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Posted: Dec 23, 2014

... my new Animas One Touch PING (I think of the game ping pong with that name) insulin pump that I started on yesterday aka Ziggy and his side kick Stardust - the OneTouch meter remote (no more lifting my skirts up to reveal my knickers to the world when I want to do a bolus).  

It will take abit of getting used to how much blood Stardust uses compared to Limoncello - my FreeStyle Lite (who will remain as my standby for days I can't squeeze out large droplets of vampire blood.

I had wanted to change to the Vibe, which has the CGMS option on it's screen which is an extra $200 (the PING is $6,995).  I paid for it on my credit card that is allowing an extra 1 year warranty on it on top of the 4 year warranty you get with the pump (having had previous probs with the 2020 - I wanted to ensure I had 1 extra year more).  I'm one smart cookie aren't I?  Well, you won't think so after reading the following.

Laws here in Canada do NOT allow you to change your mind once you've purchased a pump ... even if the box isn't opened - live and learn - or move to US of A - where you have better consumer protection - from some of the thread discussion I've read on forums.   

So, tonight - it's installing a Dexcom G4 sensor - the transmitter and receiver was given to me by islet cell transplant - who now insulin free (whoo! whoo!)  from Alberta.   I may continue to use it out of pocket once the Christmas present of box of sensors that my Animas rep gave to me (ususallly a box of 4 will set you back $340 for a month supply - cha ching) - runs out.

One thing I am finding out about the Dexcom ... after reading/watching the videos on their site.  They keep on telling you that ... the CGMS does not replace your blood meter ... that whatever your CGMS tell you - that you should go with what your finger prick #BGNow number is.  This is one thing I did not realise when looking into the CGMS.  I knew a blood test had to be done a few times a day - but not some of what I came across at this link.  Therefore, you still have to purchase perhaps as many blood test strips as you had before, in order to stay in a good BG zone.

So, between testing still with the finger sticks as some of us call them - and then to justify the the $7K yearly cost is abit scary (like buying a used car every year as my DH put it to me - men are so practical when it comes to justifying a purchase).   Thank goodness for DTC here in Canada as well, but we have yet to see how much we can claim since I was approved a few years ago ... it's sitting down ... pulling out past income taxes, etc. etc.  aka - we'd rather be sailing - than crunching numbers.  Though my DH says he'll keep on working as long as he has to for affording these items - but the rotten thing is ... he's able to retire next year after 35 years. 

GUILT!!!

Can you tell that I feel so guilty that my DH has to work longer due to my diabetes at times?  That shows you how much someone loves you when they give up their retirement plans for you (his are sailing around the world - but you never know - maybe we'll be able to do it).

So, here's to the next adventure with devices from Animas .... 

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Posted: Feb 23, 2014

I was just about to post on my Facebook page with a follow up to my  sweaty dripping wakeup call at 0202 (see below) – then thought – ahhh heck – why not post another entertaining #dblog –

As I dealt with a #BGnow of 1.8/30 in the wee hours of the morning - and scooped into an imitator Nutella - I came across this great site. I now have more info into the pros/cons of hazelnut chocolate spreads (shoulda gone for the PB route after eating sweet stuff to bring myself out of this low). Back to testing again - to see if I can lay my head down to sleep for a few more zzzzz's before getting up for work (and hockey game - go Sweden - go Canada)

I decided that “what the heck” - LIFE IS GOOD – Canada won against Sweden (now – tell me – who did NOT get up early today – even out in the western sector of Canada – that is 12 hours behind – THEY WERE UP!!) #goCanadago

Canadians win Gold in hockey

On top of it all – despite how some of you may react to this ... my #BGnow reading – taken AFTER the hockey game ended (who has time to test???) – had spiked all to heck at *** 17.4 / 313 *** with my inhaling of the hazelnut spread - lick lick lick (inferior to the one I’d bought from Cedar last year by a long shot – which lead me to the original post on Facebook with reading the #blog from veggirlrd.com ).  Have ou ever seen those huge jars of Nutella at Costco?  Have you ever bought one yourself? LOL
 
