28
Sep

Preparing for the JDRF Ride 2013

So last October I walked past an event in the lobby of the building where I work. This isn't unusual; the plaza on the main floor is huge and events are hosted there year-round. This one caught my attention though - I saw JDRF posters, so I stopped to take a look at what was going on. I saw stationary bikes spread out all over the lobby, with workout-gear-clad people stopping by registration tables, and teams of enthusiastic individuals cheering on their colleagues and friends who were riding the stationary bikes. Naturally, I was intrigued...

I looked it up few days later and found out all about the JDRF ride, and decided to try to get involved next time it came around. Fast-forward to a few weeks ago, I realized that this year's Ride was fast approaching and I should start planning 😀

I called my local JDRF office to ask whether individuals can participate without a team, and was told that they don't recommend it. The rep said that someone from my workplace was involved with the JDRF though, and offered to approach this individual for me and ask whether he would want to join me. To sum up what would otherwise be a long (and fairly boring) story, I spoke to a few people and have three "probablys" who have told me that they will ride with me on a team this year. I created my workplace's team (I'm a team capitain!) a few days ago, and now I'm just waiting for my coworkers to register so I'm not the only team member :P.

I'm sort of excited, although there's definitely a part of me that worries that, since my coworkers haven't actually registered yet, they might change their minds and decide not to participate, so I would be biking the whole hour on my own... & I'm semi-fit but I still think that I would find that pretty challenging. I also haven't started telling the rest of the office that I'm riding, since I feel like it's strange to call it a "workplace team" when I'm the only one registered. I want my future (hopefully) teammates to sign up online so I can start passing the team page along to others in my workplace!


 

26
Sep

a1c results

The last few days have been crazy! (good-crazy....)

 

I spent lunch on Friday at the hospital getting my bloodwork for the a1c test that my healthcare team said I need in order to go on a pump. I emailed the nurse on my D-team and asked if she could fwd me the result when she received it, and was absolutely floored when she sent me the number on Monday. I was expecting something close to what it had been last time. I've been working harder, but I also had a few rough patches over the summer so overall I figured I would end up about the same - but I was shocked to get my result and see that my a1c has dropped by 0.9% since my last test in June. 0.9%!! 😀

I'm also participating in the JDRF Ride this October! I'm super excited to be able to join an event like this.  There's a big story behind how my team came together is coming together, but that's a post for another day!

 

 

20
Sep

Postcards!

I signed up for the World Diabetes Day postcard exchange today, and...I'm excited. Really, really excited. I should probably explain:

 

I participated in the JDRF Walk as a child, probably around 16 years ago. I did it for one or two years, and I remember loving it. It was fun, it was energetic, and I got to feel like I was doing something. I remember that sense of community, that feeling of being a part of a group that was united for a common goal. I've been thinking about that a lot lately, and I miss that feeling - the feeling of belonging to a community of people who get what t1 is like and want to be rid of it as much as I do. I've also been doing a lot of reading lately, and reading blogs and stories from some of my favourite health activists is making me feel like I want to do more to be involved.

 

I am just so, so psyched to see something as cool as this that I can be a part of. I don't know too many other diabetics - I've got a few neighbours, friends, and coworkers who are all type 2s, but I'm the only insulin-user I know. It's crazy - I live in a huge municipality and I'm certain there are other t1s in my area, but I don't know anyone. The opportunity to interact (via postcard :D) with others who know what it's like just seems so fantastic to me. I love that I'll get the chance to create something unique and awesome and share it with others who get what it's like to deal with this disease, day after day.

so yeah... I'm pretty pumped 🙂

16
Sep

a1c exipiry?

I heard from my diabetes nurse today regarding my ADP documentation. She said that they require a certain number of a1c tests over the past year, and by the time my "pump start date" comes around (probably in about 4 months), one of my a1c tests will pass the one-year mark, so it "expires."

 

No biggie, in for another blood test is all it'll take. I'm a little anxious about what this one will be - I had a tough summer. I had tons of dental work, spent a while on antibiotics and had minor dental surgery. No biggie, but infection and antibiotics made me need to up basal and bolus insulin by between 25 and 40%, and those numbers still haven't come back down to what they were prior to my dental issues. It's taken a while to start to feel like my carb ratios are working for me again, so I'm curious to see what my a1c looks like after that roller-coaster of a summer...

16
Sep

The big 20 starts it all...

So this month marks my 20-year anniversary with type 1 diabetes, and to help me celebrate my insurance company decided to end my 4-month fight and tell me that yes, they will cover cgm supplies.

 

I've been hoping. I've also been making phone calls, sending emails, regular mail, and faxes. I've been back and forth between my insurance company, my doctor, and the pump reps who've been helping me through the process. I finally brought my case to the HR department at work, and they were able to have my case reviewed SO much faster than all of my efforts over the past few months. I know it will be a few months before my doctor's office can send in my ADP documentation and can fit me in for pump training, but I'm excited to have finally confirmed that I will be able to add not just a pump, but also a cgm to my list of diabetes tools.

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I've also been thinking for a long time about sharing some of my thoughts and stories about my t1d life. I wanted a place to talk about the process, my process, in preparing for and starting to use these new devices, as well as anything else about life with diabetes that happens to be on my mind.

 

I hope you enjoy reading!

 

 

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