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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Have you ever looked at your insulin pump site up close?

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Have you ever looked at your insulin pump site up close like with your cell phone zoomed in? Well do not do it. It is actually kind of gross! I had to do that today because I thought my new leg site was leaking blood.

It is not leaking thankfully since it was my second attempt. My first resulting in me hitting a blood vessel or vein, never a pleasant experience.

This is why leg sites suck for me.

Gotta love it when you bend an infusion set after its been in your leg for 3 days.   This is why leg sites are so hard for me.  They get bent.  Being thin is not always the greatest thing in the world when you rely on body fat for insulin pump sites and you cant use your abdomen at all because it hurts like hell there.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Trying some new real estate for my insulin pump.

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Trying my insulin pump site on my leg again for the first time in over 4 years. My last attempts resulted in a terrific stabbing feeling on my thigh causing me to whip my pants down in a parking lot to rip it out in front of my male cousins! Haha!  It felt like a knife in my thigh muscle.

I am trying outside thigh aka saddlebag area. Lol! I dont have much fat there but more than the front of my thigh where I use to try. I figured if I can wear my dexcom sensor there without any pain, I might as well try it.  I have got to find some new real estate for my pump.  I am sick and tired of using the sides of my hip/butt area and my lovehandle area. Im hoping and praying this works.

Might attempt my calf where I have been wearing my dexcom without "much" pain. The calf/right below my knee dex site will hurt a little for a day or two but then its good. I almost give up every time I use my calf because it is a bit painful but the pain does subside.  I think its just that its a whole new area and my tissue is not at all use to being stabbed there.  The lovehandle spots use to hurt like hell at first too, but those spots adjusted somehow.

The anxiety of trying a new spot is very real. I have to psych myself up every time only because of previous attempts going badly.  So what I have been doing is squeezing the area up kind of hard to feel the pain of squeezing vs. the pain of a needle going into my skin. I have tough skin so I have to push rather hard to get my comfort short angled set into my body fat.

The joys of type 1 Diabetes....they just never stop giving! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Please contact your Senators!!! We have got to get this health care bill stopped!!!

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Now more important than EVER every person with a pre existing condition or if you know or love someone with a pre existing condition, please contact your Senators! Repealing the ACA in some ways could be ok but this bill allows states to opt out of pre existing coverage. They can charge us such high premiums once again that is it out of financial reach for millions of Americans. This is just not ok! States can also choose to not cover maternity and mental health to name a few!  I find it funny that the House voted to exclude themselves from this new healthcare law, how is that fair or legal?  Its complete crap! Lets get this terrible bill stopped in the Senate!! People we need to act, dont stand by and not speak your voice, PLEASE!!!

Imagine you have something like Cancer, Diabetes, a mental health issue or some other life long chronic disease and the premium for health insurance is completely unaffordable so you have to go without!

How does a Cancer patient survive, how does a Type 1 Diabetic survive? They dont, plain and simple. No one can afford Cancer treatment or insulin without health insurance coverage.

My insulin is $1000/mo before insurance, test strips $600/mo, insulin pump supplies around $500, my Dexcom continuous glucose monitor sensors that keeps me safe are $90 each without insurance. One sensor is FDA approved to wear for ONE WEEK.

We have to get this bill stopped, I cannot believe in America we will revert back to allowing insurance companies to over charge the sick, the people who need health care the most!! Thousands of people  are going to die if this is allowed to pass!

The links are below!

I just took action on an issue that I consider important. I urge you to take action yourself and spread the word! To take action on this issue, click on the link below: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/Advocacy?s_oo=ORIXb6jlcPDhq8IFFI7dMA&id=458 If the text above does not appear as a link or it wraps across multiple lines, then copy and paste it into the address area of your browser.

Or if you prefer to not use JDRFs form go here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Monday, May 1, 2017

Please contact Congress to not allow states to decide about pre existing coverage.

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Please dont pass by this, please go to this link and fill in your information telling congress to not allow states to choose if they cover pre existing health conditions for health insurance coverage.  If our "government" allows this to happen millions of people will lose the ability to pay for health insurance at all. People like me with type 1 diabetes will see huge premiums once again. Before the ACA I paid $10,000/yr for just myself to have health insurance. Half of my income went to health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles.   This cannot happen again. You think health ins costs a lot now, just wait until everyone goes to the E.R. for care instead because they cannot turn them away and then they cant afford the bill so they dont pay it. The cost of health care will just skyrocket if this is allowed to happen. Thousands of people will die because they cannot afford health care. Is this America?  Why do we not care for the   ill, instead turn our backs and say "not my problem"?


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