23
Oct

A big thanks to the DOC for yesterday

I forgot to mention yesterday how I participated in the twitter #dsma conversation last night. I was feeling like I needed to be surrounded by community, and fortunately for me Wednesday nights are usually pretty good for that. I also had not participated in #dsma for a while, but figured why not.

 

I had barely even said hello before I received a number of wonderful, touching messages from people -- people only online for a twitter-conversation about diabetes -- who had heard of yesterday's events and wanted to offer their sympathies. It was truly heartening to see this outpouring of support from people who, other than sharing the same autoimmune disease, don't know anything about me other than where I'm from. Thank you, Diabetes Online Community. You really were a community to me yesterday.

22
Oct

Perspective

I had an endo appointment scheduled for today.  I don't normally look forward to these appointments. I have an excellent endo whom I absolutely adore, but that doesn't change the fact that medical appointments are never fun. Endo appointments always involve a trip to the hospital to do bloodwork in the week prior to the appointment, PLUS the whole download-pump-and-cgm-data thing, so overall each appointment ends up being a moderate amount of work.

I went last Friday (over an "extended lunch hour", where I leave for ~90 minutes to go to the hospital in the middle of the day, then stay late at work to make up the time. I really need to stop doing this on Fridays -- staying late on a Friday is never fun) for the blood stuff.  This morning I brought printed copies of my Carelink Device Settings, Sensor Overlay, and Weekly Logbook reports of my pump/cgm data to work. I also managed to turn my pinkie finger purple this morning (probably from a lancet set to go too deep? Love when that happens...not), which was a bummer.

 

It can be easy to get sucked into things like that. I was fixated on a few small things, minor issues, and perceived injustices: "UGH work is so busy, and I'm losing half of an afternoon to go to this appointment."  "UGH My finger has a gigantic bruise. It hurts to type/use a mouse."  "UGH TOO MANY THINGS ARE HAPPENING."

 

Later this morning, a shooter attacked a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial downtown, which is about a 5-minutes walk from the building where I work. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed. The gunman got in a car and drove to the Parliament buildings, where he entered and again, shots were fired within the Centre Block. He was shot down by Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers.

My building went into lockdown shortly after the first event, and stayed that way for most of the day. We were allowed out of the building late this afternoon, and I walked about 40 mins to get to a transit station (about 1/3 of the distance of my total trip home) to avoid the traffic of people swarming out of the downtown core.

Of all of the things experienced by the people in my city today, my minor annoyances from this morning don't even deserve a mention. Perspective is a funny thing.

 

 

My heart goes out to the family and friends of those hurt or injured today. I feel so, so grateful for the heroes who stepped up today: our police, fire, and EMS first responders. All amazing people.

 

6
Oct

Silhouette infusion set

Owwww!

I decided to try out the Silhouette instead of my usual Mio set this morning. Trying a brand-new infusion set in the morning as I'm rushing to head off to work? Baaad idea.

I watched Medtronic's youtube video about how to insert the set twice, then tried it myself. On my first attempt, I think I broke the little button on the insertion device that you push to expose the "teeth" that grab the infusion set. I pushed the button, and the whole pivoting piece sort of twisted. The pins on either side that hold it in had popped out, so it couldn't fit nicely over the infusion set.

I played with it for a few minutes and eventually managed to jam it back in to what I thought was the correct place.

Attempt #2!

I fit the set into the inserter, re-watched this part of the video again just to be sure, and chanted "insert, remove inserter, front tape, remove needle, back tape" (not a very catchy phrase, I admit) in my head as I went through the steps.

It went...okay. I squished some of the tape, so it doesn't look perfect, but overall I thought it went okay. It was not as painful as I thought it would be.

Until I sat down.

The site is in my stomach, fairly high up. I went there for visibility, and also because I was really hoping that an angled infusion set would make stomach sites more comfortable. It seemed a little sore, but mostly okay, until I sat - then OW OW OW OW OW. I'm hoping this irritation calms down a bit, because if not then I'm not sure I can make this set last three days :(.

3
Oct

New Enhanced Enlite

About a month ago Medtronic sent out a News Release about their "Enhanced Enlite" that would be available to consumers in Canada in October.

 

It sounds like it's got some pretty sweet improvements. The site talks about reduced sensor size (80% reduction in the size of what sits under the skin), new sensor design that will allow it to give better daily performance, new adhesive that's less likely to irritate skin, and changes to the connection between the sensor and transmitter.

I originally saw the news because I subscribe to Medtronic Canada on twitter. They tweeted about it, so I replied and asked whether customers on their Automatic Supply Agreement would be automatically switched to the new sensors in October.

Medtronic Canada's reply

Medtronic Canada's reply

They replied that no, users would have to call in and request the switch, since customers can decide whether they want to switch.

Very cool! I haven't called yet, but my next Automatic Supply order isn't due til the end of October, so I've got a bit of time to get it done :).

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