Monday, January 22, 2007
So my diabetes was coasting along. That’s almost a warning sometimes.
Friday night I changed my pump site. Yeah, yeah, I know. “You should change your site in the morning or afternoon so that you can monitor yourself all day.” I don’t. It’s just a better time for me. Maybe it’s years of scar tissue. Or maybe it’s because I don’t change as often as I should. But when I inject a new pump site…it seems to take a while to kick in and start working. During the day, it’s hard to test and stay carb free that long. I end up doing CCBs. (crazy correction boluses) and then dropping big time a couple hours later. So I have learned that I do best changing it at night. I might creep up a little the first hour or so, but in the morning after I’m back in the good range. It’s just one of the mysteries of my diabetes. Anyway, I changed my pump site on Friday night. Went to bed about an hour later. At 1am, my Cozmo is buzzing like crazy. I wake up and fish it out of the pump belt. It says no delivery-blockage detected. (or something like that. I was so tired that I don’t really remember, and I’ve never even seen that alert before.) I stumble to my supplies, get a new quick set, and find a different spot. Can I just mention that AGAIN, I am frustrated with the stupid quick serter and it’s unpredictable behavior? I have switched back and am using my old one…the new ones just suck and I can’t use them. I’ve mentioned before that the THREE new ones that I ordered from stupid minimed don’t have enough room for the quick set to nest in it, so it falls out when tipped. My old one has developed a hesitation after pushing the button, but at least it stays nested. Of course my blood sugar clocked in at 288. I gave a serious CBB. Next morning woke up to Dixie’s barking and hitting, and a number of 38. She doesn’t usually wait for the number to get that low, but come on, she gets tired just like we do. Especially after a week of work. Dam diabetes.
Last week’s average was 95. I should be happy about that. But it meant a lot of lows mixed with some average numbers. It’s a better place to be than up high, but exhausting sometimes.
DIXIE TIDBIT: (I’ve gotten some feedback that people want to know more about Dixie. I’m going to try and include and bit about her each time.)
So people ask “do you bring her with you everywhere?” The answer is yes and no. She comes to work with me every day. I try to be apart from her sometime during each weekend. That means that I might go to the grocery store or out to lunch without her. It’s good for her to develop some independence. The trainers that worked with me said that being apart is good practice in case something happens and we HAVE to be apart. (If someone I love was in an accident, if my other dog had a vet emergency, etc.) If we were never apart, Dixie wouldn’t know what to do. So we are apart a little. It’s hard to leave her! She really wants to be with me all of the time. I really think that she wants to know that I’m o.k. Because Dixie has passed the public access test, she is able to go to any public place. This includes malls, stores, movie theaters, church, clinics, schools, etc. It doesn’t mean that people have to “let” me bring Dixie into their homes. Dixie wears her vest whenever she is in public (but never at home), so that people know she’s a working dog and remember not to pet her. It’s too distracting for her to be petted like crazy out in public. She has an ID badge in her vest that shows people that she has passed the public access test. I’ve never actually been asked to show it, but it’s in there, along with GU for me.