Black Llama's Blog (46)

Fast times....

Between being sick and 13 hour days at work I feel like I haven't had time to exist in the past two weeks. Bad pod a few days ago gave me some of my worst numbers in a year. I changed my Dex sensor and pod the same day and thought it was the G4 giving off readings. I've learned my lesson though, blame Omni :D So after an entire day struggling to keep under 200, I changed my pod at night, and voila. Next day was back down to 80 - 110 all day. I turn 35 in a few days (joy) so now starts the…

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Added by Black Llama on January 24, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

Is it over yet?

What a week from hell. Not for me, but for everyone else. My son, sick. Went and had his flu shot on Monday and he's been home sick since with a slight fever, coughing and general sick-seven yearoldness. My dad has to go in for an angiogram on Friday and I've been pulling 15 hour days at work. Karate test is Friday night, I think at this point death by Mt. Dew and poptarts sounds like a tasty way to go :D

Added by Black Llama on January 17, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Monday, Monday....

Well, it can't be any worse than Sunday was. At least number wise. I don't know if I rolled on it in my sleep or what, but I kinked the tube on my pod and ended up going to be Saturday night at 110 and waking up about 5 hours later at 320! I haven't that high in a long time and it felt like crap. My G4 I have set on quiet unless it's a low (which I have since changed) and didn't get an alert.

I manually injected, but the entire day yesterday was a struggle to get back into range.…

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Added by Black Llama on January 14, 2013 at 6:15am — 1 Comment

A normal weekend :D

In almost all regards. No funky lows, no bad highs. I spent my entire day Saturday and most of Sunday in range. The only spike on my G4 for the entire weekend was about 2 hours after dinner (pasta) and then it settled back nicely to 85. Small victories, for 2 days this weekend I claim them!

Added by Black Llama on January 7, 2013 at 6:28am — No Comments

G4 with the save

Last night's low was brought to you by over-correction. So I was a little high after a botched pod change, and I dosed myself 2 units in order to bring it down. Went to eat a snack a little later and was going quick (stupidly) and dosed again. Was feeling fine until about 2 hours later when I was playing with my son and my receiver started blaring. I was wearing fuzzy pants with loose pockets, so I must have missed the initial >70 alarm. Needless to say I was a little concerned when I…

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Added by Black Llama on January 4, 2013 at 7:02am — 2 Comments

The good side?

Sensor change on Tuesday this week. My last one made it 17 days before giving some really funky readings. It was still somewhataccurate, but not close enough. Strangely, I had that one placed on the left side of my stomach. The new one is on the right side and has been so much more accurate over the following 2 days. Whereas the left side sensor was always off by at least 10 points, the right side one has been spot on for the most part. So I wonder why my right side likes the G4…

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Added by Black Llama on January 3, 2013 at 7:36am — No Comments

Waiting for a star to fall.

Is the song that's on my horrible 80's playlist right now. I usually don't let my somewhat solitary lifestyle get me down, my 7 year old is generally enough to keep me occupied. However after hanging around with friends today (all of which were couples) made me realize that life does get lonely some days. Dating with the diabetic monkey on my back hasn't been easy and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I feel like something that's only broken on the inside. I look normal to the outside…

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Added by Black Llama on December 29, 2012 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

Twas the ice cream that did him in....

I was doing so well the past few weeks, even with starting the pump of not having any numbers over 210. Dinner last night put a nail in that coffin lol Not sure if I hit an air bubble in my pod or just didn't dose enough. Turkey sandwich (post holiday sandwich, turkey, swiss, stuffing and cranberry sauce) on grilled white bread. I think it was the peanut butter cup sundae for dessert that caused the fatal wound though. My first reading above 300 in probably 6 months. It was quickly squashed…

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Added by Black Llama on December 27, 2012 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

Moo....

Holiday days are always hard for me (well anyone with diabetes really) as it's not so much as eating as we are grazing on food all day. I can bolus for meals, It's a lot hard to bolus for a hand full of crackers, or 2 olives and 3 chips :D Still, between the pump and Dex I was able to avoid any insane highs (I think a 190 after desert was the worst) and stayed in target for at least 80% of the day. Up next new years, new challenges. I hope everyone had an excellent Xmas day!

Added by Black Llama on December 25, 2012 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas!

Santa is all done wrapping and ready for an excited 7 year old to have his mind blown tomorrow morning. I hope that every one of you can find happiness and joy for the season tomorrow.

Added by Black Llama on December 24, 2012 at 9:48pm — 2 Comments

Have to say it was a good day :D

At least D wise. No problems from the Dex, my pod stayed on for Karate all day and I carried an 80 - 130 streak from 9am until about 6pm. I hope everyone is having a happy and healthy Christmas!

