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Posted: Oct 31, 2009

Morning Stress

My blood sugars the last few days have been abit wacky in the morning as well into the afternoon..  I reached a high of 20 mmol/l the other day, something that occurs once in a blue moon for me, even when I was on multiple doseage injections (MDI).  It was to the point where I wanted to chuck out the insulin pump the other day and go back to 8-10 injections a day!  Then I thought, hang in there, life will get better and you'll be out $7K if you throw out the pump. Sometimes diabetes can take a nose dive and not do what it's supposed to do, and it gets pretty frustrating for us all as we try to maintain blood sugars that aren't dangerously high.

I think my problem was probably due to stress.  Having been away from home for a whole week, things didn't get done since the Domestic Engineer, moi, was away.  Facing mounds of laundry, housework, along with my going thru' the piles of info I'd collected at the IDF World Diabetes Congress and other work I do I was finding life a bitoverwhelming.  I've not felt this way in along time!

I was beginning to wonder, should I quit some of my jobs, and just take it easy?  Being the type of person that I am, I resisted the urge to pack it in, and managed to stride on, as we all do, and now with the change of the infusion set, blood sugars appear  to be better, but I think I'll have to be performing some basal tests when I have time.  Actually, I WILL find time (and by putting it in writing to you all I hope to take a breather aka time out), as my health comes first.  Something we diabetics have to think about constantly and can become abit of a pain in the buttocks from time to time, but that is life!

Another problem I think may have made my blood sugars worse was the area I had my infusion set in.  I've been using my thighs more often, due to the fact, I have lots of places to plunge in the sets, rotating 1" at a time every 3 days.  I think I've now discovered, the closer I get to the inside of my thigh, is perhaps not a good place to infuse!

Curious - for those of you that are using insulin pumps, how often do you test your basal rates?  When you are having weird blood sugars like I have been experiencing?


Happy Halloween



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Posted: Mar 18, 2009

   Well, before I start on my latest bit of dribble to you - the good news on my insulin pump with the delivery message on the weekend - has all been sorted out.  Animas was very surprised that there had been no help for me when I called (they have taken note of what happened).  They were even more surprised I was able to sort through the problem on my own - since usually it is a problem that must be dealt with through their tech department.  They told me I should apply for a job at Animas here in Canada.  I may just do that - but now that I'm starting on another adventure in my “Jill of All Trades " type of work I do - I'm wondering .... "How many jobs can a person have?".  I do love a challenge though - makes life more interesting - and keeps me on my toes.

   My latest adventure in life is going to start next Monday - working in a quaint little cafe in the village of Pointe Claire here in Quebec a few days a week - called Cafe Marmelade. The owner, Eleanor Arless, a Type 1 diabetic like myself, offered me a job the other day when I brought a friend in for a coffee and nibbles.  I am so excited since I love to bake  and create healthy wholesome food for my family and friends.  Now I can learn off of a pro - since she beats me hands down with her tasty breads and sweet baked treats (have sampled a few)!

   Besides working there - I'm going to be helping Eleanor with learning how to carb count - so she doesn't experience all the ups and downs she's been having with her BG's (not fun if  you're wielding a sharp knife at the time).  She isn't very aware of how much insulin she requires for the amount of food she eats which I can relate to.  About 5 years ago - I started to figure out how much insulin I required to shoot up with in order to cover the food I was eating.  Now with the pump - because it's a more precise way of giving insulin - I had to tweak my skills of carb counting a little bit more. Along with the handy programming that I have set up in the pump I’m all set.  Remember though you are still the brains behind what amount of insulin goes into your body with the pump – it only “suggests”.  It was abit annoying in the beginning having to know the "exact" amount of carbs I was going to inhale - but in doing so - it's helped me to have fewer lows - and not do the roller coasters ride of shooting up high.

