Conquering life living with Type 1 Diabetes

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Finally picked up two new glucagon emergency kits.

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Finally picked up my 2 glucagon kits and 57.00 later I feel much better having unexpired glucagon. Glucagon, for those who don't know, is something anyone who takes insulin should have on hand. It is used in the event I should pass out from low blood sugar and/or start seizing. If you know me or are my friend or know someone else who uses insulin, please do us both a favor and learn how its used.  I carry a glucagon kit in my purse. Someone you love just might need you to save their life some day. Its up to you to learn how to use it in advance.

Android app

Apple app

I also wear a medic alert bracelet every single day from with the medic alert symbol add on band on the side.

Are you on insulin and if you are do you have a glucagon kit? 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where do you store your Glucagon Emergency Kit?

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Have you gotten your Glucagon prescription yet?  Do you know where your glucagon is?  Tell me where do you store your Glucagon and have you told everyone where it is at?

I realized mine were all expired, so I got a new prescription.  I keep all my old kits though, just in case.

I keep one on my husband's bedside table, one in my purse and one in my kitchen cabinet with our vitamins, my in use pump supply boxes, pain meds etc etc.

Where do you keep yours?

Some benefits of wearing a CGM on your body 365/24/7

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I wear a Dexcom CGM or continuous glucose monitor.  I chose Dexcom because their accuracy is the best for me and the range/distance of the sensor transmission is the best available. I am asked this question quite often so I will list some pros and cons for me.

  1. I know what my blood sugar is or is near at all times of the day and night
  2. I can drive my vehicle without as much worry about going low suddenly
  3. I can sleep much better knowing that my Dexcom should catch my lows
  4. I can react to a high or low much sooner and take corrective actions
  5. I know what the food I eat does to my blood sugar and how quickly it affects me
  6. Dexcom makes me much more responsible for the blood sugar readings and helps me to say  no to foods I know I just cannot conquer
  7. I can wear it for longer than 7 days and just keep restarting it 
  8. It gives me much more confidence living with t1d because I can look at my Dexcom and see where my blood sugar is trending.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dexcom’s G6 Sensor Shines in Early Accuracy Study

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"Earlier this month, Dexcom shared compelling new details on its longer-wear, less calibration G6 sensor and its partnership with Verily to develop a bandage-like continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device. The G6 sensor is expected to launch in 2018, while the first-gen Verily sensor will launch in late 2018, with a second-gen version coming as early as 2020. Read on for the new details!"

Read the whole article  here from 11/25/16:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Glucagon tutorials online and smartphone apps for you to download

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Glucagon emergency kits are something every person taking insulin should have. Glucagon is what is used to save someone who is having a seizure from an extreme low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. If you are taking insulin and do not have a kit please call your doctor and get some. Ask them to write you a prescription for at least 2 or 3. One for your bedside, one to carry with you all the time and one on your main floor of your home.

Glucagon Tutorial by Danica!

Friday, February 17, 2017

What the public needs to be informed on about TYPE ONE DIABETES

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Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can happen to anyone with type 1 Diabetes taking insulin. Too much insulin, incorrectly guessing a dose, insulin absorbs faster than usual, exercise, physical activity are all things that can cause a low blood sugar. 

What happened to my friend and doctor Mandy could be any of us and we all know that but we all thought it would never happen. 

Never in a million years did I think this would happen to Mandy with her amazing control she gained following lchf. 

I got brave and put my Dexcom sensor on my calf.

I keep reading how people are using their calf for their Dexcom sensor placement. I look at these pictures and cringe. It looks like it would be horribly painful.

Today I decided what the heck, I wont know until I try it.

I warned my 4 yr old watching me that I might scream, hahaha!  

No screaming involved! I did it and it didn't hurt. I found the fattiest part of my calf and I have seriously got chicken legs. Like they could pass for a 10 year olds legs.  I put it on right below the knee on the inside of my leg.

Im waiting for my 2 hour start up so I dont yet know if it will work or not.  I will keep you posted!  I'll also post a picture when I get out of my pjs.  Lol!

Warning graphic image of my chicken leg below:

Another child needs your prayers as he went undiagnosed with t1d.

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Another family that needs prayers. This boy went undiagnosed, ended up in dka and now has suffered brain damage. 

Stay updated on Mandys progress.

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Keep up to date on Mandys progress and post your comments and prayers to her family.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A gofundme page for Mandy. -Now closed.

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For those of you following Mandys progress and have asked her family what we can do to help.

Her family has set up a gofundme page.

Thank you to all who donated, the family appreciates it so much.  Losing Mandy was a major tragedy...we need a cure..we need it now. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Keep praying!

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Today they are taking Mandy off all sedation!! Please pray extra hard that she wakes up and is ok!!!

Come on Mandy you can do it, we are all pulling and praying for you!!

Please leave me your comments, it helps keep me motivated!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Do you have your Diabetes emergency plan in place and have you rehearsed it?

No one is exempt from having a Diabetic emergency. No one is so "good" at Diabetes that they should not have an emergency plan in place.

Do you have a glucagon emergency kit in your home and everyone knows where it is and how to use it?

I know this will not save everyone especially if you are alone but I cannot tell you how many people tell me they dont have any or know what it is.  Do you have someone you can call when you have low blood sugar if you are alone?

A few years ago I didnt own any glucagon kits. Then I got married and had kids.  I have one on my husbands bedside table, one in my purse at all times and one in kitchen cabinet.

Please keep in mind glucagon may not work if you have drank too much alcohol or have been through a lot of lows lately.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Life with Type 1 Diabetes isnt always as black and white as we lead ourselves to believe. Please pray!

A few days ago a fellow type 1 friend and person Im related to by marriage experienced something we all fear the most. She was found unresponsive and not breathing by her beloved husband. He performed cpr on her until the ambulance arrived, he did everything he could to help her. She also has two young children that she loves so very dearly and sisters and parents. She is currently on life support and heavily sedated to help let her brain activity calm down, they are hoping to remove the ventilator today and slowly reduce sedation to see if she wakes up. Please pray she wakes up.

She had been fighting a cold or virus and was needing a lot more insulin than normal. She also wore a Dexcom, so dont ever rely on your cgm to save you, follow your instincts. Do not ignore your instincts they are very powerful.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dexcom G4 vs G5

So I got another G4 in December because in my experience they last over a year.   My current one is from December 2015.  I am on the fence as to what to do the next time around G4 or G5?  I dont have any Apple products so I am still holding out hope the Android App will get FDA approval this year.  I am also up for a new cell phone in August and a new pump.  UGH this year will be expensive to say the least.

Those of you who have made the switch are you happy?  Anyone make the switch and not use an Apple phone?

I am not sure how much it is worth it to go to G5 and be forced to order new transmitters every 6 months.....

Anyone know if or when Tslim X2 will be a receiver for Dexcom G5? I am planning on getting another pump from Tandem this year.  I just dont like any of the other options, Animas might go under and the delivery speed is too fast.  I dont like Medtronic pumps and how they feel like they can force others out of insurance coverage (UHC).  Plus I HATE Medtronic's CGM.  I will always and FOREVER be a loyal Dexcom user unless something better comes out.

I cannot live without my Dexcom, at all, period.

Let me hear your thoughts and opinions, please! 

Please leave me your comments, it helps keep me motivated!