A few notes today on what's up with my personal diabetes regimen:

I restarted the Guardian RT continuous monitor a few days ago. I find that I have to take breaks because my poor belly is scarring up fast due to long-term OmniPod and other sensor wear. As a result, I'm getting many more frequent occlusion errors -- which means a clog or blockage at the infusion site. In this case, it's not a tubing or even cannula problem, just a problem of too much thick skin (scar tissue) in the areas where Pods and sensors actually stay on my body. I do wear the OmniPod on my arm in-between, but I haven't yet figured out how to get the Guardian MiniLink sensor placed there. And here's why:

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The most gi-normous needle I have poked into myself since getting diabetes (or ever). Not liking that thing! Also, see that big blue device in the background? That's the inserter-doohickey. You have to hold it a pretty exact 45-degree angle to get that big fat needle in right. How do people manage to use this inserter succesfully on their own shoulders or back, I wonder? I might need to call my friend's husband, the ICU nurse, to help me out here.

btw, the Medtronic folks requested that I note they have customizable early warning alarms to prevent highs and lows, too, just like Abbott's new Navigator (finally coming to market later this year). The Guardian gives you a choice of up to 30min. in advance, with alerts that can be set for 5 min. increments. There's also a snooze function, that works just like the one on your alarm clock. Sometimes I think the finer details of certain features are more important to the engineers than the patients, no?

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

American Diabetes Association Names New CEO
Non-profit leader Kevin L. Hagan named as new chief exec of national diabetes org after six-month search.
FDA Approves New Basal Insulin
Sanofi's Troujeo has 'flatter profile' of action that helps to avoid lows.
Daytona Win for Racecar Driver with Diabetes!
Type 1 driver Ryan Reed wins first NASCAR series race at Daytona on Feb. 21.

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In any case, have I mentioned the Apidra? Yup, I started on Sanofi's new faster fast-acting insulin about two months ago. I "waited it out" since the first month was rough going for me -- running high a lot in part due to illness and infection. Now that things have settled down, I still have to honestly report that I haven't noticed any dramatic differences in my post-meal BG levels. What has changed, however, is how rapidly the corrections kick in, which is a nice plus. I won't be going back to "slower" insulin any time soon (unless I run out of money -- all that surplus Novolog is still chillin' in my fridge). Securiteeblanket

And here's something neat: I discovered that my little Securitee Blanket insulin cover is just the perfect size for the Apidra vial! Very handy. Although I really do wonder if it hasn't occurred to Sanofi how potentially dangerous it is to make Lantus and Apidra vials the exact same size and shape. I almost mixed them up more than once.

I'm still loving the OmniPod, except for aforementioned occlusion issues -- a problem that plagues all pumpers at times, I suppose. Oh, and that episode about 10 days ago when my PDM suddenly died just as I was attempting to bolus in a tiny little chic French creperie in San Francisco. When I say "die" I mean it let out a piercing beep that wouldn't stop and flashed a message to call Customer Support asap. No delivery - Yipes! Of course I had no backup supplies along.

Luckily, all we'd ordered was a salmon & feta cheese omelette with salad, so I figured I'd be OK until we got home. Except for the beeping. No matter how many times I pushed buttons, it just wouldn't stop. "Is that you, Mom? Is that still you?!" my 10-year-old daughter asked sheepishly, as the persnickety French cafe owner glared us down. I yanked the battery, ate fast, and drove home like a demon.

Thus, the rediscovery of my Securitee Blanket to start carrying extra insulin and supplies around, even when I'm not officially travelling. You just never know. Insulet did FedEx me a new PDM right quick, I might add. Still, lesson learned.

Thus, this week's seven words of wisdom for people with diabetes:

Eat carefully. Test your sugar. CARRY BACKUPS.

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