   One thing Eleanor has recommended to me - for treating hypos - is to mix maple syrup with some water. She vouches that it doesn't rebound afterwards shooting her BG up high.  I'm going to give this a try next time I have a hypo here at home (who carries a jug of maple syrup with them in their purse?).  I may have to buy maple syrup from her since it's a wee bit expensive due to supply and demand.

Bon Appetite!




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Posted: Oct 27, 2008

About a year ago – I used to work in a Daycare / Lunch program at a primary school – after 12 years – I had to quit.  I loved being with the kids – it wasn’t really work to me – but due to a “problem” involving my diabetes – I had to gracefully bow out. Many people – those of other school boards – had told me to fight – but I just had no fight in me to pursue it further (the the $$$'s for legal fees - as well as my union being reluctant to help me as I was part time).  This was a first for me – having my diabetes come into play with work.   


What made me think about this was the other day – my hubby and I went to a restaurant.  The waiter to my surprise asked me if I’d worked at XXX school – and I said yes!  He proceeded to tell me his name – and my sponge brain started to put things together.  After 10 years – I could recognize him and he’d grown up into a fine adult!!!  He remembered me because of the jewelry I like and I drove a motorcycle.  He even remembered that I had diabetes and had thought it was neat when sometimes he’d see me testing my blood sugar – and we’d wait patiently to see if my BG was in a good range when it was pizza day at school.


The problem that arose with my diabetes last year was due to my having just come out of my 2nd reconstruction surgery of my breast as I had had a mastectomy a few years prior. I also had started on the insulin pump and losing sleep due to the CGMS alarm going off at night (I love being a glutton for punishment).   I had just been back at work for a month – when a student who was out in the hallway causing abit of commotion came running back into the classroom – and whomp – ran right into me - chest taking the brunt of his weight. Well, out of my mouth came words that I would never say to a class of 12 year olds – but it happened – and I apologised to them profusely afterwards (I was so embarrassed I’d never “lost it” before).  I thought everything was alright at that point - classroom went back to normal ... or so I thought.  For myself, chest was abit sensitive from the thump it took but that was it. NB: I never went to the surgeon to have him check it out – big mistake - as he’d told me to return in a year – which I did last week – and apparently a few stitches broke with what he observed – which I wasn’t aware of last year).


A few days later after the quarterback hit me, the principal called me into her office before I was to begin my shift.  A couple of students had gone to the office to report the incident the day it happened as well as telling her that that I was testing my BG/injecting with insulin.  I told the principal that injecting would no longer be a problem due to being on the pump now - but that reply didn't help me at all.  I was then suspended for a 3 days (not a fun time at all).  I returned the following week to meet up with the principal/HR/union president (felt like a court martial).  I was told that after a weeks suspension without pay I was to come back to work and advised that I should either leave the classroom or not BG test or inject in the classroom period during my shift.  I told them that to leave a classroom of 30 students unsupervised for 5-10 minutes – easier said then done – things happen.  I questioned them at that point that if a diabetic child had to leave the classroom in order to test their BG / inject from time to time (it can't always be done a recess time) – would that not make them stand out – as well as losing out on whatever the teacher is teaching at the time?  They never did not respond which is sad to say.  I was told to come back on the condition that I apologise to the classroom – but with bad winter storms last year – in the end – it never happened sad to say - and I was just tired of what I think would be an uphill battle after that.  I had such a good speech prepared as well - as I'd intended to go in - put a good plug in for the ol' diabetes - hip hip hooray - and then say good bye to the kids.  C’est la vie.  Maybe one day I'll meet some of those children again - like I did last week - and they'll remember me (well - the ones that liked me at least ).


It's sad to say, but I know of many diabetics that are adamant about people not knowing that they have diabetes. Maybe they do this in order to not have what happened to me.  I have never been that way - what if something happens where I need help?  I also feel over the years I have educated people about diabetes (as I did at school) – and some of the misconceptions they may have about it – that it’s not all bad.  Hopefully other diabetics reading this feel the same as I do.



BTW, my BG's have gone back to normal since my last blog - infusion site - bad.  I'm back in the saddle again!

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