and my a1c is…..

After more than 20 years of diabetes, you would think I’m used to this feeling. The uncertainty of sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for the result of my a1c every three months. No. Never. I still don’t like the days I go to my endocrinologist and they poke my finger for this test result.

I know people have told me that it’s just a number, going to the doctor is more than your a1c, it’s not all that matters, and that helps me keep this in perspective. But seeing it at 7.8 this time was disappointing and I guess I was wishing for it to be better. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my pump sites, sometimes forgetting to bolus for dinner, and I know basal rates are a bit questionable/not quite right in the morning. But thanks to my wonderful endocrinologist who changed my pump settings, it’s making a difference in my blood sugars! Yay Insulin Pumps! These next three months will be better!

I’m also looking into getting back on the Medtronic CGM sensor and getting my blood sugar back in control. Hopefully by next time, my a1c will be 7.0 or lower!  I’m going to try to stay positive! 🙂

At least the CareLink USB now works on Apple computers using Firefox!

Here’s to the next few days of 2 hour tests to check my basal rates! 🙂

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DIABETIC ANGELS RISE UP

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As most of you know, MJ2 and the Diabetic Angels are HUGE supporters of the Diabetes Community and Research, and like most people in the DOC, we too are wearing blue, not because it’s our favorite color, but because it’s a state of mind. With that said, The Diabetic Angels’ website has shut down in protest! After years and years, there is still NO CURE for diabetes!  25.8 million people STILL have diabetes.  We’ve shut down the site on World Diabetes Day to protest on behalf of all diabetics, the fact that there is NO CURE. 

While we’re grateful to Dr. Banting, researchers, and the entire diabetic community for their tireless effort, governments and people around the world must unite to cure this devastating global disease.  Still don’t have a cure, still need insulin to survive, still need to prick our fingers, still have complications. “Still Have Diabetes” must become “Used To Have Diabetes!”

Join the Diabetic Angels in our protest and make your voice heard!  – follow us on twitterlike us on Facebook – instagram – subscribe

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#bgnow 438. Now blood sugar, reeeeally? Must you do this now? I have to wake early! And by the way, thanks Mr. Bad Insulin!! Now I NEED to change my pump site, open new insulin, and wake up at 1am to re-test. Great. No Keytones though, if i look on the bright side! 

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Eek! First time EVER putting my #SureT pump set in my stomach….this is normally NOT one of my favorite spots but my back needed a break ….we’ll see how this goes! Whats ur favorite spot to put your pump? #bullseye #ndamphotoaday #medtronic #diabetes
#insulinpump #type1

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#oops! I ran out of band-aids trying to keep my #sureT #pump site on without my skin being too irritated! #ndamphotoaday #medtronic #diabetic #Diabetes #tegaderm is under all of this! :/

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Diabetic Insulin Pump Question!!! I was at my Endocrinologist this morning and he gave me a sample set of the Medtronic Sure-T Infusion Sites…..I am SO freaked out about an actual titanium needle being in me….does anyone have any thoughts? advice? comments? help? opinions? I’m really nervous to try it and would love some feedback before I stab this thing in my backside!!?

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Dear Pump!!!

Dear Medtronic Minimed Pump,
You have no idea how happy I am that when I test before going to bed and need to bolus to correct a little, you decide to go all NO DELIVERY on me? What is with this? Now I have to wake up in the middle of the night again and make sure the insulin I thought was delivered wasn’t too much. 🙁
Hopefully, with the new site that I put in, which also went all No Delivery on me, goes through!

I am waiting on that beep beep! (the “yay it delivered the insulin” beep)

For now, goodnight. 🙂
3 Mollie

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How-To Insert the Medtronic Minimed Mio Insertion Set!

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t done a “How-To” since my Minimed Continuous Glucose Monitor/Sensor and Sir Pod, Sir Omnipod..but since I ordered some new diabetic pump supplies recently, I wanted to do a how-to blog on the Minimed Mio Insertion Set.

Now, at first I had a little trouble figuring out how to use this new set, since there IS NO EXTRA INSERTER!  I have been using the Medtronic Minimed Quick-Serter and Quick-Set since I started using my pump in 2000. I’m a little scared of change. So going from the blue inserter [and hoping not to ever lose that] and attaching the insertion set to it, definitely was different…The Mio all ready for me to just connect, prime, and insert! I am in LOVE with this set. It’s much easily to travel with…all I need is the Set, Reservoir, a bottle of Insulin, and of course, my Insulin Pump! 

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Onto the how-to Insert the Medtronic Minimed Mio Insertion Set!

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After washing my hands and my new insertion area…
Pull the red tape plastic wrap and remove from around the Mio.  

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While holding the Mio from the bottom, press the three raised dots on each side of the lid, and lift the top off.

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Twist the tubing out, and pull out gently by unwinding the tubing carefully upwards. Make sure the insertion needle set is not loose…that would hurt when you insert the site. I always press the site down after I unwind the tubing.  

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Next, connect the tubing to the filled reservoir.   

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While “rewinding” the pump, I manually prime the insulin through the tubing, then insert the reservoir into the pump, secure tightly, and use the pump to “prime” just a couple units.  

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After priming the insulin pump, remove the adhesive backing paper. 

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Place fingers on the three lined indentations and pull the center of the inserter up until you hear a click. Pull more than you think…After removing the needle guard, place the tubing in the slot on the side of the inserter…see the first picture below.

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It’s time to insert the the site! yay!  Place the inserter over your future new “site.” Press the smooth round indentations that are on both sides of the Mio to insert your set. Push gently on the center after your site is inserted to secure the adhesive.

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Remove the inserter by holding the center of the inserter and pulling it out. 

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Press the sides of the tape to make sure the tape sticks to the skin. 

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