A new addition

to my diabetes regimen. I finally got a Dexcom CGM. I love it! Monitors my blood sugar every 5 minutes and tells me if it is high or low and if it is going up, down or running steady. I am not going to lie, the first night with this thing was like having a newborn baby (have already been through that twice but a long long time ago) It woke me up with a loud, annoying alarm every 2 hours. Firat I was high (over 200) then I was low ( below 80), then high again from treating the low with juice. By morning I was tired and frustrated. But I was determined to make it work. I learned to watch trends and adjust my basal rates and not to react too quickly. I noticed a trend of my blood sugars going over 250 every night around 3 am and adjusted my basal rate up for that time period. I was finally able to sleep through the night last night and woke up with normal numbers…yeah! This disease forever messes with me so I have to keep a close watch on it. Is like when my boys were toddlers, if I did not keep them in sight, bad things happened… they hid my car keys (and did not yet talk enough to tell me where they were), leading to an unexpected scavenger hunt before work or the time my younger son stuffed a cd into the vcr thus ending our use of that device. Thank goodness dvds came out shortly after that) After 20 years with this disease, I know better than let my guard down. I may no longer have toddlers to care for, but i still have a husband and 2 teenage sons who count on me to be there for them, no matter what and I want to beat this disease so I can do just that.

Fun facts about being a pumper

I often wear my pump clipped to the front of my pants or in my back pocket (if I am wearing jeans). If I happen to wear it out where it can be seen, I sometimes get questions from strangers like “is that a pager”? To which I am tempted to reply, not unless we are stuck in 1995. I don’t say that of course, but I do usually just tell them it is an insulin pump. Some people say ok and walk away while others will then ask, “oh, you must be a brittle diabetic then, right?” No, I am not. I just prefer to control this disease with a pump instead of shots. Is a matter of preference and convenience. Some people, like Brett Michaels of the band Poison, who is also type 1, prefer shots so as not to have to wear a pump all the time. I also often get asked what happens if I take it off. Well, after about an hour, the insulin wears off and I can end up with a high blood sugar. I just have to make sure I test before and after I take it off so as to treat any rising blood sugar readings. The one time I took my pump off to work out and then forgot to put it back on, which I do not do anymore (I just turn off the basal rate temporarily), i ended up in the ER with a blood sugar in the high 400s with nausea and a general sick feeling. Not fun. Continue reading Fun facts about being a pumper

What is a pumper?

Hello and welcome to my blog. Let me start by answering a common question that I hear every day.  What is a pumper? A pumper is someone who wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day. This is not because I am a brittle diabetic or because I am very sickly. Quite the opposite actually.  My insulin pump allows me to live a more normal life then when I was on shots. Some people prefer shots but not me I have been on a pump for 14 years and I absolutely love it.  I took insulin shots for many years, including during my first pregnancy. I then switched to using insulin pens for a while. I switched to the pump which was just before I got pregnant with my second son. My sons are teenagers now and both are in good health. It has been a struggle being a diabetic, working and raising 2 boys. My husband works a lot so I have had to do a lot on my own. I am writing this blog to share my experiences and to educate people about what it is really like to live with diabetes. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. After 20 years of diabetes, nothing really surprises me anymore. Thanks for reading!