Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Summertime Stats

Past Year's Stats
(my batting average)

Number of times I've been admitted(to the hospital) during the past year:
2. ( DKA, August 2005. AVM, Feb.2006)

Number of times I've dropped my pump in the toilet:
Once. (at 3 AM one morning)

Number of times I've wished I could switch diseases:
365- one for every day of this past year

Number of dates I've had with paramedics:
One.(bad low)

Number of times my coworkers have freaked out completely...

Number of times my meter has gotten friendly with me + said "HIGH" (thats over 600):
About 10. (4 of them in the past month)

Number of times my meter has read LO (under 10):
None this year, thank goodness.

Number of times I've lain awake at night, afraid to go to sleep lest I die of hypoglycemia:
On the average of once every 10 days.

Number of medical students I've seen this year:

Number of those medical students who were actually worth looking at:

Number of times I've been reminded that I've only got a few more years left on this earth so
I'd better stop being such a terrible diabetic (aka "killing yourself") by nurses/primary docs..:
Fifteen. AT LEAST. Blasted BC/BS health line needs to quit calling me + I need a new pcp.

Number of times I've been told "you shouldn't eat that, you're diabetic" by my type 2
Every week. Drives me up the wall. (I can eat anything I want lady, I pump, you take pills)

Number of cavities I've acquired in the past year from irregular eating habits:
2(as of last January)

Number of times I've fantasied about waking up cured:
3. (Every time I get a run of lows)

Number of test strips I've gone through this year:
2,600. (rough estimate)

Longest amount of time I've left my infusion set in for:
2 weeks. (it still worked some- but I was nervous about leaving it in any longer then that, it looked kind of green)

Shortest amount of time I've left my infusion set in for:
1 day. (it sweated off)

Number of times my pumps ended up on the floor(next morning) +I'm somehow come
3 times. I don't know how it happens, I think I must have a disconnecting-in-my-sleep- problem...

Number of times I've thrown a meter at the wall:
Once. And it was an old meter- so it really didn't matter what happened to it.

Number of spare vials of Novolog sitting in my fridge right now:

Number of my test strips currently littering the floor at work:
3. (that I know of-please don't tell my supivisor!)

Current number of types of meters:
Seven. (2)Accucheck, One Touch Fasttake, Flash, Ultra, Ultrasmart, and something else.

Number of times I’ve punched my brother for annoying me(and blamed it on hypoglycemia):
4. (Its ok, its now history-we’re both grown up + don’t do stuff like that anymore)

Number of times I have wished for my own private endo:( I had this once,(research study- 8 hr streches) in a weird kind of way, it was nice to let someone else worry about all of that for a change)
Once a month(every full moon).

Number of hypoglycemia induced motor vehicles accidents I’ve been in:

Number of times (last Nov.) I repeated to said paramedics that said blood sugar level was not freakin’ low..
Three.(they still didn’t believe me) ER doctor didn’t either, even after checking it multiple times(its always diabetes related, folks)

Number of new body piercings I’ve gotten:
Are we counting the injections that didn’t quite go as planned? If not-just one..

Number of times I’ve been asked “what is that blue box clipped to your side?”
(My theory is, you have to look like a model before your diabetes paraphanalia gets noticed. Which is why I never get asked)

Number of people (now) bored to tears:
Four. Or more.
(It’s ok, I’m finished now).

And would someone please tell this jerk that crying when you get your first insulin pump is NOT funny or inappropriate!? Its an emotional, tender, unforgettable moment- when I got my first one- I was like the Energizer Bunny on steroids, but again, people are differant.. (he also needs to learn to read bios more carefully!) Its perfectly normal.


othur-me said...

I want to ask you a stupid question* about D via email, but you don't have an email link on your blog, so I'll ask it here.

My roommate was(?) diabetic, it ruined his kidneys, he got a dual kidney/pancreas transplant and now says he's not diabetic anymore as a result of the transplant.

Is there a reason that everyone with D cannot be treated with transplants? I realize pancreas supply is limited, since you an only get them from cadavers, but I was just wondering if there's a reason that's not an option for everyone with D?

*I know almost nothing about diabetes, so I realize I'm running the risk of sounding naive or stupid.

othur-me said...

I think I was able to answer my own question....transplants only cure type 1.....

othur-me said...

ok...I didn't answer my own question...?

julia said...

Oooh, can I answer?

Kidney/pancreas transplants are harsh. You have to be on immunosuppresant drugs for the rest of your life and most doctors believe that that is worse than being on insulin.

A pancreatic transplant would cure type 1 and type 2, but since they aren't sure what causes type 1 in the first place, there's a possibility that whatever attacked the pancreas the first time would do it again and cause it not to make insulin any more.

Not a stupid question at all, by the way. I asked my daughter's endo the same thing a few years after she was diagnosed.

othur-me said...

Julia - thanks... the logic makes sense, although, as a person on immunosuppressants, it seems that diabetics are worse off than me....and my roommate feels much better now (post kidney/pancreas transplant), then he ever did before.

I'm not saying a transplant's not rough, but its a much shorter period of roughness than diabetes as a lifelong illness poses.

I just feel like, if kidney transplant is viable (and recommended) option to dialysis, why pancreas transplants wouldn't be more of an alternative than they seem to be at this point?

type1emt said...

It a complex, sticky subject-basically, the medical profession likes to be sure your diabetes has completely funked up your life vs just a huge disconvenience. Also there's the money issue(organs,meds,etc.) you've got to have good medical coverage. Many folks with D pay out of pocket for all of their supplies.
And by the time one gets to the completely funked up stage, they've often exausted their monetary resources/don't have insurance anymore..
Wonderful society we live in.

Minnesota Nice said...

ooooohhhh.........the numbers.......how on earth can you remember all of those categories?
(I'm impressed).

othur-me said...

I do understand the money part...I mean...sick people and money issues are always related. I'm merely talking from a problem to solution point of view...why it isn't a viable option. Same problems are there for all types of transplants:
1) Supply
2) Money/Insurance
3) Immunosuppression/Post Care
4) Surgery is hard.
5) Risk of rejection or recurrence.
6) Also, similarly to D, kidney failure before transplant requires medical care/costs just to keep yourself alive and healthy in the form of dialysis rather than insulin maintainence.

It just seems that with all these limitations and barriers, transplants (for organs other than pancreas) are happening (even for people who could live with other (less comfortable/convenient) alternatives.

I don't understand why those who... A) can afford/cover with insurance or medicare, B) are willing to choose immunosuppression over insulin maintenance as a lifestyle, C) are willing to wait for supply to accommodate them... don't have that option and if there was some other medical reason it was less an option to them?

Of course the reasons you all mentions are great deterrence for transplant, but no more than other transplants (at least kidney). I'm just wondering why it wouldn't be as common a solution as kidney transplants (except for the supply issue).