Tech-ed Out

So my diabetes gadgets were Out of Warranty and I had planned to keep it that way as I wait for better technology. Hope draws closer as people are actually being enrolled in the first tubeless artificial pancreas trials (wish one of the clinics were here in Cleveland!). But I’m halfway back under a warranty.

My Dexcom gave the dreaded, “transmitter battery low, reorder soon” message. So I called my medical supply company. After a slightly frustrating conversation where I had to repeat myself four times and spell the word “low” the lady said she’d get the paperwork in for me to get a new Dexcom G4 system. “Since I’m getting a whole new system, let’s put in paperwork for the Dexcom G5 please.” (Because who wants new-old technology?)

She put in the order and I anticipated full transmitter battery death was imminent and prepared to fly blind for a week or so without my CGM. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.

I got the call that I expected from the medical supply company. Continue reading

One Box

The other day, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the UPS delivery man. I was expecting a box… a very large box.

As I held the very large box, I thought about what was inside. Continue reading

10 Things My Diabetes Devices Have Been Confused With

I wear an OmniPod so I don’t deal with the common pager confusion but my pods, PDM and Dexcom still get confused with other things.

Here are 10 things my devices have been confused with, as said to me:

1. Is that a cell phone?

2. Why are you still using an old-school BlackBerry? (PDM)

3. That’s an intense nicotine patch, you must have smoked a lot.

4. Did you hurt yourself? (meaning: Is that a band aid?) Continue reading

Not My Usual Airport {World Diabetes Day}

November, Diabetes Awareness Month, is probably not the best time to be dealing with diabetes/social media burn out. But alas… I am. If you’ve noticed, I haven’t written much about diabetes lately, but I’ve been sharing some old posts on diabetes via Facebook and Twitter.

Anyway, I want to talk about diabetes today because it is World Diabetes Day. I want to raise awareness, but right now I’m just dealing with making myself care about keeping diabetes in check. However something happened during my recent business trip that I needed to share today.

I had to fly to Atlanta for work last week. When we were making my travel arrangements, it was nearly impossible to get a decent flight out of Cleveland without paying an arm and a leg.

The first itinerary that I found wanted to send me from Cleveland to Denver then on to Atlanta… I could drive from Cleveland to Atlanta faster than that flight would have gotten me there!

“I don’t mind driving a little,” I thought. So I checked out airfare from the Akron-Canton Airport. I was able to find a straight through flight for half the cost of what I was seeing from Cleveland. So we booked it. I’m sure my client appreciates the cost savings.

It was weird to be leaving for a flight and not have to wake up at some crazy early hour.

I arrived at the airport and parked my car. I was able to walk right up to security where I requested my standard pat down and prepared to give my typical speech about knowing the scanners are “safe” but that they void my warranty. But I didn’t have to, the agent said, “Okay” and walked me through to pick up my things. Continue reading

Thoughts While Dexcomless

From living without my Dexcom for weeks while my medical supply company and my doctor’s office seemed unable to pick up the phone and talk to each other, I’ve come to a few conclusions regarding continuous glucose monitoring:

1. Data is incredibly addictive.

2. It’s kind of nice to only have one device attached to my body at a time.

3. Insurance policies and doctors are not truly concerned with PWDs living long and healthy lives with the use of a CGM. They are interested in us not dying from sudden low glucose. A long trail of high bgs leading to organ damage and neuropathy seem to be no concern however and apparently the insurance will pay for the treatment of complications, but not prevention. An ounce of prevention is apparently not worth a pound or two of someone’s leg or hours in dialysis. The medical determinations that lead my plan to only cover a CGM with evidence of hypoglycemic unawareness and for no other reasons are utterly ridiculous. But their disease management program wants to know if I’ve had a blood sugar reading over 170 in the last 6 months. I have type 1 diabetes and without a CGM of-freaking-course I have!

Now that I’m back on my Dexcom I sleep better, I’m more comfortable driving and I worry less. I wasn’t kidding when I told Matt at Mashable that my CGM has saved my life.

Yes it’s another thing that I have to stick in myself, but it makes living with diabetes just a little easier. Surprisingly after this CGM vacation, inserting the sensor didn’t hurt the way I expect it to!

You may have seen a video circulating the Diabetes Online Community of a guy who doesn’t have diabetes checking his blood sugar and injecting saline… if not you can watch it here: http://youtu.be/g9CIub8V3p8 Anyway, he agreed to talk with me and I’ll have that interview for you tomorrow.