This year has been crazy. So many ups and downs and changes, in many ways culminating in this summer. This year I've changed jobs, been diagnosed with a major chronic disease, gained another severe food allergy, lost my best friend, had some amazing summer experiences, and graduated with a Master of Arts. In some ways things are the same, in other ways it feels like this year has been a lifetime! And things are not going to be slowing down, at least in the health area. My next major goal (since I'm not so focused on school now) is to get my health under better control. Oh and the weird skin rashes I have are still there despite antifungal cream, steroid cream, and antifungal pills. So I think a dermatologist will have to figure out what that is (I'm betting autoimmune issue of some kind ...).

I e-mailed Animas to ask about the Dexcom a few weeks ago and never heard back from them. I e-mailed my insurance about coverage for the Dexcom last week and, even though it says I'd hear back in 24 hours, I didn't hear anything. So next week I need to sort that out and figure out how much money I have to save up. I was hoping to start the Dexcom this summer, but things have changed so there is no way I'll be able to get a Dexcom this year. Maybe as a new year's present!

I am seeing my endocrinologist in two weeks. I have NO idea what my A1c will be, except that I don't think it will have gone down. My control has not been terrible for me, but it hasn't been great. I recently switched from my OneTouch Ping meter to the Contour Next meter and I notice that it gives me readings quite a bit higher than my OneTouch meter does, especially at higher ranges (it's pretty close when normal or low). I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, but it does mean that according to the new meter I've been running higher than I was. Maybe it will mean that it will catch highs that my old meter would have missed, but on the other hand I've had times I've felt low where this meter has said I'm in the high 3s and not really low. So we'll see how I like it over time.

In other news, my pharmacy unexpectedly called yesterday and said that my allergy shots were ready to be picked up. I had thought they were just going to check and see if they were covered, and then I'd fill the prescription in a few weeks. It turns out they are covered, so that's not a problem. I'm getting them done at a walk-in clinic near my apartment so that I can get there on evenings and weekends. For the shots I have to go twice a week for the first six weeks, then once a week for four months, and then every two to four weeks for years.

I am super nervous. The idea of being injected with things I'm allergic to is really nerve-wracking for me. The shots I'm getting contain about half of the stuff I'm allergic to. So while they will help desensitize me birch, alder, grass, one type of dust mite, and dogs, I will still be fully allergic to the other type of dust mite, weeds, cats, horses, some other plants, and of course food since shots can't be done for food. Here's hoping the shots help my body to calm down overall and also that I don't have any severe reactions to the shots!

Aside from all that, over the past few days I have just been sleeping and reading (I officially submitted everything and my graduate program ended on August 27th). Next up once I've recovered (heh): getting healthy, especially with getting diabetes and allergies under better control, will be my big focus over the rest of this year.

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Comment by Judith in Portland on August 31, 2014 at 9:20pm

Forward Ho!...Brava, my friend. I'm with you in the ridiculous last year boat....

Comment by Jen on August 31, 2014 at 9:44pm

Well, half a year for me. Although it's been a mix of good stuff and bad stuff, so sort of balances itself out ... I wouldn't think of this as a bad year, thinking back. Hopefully the last half-ish of the year is more smooth sailing for both of us!

Comment by Tim on September 1, 2014 at 8:16pm

I with you. I have had very rough year myself. In a way, my bad year started last November. The company I work for decided to do some cut backs. They closed the department I worked in for the last 15 years. The same week we come to find out the company was closing the studio, a very close associated that worked with us on our productions was killed in a car accident. I was offered another position in the company as a service tech.
First part of January, I had to have a root canal. Three days later, while on the job I hurt my back. I was placed on light duty for little over a month. Worked for a little over month when my diabetes took a turn for the worse. The doctor I was seeing threw me under the bus, thinking I was a hypochondriac. Had to take medical leave from work because of what this doctor did to me. I wasn't allowed to drive because the neurologist he sent me to misdiagnosed me of having episodes of mental unawareness. I mention this on another thread here on tudiabetes. Anyway I am still having medical problems and running out of time on my medical leave. I can only hope for the best!

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