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Holidays, Injuries, and Insulin Pump Application Resubmitted

It has been a while since I last posted. Have been a bit busy with work, holidays, and diabetes management so haven’t had much time to blog for a while. Here’s a brief summary of what I have been up to since my last post:

1) Insulin Regimen Adjustment-For a while, my blood sugars were a little bit wonky so I worked with my doctors to figure out what needed adjusting in my insulin regimen. A few tweaks in basal and an adjustment in my morning bolus (due to dawn phenomenon that started showing up) have seemed to do the trick for now and overall I’m doing ok now.

2) Exercise Injury- Unfortunately, I managed to injure myself when I decided to take up spinning a couple of weeks ago to try switching up my work out for a bit as I was getting a bit bored of my usual exercise routines. I guess I must have done too much too soon and developed awful pain on my left foot. It was bad enough that even walking was painful and there was a bit of redness and swelling on the upper left portion of my foot. I went to the doc and they said nothing was broken (thankfully). It seems to be an injury to the tendons and should heal up in a bit. I am a slow healer though so I know it will probably take a bit longer to recover. Therefore, my workouts have been focused on strength training and no bounce recovery cardio. I ice my foot every day after a workout and after walking to keep the inflammation down. Can’t wait to be able to get back to working out like I want to. Really miss doing HIIT workout sessions.

3) I survived my first Thanksgiving on Insulin-Thanksgiving went pretty well this year. My husband and I stayed home and made a couple of diabetes friendly veggie dishes for me to enjoy. Our “mashed potatoes” substitute was a pureed cauliflower dish with spices and cheese. We also made a sautéed veggie medley with onion, parsnips, carrots, and different herbs and spices. Of course, we also had some delicious turkey (with a bit of gravy). I really enjoyed out meal and look forward to making a variant of these dishes to enjoy during the Christmas holiday.

4) Omnipod Application Resubmitted-This past week, I resubmitted my application for an Omnipod insulin pump. The first time it was denied because my insurance company required six months on injections and because my A1C was below 7. Well, my six months on injections are now up so I re-submitted the application. I hope they don’t complain about my last A1C being 5.8. When I submitted an appeal last time, they told me that I should apply again once my six months on injections were up so I am hoping it gets approved this time with no complaints about my A1C being too good.

We shall see what happens with the Omnipod. I am a bit scared of starting on it though and having everything about my diabetes management routine change yet again. It seems most people do well with the transition to a pump, but I have read of some people having many highs and lows while they try to figure out pump settings and having it take a while to get those basals, I:C ratios, and correction factors for different times of day dialed in properly. I am also scared of pump failures because I feel so awful when my blood sugars are off. I am hoping that being patient and persisting will pay off though and that it will help make my diabetes management much easier and less stressful. Hoping for a good outcome from all of this. We’ll see what happens….

During my Thanksgiving holiday, I made these little Christmas owl ornaments for my diabetes educator nurse that is retiring. I will miss her a lot. She did hook me up with one of the other nurses that has type 1 though so I think it will be helpful to work with someone that has personal experience with the disease itself and “gets it”.




Hi all! This blog is a space to share my journey and day-to-day experiences with managing diabetes. Please note, I am not a doctor or nutritionist, just a patient that lives with the condition.

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