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Need a pocket?

30 Jun
Pocksie!

Pocksie!

Ever find yourself needing a pocket for a little hands free carrying of tiny stuff?

Going for a walk with the dog, and want to take your ID (you should always have ID on you. Don’t make me mom-out on you) but no pockets and not so much a fan of the fanny pack? Need a covert little storage area on your person while you play devastatingly beautiful spy for the evening?

These are “Pocksie” and they are available through Amazon.com. You get 6 for $9.99 and they are this fabulous soft, thin, stretchy flannel-y material. There is adhesive on three sides with one side left adhesive-free (that’s the opening)- you stick them to your clothes (on the inside, typically) with the opening facing up, and your clothes become the backing to the pocket and voila! A little hidden pocket for your ID, some business cards…That sort of thing. They are beige, pale beige. I would love to see these in black as well, to blend more with a wider variety of clothing- and to bust up any confusion as to where you stick these (you do not stick them to your skin!).

I test drove these by sticking them to the inside of a fairly thin, soft cotton jersey loose fitting t-shirt (I didn’t want anything close fitting supporting it as this was one of my personal product tests and I wanted fairly clean anecdotal results). I jammed my insulin pump (heavier than most modern cellular phones) in it and went about my day. And it stuck. All day. It stuck really well and I was amazed at the end of the day how well it was still sticking- I had to give it a good pull to get it off (probably not a good match for silk!). I would feel confident wearing these under anything, holding ID, credit card, or a small cell-phone. Of course, your mileage may vary *insert disclaimer here* but I do recommend grabbing a 6-pack of these and keeping them on hand. On the inside of a loose fitting, single layer shirt you could clearly see where my pump was- but with ID and card, it wasn’t so noticeable.  I would probably use these under clothes with a more substantial fabric anyway, so for me that is a non-issue.

I bought them to see if my insulin pump would fit in them. My Animas 2020 was a very tight fit (not easy to get it in or out, but for a formal affair and the perfect outfit, I would be much happier with a little tugging to get the pump out than looking like I am losing my underthings…as was the case when I tried the leg thing- which is great if it fits you well… not so friendly on my curvaceous stems) and from the looks of it a Cozmo would fit well (not necessarily with the Cozmore backing)…

Women who wear insulin pumps are often faced with this dilemma as the choices for carrying their pump when all gussied up are usually- a case with a clip, reenacting the “pencil test” with their pump, or a “leg thing” (like a garter).
While my pump does have an integrated clip and I usually wear pump, tubing, etc fairly exposed (frankly, on most legging or jeans wearing days I just don’t give the aesthetics of this life improving device another thought), there have been moments during workouts or dress up that I have longed for a comfortable, concealed way to carry my pump.

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…

Ping-tastic!

8 Jul

Just wound up on the Animas Corp website to see if I could order my pump supplies using their webstore when I found a lovely little press release about the new One Touch Ping Glucose Management System.

At first glance the Ping looks like the old one touch ultra smart meters… On further reading, it seems to be a combination of insulin pump remote and data management system, when combined with the new EZ Manager MAX software.

I spoke to a rep in the supply ordering dept at Animas this morning and found out that when it is released in Mid-August 2008 it will not be an add on to my existing pump, a 2020 (which was brand new in January 2008)… The One Touch Ping is a complete package and not just a shmancy number crunching meter as I thought or a meter and remote- it is an entire pumping package.

While I would love a continuous glucose dealio with all of my heart and soul, but cannot afford one at this time, I am ecstatic that Animas & OneTouch (same parent corp- Johnson & Johnson) are making data management easier.

I really don’t care about the remote feature.  I do not need remote access to my pump. I am not a concealer, I wear it with pride clipped to my pants.  Some folks have asked if it’s a new model cell phone…Someone asked if it is a satellite phone (it’s a little more chunky and rugged looking than most current cell models)… When I need to use it I unclip it, do what I need to do, and clip it back on…It does help that it has a clip that is attached directly to the back of the pump…Back in my Cozmo and even in my Disetronic H-Tron days I found the various pouches to be helpful but not perfect… And only late in my Cozmo usage did I discover Unique Accessories’ solution which worked beautifully and for me… Also, I’m not quite clear on what sort of screen the PING meter/remote (can we call it a glu-mote?) will have but one of the reasons I chose the Animas 2020 this time around was the clarity of the screen (in color and super bright…it’s like having a little lcd TV on me at all times…OK, without anything that entertaining.)it’s really nice not having to hunt up reading glasses or put my health at risk by doing a squint and guess…

As I have had my 2020 for less than a year the cost of exchanging it (they have a tiered program) is $399. Not a ton of money and for me totally worth it as recording usable data has always been a weak area for me in my diabetes care.   But it’s still $399 so I will wait and see what happens with bald guy’s job and kiddo’s school stuff.

The other cool part of this announcement is that there will also be new EZ Manager MAX software and it will be MAC and PC compatible!  Woohoo!  I do use a Mac but I also have Windows installed just for my diabetes management software. It will be so nice to not have to use Boot Camp anymore…

Anyway, good news all around…

You can read the press release here.

Getting healthy & tasty goodness….

1 Jul

Berries and Ricotta.

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

OK. I finally took the plunge. I am doing a “formal” diet…
Working hard to get my sugars under better control and hopefully lose a few pounds..
The goal isn’t to look better, it is to be better- healthier and have more energy…Prevent some complications…
If I lose a few pounds then hallelujah… Actually, when my sugar is brought under better control I typically gain a ton of weight – not that I haven’t been gaining anyway -things kind of went haywire with my metabolism between the tumor being removed and my meds, it’s just that tighter control usually means I swell up like a blowfish the first few weeks and then once the swelling goes down I “deflate” and am left with a few extra solid pounds.

So…. What am I doing? I’m doing ediets… I’m doing the Glycemic Impact program… So far so good… The first week on it my sugars totally normalized and I was actually able to lower my basal insulin rates (I’m on a pump) a smidgen. While I will never be able to eliminate insulin, as I have type 1 or juvenile diabetes, this makes me happy as it shows that there is palpable, quantitative changes afoot….
For a “juvie” and for my weight I am on a relatively small daily dose of insulin (it’s around 60% of what I should be on for my weight and activity level) but still, changing numbers make me happy…

Anyway…
I wanted something cool and sweet and tasty but I didn’t want to blow the diet and screw up my pretty numbers…

So….
Ricotta and berries!
It’s low fat (preferably non-fat, but I found the one container of non-fat in the county and haven’t found another since! Hopefully other dieters live in more health conscious locales…) Ricotta
Frozen berries (this mix is European field berries I believe…they did have a supermarket brand version but this one comes in a ziploc bag that stands up in the fridge and when comparing amounts I think I paid $0.10 more for this one…I had to rationalize this to hubby as he’s the kind of trying to save a penny and buying stuff that we don’t enjoy and won’t use…)

you put the ricotta in a bowl, add some berries, add a packet or two of splenda (I’m guessing you could try stevia or another sweetener…I am partial to Splenda)…

Take a fork and start smashing away…Actually you might wait a minute or two for the berries to just start to defrost… Then I just jab my fork in there until all of the berries are broken up…It is important to put the ricotta in the bowl with the berries when you do this otherwise the tasty but very staining berries like to slide and jump overboard onto whatever light colored fabric you have within a 2000 square foot vicinity. It’s true. Then fold and mix and eat while it is still cold and a wee bit frozen… Oh the Ricotta should just be fridge temp when you start…

Yum!

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