I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday and Santa was able to fill your stockings with all your goodies. I also hope those goodies didn't wreak havoc on your blood sugars like it did mine :(
I didn't have the best self control the last few days with all the good food and treats! I am going to need to get back in "normal" eating order after cookies and rolls and more rolls and did I mention cookies? You can't be perfect all the time. You need to be able to indulge every once in awhile, right? I had to correct some pretty high, highs that I am not proud of but, back to healthy eating!
Speaking of gifts, my wife got me a really cool new toy that made me feel like a kid again :) My niece and nephews were all jealous, hahaa. Also, I got really good news while I was out of town with the family. I will be getting my new Animas Ping pump this week and will start with a saline trial. I haven't used a pump before, but I thought it would be a good option to have and be able to use when needed. I will report on my findings when I get it and see how I like it.
Even better news, I just received a call from Dexcom today and am also getting the new G4 Continuous Glucose Monitor (left). I am really excited because it was questionable if my insurance was going to cover it! Looks like I will be getting it this week as well! Santa was nice to me, providing me with all these fun new gadgets! Wait, what did I just say? Thanks for "toys" that jab and penetrate my skin. Don't think most people would be to happy to get these, but they are expensive tools and will really help me in the continual management of my health on a day to day basis. Now I will have to carry two controller devices, one for my Dexcom and one for my Animas pump. The two companies are working on integrating the controllers soon, so that people will only have to carry one! That would be a huge help, since carrying all of this stuff is one of the biggest deterrents to using these helpful machines. My wish, integrate my phone, my pump, my CGM, my wallet, and my new helicopter controller!
The big concern I have now though is that I am not sure how or if I will be able to get the sensors when I move to Canada. I am super bummed about it and really want to write Dexcom a letter to see how I can try to work around this situation. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
12/29/2012 01:21:18 am
Cool new stuff!!! My insurance still hasn't approved the G4, I have the old CGM but I still LOVE it. Hopefully since you already have a pump and CGM and it works for you, it will be a little easier to get it covered in Canada. At least here when switching insurance companies I've found that it's easier to get things approved when you're already using them. My current insurance company wouldn't approve insulin pens- they wanted me to use a vial and syringe (so 1990's). It was at a time that I wasn't using my pump (I was off for about a year before I started my residency) and my doctor wrote a letter saying that I use pens and I have excellent control and it got covered. Good luck! The CGM may drive you nuts in the first few weeks seeing what your blood sugar does ALL the time. I recommend starting with all sensors off so that you see the actual trend of your BG rather than seeing it rise and reacting to the number. :)
12/29/2012 01:22:25 am
I meant to say start with all *alarms off, not sensors, wear the sensor :)
12/29/2012 01:48:37 am
Hi Taylor - Yes, I will certainly wear my sensors! Haha, I am currently on the dexcom 7, for about the last year. I love it, it seriously is the best tool for managing my sugars. Yes, at first it was hard to react to the numbers because it wasnt always 100% and some times you just need to ride it out. So my insurance covered both the animas and the dexcom g4! But dont think dexcom is available in Canada. That is my big issue. I remember in college, you had a syringe and vial. I would like to get off Lantus because I feel like it is always going bad, so be interesting to try the pump for a bit!
1/2/2013 12:32:10 pm
Ha- I remember the days of vials...I was too stubborn to use a pen, I blamed my poor blood sugar control on the pen leaking out insulin so I felt like it wasn't as accurate as a syringe (ya know how it leaks out a little insulin no matter how long you hold it.) Anyway, when I take a pump break I use pens now, much easier! Good luck trying out the pump, I find that it's way different to exercise when using I pump. I feel like when I do cardio my body uses up the basal insulin really fast (like it all absorbs rather than being slowly absorbed over a few hours) and my blood sugars drop like a rock. When I'm on lanuts I can start a run at 150 and run 6 miles and still be at 125...definitely not possible without some tricks on a pump! Just wanted to give you a heads up :) Let me know if you have any questions or need any tricks!
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