Broken Pumps, Planning for Vacations and Tweet Chats

DC Detox update: Minus my five day trip to visit my bestie in Nashville, I have successfully broken the daily DC habit. I am no longer drinking one every night at home. I will always save DC as a treat that I have when I go out with friends and on vacation (hey I don’t drink alcohol so for now, I am reserving a place for DC in my life – just not an addiction to it!)

Broken Pump: Sunday night after eating a 1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta I grabbed my pump off my hip and robotically pressed the buttons to bolus for my carbs. The screen froze on the enter BG screen. I pressed the buttons repeatedly, waited, pressed, waited pressed. Removed battery, put battery back in…. BUTTON ERROR! Removed and replaced battery a few more times and.. surrendered. Called 1-800- MiniMed.”We are going to have to go ahead and send you a new pump ma’am”, the nice man at MiniMed tells me. “Ok, sounds good!” I reply. Then I head to my supply cupboard and dust off a syringe and whine to my husband that I have to give a needle and do you know how much I hate giving needles!! I’m sure this sounded kind of weird coming from a person who has been getting needles for most of her life. This was at 7:00 pm. My pump arrived at 9:00 pm! That’s pretty amazing service don’t you think? And although it happened at a bad time after eating a bowl of pasta (this is another reason to bolus before eating, but at least I got to enjoy my meal instead of knowing before and perhaps trading it in for a carbless dinner). Also, I had just returned from Nashville the previous Tuesday and am heading to Mexico this Sunday, so really, I am pretty impressed with my old pump’s timing and consideration for my stress level, that it broke at a pretty good time. That being said, I should probably take Medtronic up on the loaner pump offer for my trip to Mexico in case this one does decide to take a swim in the ocean or have a button error. Leading to my next point…

Planning for Vacations: Spontaneity does not really exist when travelling outside of the country with Type 1. However, I do have a pretty good routine set up now and a huge safety net, knowing that MiniMed is worldwide and hopefully could get a pump to me. The CDA also provides a great checklist on their website www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/living/guidelines/travel/. I am also travelling to Mexico with my husband, my mom and my brother’s family (including my 3 yr old neice who is also a T1). So between my travelling drugstore of antibiotics, pain releivers, nausea meds, extra supplies, extra bg monitors, extra batteries and so on, and my sister-in-laws AND my mom being there too. I am positive we will be covered. I am really looking forward to this vacation. It has been an extremely busy year and time with my hubby and family has been a little thinner than I’m used to!

And last but certainly not least: Tweet chats!!! Last night I opened up Twitter to tweet a pic of my 5.5 pre-dinner BG and I stumbled upon the canDOC tweet chat! It was pretty exciting for me because I have always just missed these in the past or been a lurker on other ones. Being that this one was with my fellow Canadian PWDs and it had just started, I thought I’d jump in! It was a very cool experience. The topic was “Stubborness”. Something we can all relate to. The Nigeria DOC and the Great Britain DOC joined in the chat too! Connecting with the DOC from around the world is a very cool feeling!  So after a Sunday evening of higher BG’s due to broken pump syndrome, Monday was an excellent day. I had in range BG’s, a 5.5, I connected with the DOC and to top it all off…. I won the #BGBINGO contest!!!
This is life with Diabetes, one day can be completely awful, and the next can be rainbows and unicorns!! Here’s to many more Rainbows and Unicorns!

Hasta Luego





DC Detox

Today is Day 4 without Diet Coke (DC) in my life. I feel bad mentioning the brand name, because as a diet cola drinker, I defended, praise and bragged about my diet cola of choice. It is the best tasting on the market if you ask me. However, there is just too much information out there today (most of it from my friend Amanda – who has turned into probably the healthiest person I know and will probably live to 200 and my mom who has started the war on aspartame back in the 90’s before it was trendy) about the negative effects of this bevy.

I cannot remember my first drink. It was probably at the hockey arena, where most of my childhood was spent hanging out with the other hockey sisters, or maybe it was at a birthday party when my friend’s mom wanted to make sure I had something to drink too. Either way, it gradually started to creep into my life. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, I guess drinking this brown fizzy liquid from a can was considered healthy. Wow, the power of advertising!

I am pretty sure as an adolescent that I was not addicted to DC. I remember drinking other things too – like Diet Sprite and Diet Gingerale. I guess bottled water hadn’t been invented yet (hard to imagine). I think it was in my twenties that I really became exclusive with DC. It was the perfect mix, the perfect popcorn companion, the perfect end to a busy day at the office, etc etc etc. I don’t want to glorify DC but as a PWD, this was MY treat! In my mid twenties, I decided to cut out alcohol (I just felt that it was not a healthy choice for my overall health and well-being), and soon after that I also quit smoking (which is the worst thing anyone can do for themselves and even more so for a T1.) Yes, I was a little rebellious back in the day. Anyway, my point is, the reason I hung onto to DC for so long is because “It was the only thing I had left.” That was my reason. I loved it. I still do.
Another justification for not ditching DC was “I only drink 1 a day”. Not including weekends.

There has been a lot of media lately around diet drinks and how they prevent weight loss. I work out 3-5 times per week and eat a very healthy diet. So I decided it is time. I have been talking about quitting for a few years now and the list of reasons why I should became longer than my list of reasons to keep drinking it. Here is my list:
1. aspartame is the new smoking (there could be a another list under this reason)
2. prevents weight loss
3. bad for teeth
4. causes water retention
5. bad for skin
6. causes hyperactivity
7. so that my friend Amanda will stop sending me emails about how I am poisoning myself
8. and because anything that I HAVE TO HAVE, and will send my Hubby to the store for an emergency DC run if we run out of, is not good. I do not want anything to have that kind of control over me!

So far it has not been as hard as I thought it would be. I had a headache for the first 2 days but it seems to have passed now. I purchased grapefruit flavoured Perrier, to replace the physical habit and have been enjoying Greens+ everyday (which was an acquired taste). Coincidentally, on Monday I started a free 21 day meditation online and the theme of the course is “Perfect Health”. Day 1’s focus and centering thought was “I commit to living perfect health”. How perfect was that for my second day into my DC free life?

I am sure there are many T1’s in my shoes which is why I wanted to share this post. I hope that one day, when I actually get some fellow PWD followers (not that I don’t love my current fan base – xo ) that I can inspire them to kick the habit too! And a big thank you to my mom and Amanda for encouraging me to say goodbye to DC.