8
Nov

Pet Expo 2014

I took my pooch to the Pet Expo earlier today. Every year a convention centre in my city hosts a giant Pet Expo that showcases pet adoption agencies, pet food stores, etc. This is the second year I've brought my dog, and although he tends to find it pretty overwhelming, we still had good time!

 

Ben and I at the Pet Expo

Ben gives me face kisses while I try to get him to pose

We tried to get a picture on the Milk-Bone chair (they were giving away Milk-Bone tooth-cleaning bone and a printout of your chair picture) for a few minutes, but my Ben was having none of it.  Since he's such a small dog and kept very nearly getting kicked when he was on the floor, he actually spent most of the afternoon sitting in his pet carrier (pictured hanging off of my arm, above).

I started off wearing a sweater, but that place was SO crowded and I started to feel overheated pretty quickly. I stored my sweater in my bag and carried on with touring around the place. After attempting to get a good photo (and monopolizing the Milk-Bone chair) for a couple of minutes, we gave up and started getting ready to continue walking - BUT! There was a young woman hanging out outside the Milk-Bone area. I actually bumped into her on my way in to the chair, so I vaguely remembered her from when I apologized for bumping her.

As I was leaving she tapped me on the shoulder and gestured towards my cgm while she asked if I would mind if she asked what it was. I was a bit surprised (I kind of feel like most people just dismiss "medical stuff" in strangers and don't give it much thought), but I smiled and told her that of course I didn't mind. I explained in a few sentences how it was a continuous glucose monitor that helps me manage my diabetes, and she thanked me for explaining and we both went our separate ways.

 

I don't often see or talk to strangers who have questions about this stuff. People I know - yes, all the time. Friends, family, coworkers, alllll of these folks come up with questions and most of them don't feel shy about asking. It was nice to be able to educate someone today, and also pretty cool that someone felt curious enough to ask. & politely, too!

 

 

 

 

 

6
Nov

Ugggh.

These last few days have felt pretty miserable.

I've been super high for super long, and it's taking super-basals and super-boluses to even make a dent in it. I've been running a 180% temp basal for about six days, but unless I also supercharge my mealtime insulin (with SUPER EXTRA mealtime insulin), this happens:

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I feel almost constantly bloated. I am ALWAYS THIRSTY. I feel sloshy from all the water I'm drinking, and I've had a low, throbbing headache for about 3 days now.

Ketones haven't been an issue yet, which is lucky because usually I'll get things under control then stupidly think that I can eat, which  -- WHAM! -- causes more super-highs.

I have checked my sites. None of this is from an infusion set issue. That's about the only troubleshooting I've managed to do.

It's like this horrible stupid cycle.

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Round and round and round it goes...

4
Nov

Enhanced Enlite: Day 10

It's still going! I was out late last night and forgot to calibrate before I went to bed, so I woke up to a blank cgm graph and a few hours of missing data. I gave it a new cal and so far it's been matching my bg levels pretty well.

I did have to tape it down again yesterday though. We'll see how much longer the new tape lasts -- arm sites tend to go through tape pretty quickly.

3
Nov

My first Enhanced Enlite sensor

I'm currently on day 8 of my first Enhanced Enlite sensor. I had to re-tape it on day 4, but other than that it's doing quite well. I restarted it as a new sensor as I approached the 6-day mark, and I've noticed that the sensr's accuracy is still just as good as it was in Round 1.I woke up to a meter BG of 6.4 this morning and a sensor BG of 7.0 -- a difference of only 0.6 mmol/l (around 11 mg/dl), which I consider to be pretty damn close.

Also: *happy dance* because I love waking up at 6.4 with a nice straight line graph on my cgm. What a lovely way to start a Monday!

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