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Rheumatoid Arthritis Type 1 Diabetes

Vicious Cycle

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Type 1 Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis are enemies battling within my body.  I took my methotrexate injection last night. As expected, today has been rough. Here’s what I’ve accomplished:

  • Slept last night for 10 hours
  • Kids brought me eggs in bed which surprisingly tasted great (because I’m nauseous, not because of their cooking!) and then I took a shower
  • I sat down on my bed, in my robe, and woke up an hour later
  • Got dressed (sweats of course) and went to the store for a few things
  • Came back, slept for another 4 hours
  • I’m trying to stay awake for two hours and maybe have something to eat before going to sleep for the night

My blood sugars don’t like this exhaused state that I’m in. I can’t exercise and have barely moved around. I have 1,855 steps for the day right now and if you follow me on Twitter, you know that’s a really low number for me! Because I haven’t moved or eaten, my blood sugars are high. Common sense would say that if you haven’t eaten, your blood sugar would be low, right? Nope. 

Other days, I have the opposite problem. Having a busy day at work and/or exercising keeps my blood sugars in optimal range. BUT, all of that movement pisses off my Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have a ton of pain during the week. Some of my pain medications tend to raise my blood sugar (in my opinion, the stronger the pain med, the stronger the chance my blood sugar will go up after taking it). If your blood sugar is too high, exercise is a bad idea! 

Oh to have just one of these autoimmune diseases…I’d pick Type 1 Diabetes over Rheumatoid Arthritis every time. How about you?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Type 1 Diabetes

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.