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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
So it really DOES make my blood sugar spike all to heck. I am a bit slow and finally realizing this today, sometimes I just give up trying to figure out exactly what makes me spike sometimes. You know the wind could blow weird and my blood sugar would spike, or I look at a donut. LOL, just kidding. Sometimes it does feel like that though.
So anyways I look like Rudolf and I feel like I got ran over by a truck. Day 5 and I dont see this cold ending real soon. When Friday comes if I am not better I am going to see about meds for this sinus b.s. That's the only way I kicked it last time. My last cold took THREE freakin weeks to get over and I slept on my couch for 10 days or my coughing fits would wake up our child. No one wants to wake a baby. Especially mine.
My childs bday party is next weekend and I didn't plan on looking like I haven't slept in 5 days or this wonderfully chapped face!
What is up with this Winter!? Everyone has been sick and sick with nasty colds. I haven't had a cold in about 3 years and I get TWO this year? Spring please hurry up!
I am not giving up my sudafed, I cant breathe without it.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I hope this helps some of you, I hear over and over how people are afraid to try or think their arms are too skinny. I want to help you out any way I can!
Monday, January 27, 2014
So I started my new G4 Dexcom two days ago, I just got the low battery, please replace transmitter alert! What the? Called tech support they will obviously replace it but seriously I got it in December, it sat on the battery holder thingy and now its dying?! This worries me a bit.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Family and friends are what keeps me inspired.
My husband. I couldnt do as good of a job beating back the betes without him on my team and cheering me on. He tries his best to help me stay calm when I am having a hard time changing out my infusion set, he reminds me to take insulin, he helps me get my head back on straight after a bad day battling my blood sugar, he helps keep me from ripping someones head off after rude and hurtful comment about Diabetes, he helps me to live every day.
My daughter. I want to live as long as I possibly can to see her grow up and hopefully meet her children some day. Looking into her precious eyes and seeing her smile every day has changed my entire outlook on life.
My family and friends and their eagerness to learn about my disease and the tools I use to fight it. Some people may not know but asking your loved one about the tools (Dexcom CGM and insulin pump) they use to manage their Diabetes, actually lets them know you care and you want to learn more. Don't ask a Diabetic what their blood sugar is, but asking about what its like and what you can do to help, shows you care and want to help.
Sticking your head in the sand and ignoring the fact they have Diabetes only really hurts a persons feelings. I know no one else wants Diabetes but ignoring it because you are scared of it and fear ever getting it yourself doesn't help anyone, especially not your family member with Diabetes. Saying things like I would die if I had to check my blood sugar, or take insulin or count carbs or use an insulin pump hurts, because that is what I have to do, I have to do all of these things or I wouldn't be alive. You do what you have to do to live, you would do all those things too if you had Diabetes. You would want to fight to be here every day, just like I do.
I dont want to have Diabetes, who the heck does, but I dont have a choice. I cant choose to quit, I cant give up. It is not even an option to me.
I write about my Diabetes for other Diabetics, so they know they aren't the only ones feeling the way they are feeling. It helps to read about other Diabetics and their stories and battles, it really does. It keeps me inspired. You all out there, your stories, experiences and battles keep me inspired.
My cousin-in-law said to me that my fight against Diabetes was inspiring. The thing about that is that she inspired me and I told her this, because she had a way too long of an unfair battle with Cancer, winning the fight for many years and then eventually losing it at only 59. She fought for every day, going through horrible chemotherapy many many times because she wanted to fight to survive. Her fight inspires me.
I dont have to go through chemotherapy, I dont have to lose my battle with Diabetes, I dont have to wonder if my next shot of insulin will work or not or if Diabetes will take over me. I will win, I will keep fighting, I will fight every day, I will not let Diabetes get the best of me.
In spite of all of this SHE told me that my fight against Diabetes was inspiring. A woman losing a battle against Cancer told me this, I cant even explain to you how selfless and awe inspiring those words felt. I am still at a loss as to how to describe it. She was an amazing person and everyone who knew her misses her dearly.
Marjie, you inspire me from up there where ever you are.
Kerri Sparlings recent blog about using a CGM "If I Knew Then: Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Dexcom."
If I Knew Then: Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Dexcom.
This post really hit the nail on the head for me. I havent been on a Dex as long as she has but it really struck a cord with me so I wanted to be sure to share it will you all, in case you didnt see her post or know about her.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
So I think my mom is a genious. My crazy whacky blood sugar issues are probably related to my thyroid being all super psycho.
I was hyPERthyroid for several months, hence all the CRAZY resistance to food I was having and half my hair falling out. I thought for sure I would have to give up carbs. Or at least bread. I am Dutch and German, ok, giving up bread is really not an option that my brain recognizes.
NOW I am hyPOthyroid so I need less insulin and now I am dealing with stupid lows. I keep lowering my basals and I cannot figure out WHY.
My mom is a genious.
I read that article and now it makes sense.
So now I have to get my thryoid levels checked again and if its still going lower, which I am suspecting, I will have to go on meds.
