Gone are the days when not many people knew anything about diabetes. Unfortunately, too many people now know what it is, but what they know is often wrong. We could play the blame-game here, but I’ll desist. Some people who should know better, don’t do much for the cause. Such is the diabetes climate at the moment.
What we need in the diabetes world is a cure. What we need is more funding for research. At the other end of the scale, we need funds to provide insulin to those who can’t afford it. In the developing world, there is a huge number of people who can’t afford their insulin. Sadly, in the West, numbers are also going up with people losing jobs and therefore, particularly in the USA, their insurance. There are programs in the USA for people in these situations, but by comparison, few programs in developing nations. Spare a thought for those less fortunate: www.insulinforlife.org.
I started this post ages ago. Where does the time go? I have no idea!
Get up, work, eat, work some more, take care of household stuff, then it’s time for bed. One day runs into the next. This has been the treadmill of my life lately. Not that I’m complaining, but living Ground Hog Day at this stage of my life, isn’t what I envision for myself. Then again, it means there are no dramas, and diabetes management is trundling along ok.
Not that there haven’t been challenges. Two weeks of highs, for no obvious reason, then another two weeks of lows all over the place. Much as I seek to rationalise, sometimes the reasons for this happening is beyond my reach. Best one can do is roll with the punches.
Two days ago, I inserted Dexcom G4 Sensor Number 6. I had an initial box of 4 with purchase of the G4, plus a bonus one. Then by way of a miracle, I got another sensor when my insulin pump was due for its 4 year hiatus. I got a new Vibe. I’d already had a Vibe since January as a temporary replacement when the Animas 2020 went through a recall (mine was working fine). So there was Sensor Number 6 – my last sensor.
Only 6 sensors since January? It’s the end of June!! Goes to show you how long they last me! I must be incredibly lucky!! I’m not even going to tell you how long the last one was stuck to me and working just fine. It was an obscene amount of time. I took it off for a number of reasons, but when it came off I had absolutely no issues. No redness, no gaping hole, no nothing. Two days later, I can barely see where it was.
When I have a sensor in that long, I don’t just rip it off. I take it off very gently and make sure when I start taking it off, the sensor wire comes off with it. I take it off in the direction that the sensor would come out.
The sensor came out fine. The biggest problem is that the sticky stuff doesn’t last, but I use Fixumull Stretch to keep it stuck down. And I ALWAYS clean the area thoroughly with an alcohol wipe before I put more tape on. I use the tape from about day 4 or 5 onwards. That way the sticky on the sensor doesn’t get a chance to start lifting and getting dirt or harmful germs under it. I’m not a germ-phobe by any stretch. This is just common sense, in my view.
Life with Celiac is getting easier for me. After 8 months, I think I’ve done a stellar job in healing my gut. Many people are dairy intolerant when first diagnosed with Celiac. I was no exception. They say 6 months to 2 years and you might be able to eat dairy again. I’m eating hard cheese and yoghurt now. For only the second time since November, I had a decaf latte with regular milk the other dat and have had absolutely no problems. Yay!! Huge change from 6 months ago!
I don’t tend to buy a lot of gluten-free products off the shelves. They are so full of rubbish! I don’t eat many legumes, they can be a problem too. It’s not all that difficult to eat fresh food. As humans, we’ve done it for thousands of years. But in the last 50 years or so, packaged and processed food has crept increasingly into our diets.
I was just saying to a friend… where were all the allergies and food intolerances 50 years ago when we were kids? Now every third kid and adult has some kid of problem with food, and as many don’t know that what they’re eating is a problem. Sad really.
So yes, there are recipes I miss, but my lovely dietician told me not to think I couldn’t have something until I’ve tried to figure out a gluten-free alternative. One thing in particular, which I’ve eaten all my life, was Wiener Schnitzel. I resisted buying gluten free breadcrumbs for ages, but a few weeks ago I gave it a go, with some gluten free flour used in the three-step breading process. I was pleasantly surprised. Ok, not quite as good as the original, but very passable. Yes, not particularly low carb, but wonderful nevertheless. I’m feeling a whole lot better about this gluten free thing. I’m even making my own raw cacao, raw nut fudge (tweaking the recipe all the time). It’s made wiwth coconut oil and raw cacao butter as well, so the taste is awesome. It’s also a really slow burn so it hardly moves the blood glucose for a small slice! Now that’s a treat I probably never would have discovered if it weren’t for my original diary issues.
Popping in to Burleigh Markets on a Saturday means I can bring home a huge variety of seasonal, farm-fresh vegetables. They are so much better than the sprayed supermarket veggies!
Can’t be bad when you know you’re eating mostly fresh food with nothing added except the seasonings you choose.