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The Friday Six: Snail, Squid, and Turkey!

The Friday Six:  December 3, 2010 editionIt's finally Friday, and after this chaotic week, I'm looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday morning.  (Note to BSparl:  Sleep in, would you?)  Good day for a Friday Six!

1.  First off, there was Diabetes Blessings Week, the brainchild of Mike Durbin.  He described the blog meme as: "It is a time to reflect upon all of the blessings in our lives and express our gratitude for them.  And despite all of our complaints about living with this disease, I know that diabetes has blessed each of us in one way or another."  I thought this was a powerful idea that helps take some of the negativity about diabetes and at least find a few silver linings.  (I wish I'd had the time to participate, but at least I can link back to my post about Diabetes Things I Like.  Makes me feel like I took part.)   Click on this link to read the posts from Diabetes Blessings Week. 

2.  Chris at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia wrote about something he did, that I also did, on like the very same day.  He left his meter at home and had to roll through the day solely relying on the power of the Dexcom.  Just yesterday, I realized that I'd gone about seven hours without actually pricking my finger, instead using the Dex to direct me.   Those of you who are using CGMs - have you ever done this? 

3.  Moving over to Blogabetes, Nicole wrote a post this week that I kept nodding my head at.  Her description of what a low really feels like is so true, from the way you confirm the number on your meter out loud to that feeling of "other-worldy" that comes over you when the lows are intense.  This post is a must-read.

4.  Even though I didn't want to laugh at this, I couldn't help it.  Catherine Price over at A Sweet Life lost her pump ... in a waterfall.  Currently, her Minimed is floating around in Thailand while she sports a very convenient loaner pump.  (Thank goodness pump companies are finally tuned in to the fact that THINGS HAPPEN to insulin pumps that are completely unintentional, but render us in need of a back up from time to time.)  Have you ever lost a pump?  OMG I am so sorry.

5.  A glimpse into what's going on in my head:  This song has been stuck in there for the last few days and I can't get it out.  I've been singing it around the house, Chris is begging me to stop torturing him with it, and BSparl may let loose with it as her first tune.  Do not click this link or it will be stuck in YOUR head for all eternity.  

6.  And lastly, George has forever changed the way I high-five with the turkey, the squid, and the snail.  Chris and I were practicing these last night and laughing out heads off.  My favorite?  The turkey.  It's just 2 Cool 2 B 4Gotten.  (And with that, I'm all fifth grade.)

Have a great weekend!  Ska-widd!!


The Alt Text on the Hamster is priceless.

Thanks for the shoutout.

I love the Hamster Dance! Thanks for the post about what a low feels like. I ask my (Type 1) husband all the time so I can understand, and he never really gives me a good answer.


Re relying on CGM: I have only for short periods of time, and I just had the rules that I wouldn't eat any "mystery carb" foods and I'd only correct CONSERVATIVELY for highs until I got back to my meter. (Luckily, I didn't need to do any correction.)


Have a great weekend.

When my Dexcom is working especially well, I can easily go 15 hours between blood sugar checks.
I only double check with the meter if the number seems suspicious to me and/or the previous calibration showed a big discrepancy.
So usually in the second week of the sensor, when it's doing the best, I'm only checking blood sugar once in the morning and once in the evening, and not at all while I'm out and about.

Thanks for the shout out, Kerri!

Speaking of replacement pumps....

The first company I had a pump with, Disetronic, sent a replacement pump WITH your ordered pump. Now, why don't companies do that anymore? I was really surprised when Minimed didn't do that. :) But, they are quick on the return...

Thanks for this blog! I've been following lately, it's definitely encouraging as a Type I to see people with similar experiences and struggles with their sugars. Thanks for sharing!

Re: relying on CGM. I try not to depend just on my Dexcom, but to view it as more of a guide of what my sugar is generally doing. On a good day I can definitely go quite a while without a fingerstick if everything is stable.

However, I have made the mistake of depending on the Dexcom too much during snowboarding. I wasn't feeling well for the beginning of our day on the mountain, but looking at the CGM, I thought I was 80s and level, so we had some snacks and went to the top. By the time I got up there, I was low and I didn't come up before I ran out of glucose. I stayed conscious but we used glucagon to get me up since I was out of sugar and was dropping back down. Ski patrol had to take us off the mountain - no fun!

Long story short, the Dexcom has been a great guide for me, but I've realized I can't totally rely on it; it may say 80 and level when I'm really 60 and level, which is what I think happened snowboarding.

Hope the story helps! Thanks again!

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