31
Jan

I did this to myself

I know I have no right to complain.
My site was on day 4, and as an upper-butt-cheek-infusion-set, it has seen quite a bit of wear over the last 4 days.

My 6-day-lifespan sensor was restarted and was on day 8.
I postponed changing my site and sensor last night. "It's wasteful to change a site when I still have a half-day of insulin left."   "The infusion set doesn't even hurt that much. I'll just sleep on my other side again tonight."     "That sensor worked so well for its first round! It will be fine for a few more days."
The lies we tell ourselves to justify not having to change a site. Not having to feel that jab, twice, as two devices are inserted for 3- and 6- day spans (or 5 and 10, if you tend to stretch out your supplies like I do). All of this led to me sitting at work this morning with a splitting headache and a thirst like you wouldn't believe (I'm at almost 2L of water so far. Been at work for just over 2 hours). Cal reminder alarm prompted me to check my BG and to be quite honest, I probably wouldn't have bothered if not for that alarm. My cgm had me at 8.4 and dropping, so I wasn't worried.
Still, though. I should calibrate.

Fingerstick, 18.6 (335 mg/dL).
Well, then.
Working on a set change with this kind of headache is challenging. I rip open an alcohol swab, then stop. Squint. Rub my aching temples. What was I doing? Oh, right. Syringe, wipe top of insulin bottle. Use now-disconnected pump to calculate the correction dose. Deliver correction.
Another alcohol swab. What was this one for? Wipe top of insulin bottle, feeling vaguely like I've already done this. Think back, pushing through the throbbing haze of red that clouds my head and makes coherent thought a distant memory. Aha! Yes, I did do this.
Do it again. Change infusion set. Charge transmitter. Replace sensor. Look at the mess of medical waste and wonder why I didn't do this yesterday.

Looks like I have some tidying to do...

4
Aug

Pre-wedding update!

Omg omg omg

I am 39 hours away from being married.
I have not been wearing a sensor. Keep meaning to start a new one. I should do that tonight, probably.
I've been checking less with no sensor. Maybe 2-3 times per day. No bad lows, though? & no highs that I've noticed. Doesn't mean they haven't happened though. 
It's almost time. I will start a new sensor, so that it has time to wet properly before the wedding begins. Just once I finish this book?

6
Feb

Ooh, new colours!

Yesterday's bleedy  sensor has turned a lovely shade of purple. Grrr.

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4
Feb

New sensor

Owww!

Experiencing quite a bit of arm bleeding tonight.

*sigh*.

10
Sep

Ben says WAKE UP (or, Blood Sugar Dog to the rescue)

Pump says low.

Melody says shhhh pump, I  sleep.

Boyfriend is not home.

Pooch says NO HUMAN WAKE UP YOU ARE BEEPING WAKE UP EMERGENCY OMG OMG OMG.

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Low alert

Thx pooch.

5
Jun

News from Medtronic: the Minimed Connect

I saw something cool on my Facebook feed tonight: Minimed Connect will be available in the US sometime in the Fall of 2015.

 

What is Minimed Connect? It's an uploader that sends pump and sensor info to a smartphone, which then reads it via the smartphone app and lets you view your pump info via phone. It doesn't allow you to control  your pump, but it does let you set a "text message threshold" which will send out a text to friends/family/loved ones if your sensor glucose levels are too high or too low.

The uploader also sends your sensor data to your Carelink Personal account every 24 hours, so those reports will always be up-to-date in case you or your doctor want to log in and check out that info.

I feel like this will help out with the "pump alarms aren't loud enough" problem. It will definitely also be nice to have Carelink data updated automatically, rather than the current system that requires that the user manually upload their data (in my case, frantically the night before every endo appointment :P).

 

The article (and the ensuing comments) mention that the release is in the US only, and will cost around $200. They do not expect the device to be covered by any insurance carriers.

 

The comments also mention that they have no info about a Canadian release for now. I hope they provide an update about the Canadian release sometime soon!

10
Mar

Arm-sensor placement

Hello, ladies and gentlemen!  I would like to present to you... (drum roll please):

The WORST placement I've been able to find for an arm-sensor (...so far).

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Forearm Sensor

The forearm is a terrible place for a sensor!

- It hurts
- It is sitting in muscle
- Have I mentioned that it hurts?
- It gets in the way when driving, working, or pretty much any time you might wish to use an arm rest
- EVERYONE CAN SEE IT, so on a day when you'll be frustrated enough by the bloody thing, you will also be pestered by every well-meaning coworker who has never seen your sensor before and wants to know what it is

On the plus side, that accuracy here isn't terrible?

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Argh.

My BG levels are, though (...terrible, I mean). I blame the not-bolusing-for-coffee this morning... Whoops!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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