(hmmm.  couldn't recall how to add a comment to the ongoing comment pile,  SO am 'adding a discussion.'  Duh.)

I wanna go to the DesMoines TCOYD.  But.   Mom (95) is fragile and failing pretty fast --  so my future is not calendarable, let alone today.  Nor can I offer rides  as a result of not knowing when I need zoom up to NDak  for the funeral.   ALL  is in a suspension mode.

I'll be there if I can, fellow IowaDiabs.  I need to go, get motivated,  and have a change of pace from the care-giver/ death-watch (dear old Mom;  I'm not dissing her,  but that's what it feels like here)  and move into the care-for-self-again/ Life-watch emphasis,   soon.  

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1.) Anybody amongst us use one of those strap-on wrist things which sends out an alarm if/ when BG drops too fast? I have next to zero warning before a BG of e.g., 40. (only my vision clouds up with white splotches and I know trouble is soon to hit, I have grand mal seizure with a low-low, now pretty well controlled with anti-seize med.) So the wrist-'watcher' sounds appealing -- even tantalizing!. Wondering what your user feedback might be, if tried it. The 42 yrs of Type 1 has fried lots of my earlier warning system.
2.) I'm also beginning to think about investing in a combo/ little CGM-pump. I haven't used a pump since my last pregnancy (24 yrs ago!!!) and I had mucho mechanical probs with that... But I'll bet the devices have been improved A LOT since then. Time for me to take the plunge again.
This is one reason I wanna go to TCOYD -- to check out the vendors' displays of new mechy-techy stuff.
May I ask what the TCOYD is? My mom is going to join this group this weekend, I have been searching our new connections for her ever since she went low/ER last weekend. It was a wake up call to her to re-connect with others, to embrace instead of table her type 1. She has noticed that her body indicators she used to have that she was going low...are not as apparent, and the last two times she realized it, she wasn't able to help herself and ended up unconscious.

We are in Ames, do you know any other women in Ames with type 1? We may start our own group!

Thanks so much,
Sara
Hi, SaraMaria. TCOYD ("Take Control of Your Diabetes') sounds like a good idea for your Mom, and you too as it also educates and bolsters up families/ support folk. I attended their one-day event in Des Moines >> a good day spent. I'm glad she's waking up to Type I realities and I speak not judgementally but outta long experience. I'd denied myself good health for so many years due to 'tabling' it, as you worded it. After 43 yrs of type one I'm finally getting better AND getting better about being good to myself. I solidly recommend she work with a certified Diabetes Educator for a handful of sessions - and kinda Start from Scratch. It's the old habits and sense of self, and traditions and self-defeating down-whirls that get in the way for me -- for her too? I don't know of folk in Ames with Type I but there's gotta be LOTS. Try group here on this site "Iowans with Diabetes" -- on my comp it's here in right margin > >
I'm in 2 wks starting on a Dex-com CGM with its alarms because I have NO warnings pre-Lows, except for some wifty white 'clouds' [bless them! good indicators] in my vision very shortly before big problems (grand mals.) The CGM will help me See my up-down trends in the day and avoid those E.R. times.
Ya think at age 55 I might finally grow up and befriend my diabetes, and myself?
Good luck and health, all. -- MAPP
Sorry to hear about your mom. Being a caregiver is a stressful role. My thoughts are with you and your mom during this time.

PS: Wrist things not accurate. So far, cgms best device to help show low trends. And often, insurance companies more likely to OK coverage if you are hypoglycemic unaware.

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