Moving Forward

29 Nov

Here we go, the last post for the Joslin Blog Project. Has it already been a month? Our prompt is: What tech/management tools/delivery systems have helped you live more normally? How could these things be better?

When I was diagnosed I never had to test my urine to see what my blood sugar was and I didn’t have to boil syringes on the stove before using them. The dark(er) ages were behind me and I didn’t even know it. When I was diagnosed I was on multiple daily injections (MDI) of Lente and Rugular. I ate on a schedule and there was little flexibility in changing that ever rigid diet plan. (Only 10 french fries?! What 10 year old eats 10 french fries…).

By the time I made it to high school, I was on Lantus and Humalog. I could sleep in and had much more flexibility around meals and mealtimes. I was becoming more and more independent. I knew that pumps existed but was terrified of the idea of standing out in any way. A thing stuck to me all the time? No thank you.

College started and I was still doing injections. This coupled with late nights, crappy food and some social drinking (hah) lead to some pretty awful A1c’s. I knew I had to get my proverbial shit together. With the support of my then boyfriend (now husband), I made the leap to a pump. A pretty pink Animas. I had my training session with a very pregnant representative at home. I won’t lie…I was really nervous. It seemed so much more gruesome than my little tiny syringes upstairs, but I was in. My mom always taught us never to do anything half-way, this included.

Then I heard about a CGM. I wanted one reeaaaal bad but there was no way I could afford it with my previous insurance. I could barely afford my infusion sets let alone sensors for a CGM. (Note: Diabetes is not cheap. At all.) Then, after doing a little research after Cash was offered a new job lead us to discover that durable medical equipment would be covered. At 100%. Such beautiful words have never been spoken. I had the rep confirm that information a few more times before immediately calling Dexcom to get set up with sensors and such ASAP.

With all of the advances that I have been so lucky to take advantage of, I’ve been able to keep my A1c right around 6%. There is a lot of extra work in the way of carb-counting and avoiding bagels like the plague, but I could never be where I am now without my robot parts helping me along. I know that there are people working every day to make my life easier and it makes me excited to see what the future holds.

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I have been invited by Joslin Diabetes Center to participate in a blogging contest this November – National Diabetes Awareness Month. Myself and a select few other amazing bloggers are taking part in hopes of raising $5,000 for the Joslin Diabetes High Hopes Fund.

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3 Responses to “Moving Forward”

  1. Katie 29. Nov, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Do you have some specific examples of things you do (or did) aside from using a pump and CGM to get your A1c to around 6%? Types of food you don’t eat, how far advance are you bolusing for meals, etc.? I’m interested in hearing specifics because I struggle to get mine around 7%. Thanks.

  2. Tracy 30. Nov, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Oh god (gosh) I’ll never forget you counting out the 10 french fries from the McDonald’s bag.

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