I ate like a crazy amount of carbs last night and still went low. Crazy.
Get back on the dang roller coaster. It will start over again. THEN hopefully my thryoid will perk back up and do its work and then I can go off meds and hopefully get my dang blood sugar to "re-stabilize". I say that because we all know there is NO such thing as stabilizing your blood sugar with type 1 Diabetes.
Yes, I said there is no stabilizing your blood sugar with type 1 and anyone who says that, is full of bologna.
Diabetes is an ever moving and evolving target and you can never quite put your finger on it, but you can move around with it and try to stay as close to the bulls-eye as possible.
My child is nearing 1 year old and man am I sick and tired of crazy blood sugar readings, at least now I know that this thyroid craziness is a part of the problem.
I just got this in my email minutes ago:
URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE VOLUNTARY RECALL
UPDATE: ADDITIONAL LOT NUMBERS
Select Lots of Insulin Cartridges Used with the t:slim® Insulin Pump
January 20, 2014
Dear Valued Customer,
On January 10, 2014, Tandem Diabetes Care began notifying customers of a Voluntary Medical Device Recall for specific lots of insulin cartridges used with the t:slim® Insulin Pump, noting that the affected cartridges may be at risk for leaking. Through further investigation, we have identified additional lot numbers of insulin cartridges that could be affected. As a result, we are now recalling additional lots of insulin cartridges as noted in the list below.
A cartridge leak could potentially result in the delivery of too much or too little insulin, which could lead to unexpected high or low blood glucose levels. Too much insulin can result in severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), and too little insulin can lead to severe high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), both of which can lead to serious injury or death.
We have identified the cause of the potential cartridge leak and have modified our cartridge manufacturing testing process to prevent this issue from occurring in the future.
What should you do?
1. Check the lot numbers of your cartridge supply against the updated list of affected lot numbers found below.
2. Do NOT use any cartridges from the lots affected by this recall. If you don’t have useable cartridges, discontinue using the pump and revert to your backup plan until new supplies arrive.
3. If you have unused affected product on hand, call Tandem Technical Support at 1-877-801-6901 to receive replacement cartridges at no charge. Our team is available 24/7.
We are sending this message to all Tandem customers so that you are aware of the recall. If you are directly affected by this recall you will receive a letter in the mail from Tandem Diabetes Care or the distributor from whom you purchase your pump supplies.
Click here for more information and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about this recall. If you have any questions about the recall, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Customer Technical Support. Our Technical Support Team is available 24/7 at (877) 801-6901.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Your safety is our top priority, and we are committed to quickly addressing issues when they arise. Our goal is to always provide you with quality products and superior customer service.
Thank you for being a part of the Tandem family.
President & CEO
Friday, January 17, 2014
I think this is great, I hope it can get to the market for people who can tolerate contact lenses. I am not one of those people. My eyeballs HATE contacts. That stinks.
I want something that can check my blood sugar, not be painful, not have to be taped down to my body, whacked on doorways, or protrude out so far everyone can see it (Dexcom G4 and your giant profile that I dont love). One that can be sent to my phone and then let me give permission to have it sent to a loved one, like my husband, so he knows I am ok. All the time. Maybe something like a watchband or something with such a tiny wire and needle introducer that I can put it on my arm or my ankle or somewhere that I dont whack on doorways or corners of things.
I can dream right.
Not dreaming about a cure just better treatments and products.
Thats what I want to see in my life.
I just want to wear a pump and cgm and not have to touch it, hence the "artificial" pancreas projects going on and hopefully one of them will be approved by 2015, I think was the target date, right?
Can you imagine, EATING FOOD, and not doing any math or punching any buttons or worrying about what you just ate and how BAD your blood glucose might be afterward or how BAD you over or under guessed the carbs and worrying about a subsequent low or high. YEAH. I am ready for that and I cannot imagine how ready people are who have had this disease for 20, 30, 40 years!
Man just thinking about the daily battles I have now, for another 40 years, uhhhhh, it makes me sick.
So I try not to focus on that so much and focus on today, I can only change today.
We can only change todays blood sugars and work on today. That is going to be my focus and my CDE CALLI, is amazing. I went to see her yesterday, she helped me change a bunch of things and today is looking much better. I have got to STOP being to stubborn and ask for help sooner when I am having issues.
Diabetes and stubbornness, I think they go hand in hand for a lot of us. At least it does for me.
Anyways thats all, I hope you are all kicking your blood sugars butts today and have readings that make you smile instead of cringe or cry.
I love this:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I really have no idea how to do it, it's like becoming Diabetic all over again. I forget to take insulin, I forget to check my blood sugar, I dont want to check my blood sugar at night because that would involve me getting up, leaving our room and checking because otherwise my super sonic hearing baby will wake up. Or I go low and then eat something to come back up and Im still low 15 mins later so I eat something else and by now I am ticked off because I have a baby screaming at me so I over eat. I need to relearn how to be Diabetic.
I need someone to kick me in the butt.
