.  I just don't like being low, plain and simple, I'm not myself and it's a fight to struggle back to normal.  Also, to have a bad low, and being semi-comotose  at the same time  I   don't usually recall what the heck I'm eating.  Ugh!
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Posted: Apr 25, 2010
This is my first step in the world of blogs. I wanted to write about so many things about my diabetes, and now I'm in front of this empty "page" and trying to write something in English with my French brain... Not so easy. 
And to day I'm going to tell you a little  about my friend, my twin as she wrote, Anna... I'm sure everybody know her blog, her work. The first time I saw her on photos and read something about her, I was asking myself : Is she a type 1 like myself?  and yes, she was! And I wasn't American and with her and others friends from America I began to learn so much that I took my time to understand all the informations from them. No I didn't discover the Moon or Mars, I discovered a new life. Maybe it was too late because my old friend Type 1 was with me since I was ten years old and at this moment of my life it was prehistoric age. I remember all these so big needles and the syringes made of glass and of course the doctor who said to my parents " your daughter is  Diabetic". I'm Diabetic.
And now I inject Levemir and Apidra with my pen and so small needles! And , yes, Anna used Levemir too. So she is a woman, she is a type 1, she used Levemir, she likes life...maybe she is right, she is my twin. 
 This is my first step .
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Posted: Sep 29, 2009

Carnival Mask from BrazilI've blogged in the past about some of my travel adventures and not allowing diabetes to stop me from pursuing my exploration of our big blue marble, but what came across my screen today about Bridget McNulty,  from South Africa and her partner Mark Peddle just blew me away.   They are doing what I've always dreamed of doing, but I don't have the time / money to do it. 

Bridget was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 25, back in 2007 and uses Apidra and Lantus to control her diabetes, and with A1C's under 6% - she is doing very well!

Over the next nine months they are going to be traveling the globe, promoting diabetes and the fact that it doesn't have to stop you from doing whatever you want.  Most of you know that I have never let diabetes hold me back, in fact; I think having diabetes has made me do things that I would never think of doing!  To me, life is too short, to experience as much as you can in whatever time I have, I want to do it!!  Again, within reason of money and time (ahhh - to have a rich auntie or sponsor ... in my dreams LOL).

During the next four months, they are touring the Asian continent and then making their way to Central and South America, returning back to South Africa for the .... Soccer World Cup (gotta love that!) in June 2010.

To follow their journey, thru' blogs, vlogs, check out Just The Planet.  You never know, maybe this will get your travel juices going, and the next thing we'll know is you'll be blogging about your adventures online to the world as well!

As Bridget says, and I quote - "diabetes is a condition that can be dealt with, no matter where in the world you are."  She took the words right out of my mouth, and oh, don't forget to pack double the amount of supplies you think you'll need in your globe trotting despite the hassle of lugging it around (been there, done that LOL).


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Posted: Jan 23, 2009

Someone recently asked if they could eat fruit and if so, how much.  Well, as a person who is entirely insulin dependent (as opposed to a type 2 or LADA who may still make some insulin) and who targets normalized blood sugar (85) at all times, not just pre-meal and who uses many small doses of multiple insulin products, I can not justify eating fruit anymore.  (Thank you Dr. Bernstein for pointing out the problem.  Without testing blood sugar at 15, 30, 60 minutes, I never would have realized the problem - though I'd "felt" the effects for years.)

There are no insulin products (Apidra, Humalog or Novolog) currently being sold that prevent a spike in blood sugar if I stick a piece of fruit in my mouth.  In fact, most fruit is so fast that if I find myself at say 60 (need a 25 point increase), who needs juice?  All I have to do is take a bite of a peach or a few grapes and within minutes, I'm back to target.

Although fruit contains necessary vitamins, I believe we can get them from vegetables without rapid blood sugar spikes and drops.  Some people may eat fruit with some form of protein and are able to keep spikes from occuring.  Some people subscribe to being back in target at 2 hours is fine. 

I do not like the way eating fruit makes me feel ... rapid high, hunger, rapid drop.  No thanks. 

On the other hand, I use ONLY juice (no sugar added apple or orange)  for low blood sugar and usually buy juice with calcium added.  So I do get vitamin c and the bonus of the calcium.

My favorite metaphor is "do you choose the watermelon or your kidneys"?  I choose my kidneys!

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