What’s New Monday No. 4

1. One thing that’s new is my new (replacement) BLUE Animas Ping pump.

I had been on the fence about whether to wait to upgrade in December or just get the broken, cracked green one I had replaced. After a lot of talking with Erik, I decided to get it replaced. I was told I would have to get a green one because they can’t replace and swap them out with a different color (I asked if I could get a pink replacement), and I was perfectly fine with that. I mean, my blog colors are blue, green, and purple, so pink would just be out of “range” anyways. Well, when the replacement Ping came, I opened the box and actually gasped. Then I laughed. I couldn’t believe it. I had been sent a blue one by accident… and what’s so cool about it is that I got it on November 1st! The FIRST day of National Diabetes Awareness Month! So far, I am back in love with the Ping. Not because it’s blue, but I really do think something was freaky wrong with my other one. I don’t have problems with the buttons like I did with the green one. I probably should have had it replaced way before, but I didn’t know they were as un-responsive as they were until I got this blue one. Oh, and I’ve chosen to name this one. My cousin actually nicknamed me “Blue Fireball” (long story) before I got it, so I’m passing on the nickname to it.

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2. Even though I love the Contour Next USB Link meter, it doesn’t upload into Diasend. So, I’ll be switching back to the Verio meter. It’s not the best, but it’s better than my other meters. I’m very much a “data-driven” diabetic, and I do not like having multiple places to upload all of my equipment. I’m not going to upload my pump one place, my meter another place, and my CGM another. If I can at least keep my pump and meter combined into one place, I’m good.

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3. Scott from PumpPeelz, the OmniPod skin maker, messaged me and asked if I would spread the word about their new product. They have teamed up with Team Type 1 to make an awesome design for a OmniPod Pump Peelz with the TT1 logo on it. Sales from it will help benefit Camp Kudzu, a camp to help “educate, empower, and inspire children living with diabetes”. I’m very much a diabetes camp fan, and I know how it is to need to raise the funds to keep these types of things going for the kids. The years I had gone, I was able to go via “scholarship”, and was SO very thankful to have that opportunity. Camp is something that I believe every single child with diabetes should be able to experience, so any cause that helps a diabetes camp out, I’m all for. If you use the OmniPod, please consider getting one of these “skins”. They’re cool, durable, and helps an awesome cause.

Photo courtesy of Scott from PumpPeelz

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 4. Oh, and JUST in case you missed it, there’s a National Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-A-Day challenge on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. I wrote about it Friday, as well as many others, and it’s a BIG hit. If you’re not a part of it, JOIN IN THE FUN! You’ll be glad you did. If you need the prompts again, here they are:

 You just take a picture in Instagram, tag it with the day’s topic and #ndamphotoaday and share it! That’s it! Come on… you know ya want to! Wanna see what others have posted? Look at the feed here.

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5. Even though I love my blue Ping, I’m still going to move forward with getting the t:slim. I’ll keep it as a backup, and all of my other pumps (except for the Revel) are going to be traded in. The Revel is being packed up in a special box and when my cousin needs it, it’s all hers. I will pay to have the warranty transferred at that time, but I just don’t see the point of having a bazillion pumps in my possession for “backup”s. I know she will take care of it too. My decision to do chose the Revel was because I know the sets for the Ping will interchange with the t:slim, and I’ll only have to hold on to a couple of boxes of reservoirs for it, not a whole enchilada of supplies for the Revel. I don’t want to have happen with the Revel that I did with my old Spirit pump – I went through my stuff a couple of weeks ago and found BOOKOODLES of reservoirs and sets that are now expired. And, call me crazy, but my numbers have done better on the Ping. I have YET to figure that one out.

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That’s about it. I hope you all have a great week. Happy voting tomorrow!

Abby Cadabby Returns

Abby Cadabby returns.

After a week or so on the Animas Ping and the month on the OmniPod, I have decided to go back on my Minimed pump.

Why?

The Omnipod didn’t work because I need a longer cannula length.

The Ping.. well, I used it without the remote after a few days. The remote is nice at times, but it was irritating at times too. By the end of it, I was just bleeeeh about the Ping. It’s okay, and a very stable, good pump. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it.

So why the switch?

Connectivity.

Ease of use when it comes to technology is very important to me, and this system has the easiest (in my opinion).

It came time to upload my pump and meter and the software, for me, is a pain in the buttocks. I still like the fact that everything can be logged into the Revel so that all you have to do is upload it via the USB device and there’s your whole complete logbook.

I’m still not quite concrete about the decision yet. But I do feel better about having weeded out the OmniPod option. Now it just comes down to the Revel and Ping and whether remote bolusing means more than easier upload of data.

The Right Stuff

I don’t know why this seems to be a “revelation” to me this week, but it has been. Blame it on the fact that I realize now that the reason why I’ve never been able to let my hair just “air dry” is because it’s wavy – I just have to put a little effort into it. But that effort is null without the right product. So, I’m on the hunt to find out the right product to emphasize and bring out that natural wavy goodness.

Cheezin

 

What does that have to do with diabetes? Everything.

We all know that diabetes is different for everyone (YDMV {Your Diabetes May Vary}), but everyone’s treatment is also different. It’s not a one-size-fits-all disease. Not everyone needs or wants to use an insulin pump, and not everyone wants to use shots all their life either. And those who do use pumps, there are many many many different brands. Where you might like an Animas Ping Pump, others might prefer their Minimed Revel {raises hand!}, or you might want to go “wireless” all together.

Some prefer not to have a CGM (why, I’ll never know), while others practically fight tooth, nail, arm, leg, and foot to have one. Some go with the “egg“, others either integrated into their pump or separate if on injections.

Some pull out measuring cups, spoons, weight scales and all manner of measuring devices for each meal to get spot on carb counts. {During pregnancy, I was one of these people. Anal, yes, but hey, it worked for me!} While others are fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants SWAG {scientific wild a~~ guess} champions who eyeball foods based on carbs known in portion sizes… mostly relative to sizes of fists, palms, and thumbs.

All in all, you have to make your diabetes work for you. You also have to use the tools that work best for you. What works for someone else may not be what works the best for you. Research the options to their fullest extent. Ask yourself, “Will this really benefit me? Is this something I can keep up with long-term or is it just a “oooo, pretty!” decision?” And most importantly, keep in mind that the technology we have is pretty darn awesome, but it’s not perfect.

Now, off to research hair products.