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Friday, February 28, 2014

Eat the fridge low, feeding frenzy, zero will power, eat all food low

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Eat the fridge lows make you think or feel like if you dont eat a million carbs in a matter of a few minutes you might die. They make you feel like your heart is going to jump out of your chest all while you melt into a puddle of sweat on the floor. 

Yep I had one of those last night because apparently I was so tired I didnt hear my Dexcom vibrating in my ear under my pillow until the low 55 alarm went off. A lot of people complain about that 55 alarm but not me. It saved my butt last night. 

It started alarming and I jumped up grabbed it to slience it before it woke our one year old and looked at it with total disbelief. 55? What, Im not 55. Oh wait as I sit there I start to feel like crap. Oh crap I am really low. 

So I do what every sugar seeking low blood sugar type one diabetic does, I went downstairs to get food in the kitchen.  Its not smart to go downstairs when low, but many of us with two story homes do it. Just ask someone you know.

So I proceeded to eat a juice box, 5 or 6 peeps bunnies, a couple of bowls of cinnamon toast crunch ( but a healthier version from Hyvee), some milk, some more milk and then my brain turns back on and I think, oh shit, I just ate like 300 carbs. Yep this rebound is going to suck.

I went back upstairs and then of course got the low blood sugar sweat freezing me to death and there is just something about a low that low for me, I'm just like an ice cube that won't thaw. So I'm all covered up with my head under the blankets just freezing. Of course I forgot to set a delayed bolus on my pump for those 300 carbs and while warming up I fall asleep. 

Awesome.

Wake up at 3 am to my dexcom alarming Im high. Yepppppp really high. So I take a correction and go back to sleep. I wake up still high. 325. Headache from hell. 

I haven't had an eat the fridge low in many months and I was rudely reminded how much fun they are.  My bg is down now but I skipped breakfast. How I am hungry right now I don't know since I age 2000 calories at midnight. Stupid Diabetes. This is why during normal meals I try to eat very little or all these lows would have me gaining 5 pounds a week. 

Being super sensitive to insulin isnt always such a great thing.  I can go low at the drop of a hat from doing the smallest of things.  Thank God for my insulin pump because it has made my lows so much less frequent and easier to manage.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

IMPORTANT: URGENT PRODUCT RECALL FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Monitoring System

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https://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/press-room/2014/2014-b.html

February 19, 2014
Dear Valued OmniPod® Customer,
Recently, it has come to our attention that FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Test Strips may produce erroneously low blood glucose results when using the FreeStyle® blood glucose meter built into the OmniPod® Insulin Management System. Erroneously low blood glucose results that are not recognized may pose significant risks to your health.
Please take the following steps:
  1. If you are using the FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Meter built into the OmniPod Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM), you must discontinue use of any FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Test Strips you may have until you obtain replacement strips from Abbott Diabetes Care. To receive replacement strips at no cost contact Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service at 1-877-584-5159.
  2. Continue using your OmniPod Insulin Management System (OmniPod) to deliver your insulin therapy. While waiting for your replacement strips to arrive, use the FreeStyle® Freedom blood glucose meter that you may have previously received with your welcome pack. FreeStyle® test strips when used the FreeStyle® Freedom blood glucose meter will produce accurate blood glucose results.

    If you would like to continue using the OmniPod system to recommend dosing, follow your OmniPod® Insulin Management System instructions for manually entering blood glucose readings.

    As always, control solution should be used to check the performance of your test strips and meter until you receive your replacement test strips. If any reading from a strip appears lower than you would expect or does not seem to match the way you are feeling, you should contact your health care provider immediately. Pay special attention to signs and symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).

    Symptoms of high blood sugar may include: Excessive thirst, excessive urination, blurred vision, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are not feeling well, contact your health care professional immediately.
  3. Abbott Diabetes Care will provide further information when you call on the process to obtain your test strips going forward.

    FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Test Strips are the only strip type that is approved for use with your OmniPod® Insulin Management System. Please read your product information booklet and test strip insert carefully to ensure that you are using the correct test strip type for your OmniPod® Insulin Management system. OmniPod® Insulin Management System is not labeled for use with FreeStyle Lite® Blood Glucose Test Strips.
We recognize the importance of blood glucose testing and are committed to responding quickly to customers' requests for replacement test strips.
We want to assure you that our first priority is you, our customer. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation may cause. If you have any further questions, please call Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service.
Sincerely,

Kelly E. Duffy
Division Vice President, Quality Assurance and Compliance
Abbott Diabetes Care

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Reposting this as it has been such a help for many parents of Type 1 kids. The most amazing Dexcom set up for parents!

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I wanted to share this with you parents of diabetic kids on Dexcom, its from the Dexcom group on facebook. When you push the remote control button it turns the power cord on, therefore turning the screen on so you can see the number without going into the childs room to read it. If your room is too far to read your childs dex due to distance this system is amazing! Then you just push the button again to turn the power cord off so the next time you push it, the screen turns on again. 
The Amazon pic is the remote controlled cord from Amazon she uses.   Here is the link to the remote on amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Woods-32555-Outdoor-Control-Converter/dp/B001Q9EFUK
The white thing is a Motorola Video baby monitor with sound. You have the viewer in your room and it is wireless or can leave it plugged in too. I have this monitor for my baby. It is great. This set up is awesome!  Like this:  http://www.motorola.com/us/other-baby-monitors-1/MBP33-Wireless-Video-Baby-Monitor/95184.html
 Credit to Jennifer Macias on facebook, I did not come up with this myself.  Just sharing her amazing idea!

Medtronic i-port Advance Injection Port Now Available for U.S. Diabetics on Insulin

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Medtronic i-port Advance Injection Port Now Available for U.S. Diabetics on Insulin

 http://www.medgadget.com/2014/02/medtronic-i-port-advance-injection-port-now-available-for-u-s-diabetics-on-insulin.html

i port Advance Medtronic i port Advance Injection Port Now Available for U.S. Diabetics on Insuliniport advance Medtronic i port Advance Injection Port Now Available for U.S. Diabetics on Insulin

Diabetics on insulin therapy have to live with getting syringe injections on a regular basis. Children in particular hate needles, and most adults can’t stand poking themselves all the time. Injection ports are an option that allow people to repeatedly deliver insulin through a single spot on the skin without having to make a new poke hole with every injection. Medtronic is now making available its new i-port Advance injection port for children and adults that have to take multiple insulin injections per day.
The size of a U.S. quarter coin, the i-port Advance sticks on like a bandage and can be worn in one spot for up to three days. The needle of a syringe is placed into the opening on top of the device and the drug injected into the device without the syringe needle having to reach the skin. Medtronic claims that setting the i-port Advance is nearly painless and requires minimal training for patients to start doing it themselves.



Monday, February 3, 2014

Diabetes Art Day

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I guess I have lived in a deep dark hole.  I have never heard of Diabetes Art Day before, just like I never knew Sudafed would raise my blood sugar. Learn something new every day. 


Are you going to create a piece of art to represent your life with Diabetes?

http://www.diabetesartday.com/

Check out the gallery so far for today!

http://www.diabetesartday.com/diabetes-art-day-2014/2014-gallery/


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