Added by Black Llama on December 22, 2012 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Pods... 3 for 1 sale :D

So I'm still getting used to my pod. Slowly things like not banging it into door frames, or having it taken off during a judo take down will hopefully happen less and less. Yesterday I changed pods before work, at the office I was coming out of a room and hugged the corner a little too close. Pod was on the side/back of my arm and.... well I'm sure you see where this went. It stayed on, but was hanging on by threads (thankfully the insertion site was the part that held!). So, I get home, do…

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Added by Black Llama on December 20, 2012 at 5:46am — 1 Comment

Sick child and a screamer in the garbage.

So my son woke up this morning with a "belly ache". We made it to my karate class and he was acting normal. I'm halfway through 50 push ups when I hear *barrrrrrrrrrrrrrf* from the lobby. Hoo boy, he's sleeping right now, but poor little dude has been running a fever all day.

On a personal front the Omni and Dex are working like a dream team, and my numbers (aside from a few learning curveballs) have never been better. I am on week 3 for this sensor and it's still never been more than…

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Added by Black Llama on December 15, 2012 at 7:10pm — No Comments

I really wish it was Friday :D

Work has been crazy, but at least my pod has been working well. I was able to stay in "range" almost all day yesterday. Small victories. I did have a nice flat line from lunch until dinner, and had a similar one the evening before hand. Overnight last night was my best ever with the pod (though being out of 4 total days that's not saying much :D) Went to bed at 140 and woke up at 114 at 7am.

Weirdly it spiked up to 160 after 7. No food, no change in basal. I've never been known for…

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Added by Black Llama on December 13, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

The high's and lows of a new pumper.

So yesterday didn't go smoothly. Last night was rocky as well. I went to bed with a unit or so on board (according to the PDM) and was woken up at 3:15 am by my G4 going off. Reading on the G4 said 55 and going down. So I did a stick test and sure enough 52. Ate 2 glucose tabs and waited. 20 minutes later I was at "low" on both. Though the G4 reading (which it will give you if you hit "enter BG reading" was 32!

I hate to say panic mode kicked in. I drank a glass of OJ and ate 2…

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Added by Black Llama on December 11, 2012 at 7:58am — 1 Comment

Screamers, push-ups and pod day.

Started back on the Omni system today after a failed run 2 weeks ago. New basal program and all. Endo visit was great, and the G4 impressed the heck out of everyone. I was asked to do a finger stick to "train" on the PDM for the Omni Pod. PDM read 117 and when I pulled out the G4.... yup 117.

Anyway, pod went on, and I went to Karate about 6 hours later where my pod immediately fell off. Apparently 100 jumping jacks and 80 push ups (not to mention the planks) were just too much with…

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Added by Black Llama on December 10, 2012 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Pink eye and green ice cream.

No, not the name of my new favorite band. Both things I'm dealing with today. Had to go to the walk in clinic (docs office was closed) and it turns out I have pink eye. Though it's so bad one should really call it OH MY GOD WHAT THE @#$% HAPPENED TO YOUR EYE eye. So, after karate and doctors I was starved and over did it at dinner with mint chocolate chip for desert. So now I'm slowly waiting for the high to correct itself (225 grrr I LOATHE getting anywhere over 180).

Added by Black Llama on December 8, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Lol Dexcom

I'll snap a picture tomorrow when my new phone get's here but my replacement sensors came in the mail this week. It's laughable that 1 replacement sensor comes in the exact same box (size and everything) as 4 sensors. The only difference? the number '1' instead of the number '4' on the box :D

Added by Black Llama on December 6, 2012 at 7:01pm — 1 Comment

Dexcom customer service...

Has been spot on. I'm always one to tout when I receive good care and so far they have been great. I called on a busy (well for me) Saturday morning to report my sensor issues. Halfway through the call, my phone dropped, and being as busy as I was (and the fact that I had a new, working sensor on) I decided to hold off in calling Dex in regard to replacing them.

I called yesterday and they had already shipped 2 new G4 sensors off of my abandoned half call. Tracking shows them coming…

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Added by Black Llama on December 4, 2012 at 7:31am — 3 Comments

Monday Monday....

Back from the Endo, my A1C is down to a 6.2 :D Hopefully in a few months once I'm used to the Omni system I can strive for the 5's. Numbers have been great today, though I need to start working on keeping myself a little higher at bed time.

Being in the 70 to 90 range overnight is acceptable, until your CGM starts going off every 15 minutes because you're crossing your "low" threshold. I don't want to move it too much lower, as it did wake me up once when I really did need a glass of…

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Added by Black Llama on December 3, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

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