Keep on keepin’ on

21 08 2008

Sorry I haven’t written in awhile, but things have been VERY busy around here.  There was DP’s wedding, then we hosted a giant birthday bash celebrating 4 of our friends birthdays.  It’s been a fun sort of busy, but still draining.

I had my “endo” appointment yesterday.  I put that in quotes because I didn’t actually see my endo, but a really nice CDE.  I had done a lot since my last visit:

  • stepped up exercise with Wii Fit
  • went off Benicar (blood pressure still looks fine, phew)
  • added a women’s multivitamin
  • added a low-dose aspirin regimen
  • got a Dexcom

I was a little worried that my A1c would go up since I had been preventing lows with Charlie (fewer lows means a higher average), but I came out with a 5.5%. Holy crap!  The CDE lady was really impressed with everything and said to just keep doing what I’m doing.  =)

I did mention that my backup supplies are just about expired, so she gave me a Levemir pen and a Humalog pen.  She also gave me a vial of Apidra to try.  That will be neat.

My goal for the rest of the year is to keep things under control, so I can get another sub-6% A1c in December.  Then, I will have had a whole year of “not having diabetes.”


Tucked away

12 08 2008

Here’s where all of my devices were tucked away.

  1. CGMS sensor. This was the only thing you could see. I could not figure out a better way to wear this, and I’m pretty sure no one noticed. The photographer was really great about making sure my left arm was facing away from the camera.
  2. Lucy. She was clipped to my bra. Normally she doesn’t really work there because I’m pretty small, but the style of the dress lent itself to hiding her pretty well.
  3. Tubing. I tried to run this down the side seam as well as I could.
  4. Infusion site. This was on my hip, right at the seam. You could only see if I pointed it out.
  5. Charlie. She was tucked away in a Leg Thing that I purchased. Those things are freaking awesome.
  6. Starburst. There was enough room in the Leg Thing for me to stash about 4 Starburst. Those came in handy.

Checking Charlie was pretty easy.  I just crossed my right leg over my left and pulled up my dress a touch.  No big deal at all.  Bolusing was a little trickier, but by eating time, no one was paying attention to me anyway, so I was able to reach down my dress without anyone caring.

For the ceremony, I turned off all the CGMS alarms and put Lucy on the lowest beep possible.  For pictures and the reception, I went ahead and turned the alerts back on.  They were very useful for when I went low while dancing!

Overall it was a fantastic day and I wish DP all the best.  =)

Dresses and diabetes devices

11 08 2008

My best friend DP got married on Saturday, and I got to be a bridesmaid. Everything was absolutely beautiful and my diabetes was pretty easy to manage. I am still really excited about how well I was able to “hide” everything.

So, how many diabetes-related items can you spot?

If you count each part of the pump separately (pump itself, tubing, infusion site), there should be 6 things. I will post tomorrow with all the juicy details!