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One Podtato…Two Podtato…Three Podtato…FOUR!

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I haven’t kept up my Monday posts of late.  The culprit – moving.  It was my first move with T1D officially present and accounted for.  I’ve had things to say about this experience but just not the time to sit down and type it out.  Two things in particular were not as I expected them to be.

First, the lows.  Oh the lows!  Every time I turned around I was having to stop and consume some form of fast acting carb.  I thought the stress of moving coupled with the fact that the movers were doing the great majority of the packing, lifting, loading and unloading and I wasn’t getting my regularly scheduled exercise would cause my glucose levels would be on the high side. What I came to realize was that being in constant motion, including unknown numbers of trips up and down the stairs, was like going to the gym and getting on the treadmill on a brisk walk setting alternating with the  Stair Master all…day…long.

Next, to explain my nursery-rhyme title, the pod changes. Oh the pod changes! Four pods to be exact.  It got to be a bit silly.  Perhaps that’s what brought to mind the childhood rhyme; “one potato, two potato, three potato, four…”  I’ve always known that I have had challenges with spatial awareness (thinking I could walk through a door jamb instead of around it).  What I didn’t realize was just how much I relied on things being in a certain place within my spaces.  One of the most frustrating pod changes came late at night.  I had waited up to hit the confirm button on my Omnipod PDM; yes, my blood sugars were in range after the recent pod change.  For those of you not familiar with the Omnipod, it alarms roughly 90 minutes after you change your pod to remind you to check your glucose levels.  Mission accomplished.  I started to climb in bed only to realize that I needed to go around the bed to turn off the other bedside light.  My big daughter had happily fallen asleep on that side of the bed and I didn’t have the energy to attempt to displace her.  The bed was surrounded by piles of things to be packed. Nothing was in its’ proper place/space.  Carefully I picked my way around the bed, gave my girl a peck on the forehead, and turned off the light.  My light was still on.  As I made my way back around the bed I heard something hit the floor.  I turned around to see what I had knocked down and to my horror saw, you guessed it, my new Pod.  On the floor.  Cannula sticking in the air…

That was a record for me.  Actually, before this move I hadn’t really knocked off a Pod (well, I did say I – referring to the time when I got too close to the same daughter while trying to wake her up one morning and she swatted it right off my arm).  It wasn’t as if placement mattered either.  That pod was on my leg.  The other three pods were placed on the arm and stomach.  Luckily with the others I managed to make it to the second day (and sometimes almost the third) before knock-off occurred.

Well, I’m happy to report that I’m back to my pre-move modus operandi and I’m adjusting to my new space nicely.  What is truly nice, however, is having the family under one roof again as my husband had to come to this job before we were able to join him.  It’s good to have little more normal return to our lives.  As far as blood sugars…well, I don’t think there ever will be a normal for that.

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Shout Out & Flexfit

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I just read a life hack on SixUntilMe by Kerri Sparling.  It’s kind of funny because I just finished applying two strips to my three-hour old Dexcom sensor.  The edges had started to come up and like magic…problem solved.  I have to give her this shout out because I first read about this magical stuff on her blog.  Once when I was traveling, I had a sensor start to peel up so I purchased “sensitive skin” medical tape from the local drug store.  I had a blister within three hours.  Now, like Kerri, I carry little strips that I cut myself from the roll.  Thanks Kerri.

#SugaryDrinksCausedMyDiabetes

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Ok, I first saw the CrossFit advertisement on Type1writes by Frank several weeks ago.  I’m going to include my reply to his post below.  His post was spot on but I felt there was another perspective that needed a voice as well.  It is hard to see the different advertisements and know that they only enforce misconceptions about diabetes regardless of type.  And, certainly, Cross Fit is not alone.  I heard an ad around Easter this year advertising a “Bacon Bunny” from a local chocolate company on the radio.  It referenced diabetes while playing the sound of a heart monitor gradually slowing and then flatlining.  I don’t remember the exact wording but it was upsetting because it was wrong on so many levels.

Anyway, here is my comment from July 1:

“This is disturbing for a type 2 as well. From everything I’ve read after I learned I didn’t have type 2 but actually had a slow onset type 1 (LADA), type 2 is actually INHERITED (sorry to shout 😉. It’s just that, if you have insulin resistance your pancreas deals with the extra demand for insulin until it reaches a point where it can’t anymore. A diet high in sugar will only hasten that demise but it isn’t the cause of insulin resistance. The problem is most people don’t even know they have this issue until their blood glucose level is checked by a doctor when they’ve gone in for some other reason. By that point they’ve probably been living with it for years. You know from experiencing lows that the brain triggers a strong “eat carbs now or die” response to a low. What I found interesting to note in my reading is that it doesn’t just signal this when your blood glucose drops below 70. It registers any significant drop in blood glucose and sends the signal. Which means that when, as a type 2, you have these huge spikes in blood sugar, when your pancreas does it’s job and returns you to normal levels your brain notices the drastic drop and signals the “eat carbs NOW” response. And, of course, your body converts all that extra sugar to fat which increases the insulin resistance. It becomes a vicious cycle that Type 2’s are told they caused by their diet and because they have no will power or because they are fat.

Now, Type 2’s do have the ability, once they know they have Diabetes to begin with, to make dietary/exercise changes that will greatly improve their sugar levels but that will not cure or reverse insulin resistant Diabetes. It will seem like a cure for some because they can go for years or even perhaps the rest of their lives with normal levels if they maintain their diet and exercise regimen that helped them achieve normal sugar levels but their insulin resistance is still there. Because of this there is the misconception that diet causes type 2 Diabetes. Most people don’t know there are different types of diabetes, they just assume that you got diabetes because you ate too much sugar. I’m OK with the fact that people are largely unaware in the sense that I didn’t know anything about it until I got Type 1. After all, unless you are a physician or are touched by Diabetes directly, you have no need to completely understand the mechanisms of Diabetes. Still, I think it’s wrong that companies advertise like this and further cement these stereotypes in people’s conscientiousness.”

Let me reiterate that this is my view and understanding of the facts.  I am not a scientist, doctor, nutritionist, or diabetes educator.  I’m just a person who has lived with diabetes for eighteen and a half years (first Gestational, then misdiagnosed as Type 2, and now insulin-dependent Type 1).