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First week on the Omnipod

Well, after a couple of false starts, I finally got set up with my Omnipod pump on 10/6. It's been an interesting first week and a half, I must say. It's taken me a while to get used to having the pod glued on me. This meant that for the first several days, I was waking up multiple times each night to make sure I hadn't dislodged the pod.

I've accidentally left the controller home once, and already had to do a pod change at work. I'm hoping I get all the mistakes and screwups out of the way now. The other thing we've learned is to use baby oil to help remove the pod, because the little buggers stick like superglue, and without the oil to break the surgical adhesive, pod-change time can hurt like heck.

Other than that? This. Thing. Is. AWESOME.

I don't think I've ever felt this close to normal before. No more slinking off to the bathroom when we go out to eat to give myself a shot...just program the controller and administer the bolus, right there at the table.

I am so very glad I did this.
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Westley: This is *true love.* D'you think this happens every day?
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Got a call from the Insulet office insurance approved the Omnipod! It's been shipped, and I'll have it in 3 to 5 days!

*happy dance*
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Well. A lot's been going on in my life, so here's the update post with the highlights.

First - I have a new car. A 2001 Chevy Impala LS. Apparently, "LS" is car-speak for "has a Camaro engine so the insurance company can increase your rates." Fortunately, we've found an insurer that isn't going to break us over that engine. The car can accelerate from "safe on Hwy 150" speed to "zomg get a speeding ticket on I-459 even" in just about nothing flat. Thank the gods for cruise control. :D So...should you see an Impala with a "For the Horde" ribbon magnet on it...that may well be me. :)

Second - After many many years of avoiding it, I have applied for an insulin pump. They finally have a model that doesn't use any tubing, so I figured it was time. The one I'm trying to get is called an Omnipod. ( Though my A1C's have been great lately, the 'Pod will help me improve control even further. Right now we're waiting on the pre-approval paperwork to come back from insurance, so look out for more bulletins when they happen.

Third - I also have gotten an iPod. Given the new open atrium area of the News building (which I am now sitting right by), this thing has been saving my sanity on a regular basis at work. It's an 80 gig...and I'm trying to figure out why on earth anyone would need bigger. I guess if all your movies were on your iPod, you might could use the 160...but I don't think I'm ever going to fill up 80 gig, even if I go nuts and buy every episode of Mythbusters I can get off of iTunes.

No, I've not sent off my application for employment to the corporation of virtual crack-dealers of my choice. I still plan to do so...just other things have gotten in the way recently. So. That's my news. Bulletins on all of the above when they happen. :)
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Well, I finally did it.

Little Destril finally dinged 70. I'm amazed that I actually managed to get a priest, of all classes, to 70 - though the fact that he's shadow probably really, really helped.

For some weird reason, my sunny-tempered little blood elf has become one of my favorite characters.

So...grats, Destril, on 70. Now he can go play with the big kids in Karazhan and beyond. :)

And for those who haven't heard from me in a while...the surgery went fine, I'm now in physical therapy to rebuild strength in that shoulder. I haven't yet been cleared for a return to work yet, but I suspect that will be coming when I see my orthopedist again on June 2nd. If it doesn't , I'll suspect something's far wrong in there...though Dr. Savage did tell my mother and the gatorbear immediately post-op that what was going on in the shoulder in question was one of the worst he'd ever seen. Owie. Still sore, but hoping that continues to improve day by day.
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Sugery Date Set...

Well, the doc looked at my MRIs, had radiology look at the MRIs, and read the report they sent back. He then notified me that the best way to fix what's going on in my shoulder - which is very likely, by the by, a complication of diabetes - is to do arthroscopic surgery.

So I bit the bullet and scheduled the procedure. It's to be done on May 8th, but I'm not sure just when exactly yet. So keep me in good thoughts that day that everything goes well, there are no complications, and that I can get back on my feet as soon as possible.

I'll likely have my arm in a sling for at least two weeks after the procedure, so WoW-ing is going to be challenging at best. I hope I can figure something out so that I can more-or-less play, otherwise being stuck at home for two solid weeks is going to seriously suck.
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For those of you who hadn't heard, I've been struggling with a nasty case of frozen shoulder for the better part of a year and a half or so. In the last few weeks, it's been nastier than normal, which has meant I've only been getting a decent night's sleep on the night that I cave in and take the Lortab that my orthopedist prescribed for me. I don't like the idea of becoming dependent on Lortabs, and I don't like being knocked witless by them...but dammit, sometimes I need pain-free sleep.

I scheduled another appointment with the orthopedist for yesterday, and the gatorbear and I went to see what could be done.

Long and short of it is...the condition has not improved any..if anything, it's worse. This means that Dr. Savage (who looks like the quintessential grandpa, much to my amusement) is going to have to either perform a closed manipulation on the offending shoulder, or arthroscopic surgery.

I go in for an MRI on Monday to help determine which exactly needs to be done. Not exactly looking forward to having my head and shoulders jammed into a tiny little Tesla-esque magnetic tube; the MRI I had on my hip a while back was claustrophobic enough for me, but we do what we must.

When I know more about what's to be done and when, I'm sure I'll post something to let folks know.
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What a difference a little tech makes...

About a week ago, my blood sugar meter started to geek out on me. It kept erroring when I would try to test my sugar. This, frankly, sucked, because I would then have to re-stick my poor abused fingers and get yet another good-sized blood drop and use another test strip to find out what my sugar was doing.

This displeased me greatly. I figured my fingers were abused enough and didn't need all the double-sticking I was doing, so I called my doctor and asked him to suggest a new meter. I was looking for one that allowed for alternate test sites and used a smaller sample for testing. He told me to check out the Freestyle brand of meters. I picked up a Freestyle Lite, a bottle of strips, and a box of lancets.

Wow. This thing is amazing. In the past week, I've only had to test once on my fingers...I've used alternate sites for all my other tests. The sample required is teensy, and if you happen to not get enough, you have a full 60 seconds to supplement the sample on the strip.

I'm quite happy with the meter...and a little bit amazed that so simple a thing as the features the little bugger offers have made a huge difference in my willingness to check my sugars regularly.

I was also a little surprised to realize my old meter was almost 9 years old, so I guess it really was due for retirement.

Odd thing to be happy about, I reckon..but I take 'em where I can get 'em.
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