Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Is "rage basaling" a thing?

If it isn't, it should be - I think I just did it.

L hit a year of age last weekend and, for me, that means I'm finally done with breastfeeding. (Well, the last few months has been more exclusive pumping, but at the end of the day my body is none the wiser). My goal was a full year of breastmilk for her, and I achieved that.

I have mixed feelings about it, of course - it's been a HUGE commitment. It was a lot of time and mental energy, not to stress. I'm glad I did it, but I'm also rather glad it's done. (Even though I'm also a little sad. It's complicated!) But. Last month, when I saw my endo, she told me to be ready for some major changes once I stopped breastfeeding - the hormones that keep that whole system going are known for lowering blood sugar levels.

Well, I'd never been one of those ladies who went low every time she nursed. I never needed a snack when I sat down with the pump. On the whole, my blood sugars were pretty stable and my basal levels were actually a little higher than they were pre-pregnancy. I figured "Oh, maybe I'm not sensitive" since I wasn't struggling with lows, so perhaps I'm just not having that issue - I wasn't really worry about any sort of jump.

Holy crap was I wrong.

I've been weaning for nearly two weeks, and I think the full effects can finally be seen. I haven't been below 120 in days, and I think 120 is my new 60. My post-commute bump - usually a nice 115-125 - is up to 201 today. My salad dinner last night had me orbiting around 300 and fighting to get it down to a mere 160 by 4 hours later. I bolus and bolus and bolus and nothing budges.

I looked for a pattern, a time of day where I'm higher, and all I could see was an all-around hyperglycemia. Solution? Rage basaling. I just upped every single basal rate I have on my pump. Not by a ton, but enough (I hope!) to bring things down to a point where I can see some actual steps to take to fix this new post-breastfeeding reality.

YDMV, indeed.

Monday, July 30, 2012

VerioIQ - still being a pain in the ass

My VerioIQ - the NEW one, that came with NEW strips - is still pulling that "Oh, your blood is control solution" bullshit.

How am I the only one that's had problems with this?! So. Effing. Aggravating.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

One year

A year ago today, my little girl was born. Months and months of waiting and worrying and she had finally arrived. And now a whole year has passed. A year! I was pregnant for 437 long, dragging years (blech), but the past 365 days have gone by in a blink.

Having her in our lives has been everything I'd thought it would be, but to the jillionth degree. So much fun! So many different adventures! So much adorable babyness! I'm so in love with my little elfin girl that I don't even care about the sleep deprivation. (Hoo boy, is there sleep deprivation.) Watching her grow and learn and change, seeing her personality develop, knowing that there's still so much to come - this is a wild ride, and I'm loving every minute of it.

Happy birthday, my little pixie. I'm glad you're mine.

I'm one today!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

VerioIQ: First impressions

I'd been keeping notes about my impressions of the VerioIQ meter, planning on posting a mini-review after the first week of usage was done. Alas, I think this post is going to be a little less of a cheerleading party than I'd thought it was going to be. You see, I'm on hold right now with LifeScan's customer service because of this:

Note how it says "control solution" below each of the results? The funny thing is I don't own any VerioIQ control solution yet. As I've been doing since I received the meter last week, I inserted the strip, lanced my finger, applied my blood...and yet the meter thought it was control solution. Upon retesting, it read the blood correctly, but c'mon. The meter is practically brand new - should I be experiencing this kind of issue already?

**** Note: I'm at 15:20 for holding. ****

Other than this current malfunction, which started at 4:59 this morning, I've been in love with this meter. (My poor crushed heart is so sad to think my love was for naught!)

*  I've been impressed with the numbers. Usually, when my meter and my Dexcom disagree, when I retest to see who's right the second result generally declares Dex the winner. But this time? If I get a result that doesn't line up, I retest and the second test is almost identical to the first one. I have been astounded every time it happens. I mean, it SHOULD line up like that, but in my experience it doesn't. So yay for consistency! Accuracy is another matter altogether, of course.

**** Note: I was switched to holding for a VerioIQ rep. I'm at 20:27 now. ****

*  Holy crap is it SO MUCH EASIER to do a blood sugar in the dark! When I get up for L's middle of the night feeding, I hate turning on lights/waking her up any more than I need to - this week, for the first time ever, I was able to do a test without turning on a light. Or, y'know, using the glow of my meter or Dexcom, or a particularly bright part during a movie, or the open refrigerator door, or a candle on a bar or restaurant table, or any of the other weird ways I've tried to shed some light on my meter.

* I love love LOVE the white strips. When they suck up a drop of blood, I can actually see contrast between the blood and the strip! Not so with my old black One Touch strips.

**** Update: Samuel is very nice. However, he has told me that this is "a very unusual issue," so he's going to have to go speak with his supervisor. Yeah, Samuel, I know it's weird. This is why I'm I've called customer service. I've never seen something like this in 18 years! And no Samuel, dear. This is not a matter of not washing my hands. Nor is it a matter of expired test strips. Currently at 26:59. ****

* I don't know why, but I am - again, for the first time ever - using the lancing device. I tried it because, in Think Like a Pancreas, Gary Scheiner basically says manual lancing is just about the worst idea ever. I've been doing precisely that since I was fifteen without too much problem, but if I'm gonna go another 18 years with the D, perhaps I'd better listen to the professionals. I don't know if it's that the Delica is more awesome than other lancing devices OR I just haven't bothered to find one I like since I was fine with the manual method, but I've been using the device without complaint since I got the new meter. I still have to curl my toes and brace myself like I'm doing a infusion set or Dexcom sensor change, of course, but I'm doing it and that's all I care about.


Well, that's the end of it. Those are my big first impressions. I love the meter, and yet... LifeScan is sending me a replacement meter and vial of test strips. I am a bit conflicted about this. I'd been SO excited about the new machine, SO excited at the possibility of having new gear that was better than what I was already using. Now? Now I'm less able to trust the technology. Such a weirdo malfunction in the very first week of usage? How can I completely rely on something like that? We PWDs rely so heavily on technology - our meters, our pumps, our CGMs - but technology is so very, very far from perfection.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My first result!!

I came home to my brand-new VerioIQ this evening. I was thrilled to break it out for my pre-dinner BG check:

And I even used the lancing device like a big girl!

I have a feeling dialing in my BGs is gonna get really old really quick.

Eeeeeek! It's coming!

1.  My new meter is on its way to me. I. Cannot. Wait.

2.  I've been using the BD Ultra-Fine 33G lancets for roughly 413 years. My brain is currently melting at the thought of using something that looks different even though it's the same thing. Why did you send me these foreign Agamatrix lancets, Edgepark?! Are you trying to mess with my head?

Anyway. Yay new meter!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Ignorance is bliss

On the fast-acting insulin side, Halozyme had a number of encouraging presentations. The company is attempting to produce faster-acting insulin by adding an enzyme (PH20) that would temporarily degrade connective tissue in the skin, allowing insulin to be absorbed more quickly.*
I think if I'd be horrified if I found out how all my gear and meds actually worked.

* Quotation from the latest issue - #44 - of diaTribe's newsletter. Get it here!