I cannot believe we are already to week 22. We are past the halfway point! When did that happen? I am proud to announce my A1C is down to 5.8 and I am determined to get it lower. In the meanwhile I am trying my hardest to keep my blood sugar below 120 within the two hour mark. When you are pregnant and just wanting to eat everything around you this is extremely difficult. I do not always succeed, but I take comfort in my husband who reminds me that I am doing good with my levels and that high blood sugar will happen sometimes. I had recently a higher level and I did nothing different. I had the same breakfast all week long, but on this day I cannot explain it. I went almost to 300. I was not happy. I kept giving myself more insulin and I was not going down. It took over 3 hours for my levels to drop below 200. The only thing I can think of is hormones from my pregnancy affecting me randomly or it is the cold I am currently experiencing. I have increased my basal rate on my pump and that does appear to be helping. I might need to increase it more, but I am watching closely! I am so happy to be on a pump and CGM. I’m not how women handle pregnancy without a pump and CGM.
I have begun to feel what many women call flutters. It is such an amazing feeling. Joe cannot wait until the baby starts kicking so he can feel the baby too.
My latest appointments showed our baby to progressing nicely. Its the size it is supposed to be and its heart rate it spot on! It’s an active little one too. Doc said she could hear it flipping and rolling around in there. I just need to keep my levels good.
Joe and I are so excited for this little one. We cannot wait to hold him in our owns.
It’s been three months since I started with Omnipod. I do not regret trying this product, but I am concerned that it is not the right choice for me. My blood sugar has been hot for a long time. I think the main issue is no longer using Tresiba; an amazing long acting insulin.
For those of you who do not understand how using insulin works here is the 411: if you are using injections you take a short acting insulin shot when you eat and once a day you take a long acting insulin. The amount of dose is determined by your doctor. Now if you are on the pump you set a continuous basal rate and then you give yourself a fast acting dose every time you eat. So the only difference is you are on the same type of insulin and you are not a human pin cushion.
Sounds great, right? I think it might be once I get my dosage right. Now that I am on the continuous meter I understand why they want you start first with the continuous meter. I never knew how much my blood sugar fluctuates. However, again, this could be because of the change in prescription. I would be curious to see if I fluctuate this much while on the shots…but at the same time I am loving not being a pin cushion.
I have narrowed down some favorite spots for placing the pods. My absolute favorite is on my legs. I was surprised by this, but is one of the spots that is less obtrusive. My next favorite spot is on my lower back. I am not a fan of placing the pod on my stomach or arm. Do you have a favorite Omnipod placement spot? Let me know!
So, I’m on to week two with the Omnipod pump and, so far, loving it. That being said it does have some draw backs. But let’s start with the positives first. It is super easy to get insulin! I just plug in my blood sugar levels, the carbs I plan to eat and the PDM calculates how much insulin I should get. Once I confirm that I agree with the amount it automatically gives me the medicine. Super easy!
One of the cons I think would be easy to see. It is an object that sticks out from your body and is easy to see. Nothing that can be done about that. This is not to say it is absolutely hideous, but you can definitely see it through clothing.
The other issue I foresee is the insulin being wasted. I have to put a minimum of 85 ML in the pod. Even with my eating carbier I am no where close to using up the insulin. I am to the halfway point (lifespan is 3 days per pod) and I am not even halfway through my insulin. Per the manual I am to throw away any unused insulin in the pod. I am not amused by this. It seems wasteful but I understand. I read in other pumps you can reuse the insulin because it is not pressed up against your body. The pod for Omnipod is stuck to your body for three days. So the insulin is subjected to the temperatures of your body causing it to lose effectiveness. I am contemplating saving a vial to put the unused insulin into. This insulin will be used as a backup just in case it is needed. I am sure there are many cons to this and I am in no way recommending this to anyone else. However, I am someone who hates waste, so I feel better saving the unused pod insulin for emergency situations.
I recommend the Omnipod product so far! I will post any new updates. It has already been a great help. It was wonderful last Friday when I was out with friends to be able to take out my PDM and tell it what I needed for insulin. So much simpler!
In the months before finding out I was diabetic my cat Bear started being my shadow. He followed me all over the house and curled up with me every night. I joked with my husband that I must be dying. Little did I know I was walking around with high blood sugar and my cat was trying to tell me.
After being diagnosed Bear was persistent whenever I had high blood sugar. He would meow at me and follow me until I checked my blood sugar. Once I corrected it he would leave me alone. I found this to be peculiar. I know there are dogs that are trained to warn their owners when blood sugar is dropping. But a cat who warns when blood sugar is high?
Recently I have experienced a couple of lows at night. I am unfortunately a heavy sleeper. But not so heavy that my cat licking and pawing at my face didn’t wake me up. Both times I checked my sugar and I was at 50 for one and 40 for the other.
So, I wanted to give a shout out to my cat. He is the best cat this girl could ask for. I don’t know what I would do without him.
So I am sick again and this time my blood sugar is refusing to stay low. At breakfast I only ate sugar free oatmeal (22 carbs) with 2 doses of my insulin and at lunch my blood sugar was at 200. Whatever this bug is I have my body is really not liking it. Guess I am low carbing it for the next few days. What fun! Good thing my Zevia ginger ale is 0 carbs.