10/21/14

We need to remind Congress to #Vote4DM by cosponsoring these bills. PLEASE TWEET TODAY!!

Those of you who have twitter, please help us get these bills voted on for Diabetes! 
We voted them into office.  Tell them to #Vote4DM.

There are three diabetes bills that are currently in play up on Capitol Hill.
  
S539/HR1074 – National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (Coordinate)

S945/HR1274 – Access to Quality Diabetes Education Acts (Diabetes Education)

S2689/HR5644 – Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014 (Cover CGM)


PLEASE Go here to tweet!  http://www.stripsafely.com/the-twitter-page/


10/20/14

FDA approved Dexcom Share!! Very exciting news!


"SAN DIEGO, Oct 20, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dexcom, Inc. DXCM, +1.16% a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its CGM remote mobile communications device: Dexcom SHARE"

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fda-approves-dexcom-sharetm-the-first-remote-mobile-communications-device-used-for-continuous-glucose-monitoring-cgm-2014-10-20



Info live now on Dexcom's website!
http://www.dexcom.com/share

10/17/14

A dogs life

I may be a bit absent for a while as tomorrow we are putting our 13 yr old Boxer to rest. He has had Diabetes since March 2013 amongst some other health issues and due to his old age and partially Diabetes I think, his health has just crashed this past month, well really this past year. Im a total wreck over this and Ive cried all day for the most part, so if you leave me comments and I dont get them approved or message you back its because I cant read my phone screen while crying like a baby. I cant even talk about it anymore.

10/15/14

Novolog savings card

I recently took the leap and switched to Novolog from Humalog and am taking advantage of their savings card program.

I did the information online but it didnt work so I ended up calling them and they did everything over the phone with me, gave me all the numbers for the ID and the bins and all that jazz then mailed me the actual card in the mail. 

My co-pay for Humalog and Novolog are $50.00 for every refill.  Humalog/Eli Lilly doesnt offer any programs for people with Health Insurance/people who pay an arm and a leg to have health insurance.  Novolog/Novo Nordisk does offer a discount card and I think its wonderful that they are willing to help their customers out with their copays.  So now I pay $25.00 copay for every refill.  It may only seem like a small amount but when you add up a whole year, I save $300.00 After you pile that on the over $10,000 our family pays for health care every little bit saved helps.

So if you are on the fence about switching and need to save some money I highly recommend this program and their customer service has so far been really great!

Novolog savings card:  http://www.novolog.com/NovoLogSavings/NovoLogSavings.aspx

Interview with Harvard’s Professor Doug Melton, the Harvard scientist who discovered how to generate functioning beta-cells from stem cells (reported on last week). More hope for a type 1 Diabetes cure.

Interview with Harvard’s Professor Doug Melton

Scientific research is painfully slow and hard. Fifteen years ago we began our work in the lab with stem cells and a few weeks ago we finally discovered how to produce functioning beta-cells.
— Professor Doug Melton

Here is the link to the article:

http://diabetes247.org/2014/10/15/interview-professor-doug-melton/


NEW thinner DEXCOM transmitter!! I LOVE IT!

So this past Sunday my Dexcom transmitter (yeah the gray thing you clip into your sensor) decided to just die while grocery shopping.  Of course I was low, as that is always the case when I grocery shop.  It just kept saying out of range and the battery status said ---.   I was not a happy camper!  So I called Dexcom when we were on the way home from shopping and they said they could overnight me one ( for an additional $13 because my ins only pay for 3 day shipping) on Monday.   I was out of the 6 mo warranty by far, I think mine made it 8 months maybe. It was a horrible 2.5 day wait.  I felt so very lost without my Dexcom, I actually had Diabetes anxiey like I was just disagnosed or something.  It was a crazy experience to go without Dexcom.  I couldnt believe I was actually going to have to poke my finger to know where my blood sugar was.  Sunday night of course I went low, 55 low.  An eat the fridge low followed that little fiasco.  So after consuming a lot of carbs I finally stopped my shoving food into my face and decided, holy crap I just ate a TON of carbs!  I literally have no control over myself when I am 55 or lower and if my husband tries to stop me he usually gets yelled at because my brain doesnt want me to stop eating.  So I took a delayed bolus on my pump for 40 carbs in 40 minutes.  I woke up later on at 250, took a correction and woke up at 200.  Not so great but not terrible either, since I had no Dexcom.  I dont know how anyone can do Diabetes with no CGM. I know I cannot go without it.  I have had it for three years straight, not many breaks and those two days were torture!

So yesterday my new transmitter showed up and it was the new thinner profile one and I am SO  HAPPY they brought out the thinner version!  To me, it is much thinner and less noticeable.  It actually took my Dexcom over an hour to realize I had a new transmitter because it kept showing out of range and the battery status said --- still.  I was actually on hold with Dexcom tech support when it decided to start working. Go figure. :-)

Today is my first day wearing the new transmitter at work and it seems much thinner to me while Im sitting in my office chair.  I wear my sensors mostly on my lower sides above my waistband and I can typically feel it pushing into me, but today that sensation seems much less.  It is thinner and also shaped a little differently.   I will try to get a picture soon so you all can see it.  Hopefully you all know by now that Dexcom did get the thinner transmitter approved and you will all get to enjoy it soon enough yourselves.  Now we just wait for the G5 Dexcom release and hopefully when it is sent to a smartphone they make it Android compatible and not just iPhone (which is what I am hearing).  I will not buy an iPhone (I refuse to pay their inflated phone prices), Ill just wait for the tslim/dexcom combo pump instead. 

THANK YOU DEXCOM FOR THE THINNER PROFILE TRANSMITTER!!  I LOVE IT SO MUCH I COULD HUG YOU!!!

Picture from another facebook user!  Also these fit the current G4 sensor, so dont worry if you get a new transmitter your supply of sensors will still work. I was told it was made smaller by using one microchip instead of two, so the battery size is the same and still warranted for 6 months.

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