Saturday, August 25, 2012

She's got a name!

Her name is Rosie. 

She stays by my side at all times. She is a Type Awesome* in my life. 

Jogs my memory...
Admonishes (but only when I'm ignoring her)...
Doesn't judge...
Looks out for me...
Tells me what my blood sugar is doing and what I can expect.

Rosie is my robot - my artificial pancreas - a Medtronic Paradigm Veo. She is an Insulin Pump and, along with her transmitter, she is Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). The transmitter communicates my blood glucose to Rosie, and tells me what's going on. She tells me when I need to do something.

Have I tested lately? Double arrows up? Perhaps I need more insulin, perhaps I guessed my carbs wrong... maybe my site has gone south. Double arrows down? Better test. Maybe I need a snack. But what she's telling me is that I better do something about it. I admit, perhaps she is a little overzealous about her job, and perhaps not perfect, but who is?

What won't Rosie do? She won't get me juice when my blood sugar goes low, do my housework and she doesn't cook.

I'm sure I can look forward to some new added features in a future firmware update.

*Type Awesomes are those individuals forming an invaluable support network for People Living With Diabetes. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dear Diabetes

Dear Diabetes,

I hate you.



PS: Diabetes, your days are numbered.
We are going to find a cure and
kick your sorry behind right out of here!

(N.B. It took 6 weeks to receive this letter after my endocrinologist submitted the report to the Ministry. Once a 'satisfactory medical report' is submitted again, it will take another 6 weeks to be assessed.)