Thursday, November 21, 2013

November Dayz

What if diabetes were more like Choose Your Own Adventure & less like "I've been doing this for a decade and a half & I am just plain TIRED of it?" Tired of the monotonous day in,day out,check sugar/low/high/crapcrapcrapness of it all? (With no sort of consistency,ever. I believe that's called stupidity.) If diabetes were more like Choose Your Own (Happy)Adventure, the hardest decision I would ever make would be between Spa Day & Turning Myself Into a Beach Bum Day. There would be no side trips to the land of frustrating pharmacies that never have my RX's in stock, no 4 am pump site failure bladder wake up calls, and no comments from people who think PWD will keel over dead if they consume sugar. Ahhhh, that would be the life. Diabetes Nirvana all around.

Unfortunately, I live in the real world. I've decided that I now loathe CVS pharmacy...(the rest of the store is actually ok)I always have to wait in line 20+ minutes to discover my auto filled RXs are out of stock, not covered,costs 4x as much, can't be filled this month(what the heck? I have filled these every month & nothing has changed) etc. Its not the employees fault so going postal hardly would help the situation. It's the crazy system they've got. I really need to switch to another pharmacy,it's gotten that bad.
(Just a day in the humdrum life of a PWD)

We are flying out again to California for Thanksgiving. I have got to work out a system for toddler containment, or things will be very, very bad. It's not the screaming that's the issue(gotta love sweet little old ladies who pat your arm & tell you that the poor things ears hurt,& that's why they cry,& they will soon go to sleep). No, that's not how it works. My toddler is perfectly capable of screaming/squirming/slugging his little 26 lb self for all but(brief nap) 30 minutes of the 6.5-7.5 flight to L.A. (I'd love to let them see this, but they oddly seem to dissapear into the black hole of the plane.)
Kids don't like it when they can't run around & get kid energy out. (And nothing will amuse them, save pulling another passengers hair or throwing their toy to the opposite side of the plane.) Yes, he is 22 months old & 110% high energy & quite frankly, nothing works at that age & level of development. (Unless you've had one, please don't even pretend to know what this is like. I love my child, but he is very stubborn, & there's not a punishment on earth that can stop this kid from going bazooka.) Containment, & earplugs, are key to our survival on this trip.(I hope the car seat will fit in the seat) Not having to change a poopy diaper on the lavatory seat would be awesome as well.(yep,sometimes the planes don't even have changing tables!!)

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Tubing People

"Hey, is that an insulin pump?"

It is.

"I've been trying to get my dad to get one. How do you like it?"

It's great..really cuts down on my highs and lows.

"Where does the insulin go?"

In a hole, right there, see? You inject it into a changeable cartridge every few days.

"Well that's so cool! And thank you for shopping at Kmart!"

(Guy behind me looks mildly annoyed at the amount of time I've been there ringing up my purchases.)

Have a nice day!


The thing about being on a tubed pump versus the Omnipod is that you become a homing zone for every other pumper or relative of a PWD. (Or nosy instructor) It's not a bad thing, but you've got to be prepared to give a half way intelligent answer about why you are on a pump.

"Uh, I like my pump because I don't have to take injections anymore..." (That would have been the 18 year old me's answer. But really, it's a stupid answer because injections stop being the issue for most people round bout the 1000th shot(or sooner). Pumping is about greater life flexibility, making your insulin suit YOUR eating habits.(not vice versa) But usually, when some random person asks me about my D,the first thing to come out of my mouth is that first sentence. Unless it's another pumper(& in that case, we just pump bump & go on our merry ways).

Wearing a tubed pump is very much a putting diabetes out there in the open thing...with the Omnipod you just don't get that kind of a reaction.(Although I have been told my pod looked "gross" and "like a tumor". Thanks, lady.)

And I'm ok with that.(it makes for less of a lonely D-world,when you meet others with it)