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Needles

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I have never, in the past 26 years, been so happy to be a Type 1 Diabetic. Earlier today I picked up my injectable methotrexate. I told the pharmacist that I needed syringes and she asked what type. I told her that I hadn’t injected insulin in 15 years but something short and super sharp would be great. She packed up twelve syringes for me and I left. 

Just a few minutes ago, I went to inject methotrexate for the first time (I used it in pill form awhile ago). When I took the cap off the syringe, I couldn’t believe how long the needle was! I figured I was just out of the whole syringe game and went to inject. The needle was so dull and thick that my scar tissued leg wouldn’t let it even pierce my skin. I tried twice. Nothing. 

I sat on my bed, frustrated, and then realized that I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, a neurotic one at that, and always prepared. Of course I have extra syringes, there’s even one in my purse! I searched through the closet and found a few. I quickly drew up the methotrexate and injected- first try, no pain, no issues! 

My syringe on the left, the “super sharp and short one”, given to me by my pharmacist, on the right. 

  

Type 1 Diabetes

Hide and Seek

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One thing (and maybe the only thing) I liked about my Omnipod was that once I stuck it on, I was good to go- I could wear anything I wanted without thinking twice. Sure sometimes the lump was noticeable through fitted clothes but most of the time, no one knew I had it on.

In comes my new Minimed 530G Pump. I love it. I love how consistent my insulin delivery seems to be and that my blood sugar is displayed on the pump as well..no more carrying around a separate Dexcom unit.

Know what else I love? Dresses. With Tights. And sometimes with long sleeves under them (under the dress, not under the tights). And sometimes a sweater over top, especially when my office has the a/c on in November.

What don’t I love? Having to figure out where in the world my pump is going to go. If I wear a belt and a cardigan over top, I can string the tubing through the armhole of the dress and then clip the pump onto the belt. Still a lump but not a big deal. But, what if I don’t want to wear a belt? Or a cardigan? Like today. I ended up having to throw on a sweater and a belt because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out where to put my pump (and I was already running late, shocking).

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If I didn’t have the CGM on the pump, I would easily clip it to my tights under my dress but I’d have to lift up my skirt to look at my blood sugar. Maybe it’s just me but I tend to check that thing all day long and flashing people every 20mins isn’t the best idea.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. At this point, I’m ready to attach the pump to a necklace around my neck. A necklace made of tubing.

Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin Pump Woes

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At the end of September, I realized I was over Omnipod. Walking around with a beeping golf ball stuck to my abdomen for the past 5 years was finally getting old. As much as I really didn’t want to have a tube constantly linking me to my insulin pump, I decided that I’m old enough (33, yikes!) to not care about hiding a pump or answering the inevitable questions that come with it. 
 
MiniMed quickly got approval from my insurance (100%, boom!) and I received the MiniMed Paradigm Revel a week later. 
 
It only took me a few minutes to get started, as the pump settings & insertion were virtually the same as they were 13 years ago when I started on a MiniMed pump. 
 
Within a few days, MiniMed called to say the 530G system was *finally* FDA approved and would be on its way. 
 

This arrived last Thursday: 

 
Sweet, right?! Except for one thing- they made me promise, basically in blood, that I wouldn’t start the system without reading the textbook that came with it and attending an in-person training. I am so anxious to ditch my Dexcom G4 CGM and have everything on one handy device that, shhhh, if they don’t schedule my training in the next few days, I’m putting myself on the 530G system this Saturday.