Which Pump to Pump?

Recently I have had pumps on my mind. And not women’s shoes; insulin pumps. My slightly disappointing experience with the Endocrinologist really sparked my interest for these. The doctor gave me a few pamphlets on different type of pumps, except the one I have been looking at. I think a pump would be something I would be willing to try out and I could see myself enjoying the change in lifestyle it brings (less shots!). But ultimately I do not know which pump to pump.

They all look very interesting and have a bunch of cool features but this one is easily my favorite. I don’t know if you would ever call a pump sexy (what with the 90’s pager-esque aesthetics and the hose connected to your abdomen), but this pump is fairly sexy. It is touch screen and reminds me of an iPod/iPhone that just happens to run your insulin dosing.

I am still researching different pumps in terms of features and useability. And they all seem to have the main crucial features: bolus and basal management. But judging based solely on looks, the Tandem is by far the best looking (in my opinion).

If you use a pump which one and why? And if you do not use one, why not?

Do you know anything about the Tandem: good or bad pump?


Diabetes Blog Week- Day 6

This year Diabetes Art moves up from the Wildcard choices as we all channel our creativity with art in the broadest sense. Do some “traditional” art like drawing, painting, collage or any other craft you enjoy. Or look to the literary arts and perhaps write a d-poem or share and discuss a favorite quote. Groove to some musical arts by sharing a song that inspires you diabetes-wise, reworking some song lyrics with a d-twist, or even writing your own song. Don’t forget dramatic arts too, perhaps you can create a diabetes reality show or play. These are just a starting point today – there are no right or wrong ways to get creative!

Here is an original piece of Art done by me in about 10 min:

typeone fun

And here is an original quote by me. I thought it up off the top of my head:

“Diabetes, why do you hate me? Because I hate you.”

                                                                                      -Paul K., 2013

Diabetes Blog Week 2013 – Day 1

I am very excited to be participating in my very first Diabetes Blog Week. From what I understand this is the fourth Diabetes Blog Week and is an annual event where bloggers write on a different topic every day for a whole week. This should be a good test of my writing capabilities as well as an opportunity to share my stories/ experiences with others. Also being new to the blogging world and type one diabetes in general, I hope to meet some people and learn from their writings, experiences, and lives with Diabetes.

Today’s topic to write on is called “Share and Don’t Share” and is about how we do not see our health care providers for very long or very often, and because of this they might not understand what we go through every day as diabetics. So we need to pretend that our health care provider is reading our blogs and give them some insight into our lives with diabetes: what do you wish they knew or wish they didn’t know about your life.

So here we go!

My dad is an Engineer. If you don’t know an engineer you are lucky. He is a very kind and great person but, being an engineer he is obsessed (some people might use the word anal) about numbers, and facts, and routines, and information, and data, and getting everything right. So being the engineer that he is, the moment I was released from the hospital he has had me counting carbs, recording insulin doses, and writing it all down into charts he printed, which he transposes into spreadsheets on the computer. And before you ask, yes this DOES drive me nuts, but I comply. And yes he DOES check my Dexcom trend graph more then I do. All that being said, I love my dad dearly and will probably end up thanking him when I am older and still healthy. And all this obsession is just his physical display of worry for my diabetes and my over all health, which I understand and am grateful for.

So I guess what I wish my doctor knew and at the same time didn’t know  was how obsessed my dad is with my diabetes data. I wish he knew what my life is like so he could empathize with me but still understand when my next A1c is going to be lower then most non-diabetics (probably not but its still going to be low). My doctor knows how my father is because he is the family doctor, but he has no idea the extent of my dads worry/anal retentiveness. On the other hand, I wish my doctor did not know this about my father and my life as a diabetic because he would certainly not approve because he knows I am young and should not be restricting my diet as much as I am. This also happened to be his advice when I was discharged from the hospital. He essentially said ‘be conscious of what you eat and take your insulin but don’t be overly aggressive’ which obviously annoyed my dad.

But all in all I am glad to have such an involved dad, even if it is just a little too involved. I am also glad to have a good relationship with my doctor, so maybe he can talk some sense into my dad. Just kidding….well kind of.