Thursday, March 12, 2015

Aunt Flow

Aunt that is a term that I have not used...well ever. This was a hard post to write, which is probably why it is so short, but I wanted to talk about it because it's something that honestly affects women with diabetes. Whenever it's that time of the month for me, I tend to see drop in my blood sugars. This last month was awful, I woke up three nights in a row with lows in the 40's. I am adamant about checking my numbers before I go to bed because I hate that dreadful late night low. I checked my blood sugars before bed and was in my target range. No insulin needed, I was just able to lay down and go to sleep. and then I woke up to that awful beep, beep, beep, of my Dexcom letting me know that my numbers were low.

I talked with other diabetic women about it, they all mentioned that they usually see high numbers during that time. I looked online and saw that most women tend to have high numbers. Thankfully, as always, the American Diabetes Association helped to put my mind at ease. In their article, they mention that most women tend to see higher numbers because the change in hormone levels. But they also did throw in, that some women (like me) tend to see a sharp drop. Sadly, they did not have details as to why this happens, other than each person is different, but the fact that it helped me not feel even more broken was a win. Like how I am still keeping up with my positivity resolution??

Some suggestions to help you understand how your blood sugars are going to be affected was to keep a diary. I know pretty basic, but it's helpful. They even have apps for it these days. Write down how you're feeling and make notes about what your blood sugars are doing. I am going to start keeping better track of my numbers during that time of the month so that I know what to expect, right now I know that I will struggle with more lows. I guess we will just have to wait and see how next month goes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why Not Pump?

The other day I asked my friend how her brother was handling his diabetes. He was diagnosed with Type 1 about two years ago. She mentioned he was doing fine and how he didn't talk about it much, and I asked my usual follow up of "is he on the pump yet"? She very politely said no and asked me why some people choose not to use a pump if it has all the freedoms and benefits that I talk about. And it hit me. Is that a sensitive question? Should I not be so nosey about it? And why the heck do some people choose not to pump?

I remembered a guest post by Brittany in the early days of my blog. She wrote an awesome piece about giving shots rather than using a pump. To her using shots gave her more freedom. She often thought about her pump and even got anxiety about her pump and all that came with it. I can say there are definitely somethings I agree with. I would love to not have to always carry a bulky piece of machinery with me or not have strangers think it's a pager. There are definitely pros and cons to both.

I kept thinking about it. I love my pump and tell everyone under the moon that they need to have one, without even considering what that looks like to someone else. Financially, the pump sucks, the pump itself is not cheap, and though I can make the argument that's its worth it, I can't help but feel insensitive to people who can barely afford their diabetes supplies. Maybe I shouldn't always be promoting my pump, or maybe I need to think about the people I am talking to and ask them their thoughts on it before my sales person comes out.

Because the comment keeps wracking my brain, I'm curious what others have to say about choosing to use a pump or not use a pump. I want to know the benefits of both sides and the arguments for both sides from other people. I never realized through my almost 10 years of diabetes the pressure of choosing how to treat your disease and I want to learn.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Busy Times

I feel liked I blinked and it was March. It's been a busy season of life, which is good and bad. Good because I'm not bored or laying around and being lazy. Bad because busyness and my diabetes tend to be at odds. Let's see, in the last two months, I have planned two winter camps, started registration for three summer camps, one of my best friends had her first baby, and another best friend moved away (insert sad face here). You could say its been a little hectic...

Thankfully, I thrive in times of busyness. I don't know what it is exactly about being busy that I enjoy, but I like it. I feel like I am able to get things accomplished, I sleep better because I'm exhausted, and last but not least, I don't eat as much because there is little time to breathe let alone eat. The only part that gets to me when I am busy, is the fact that I tend to become a terrible diabetic. I tend to not check my sugars as often as I should. I maybe get 1-2/day instead of my usual 4-6/day. I cross my fingers and sell my soul to my easy bolus button on my pump rather than enter all the information my pump honestly needs. I canceled my quarterly diabetes appointment, didn't ever go get my labs done, and basically pushed everything diabetes aside.

I went back to Dexcom and decided to put diabetes back on the top of my list. I am so excited to see my numbers looking normal again, hopefully I can keep this up with the busyness that's ahead of me...fingers crossed!