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Posted: Oct 3, 2014

Jerry Reed's song title above - is what made me get all squirmy and excited about writing this #dblog post today.

This winter our heating bill for the house will be reduced drastically.  That is if my DH can withstand <16 C (60 F) temps all the time.  A recent holiday on our sailboat aka Jenna’s Journey, where the cabin temperatures at night dipped as low as 4C, with a duvet on top of “us” to keep us warm over the night, along with the v-berth that we sleep in, with the door closed ….  Well, the “us” means my DH was all huddled comfortably under the covers, whilst I had thrown them aside, tossing & turning in a sweaty hot heat. 

The other aspect of my hot flushes.  My skin has an even rosier glow to it (I have rosacea), and people say I look so healthy and young (see glistening skin below <lol>).  Meanwhile, as they babble on, I’m sweating like a pig and wishing I could plunge into the Arctic Ocean. 

The above two statements are the pro bit of this little ditty.

Yes, the sexy illusion of "glistening skin", especially in-between the girls is a right turn on for some blokes.  Sadly, my DH is a solid sleeper, so he missed out on that aspect of my night sweats lately.  For me, it’s becoming a bloody nightmare, along with sleep deprivation if the temps aren’t cool enough for me.

Oh and the mood swings (never had those before) … I even scare myself at times – it’s like I’m watching a psycho movie and I’m staring in it ( strike a poise Madonna style).  I talked to some people at various ports during our holidays, and their advise when you’re about to blow off steam …. COUNT TO TEN J

So, as we all know, mucked up sleep can screw up a lot of things.  Our bodies were meant to have a good solid sleep (whether it be 4 or 12, depending on the individual, solid … no waking up inbetween … is the best type of sleep).

For myself, with all this hormonal imbalance with T1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s, menopause … my blood sugars are going right whacky over the past year.   My A1c has gone up from it’s usual 6% level I’ve had over the past 4 years to my last blood test where it was 7.2%.  With the last few months of blood tests I’ve performed, where I seem to average 12 mmol/l ( mg/dl) – I think I’m going to be seeing an even higher number. 

Yes, a higher A1c number is freaking me out at the moment, but not so much as my daily #BGNow (blood sugar) are.   I’m trying not to let it get to me, but it does worry me, because higher #BGNow cn lead to complications.  Waking up to 15 mmol/l ( mg/dl) – hopefully will be reduced back to a lower number.  Eventually …. I have to be patient …. not freak out.

I’m still waiting to hear back from another T1D who claims that taking Metformin is helping them with their blood sugar control.  In the meantime, I’ll try to gather up information searching the Internet to see what I can find – to put forth to my health team. 

So, the best I can do for now?  I’m sticking with George Michael for the ease of adjusting my basal with temporary fixes and corrections along the way.  I’m also going to do some research on natural products that will help deal with the hot flushes (that hopefully won’t screw up my diabetes control – we have to be extremely careful with naturopath medications as diabetics). 

I don't have hot flashes

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Posted: Mar 30, 2013

Gotta love Mr. Bean

UPDATE -** NOVEMBER 18TH 2013 ** - I HAVE FINALLY BEEN APPROVED TO USE THE I-PORT! Why it took my insurance company so long is beyond my comprehension - but now I'm so excited - especially when I take my next holiday  - where I can't risk having my out of warranty insulin pump go wonky on me - this will make my MDI (multiple dose injection) regime so much easier!!!!

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I posted this blog the other day at Blogger - and thought I'd share it here with you at Diabetes1.org! 

Picture of an upset

Okay, okay, don't get your nose out of joint - my fellow insulin pumping peeps - that I'm saying that the i-port is a mini-me insulin pump - but in away - when you look at it "logically" without any anger from my statement - I AM the "mini-me" pump - I am the brains behind what goes into my body - via the i-port - I AM IN CONTROL - not a machine - that I've programmed with best intentions to keep my diabetes health in control.

 


Yes, I still have to give a separate shot for my "basal" rate with long acting insulin  - I do this twice a day - 12 hours part seems to work best for me.   The basal rate is basically what your pancreas - if it's working - squirts out all the time - in order to keep your blood sugar in a normal range when your not eating, etc.   With diabetes - your pancreas can be abit on the wonky side and either work when it feels like (e.g. Type 2) or like myself as a Type 1 - where my pancreas is dead as a door nail. 


The recommendations of the i-port website is that only ONE type of insulin being put thru' the port via either a pen needle (no shorter than 5mm) or syringe (28 gauge is the thickest - otherwise you could ).  I'm fine with that that I can only use the port for one insulin.  With a "real" insulin pump which has an insulin cartridge that stores insulin (the i-port doesn't - you INJECT the insulin thru' the port) - we all know it's programmed to squirt out ""X amount" of  rapid acting insulin - for your basal rate as well as your bolus rate (aka - if you have to correct a higher than normal blood sugar (BG) or for when you are eating a meal).  If this has got you abit confused about the types of insulin - check out the link from Diabetes.co.uk that explains how injected insulins work in our bodies.  


My messy diary along with box from i-port


The thing I loved about my six day experiment with the i-port (I was only given 2 samples - boo! hoo!) - is that instead of my having to do the human dart board practise on my stomach for my bolus shots 5-8 times a day - I just did my insulin injections through the port in my skin.  It really is like an infusion set that we use with an insulin pump - except it has no tubing - or connections to a little machine that goes ping.   The port is changed EVERY 3 days - which is the recommendation for most infusion sets.  Usually in the past, I've had issues with the teflon coated plastic cannula that remains in my body for that length of time.  Luckily, with the i-port I had no such issues, removing the port left barely a mark in my skin. 


