Wednesday, January 21, 2015

And the HbA1c is...


I started pumping with an A1c of 6.3%. It was 6.4% after six months on the pump. Now it's been 13 months pumping.
Of course, if the 530G system is responsible for the rise in A1c (and it might not be) I think the sensors are more to blame than the pump.

I wore a sof-sensor from Sunday to this morning along with my Enlite. Because they disagreed so vehemently most of the time, I checked my blood sugar much more often. They were both very far from the meter. Nonetheless, with the Guardian returned to the study, I once again pretend the 530G is telling me truths.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Last night my sensor failed and I didn't put in a new one.
This morning, I went to see the hand surgeon. I was really nervous about it, and was very jumpy and flappy. I checked my blood sugar prior to the appointment and it was 207; I took half a unit.

The doctor said that it was a ganglion cyst. He was able to transilluminate it. He also says I have a much smaller one on the other wrist. And we're going to just leave those cysts alone unless they either grow a lot or start hurting more (right now the big one hurts somewhat if I move the wrist in various ways).

After the appointment, I walked three quarters of a mile to the bus stop, waited around, took a bus I hadn't taken before. Checked my blood sugar after twenty minutes on the bus. 492. Rechecked. 438. Looked at my site. It looked fine. Checked that I had bolused for breakfast. I had. Bolused 7 units (twice the pump recommendation- I have my ISFs set at 80 to 100 depending on time of day). They went through. When I got home, 50 minutes later, I washed my hands and checked again. 330.

Next week I am participating in a research study that I don't really understand yet. It involves type 1 diabetes, heart disease, and a sleep study. When I asked if they would be telling me some of the heart risk results, they said no because those won't be computed until the end of the study. However, they will be doing an A1c and CBC that they'll be sharing with me. So! I'm having an A1c next week! Hope today's excursion doesn't show up too much.

Numbers like 207 don't tend to surprise me. They just happen. Numbers like 492, OTOH... it's been a long time since I saw a reading so high. And the only cause I can see for it (other than diabetes, of course) is anxiety.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Just Life

1. My brother Globe is in the hospital. He's been extremely sick since October 20th. He cannot walk or eat without lots of help; he can't talk (or sign or nod his head) at all.
P.S. I started this post yesterday. Today he said "mama" once.

2. So who cares about my diabetes anyways?

3. I haven't really carb counted in forever. I'm really sick of pumping. When I called MM about a really bad sensor that failed rapidly, I got chewed out for not calibrating often enough and also for wearing my sensors in locations other than the belly. I tried a belly sensor. It wasn't accurate either. I'm not gonna reorder sensors or pump supplies. I'm contemplating not using sensors at all but I guess I'll go back to dexcom.

4. I think I've only seen my endo twice this year. Only one A1c reading. But then, with lots of sensor wear, who cares about my A1c?

5. My new insurance has not paid for ANYTHING yet. Not even my insulin. WTF? I'm wondering if I got signed up for something other than the plan I thought I picked.

6. I have a lump on my left wrist that's probably just a ganglion cyst, but I have an appointment with a hand surgeon because I want to be sure that it's a ganglion cyst. It's been there since September and it's growing.