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Best Ever.

24 Nov

Another reason why….

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

And the award for best accessory ever goes to:
Caitlin of Moxie and Oliver!

I fell in love with this koi and sakura pattern from Moxie and Oliver as soon as I saw it on one of the fabulous guitar straps in Caitlin’s shop…
I had to have something…

So, for my birthday present this year, I asked the fabulous Miss Caitlin to conjure up a pouch to hold my Dexcom CGMS… What she made was this gorgeous accessory which is a slightly size modified version of her belt bags. This pouch has a sturdy snapping loop on the back, so I can attach it to a belt loop (I don’t always wear a belt, she does make them so they attach to a belt as well)…. This is much more secure for me as the clip on the case that came with the Dexcom is a slippery little bugger and I was constantly worried about one day hearing that horrible splash or feeling an empty place where the Dexcom should have been perched… Now I need not fear that event, and I can focus on other, happier things (like plotting what else I could order with this pattern… A girl can dream, right?)

The pattern is gorgeous, the quality is superb…The leather is thick and sturdy but it is not heavy….Experience tells me that, like my Poppy purse from Moxie and Oliver, this will break in perfectly….

And, even when wearing just jeans and a t-shirt for a run to the store, I feel a little extra fabulous and I don’t feel like a crazed gadget freak, as I can carry either my cgms or my glucose meter stuff in the pouch, and slip the other ‘betes stuff into pockets… I feel much more human with this fabulous pack adorning my waist, than I do with all of my tubes, buttons, and screens dangling around…

I swear, this gorgeous pouch of fabulousness makes me stand taller and feel fabulous, even on the rougher days. I can’t wait for the day when there is a cure, and I don’t need these gadgets, then I’ll tuck a few dollars and my ID into this baby and hit the town!

Thank you Caitlin! Thanks for rockin’ so hard!

Now go visit Moxie and Oliver for more amazing, handcrafted, leather artistry.

Wondertwinpowersactivate!

11 Sep

Wondertwinpowersactivate!

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Ok. So I’m finally starting to catch up on this end….

I finally received my Dexcom Seven STS (Fedex in Fort Myers was holding it hostage and didn’t bother to notify anyone…Seems the shipper forgot to put our unit #) which, and this is the short version, tests my glucose and gives a result every 5 minutes….

The sensor that samples the interstitial fluid is really tiny, although the applicator scared the crap out of me… I’m not big on the “insertion” devices when it comes to my pump infusion sets (sub-q catheters) as I’m a bit of a control freak- I don’t like my subcutaneous needles to go fast- I can’t handle the anticipation and the build up- I like to put them in slow and mellow…. It hurts less that way, at least for me…

Anyway, I have been wearing this thing for 2 weeks and I’m so surprised that each sensor did stay on (with strategic adhesive reinforcements and glad press and seal during showers to protect the adhesive) for the two sessions and they were not uncomfortable (occasionally the one in my belly felt like it was giving me an electrical zap…annoying, but very intermittent….

I am realizing that there is a huge learning curve for these things… As there was with my pump, which I am relearning right now as well to help get in better control…

The transmitter is manageable – fairly small- like a small disposable lighter. This week I have been wearing it in my arm (way less painful than insulin injection or pump infusion set insertion in the arm…pleasantly surprised…) as having it in my belly last week showed a whole bunch of “noise”…More likely than not the noise was from my purpley lightning bolts of fury (stretch marks from my giant preggo belly when I was carrying the big guy)…So this week I tried the arm…

The receiver is another story- not crazy about it. It’s freaking huge. I rigged a hook to it to hang it from my waistband as it came close to taking a dive a few times, and it is not waterproof. I did order a great little pouch from diabetesmall.com but I’m kind of digging being able to check the screen without opening the velcro flap…Still undecided….
This week the receiver keeps losing contact with the sensor and transmitter and it is making me nuts- a simple thing like having the transmitter in contact with my mattress or the receiver near my laptop seems to disrupt it.… So far I know not to rely on any of the numbers but the dexcom is helpful for following trends and hopefully adjusting my insulin dosages/basal rates, but I’m still testing with finger sticks like a maniac (around 10 times a day lately) and noticing some fairly wide differences in numbers…

The one thing I am really disappointed about, that I may return this and try for the Navigator, is that this doesn’t alert you to potentially dangerous trends (potential lows and highs) but it does alert you when you go above or below a certain point. I knew this going in, but I don’t think I realized how important that feature is in my world… As my hypoglycemia unawareness is pretty lousy and a low leaves me out of commission for up to 24 hours these days, and interstitial fluid readings are around 15-20 minutes behind finger sticks, I would like, at the very least, a higher “low” threshold… The other day I was registering as low at 90 but my fingerstick was 45. For me, that is too late and a little scary (especially in the middle of the night) and made me wonder if one of my reasons (I had a few) for wanting this bulky technology in my life is now invalid…

I mean, trends are going to save my life, but the way I look at it- the warning of lows, in advance, could save my kid’s life and my life and will give me back more time that I am losing from recovering from the highs and lows….

More on my Dexcom Seven experience over the next few weeks…. Still trying to figure it out and make a decision…

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