I have my Dexcom and t:slim pump and these tools are amazing, but I am still doing a pretty crappy job.
This morning, woke up with a great BG for me, 111, MEASURED my breakfast, took insulin, had a good blood sugar afterward so I was super stoked, got ready for work about to load my child and all her crap in my vehicle to take her to babysitter, DEXCOM says you are low, below 85 so I am like yeah thats ok I still have some time, WRONG, DEXCOM says I am 50 like 3 mins later. SHIT. AWESOME. Great job there Megan. NEVER ignore your Dexcom. DUH. So I text babysitter and say I am going to be late my blood sugar is too low to drive. Drink a juice box.....wait 15 min, still low 55. Again, I am mad so I try this Level Life stuff I just bought and finally it comes up after another 15 mins. I ate the SAME THING yesterday and didnt go LOW! Here is my middle finger Diabetes. Then I proceeded to eat a few too many Ritz crackers so I was going a bit too high so I bolused a bit for them and again, I am now low. YEP, I am on the rollercoaster today.
I just love the ride.
Hopefully I am off it now. I ate some glucose tablets, mmmm yum.
Oh and Dexter's battery is going low and my cable is at home. Sweet.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Posted here too: http://m.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tandem-diabetes-care-initiates-voluntary-recall-for-specific-lots-of-insulin-cartridges-used-with-tslim-insulin-pump-239668091.html
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tandem Diabetes Care Initiates Voluntary Recall for Specific Lots of Insulin Cartridges Used with t:slim Insulin Pump
Company Is Providing Replacement Cartridges to Its Customers at No Additional Charge Tandem Diabetes Care Initiates Voluntary Recall for Specific Lots of Insulin Cartridges Used with t:slim Insulin Pump Company Is Providing Replacement Cartridges to Its Customers at No Additional Charge
SAN DIEGO, January 10, 2014 — Tandem Diabetes Care®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) today announced that it is initiating a voluntary recall of specific lots of insulin cartridges that are used with the t:slim® Insulin Pump. The affected cartridges may be at risk for leaking. The cause of the recall was identified during Tandem’s internal product testing, and has not been associated with any complaints or adverse events reported by customers. However, a cartridge leak could potentially result in the device delivering too much or too little insulin, which can lead to a serious adverse event.
“The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to quickly addressing issues if they arise,” said Kim Blickenstaff, President and CEO of Tandem Diabetes Care. “The potential for a cartridge leak was identified during in-house product testing, and the cause has been identified. Modifications to our cartridge manufacturing process have been implemented to prevent this issue from occurring in the future.”
Customers should discontinue using cartridges labeled with the below lot numbers, which were shipped on or after December 17, 2013. The affected lots represent approximately 4,746 boxes of cartridges (10 cartridges per box).
All other cartridge lots and the t:slim Insulin Pump are not affected by this recall. Customers who received affected cartridges are being contacted by the Company or its authorized distributors and asked to call Tandem Technical Support to receive replacement cartridges at no charge. Tandem expects to have sufficient quantities of cartridges to replace affected lots in a timely manner. Tandem Customer Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-801-6901.
Affected Lot Numbers M001963 M001980 M002027 M002083 M002119 M001964 M001987 M002028 M002096 M002120 M001973 M001988 M002029 M002097 M001974 M001990 M002030 M002099 M001979 M001991 M002082 M002100
About Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. is a medical device company with an innovative, user-centric and integrated approach to the design, development and commercialization of products for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. The Company manufactures and sells the t:slim Insulin Pump, the slimmest and smallest durable insulin pump currently on the market, and the first and only with a high resolution, color touch screen. Tandem is based in San Diego, Calif.
Forward Looking Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements concerning Tandem’s voluntary recall of specific lots of cartridges that are used with the t:slim® Insulin Pump, the scope of the recall, the cause of the potential cartridge leak, the implementation of remedial actions that are intended to prevent this issue from occurring in the future, and Tandem’s ability to replace affected cartridges on a timely basis. Tandem’s actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward looking statements due to risks and uncertainties, including: future actions of the FDA or any other regulatory body or governmental authority; Tandem’s ability to modify its cartridge manufacturing process in order to prevent this issue from occurring in the future; Tandem’s reliance on distributors to facilitate the product recall; the potential that Tandem may subsequently discover additional lots of cartridges subject to this recall; the possibility that this recall could subject Tandem to claims or proceedings which may adversely impact its business and financial condition; and other risks identified in Tandem’s Registration Statement on Form S-1. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Tandem undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I had no clue. Not a single one. No sweat, no shaking, no funny feelings. Nada.
I probably wouldn't have known until I was in the 30-40 range with this fast of a crash without my Dexcom. I dont know about you all but a low of 30-40 makes me want to eat everything in sight and feel like dog poo.
Thanks to my way over judgement of carbs this morning. So thankful for technology and my ability to obtain it and use it.
Now that I am coming up, of course, I feel shaky. Why does that happen?
Great, how long will it take to come up. Eating another glucose tablet.