Chemistry Cat
 
Wait - I'm getting off track here (nuts do this to you - excitement of hockey game win) ....  maybe my #BGnow went up as I was actually playing the hockey game alongside the team members??  Ya know what can happen when we do exercise – and how our #BGnow spikes up ( you can view ongoing discussion here at Diabetes1.org on that subject )

The conclusion to this post is - with the use of insulin – lovely rapid stuff we have available today – as a professional human dart board (back to using the i-port again and sometimes bad diabetic when having a hypo and goes overboard with correcting) – I am now happily coming down to regular programming with #BGnow – along with having had an espresso with a bit of cream in it.

LIFE IS GOOD (it all depends on how you lick LOOK at it!!!)

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Posted: Nov 1, 2013

Last week I had gone to my local clinic (CLSC) for my blood work for my endo appointment I had on Tuesday. Two hour wait – fasting – wanting to pee like a horse – but I held fast – and wished I lived in Cornwall, Ontario – where you can make an appointment for a diabetic blood work – no waiting.  Welcome to my province of Quebec – where we diabetics get NO RESPECT !!  It's like lining up for a loaf of bread in Russia in 1915 !

Fast forward to this week – and I’m waiting in anticipation for what my results are.  Don’t we all go thru’ this (well – maybe not for you folks that can get your results the next day).  Here in my province in Canada – unless you go private - $$$ - or have private insurance coverage - you out of luck - you wait).  For some reason, I lucked in on only waiting 10 minutes (usually it’s much longer) – and my endo called my name. 

The first thing he said to me as I entered into his office …. “You’ve put on weight – what’s happened?”

I wasn’t really shocked by that statement – since I know I’ve been gaining weight (thryoid tests are normal - I'm just perimenopausal).  It's not from over eating – my habits haven’t changed - I actually am eating less due to work load – but my emotional state of being over the past year has been abit fragile plus … I’m a lazy cow (the job I do requires a lot of sitting on my behind).

Of course, as I explained this to him, he nodded, saying “Good excuses Anna”.  Onto the scale I went – since my last visit to him in July – I’ve blossomed.  I’ve never ever been the weight that I am – even after I’d had my DKA experience as a teenager – where I’d put on weight (memories of my Mum buying Hefty Boys corduroy pants for me always makes me cringe).  My Mum was often picking on me about my weight, and made me feel guilty about eating – sigh.  Writing these blogs sometimes brings back memories I don’t like to remember.

Promptly he took my blood pressure (BP) and this is sometimes the worst part for me – as I have the well-known ‘white coat syndrome” – my BP is never as good as what I have at home.  His first reading out of the corner of my eye was something like 185 over … at that point he said something that wasn’t good.  Meanwhile, in my brain I’m going WTF???  He retakes it on another machine – the regular wall version (before he was using one of the home versions we can buy) – and this time – it’s abit better – but still higher than my normal readings – 135/120.  Of course, at home, mine are in usually in the 115/70 area – sometimes lower.  I’ve never had a problem with high BP.

Of course, he says this is all to do with my increased weight (jab, jab, JAB) – and then asks – “do you eat a lot of processed foods?”  I tell him no, that I rarely eat processed foods;  when I have time/money I try to do all my own cooking without adding extra salt, etc.  Hmm, but inside my head I think … I DO LOVE CHEESE - which is high in salt!!! 

So, the jist of the whole visit was that I’ve REALLY got to lose weight - especially with his concern over my BP.  He stressed that I become active (he still insists that sailing is a lazy man’s sport – which in away – as a cruiser – it is – you don’t do much – not like he does with his golfing – where you have a goal – to find the hole).

And yes, my A1C despite my DKA episode over my holidays this summer – was pretty good (he says normally A1C will rise due to DKA) – it was abit higher – but still excellent.  And he admitted, if I’d been on multiple dosage injections (MDI) – that probably the DKA would never have occurred – which I totally agree with him.  Pumps do have their benefit - but not when they don't alarm for an occlusion, etc. like George Michael apparently didn't do in my case.  

