Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May is almost here.....

And you know what May means, don’t you?  It means Diabetes Blog Week!!

I’ll admit, I’m a little bit behind on things this year.  I’ll also admit it has crossed my mind more than once that perhaps #DBlogWeek has run its course.  But I have had a few questions and seen some interest- so I’m game to give it another go.

Sign ups will open on Tuesday, May 9th.  Yes, they normally open on a Monday, but I have an endocrinologist appointment on Monday, May 8th and that’s just too much stress in one day.  This year we’ll do Diabetes Blog Week for just five days again, May 15 - 19.

I’m still working on finalizing the topics, so if you have suggestions I’d love to hear them.  Please email them to me at

A million thanks for all of the enthusiasm and support for #DBlogWeek over the last seven(!!) years and I’m looking forward to getting year eight underway!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Why Don't You Change it Out?


From the moment I inserted the infusion set, it hurt.  Not a constant throbbing pain, but a soreness that spiked up every time something brushed up against it.

“That site still hurts?” Pete asked.  “Why don’t you change it out?”

I can tell you exactly why I didn’t.  This sore site was working really well.  You know what I mean, that blissfully flat graph on the CGM that can be so difficult to achieve.  There was no way I was wasting a good site just because it hurt when something touched it.

Let’s read that last sentence again.  There was no way I was wasting a good site just because it hurt when something touched it.  The more I think about it, the more I realize how weird the way I think is.  What rational person does not try to relieve something painful?  Why is wasting a site given a higher priority than my own comfort?  Good blood sugars are important, but isn’t being pain free just as important?

Honestly, the answer is no.  I had planned to keep that painful site in until today, when it would be time to change it out.  I did get a bit of a reprieve towards the end of the day yesterday when I started to struggle with unexplained highs that wouldn’t come down.  I decided the painful site was starting to go bad, so I swapped it out 12 hours ahead of schedule.

It’s nice to be back to an infusion site that doesn’t shoot stabs of pain every time it’s touched.  But I can’t help being annoyed with myself because I value a stupid infusion site more than I value my own comfort.