I don't really understand how healthcare works in Canada. Who would be paying for your supplies? Here we all have different types of insurance. I pay 20% of my pump supplies, but because my income is low Animas gives me another 30% of that 20, so it's not a lot. I didn't pay for my pump at all. But again, your thinking that "it's too much for how little insulin I take" is, imho, backwards because the less insulin you take the more you can benefit from a pump and reduce your A1C by more accurate dosing. I'm not sure if your comments about chromium were actually meant for me because I don't even know what that is. I'm a vegetarian and eat fresh unprocessed foods and don't really take any kind of supplements. But YMMV of course; I know people feel very strongly about such things that work for them which is great.
I don't know very much about the Omnipod as I had heard it just isn't as reliable as the tubed pumps and the tubing is something you get used to quickly. I'm on the Ping and there is no "minimum" amount of insulin. The cartridge holds up to 200 units but you can put as little or as much as you want into the cartridge for the 3 or 4 days you keep it, and you can transfer the insulin to a new cartridge if you don't use it up before you need to change your set. Imho the biggest plus of a pump is for people who take very low doses! With the Ping you can reduce or increase your basals by as little as .025 and can give different rates for different times of day which is what our bodies need. For your bolus and your corrections you can also do very small percentages of a unit. If your insulin use is very low it's incredibly hard to bolus exactly for food or correction when you are limited to increments of one unit or at best 1/2 unit syringes. I think it's the opposite of what you are saying, pumps are ideal for people with very low insulin use!
"Stuff"!! How's the weather at your end...hot and muggy here...was going to weed after the brief rain shower we had here yesterday....but the air was very thick....and my back still recuperating from having washed the kitchen floor 3x over on all fours (the old fashion way) the day before, when our middle grandson Riley (2) decided to spit out his juice all over the place. I would have been arrested for what I toyed doing to him! The room that our daughter was in before moving into her own place is now taken up as a storage room for Timothy and Steph (son and d-i-l). (Our son and daughter and theirs were here since mid January since the house they shared burned to the ground. No one was hurt, except for 3 pets that perished. Our daughter has moved into a new apartment, and our son has purchased a house and they are moving out of our place mid July!) The storage unit they have rented is all full!!! They're moving into their own house starting the 19th of this month! The repeat empty nest syndrome lol. It sure will feel odd to have the whole house to ourselves again! Steph (d-i-l) has a bad ear/sinus infection. She went to a walk in clinic yesterday, and was put on meds, including ear drops. Early evening, her ear was bleeding, which is not uncommon with ear infections...but I nevertheless offered to take her to ER, knowing that we'd be there for at least 6 hours...no no no...she didn't want to go. Midnight, as I'm coming out of the washroom to go to bed, she and Timothy are at the kitchen table...seems that now she feels she should take me up on that earlier offer. I said to her, "you realize that we'll be there all night 'till mid morning anyway!" She had gone to the internet, and of course got frightened by the comments and suggested diagnoses of her bleeding ear! (sigh....who listens to me!!) So I said..."call telehealth" (a telephone access here, that helps to give you a heads up about your symptoms). They basically paraphrased my comment to her..."you have been seen, you DO have an ear infection which may bleed, you are on medication for it, you do NOT have cancer nor have you suffered trauma to the head. Call your doctor in the morning if it is still bleeding" Who listens to me!!! So this morning, she called her doctor who will see her at....3pm, and the appointment was later changed to 7pm! Guess the doc doesn't share her concern!! So...life goes on in the Miller household! Sounds SO much like a soap that I should ask you to stay tuned tomorrow...same time same station! How's life at YOUR end?? hugs and best wishes....linda
Thanks for the friend request...as for /why/ I became T1 so late in life, the Dr.'s can't say...they say it can happen at any age and can be a combination of a genetic susceptibility and some environmental trigger, like a virus, etc. But it does look like classic T1 as I was GAD and ICA antibody positive.
Hi Janine, I just now saw your friend request. I haven't been on a lot lately and I am not sure why I didn't get an email with it. I hit accept while reading the message so only saw the beginning about your friends toe.
???? about the comment you added to your friend request about A1C result ...was this related to me ?? I am confused . I have been out of country , so a bit late in responding ; never the less thanks for the add . N
Hi Janine, Thanks for being a friend! Interesting to read about your friend with discolorations in his legs.
I started to develop freckles on my legs just before my diabetes was diagnosed. Now all the dots are joining up.
Typically my doctor and the nurses in my local practice and those in hospital just shrug at it!
Now all the dots are just about joined up. have no idea how I can treat this myself?
Thank you for shining the light!I
Thanks Janina. Ever since I have had to understand how food affects the body it has amazed me how difficult and mysterious weight gain and healthy diet have been made to seem. Animals are carb intolerant by nature. Yet we constantly here how important grains are for them. The whole healthy diet crock is just maddening on both fronts.
...And thanks for the friend add. Hope the snow is departing and warmer temps are arriving in your area. We are snowed under, here. It is because I commented to my wife that I was glad we didn't purchase snow tires for the car this year, because we had very little snow.....EEEP!
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