So, now I’m off to test my BG, hopefully accomplish a 30 minute walk, then test my BG again, and post my results for the Big Blue Test that I partake in every year.  I’m hoping unlike the other day when I did it, I don’t drop in BG to the point of hypo land, and will be reducing my basal rate on my insulin pump abit (thank you Petronella Peach for that suggestion).

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Posted: Jul 17, 2012
Piggy bank surrounded by drugs

Last year I'd written about going to the big box store of Costco in order to obtain my "legal drugs" that I use to control my diabetes at a less expensive rate then what I pay at my local pharmacy here in the province of Quebec.  I mean, when you save almost $10 CDN per bottle of insulin - that is a big savings - especially when you are not flush with monies (who is these days?).  I know that many Americans do not really know what they pay for their prescriptions - due to the insurance companies doing all the leg work (or that's my understanding from my American friends).  Here in Canada - and other countries that don't have the same health set up as Americans - we either have private health care plans from our workplace - government assisted (it varies from province to province here in Canada) - or you pay out of pocket.  For myself, I luckily have a package through my workplace - but in about 5 years time - that's no longer going to be my option when I retire.


Yesterday, I went to see my "legal drug dealer" aka the pharmacy at Costco (BTW - the pharmacy now knows that my pet name for my endo/GP who hand out my prescriptions are called "pimps" - they think it's quite funny - they like being called the "legal dealer").  I was picking up some ketone strips - due to having strips that were past due their date by a few years (that's how often I have to test for ketones in my urine).  Lately, with my hormones going wacko with menopause - keeping a tight control of my blood sugars has been a challenge - but at least I'm doing my best - and know what needs to be done to recitfy the situation (I must be patient <lol>).  Speaking with the pharmacist I discovered that the laws here in Canada - make the pharmacy section in Costco open to ALL people - not just Costco members (though she said that of course - Costco would like you to get the membership).  I was astounded to learn this - but then it should have dawned on me that the same thing applies to the eyeware section (I always get my specs from there) at Costo - you do not have to be a member as well. 

The only stipulation when it comes to payment - you either use an AMEX or debit card, or cash.  They actually were surprised that I didn't pay for my prescription with the insurance issued card from work - but as I keep on telling them - if I can earn 2% cash back by using my personal credit card - then I might as well make the most of being a sicko!!!  It'll help go towards paying for some exotic holiday - or whatever tickles my fancy.

So, if you live close by to a Costco, and need a prescription filled at a reasonable price (they will give out the price of the item you want over the phone - handy if you have limited access to a set of wheels) - then I say GO FOR IT!  It's as easy as saying to the head counter at the entry way of the Costco store - "I'm here to go to the pharmacy!".

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Posted: Mar 2, 2011
Exciting news for Canadians was released today about Omnipod a tubeless-pump.  I'm abit excited about this - as it gives Canadian diabetics who currently use pumps with tubing to also try a "pump" that has no tubing (that can get caught around door knobs ). Some of my American diabetic friends have told me that this pumping system is cheaper then purchasing a regular insulin pump.  I am very curious to see what Canadians will be charged for the pump, as pump users here in Canada do pay abit more for their supplies then their American counterparts (despite our dollar being almost at par).  That will be the big selling point for myself if I decide to switch over to a tubeless-pump once my Animas warranty ends next year. Though my one little beef about the Omnipod is the amount of battery waste with the remote and pods / discarded pods made of plastic.

I'd already written about  the Solo pump a few years ago in the forums here at Diabetes1.org- which is another tubeless-pump to be manufactured by Roche  (and more sleek then Omnipod as well as the user has the ability to refill the insulin cartridge which you can't do at present with the Omnipod). I had received a dummy sample of it a few years ago - but it's still not on the market - due to corporate restructuring I believe.   Perhaps with the Omnipod being allowed into Canada now - there will also be less of a wait time for any other tubeless-pump on the market.

You can check out the news release at this link - there is a Canadian website link shown in that article - but it's not up and running yet (tried it out - went to no where land) - according to the article - launch of the Omnipod will be sometime in mid-March.

Anticipation ....



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