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Blog: Anna's Blog
Posted: Jul 21, 2015
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 and sleep apnea testing. Sleep really is vital to everyone, diabetic or not … without a good sleep … well … we become exhausted, depressed, need I say more?
So, here’s the jist.
Basically, I miss Montreal … my home for the past 26 years (that the new owners just LOVE …. Urrhhh …. why did we make our house so cute).
The biggest thing that is hitting me for the past few months though is that finally I can admit that diabetes is bringing me down. I rarely will admit that, and am all smiles (damn they create wrinkles around the eyes … and I’m already feeling like I’ve aged 20 years in the past few months with stress).
My basal rate is almost down to ½ of what it used to be … and still needing to be tweaked. Why I’m become even more insulin sensitive is making no sense at all with the extra hormonal issues I’ve been experiencing that were making life the opposite. Has my body gotten used to them?
With the use of the Dexcom CGMS … I am now at least getting a better vision of where to tweak things … but what has finally dawned on me lately is … is with my basal portion of my insulin coverage pretty well covered (I mean … .450 / hr seems to be my average hourly rate) it maybe lowered if I continue in this hypo fairy land I seem to exist day in day out.
As we all know, hypos are exhausting, they leave you like a limp noodle, and the things you have set out to do that most people take for granted … get in car, drive to store, do your shopping … get on bicycle, go for a cycle, get active … go for walk … yadda, yadda, yadda. I think you get the drift. To do these simple tasks lately, I’m not able to do them. It’s bringing me down to the point where I had a friend force me OUT OF MY HOUSE, to go out for a trip with her (searching for green bacon along HWY 2 of eastern Ontario). That did help, but sadly, getting behind the wheel, even with my Dexcom alarm set at 4 (72) … is not much help. I am crashing in the blood sugar area … and luckily it’s not behind the wheel.
So, what dawned on me lately is that my other ratios I have been using are wrong for insulin coverage. I’ve upped my I:C (insulin to carb) ratio … and giving it a test … I see a few times where it will have to be upped more. Just like our basal rates are different from hour to hour on a pump … and this is where a pump is VERY handy. You’re sort of stuck with MDI (Multiple Dose Injections) … once injected … you are the insulin slave.
My other fear? Tomorrow, I am going to visit my family that I haven’t seen since last year. I’m driving alone which I never used to feel. It’s not far, but it’s that background fear of going low. So my CGMS alarm for going low is set abit higher for that drive (I usually have it at 4/72 … for driving I put it to 5/90 … to allow for any variance in the blood meter verification test). I did this last week when driving back to Quebec to have the Ontario MOT form filled out by my endo to certify me that I’m insane … JOKING … that I can drive a vehicle in Ontario safely. The form from Ontario really goes into hypo unawareness unlike the form my endo filled out for the province of Quebec last year for me. This all stems from Allan Makii, a T1D who caused a TRIPLE fatal crash while driving with a low blood sugar back in 2009.
So, as I post this blog, and I’ve missed posting them lately, but life has been whacky as you’ve seen … wish me luck … on sorting out my insulin requirements … getting my new home organised with help from my DH when he’s home … and trying to get out of what I think is one of the worst depression bouts I’ve ever had.
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Blog: Anna's Blog
Posted: Apr 9, 2010
Well, finally Abbott has come out of the dark to acknowledge what many Navigator customers have been complaining about over the past few months. They can't get either the receivers (or transmitters) to their clients who use this system. Zing - ouch!!!
To read more of their announcement they made today - go to the link that follows - http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/adc_dotcom/...
I'm bringing this up in my blog today because Kelly Booth who is a PWD (person with diabetes) friend of mine that uses the Navigator. She told me she was having some problems with receiving her order she had placed. It appears that Abbott had stopped shipping Navigators (she wrote to me back in mid-March) and she had not received any in the past 8 weeks! She needs to use a CGMS due to suffering from many low BG's (she's not blessed like I am, where I am able to recognise when my blood glucose is doing down). On top of all of this, I was hearing thru' the PWD grapevine that Abbott flunked an FDA (AKA GMP) audit. Whether this was true or not, it's still scary that those PWD's (people with diabetes) are in this predicament.
In the meantime, she gave the Dexcom 7 a run for a week (she told me she tried to hide from the rep when he came to take it back). There are many features of the Navigator she says she likes better (e.g. range is further on the Navigator, e.g. 10 feet when you go away from the remote). The Dex 7 has a range of 5' 1" (her words are "bang, you're disconnected"). It is just as accurate and she actually likes the alarms better on the Dex 7. She's even now thinking of perhaps going on a pump next as well, and the Dex 7 is supposed to be linked with Animas this fall.
Anyone out there reading this, if you are using the Navigator - how have you been coping with not getting your orders filled? Have you gone the root that Kelly has done in contacting her Attorney General's website to file a complaint (she had requested a refund of $7,165.00)?
NB: I thought I'd pop this in - because I use the Freestyle Lite blood glucose monitor - Abbbot has made a statement saying " No other Abbott Diabetes Care or FreeStyle® products are affected by this situation. "
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