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A Dexcom Halloween Come Early….

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Fair warning; there is a picture to accompany this post at the end which has…blood.  Read no further if the sight or mention of it makes you queasy.

Everyone who pierces their skin on a regular basis has one.  You know what I’m talking about.  The place you inject that just doesn’t want to play nice.  It hurts more that expected going in and it bleeds more than expected when the needle comes out.  I’d had a few of these type in my short time as a T1D.  In the case of inserting a Dexcom sensor, I have observed a red dot spread beneath the clear plastic while waiting to attach the transmitter.  The dot doesn’t usually get too large.  This extra bit of blood underneath the sensor doesn’t really seem to effect the readings and, therefore, I just proceed as normal.

This time, however, normal was not on the agenda.  My first clue was the extra “OUCH” factor going in.  I finished the insertion process and proceeded to wipe down the transmitter while watching the familiar little red dot appear.  Only the red dot didn’t stay a dot.  It got larger and more irregular shaped.  It then proceeded to come up thorough the places in the sensor where the transmitter attaches.  I thought surely it would stop but no, it continued to grow and a drop formed.  I guess when you have what amounts to a straw attached to your vein it’s only logical that it wouldn’t want to stop.  At that point I knew that it would be useless to try and save the sensor.  I had to remove it and apply a bit of pressure.  Luckily it didn’t take that long to stop once the straw was removed.  Disgruntled and disgusted, I started the whole process over with a new sensor.

The only true horror to this mini horror show was the waste of a sensor.


A Carb is not a Carb…A Carb is a Carb?

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A few thoughts on Carbs today from my offline “blog.”  I guess there are always (or at least) two ways to look at things when it comes to diabetes. #YDMV

December 31, 2014

A Carb is not a Carb is not a Carb…

62 slanty arrow down.  At least the arrow is not straight down like moments ago.  And now I wait… until 12:15.  Might have to chew those awful glucose tabs yet.  I had 4 ounces of orange juice.  I don’t particularly like orange juice.  Ah, there we go 59 arrow sideways.  My life with carb normal freedom hasn’t been the success that I’d thought it would be.  It hasn’t been as difficult either.  I have had the occasional swings but mostly when I’ve tried to eat outright sweets… or corn products… or wheat items… or French fries… a carb is not a carb is not a carb.  Not all carbs are equal.  57 arrow sideways.  I’m a little bit stare stare stare.  And probably not just cause it’s so late.  Or early, depending on the glass status. Oh, and Happy New Year.

January 7, 2015

A Carb is a Carb

Soap box out.  Positioning myself upon it.  Begin…

Don’t fall for those magazines who market themselves to diabetics with a big piece of “diabetic friendly” cheesecake on the cover.  Don’t let people fool you into thinking you can eat as much as you want as long as it’s sugar-free.  I get so mad at the marketing. Label it as “healthy” now that the sugar is replaced by chemical experiments sold as sweeteners.

I’m not telling you what you should eat.  I’m just tired of the misinformation shoved at us diabetics as we try to pick and choose our way to healthy glucose levels.  And the fact remains that, while some carbs are more nutrient rich than others, all carbs are carbs and will raise our glucose levels no matter their sugar content.

End Rant! 🙂