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Wondering about the OmniPod? Info Session on June 3rd

Have you seen that small egg-shaped “pod” that works similar to the pump?  OmniPod is holding a session right here in Cincinnati.  It’s this Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the Tri-Health Fitness and Health Pavilion in Blue Ash.   The OmniPod looks like an interesting alternative to the pump, minus the tubing.  And, for some folks, that’s a huge plus.  I’ve been curious about it since seeing it in the vendor area at a diabetes event a few months back.  

The OmniPod uses the monitor to set and release the insulin (as I understand it), rather than having a separate insulin pump.  So, the OmniPod attaches directly to your body and then you just carry the meter to inject whatever amount of insulin you need and make adjustments to settings.  Just a different take on insulin delivery — something worth exploring further. 

I’m going to try to make this session this week at the Tri-Health Pavilion, at 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH (just off  I-71 at the Pfeiffer Rd exit).  It runs from 6pm to 8pm.  You just need to RSVP to Cherie Jorgensen at 614-595-0990.  Or, you can learn more online about it at www.myomnipod.com.  I hope to see you there.  Plus, I’m interested in any feedback others who already use it, or who attend this session have on the OmniPod concept.

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As the summer temperatures rise, people diagnosed with diabetes should be aware of the proper precautions to taking care of themselves and their medicine.

Results in a new study, conducted by Adrienne Nassar, MD, third-year medical resident at Mayo Clinic, Arizona, show that people do protect themselves from the heat such as drinking more fluids, applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, avoiding the heat by staying indoors, and being aware of the weather and rising temperatures.

While these precautions are important, 36% of patients leave medications or supplies at home when going out in the heat, despite knowing that they should protect their diabetes medications and glucose-testing supplies from heat exposure.”

The Mayo Clinic in Arizona has conducted research that shows that people with diabetes are more likely to be hospitalized, experience dehydration, and even death due to the heat. Nassar states, there needs to be more patient and public education about the effects of heat and diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800 communities. To learn more about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org or call 1-888-DIABETES.

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What are the Current & Latest Advances in Diabetes?

What are the Current & Latest Advances in Diabetes? July 7, 2010

Posted by amdiabetessatx in Uncategorized.
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: DGD Clinic Waiting Room
                        5107 Medical Drive
                       San Antonio, TX 78229
Come hear health professionals talk about the hottest news in diabetes!

–Pedro Rivas, M.D. Board Certified Cardiologist
Heart disease in diabetics

–Wayne Kostroun, R.D., C.D.E.
Weight loss and carb counting

–Tina Copple, R.N., C.N.P.
Glucose monitoring

–Sherwyn Schwartz, M.D. Board Certified Endocrinologist
2010 Research highlights

-Q&A after each lecture; light refreshments will be served

***Seating is LIMITED! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To pre-register, you MUST call (210) 615-5504

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Spicy Shrimp Salad and My New Meter

I recently stumbled across a low-maintenance recipe and all I can say is, “why didn’t I think of that?” So delicious, and so simple. I made it even simpler by modifying it a little bit to serve what was in my kitchen. I do this a lot – I look at an online recipe, decide what the key ingredients are, then tweak to my purposes or to match what I already have lying around. So, without further ado, a link to the original recipe.
I bought a bag of frozen shrimp at Trader Joe’s, and added their “hot” fresh salsa rather than worry about chopping up garlic, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro – otherwise it’s basically the same. Super simple, and a great, colorful summer salad. Warning – it gets really spicy with the jalapeno, so you can always tone it down by ditching that.

Geek Alert – I ended up getting a great deal on the new Bayer Contour USB meter. It’s like having an iPod meter – I love it that you can just plug it into your computer with no cord at all, and it makes fancy charts and graphs. Plus a color screen and re-chargeable battery? So great. Maybe others are more ahead of the times than I am, but this is really floating my boat this week.

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Data and what to make of it

I just downloaded data from my Dexcom and have been taking a look at it.  There’s so much data and so many different ways of looking at it; it’s hard to tell what to make of it.  There are a few items I like to focus on:

Modal Day screen

  • average blood sugar for the month
  • average blood sugar for the past 3 months
  • standard deviation

Glucose Distribution screen

  • % in range for the month
  • % in range for the past 3 months

Success Report screen

  • compare data montly
  • compare data quarterly

The average will tell me about what my A1c will be.  I use this chart and I have found that comparing my Dexcom average to this chart is very close to my actual A1c.

The standard deviation will tell me if I am doing too much of a rollercoaster.  Lower is better.  I will confess, mine is not as low as I would like, so I know that I need to level it out.

% in range is very important to me.  Knowing that I am in range 75% of the time is greatly empowering.  Knowing that I am 95% in range upon waking is even more empowering.  Of course, knowing I am only 50ish% in range after lunch tells me that I need to work on that area.

Comparing the data from month to month is great for trends.  I can see that my average in October was less that what it was in September, which is great.  I can also see that my average for the last quarter is lower than the previous quarter, so I imagine that my A1c will be lower as well.

Using the Dexcom software can be a little overwhelming (there’s so much more data available than I even mentioned), but if I focus on these few things, I feel like I have a pretty good handle on my diabetes control.

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Getting used to Bumposaurus

I was brushing my teeth earlier, formulating my next blog post in my head, thinking about how awesome the Ping is and how being tubed hasn’t bothered me one bit.

Then I went to pee (sorry, TMI) and nearly yanked out my new site. Yikes!

Okay, so maybe there are a few things I still need to get used to. Usually my pump is tucked away in between my girls, and I never pull it out during the day to bolus (thank you, handy dandy meter remote). At night though, when I’m wearing my pajamas, the pump is clipped to my shorts. And sometimes I don’t remember it’s there.

Aside from the random yanking of tubing, I’m thankfully short enough that doorknobs don’t notice the tubing. (Side note: I had a site change today and I ripped off the old site, just to see how it would feel. Ouch.)

So far, so good. My bg’s have been completely awesome lately, ranging from 69 to 156. I’m trying out the angled and straight sets to see which one I like best, and also which ones work on different parts of my body. I learned the hard way that a site change requires multiple packages…I’ve been spoiled with the all-in-one packaging of the OmniPod and never had to worry about making sure I had infusion sets, tubing, and oh yeah, CARTRIDGES. I’m learning how to use the ezManager software and how amusing it is to hear La Cucaracha for my alerts.

We’ll see where this journey goes, but so far I’m loving the ride. :)

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