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[IP] Hip Sites, Anniversaries, and Middle Age :-)
I come quietly out of lurkdom to say a few things.
This is my 5 year anniversary with diabetes and coming up on one year
anniversary with the pump. I am Type II, and treated my diabetes successfully
with oral meds, diet and exercise for a few years. But my pancreas gave up
the ghost about a year ago, sending my A1C to a 10!!!!!!!! With the pump,
(Animas) my A1C came slowly down, with the last being 7.0! Best I ever had.
(Yes, Michael, I filled out an information form on the site.) Really pushing
for 6.5 in January. Wish me luck. I eat a low carb diet, with all of my
carbs coming from vegetables as much as possible and some tart fruit, like
small green apples and berries. I have stopped eating pasta, bread, potatoes,
and other high glycemic foods. I realize I can bolus for these foods, but I
have a problem calculating for them. I have to take my insulin resistance
into account, and my insulin resistance varies, so it seems easier to just
eliminate them. I exercise on a spinning bike, and I walk and I lift free
weights. I guess my better A1C confirms this strategy. But again, if any
other insulin resistant folks could chime in, I'd be grateful.
I have decided to give my poor tummy a rest and have used a hip site for the
first time. It was easy, and almost painless insertion. I seem to be doing
fine with absorbtion. I'm sure that this is a YMMV thing, but if anybody has
an experiences with sites in the hip area, I am open to your wisdom.
As I push inexorably towards 50, (I will be 47 on Sunday) it seems to me that
I am reevaluating many things, which I guess is part of what middle age is all
about. My reevaluation appears to be centered on how stress affects my
sugars (high) and how I would like to enjoy my life, however long it may be.
I guess this is nothing new to many of you, but both of my parents died before
age 70, and that is sobering indeed. Despite the fact that I have a learning
disabled teen in her sophmore year in highschool, and other stress factors in
my life, I guess things could be a lot worse. I would like to enjoy my life
whatever may be left of it. My family needs me, and so I have worked very
hard to control this disease and to be responsible. But I think I need a
three week vacation in the Caribean! Who doesn't! ;-). Whenever I take a
"stress management" course, what occurs to me is how stressful it is to
realize that I have to control my stress. :-)
Anyway, that's the state of this humble pumper.
Thanks for listening. Dona Nobis Pacem.
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