The good thing about the i-port - less expensive then the alternative of an insulin pump (I can purchase the i-ports at Diabetes Express for $149.99 CAD for a box of 10).  This is bit less expensive then what I was paying for my infusion sets with my insulin pump - but the even bigger saving for me?  I'm not having to pay for a pump which ranges from $5-7K depending on where you live - along with the other supplies that go along with the pump (insulin cartridges, batteries, replacement caps, etc.). 


i-port put in place (really easy)


One thing I did find was that I didn't cringe at having to give another shot of rapid insulin for a little sinful snack or a correction shot.  It reminded me so much of the insulin pump I used to use - where a simple touch of the key pad - squirted insulin into my body via the infusion set - except with the i-port - you are the brains behind what insulin you are injecting with.


I have submitted a predetermination form thru' my husbands workplace insurance in the hopes that these ports will be covered - hopefully at 100%.  So wish me luck - since I'm really REALLY missing my little i-port right now - I felt very spoiled using the two I was sent. It's almost how I felt when I first disconnected from my pump - and went back onto multiple daily injection (MDI).  After almost a month of learning how to stay in the BG zone with MDI - I can now say - that ANYONE can do it - if they put their mind to it - and now I'm not missing my pump as I go into my 4th month of being pump free.


It stands out about 1/2" or abit less


My conclusion?  For anyone without insurance coverage - dislikes injecting to the point of not wanting to inject (not good - tisk - tisk - who hasn't done that in their life time with diabetes?) - I really think this is the route to go - to keep a diabetic from suffering the effects of poorly controlled diabetes.  

 


NB
:  The i-port Advance has regulatory clearance in Canada, US and the European Union.  In the EU they currently have distributors in Germany, Italy and the Nordic Region and are in conversations to add some additional countries in the near future. India and Australia will be further down the road. 

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Posted: Nov 3, 2010

I saw my ophthalmologist a few weeks ago (I go every 6 months), where things were as usual "perfect" with my eyes as far as diabetes damage, e.g. retinopathy.  She always says “Your eyes are like a babies!”.  I always leave feeling so good, especially when about 15 years ago, another ophthalmologist had diagnosed me with retinopathy that he felt was not reversible.  To lose my eyesight is something I think as diabetics we all cringe at – I mean – listening to Glee is fine – but to not visually see it?– bummer city (where is the noose to put around my neck if I can’t see??).  I know when I was told the news by the previous ophthalmologist, I think it made me decide to take control of my diabetes and I started with MDI (multiple dosage injections) and more frequent blood sugar testing.

The funny thing a diabetic friend of mine, Doris J Dickson, after hearing about my latest visit to the eye doctor, sent me a recent article that states that having good blood sugars isn’t really what stops you from getting retinopathy.  There is a certain molecule called SHP-1 that is actually what predicts if you will have this eye disease.  The higher the level of SHP-1 the more prone you are to developing retinopathy.  You can read more about this at medpageTODAY.

This week I went to see the optician (I do this every 2 years as my husbands medical coverage covers the cost of the exam) also I’ve been having eye aches and my eyesight seemed abit blurry in my right eye.  I figured it was again due to my lenses being too strong in my glasses since I’ve had this problem before (one time my eyesight changed in 6 months – expensive lense change for two of my Elton John frames – I wasn’t pleased about that – but I didn’t enjoy  “headache city”).  Believe it or not with age my eyesight is actually improving, and this isn’t an uncommon thing she told me.  Once again, I now have a weaker prescription for my glasses and I will soon be singing the song of “I can see clearly now" (I have to always throw something musical into my blogs don't I?).  I’m very lucky though that I only need glasses really for driving or when I go bar hopping. 

When she was going through the different lenses to find out which one I saw more clearly with (you know the routine as they flick through the lenses over one eye – “One or two?” – “Which one is clearer?”).  She told me that one of the reasons for my weak eyesight in my right eye … I have a cataract developing.  I was SHOCKED!  The optician said that this was nothing to be alarmed about at my age, it's to be expected, but I have to admit that I thought it was something that happened to someone much older then me!  She said that diabetes does play a small role in this happening, but she says it's nothing to be too overly concerned about.  Eventually if it causes problems with my seeing clearly, a simple procedure of replacing the lense cap will be performed, and vision will be restored.  I did tell her that my Mum has been diagnosed with glaucoma a few years ago, and that is another hereditary disease that I may get from my Mum’s side of the family (my Great-grandmother was diagnosed as having diabetes in her 80’s).  The optician admitted that of the two, cataracts is the less serious of eye diseases.  Does it make me feel better her saying this? Sort of, but still it scares me abit.

What is freaking me out abit is why my ophthalmologist hadn’t mentioned it to me before, as her office uses more advanced machines in detecting eye problems!  I guess you know what my burning question will be for her when I see her next April.  I’m even thinking of maybe switching to a new ophthalmologist because of this, incase she’s perhaps missed other problems in my eyes.  Would you feel the same way as I do or am I just being silly?

Vision Test

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From: ekc

Posted: Feb 21, 2008

I am not your typical diabetic.

I was diagnosed as a teenager even though I was athletic and as far as I knew, healthy. I'm now 30, still feeling healthy, still athletic but am a diabetic. For me, diabetes is something I have to live with but I don't let it control my life. By eating right and exercising I'm able to have good control and only the people who are very close to me even know I have the condition.

I'm really interested in learning as much as I can about diabetes in order to stay one step ahead of the disease.

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