Hi Terrie, thanks for the welcome. Yes, I am just over the border, but it's not warming up enough for me yet. Right now it is snowing!! LOL
I am still doing well considering how we had to deal with diabetes years ago. I did have a triple by-pass done in 1997 at the age of 46, but that was also contributed to family history of heart disease. I go for check ups on the heart and carotid arteries twice a year to keep an eye on things. And I have some neuropathy in the feet and legs, but Neurotin helps so much with that. Other than that I am healthy. No eye or kidney problems. I feel I am one of the lucky ones that the bad complications haven't hit. I really would deserve them all since I have not always taken good care of myself. I have always taken my insulin like I should, but have not always eaten the right way. But now I am back on the right track and am staying on it.
I feel that now a days diabetes is so much easier to take care of. With the advance of glucose monitors, pumps and the CGMS. Plus the ability to count carbs and match the amount of insulin to them. Back in the early days we had to do the chemistry test of urine and then use the test tape. And never knew what our sugar was. Insulin delivery systems have improved sooo much. No more glass sryinges and huge needles that had to be boiled after the one shot a day.
Getting on the pump was one of the best things I have done for my care. Since my sugar levels are very unstable I can correct when needed with the push of a few buttons. And being very insulin sensitive (12-15 total units a day) I can set my basal in .025 increments. No way could this be done with Lantis or Levemir. And anytime I eat I just enter the amount of carbs and ok the amount of insulin, blus and that's it.
The next best thing I did was get the Dexcom 7. Although insurance is not paying for it yet, I felt it was something I really needed. I cannot always feel my lows coming on and I do live alone. After being out of it for hours at a time on a few occasins I knew I had to do something. Testing every hour was not even helping. This thing is great!
I better quit, I hope I didn't write too much and bore everybody
Yeah Richard, I think the only place I haven't seen you on yet is the ADA site. I gain so much information from reading on these forums.
I have been following your life story. Very interesting I must say.
I have lived alone since December 1999. That is when my husband passed away from pancreatic cancer. After seeing him suffer so bad with it and with nothing that anyone could do for him and seeing other friends die horrific deaths through the years I can not understand how some people with diabetes feel so sorry for themselves. I have always just accepted it as a way of life. Just like brushing my teeth and getting dressed, it is just something I always take care of. Do you feel the same?
The pump has given me so much better control and now the CGMS is giving me much more security for when I have the unexpected lows or highs.
I would like to extend an invitation to everyone to the picnic that I host at my home in SE Michigan. All people with diabetes and their families are invited. The last two years we have enjoyed great food and fellowship. It will take place on July 27th beginning at 3pm. All you need to bring is a dish to pass, any "Special Drinks" you might want and lawn chairs. Hot dogs, buns, condiments, ice tea, and water are provided. If interested just let me know.