JDRF Type One Nation Summit

Hello dear readers, I’m back from vacation! I’ll share pictures soon.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend my local JDRF Type One Nation Summit. It’s the first time I’ve been able to go to one and I’m so glad that I did. About a week before the summit, I got an email from my local Dexcom rep asking if I’d be willing to participate on a panel of Super Stars with T1D, which was a huge honor.

The day started with a research update from Kady Helme of JDRF. She talked about the artificial pancreas study that she’s a part of, Beta cell replacement and other research efforts that the JDRF supports. The current research gives me hope for improved treatment options for type 1 diabetes. 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

Diabetes Doesn’t Give Holidays Off

Next week marks my 3rd year of using OmniPod to manage my type 1 diabetes. This isn’t really relevant to today’s story, but I wanted to point it out.

It’s sometimes hard to believe how much time has gone by since I was diagnosed with diabetes and since I started using an insulin pump. It’s an all-day, everyday condition that gives no time off for vacations, holidays or good behavior. In fact, I think that mine punishes me on vacation and during holidays!

I know it’s been a few weeks, but let me tell you about my very unthankful and unpleasant start to Thanksgiving. The evening before Thanksgiving Brad and I went down to his family’s house. We usually help prepare and cook the meal. My blood sugar was a little high, but I assumed it was from having lunch out with my coworkers. I took corrections and set temp basals, but got kind of wrapped up in the prep for the big dinner that I wasn’t as vigilant as I should have been.

I was over 200 before bed, so I corrected and set an alarm. I woke up to my alarm and was still high so I corrected again and set another alarm because no one really needs to sleep, right? I have no recollection of testing a second time but my PDM shows another reading and correction, it was lower but still too high. When I woke up the next morning and checked my Dexcom I almost had a heart attack, it read over 300. I immediate stuck my finger and sure enough, I was 302.

Its hard to be thankful when you start the day with a device failure, pod change and moderate ketones. #walkwithd

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Something was clearly wrong so I took a manual injection from my brand new vial of insulin and started the pod change process, right there in my in-laws’ guest bed while Brad was just waking up. The old pod was starting day 3 and was the last of my previous vial of insulin, that coupled with the mystery food and my dysfunctional immune system created the perfect diabetes storm to threaten to ruin my Thanksgiving. 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