Entries in complusions (1)

Tuesday
Oct232012

A couple quick things

Just a quick check-in to say "hello" to my blog.  

Now onto business. I'm taken note of a few things since my last post:

  1. I am now about a week or so away from my six month mark on diagnosis.  Woah, where did those months go? I swear, this has been both the longest and shortest year of my life. With that said, aside from the obligatory dinner out to celebrate (heads up husband ;) ), I now get all these insurance related perks, including the option to get on an insulin pump. Got my paperwork all lined up and ready to submit. Paging cyborg Michelle! I think I might go whole hog too and try to get myself a CGM (continuous glucose monitor). Not sure if that will pan out though, as the insurance lady seriously told me that I needed to show poor glucose control. That's right ladies and gents, you control your blood sugars and they DON'T give you the tools to get and stay in tighter control.  Why isn't this being addressed in the election speak -- Hey insurance companies, there's this thing called preventative care and it goes a bit further than a co-pay free annual exam.  Just saying. 
  2. Nano needles. That's right, nano.  So when I was first diagnosed I was prescribed BD mini needles to use with my insulin pens. This disposable needles are a wopping 31 gauge, 5mm long. This is actually really small. Some measure as long as 12mm to give you a basis for comparison.  Turns out though - there is something smaller. I just upgraded folks. The nano needle is 32 gauge (thinner despite the higher number) and only 4mm long, what a difference 1mm makes. If only I had asked (or knew to ask) for this 900 shots ago. That's not hyperbole by the way. 
  3. I am addicted to chewing gum. Specifically, Extra Dessert Delights Mint Chocolate Chip flavored (sugarfree of course - although I've always chewed sugarfree gum when I do chew gum, so it doesn't count as something different to my routine).  I understand this is probably to some level a complusion because I am definitely churning through the stuff. We're talking like 5 strips a day at minimum.  I thought by now I would have major jaw issues but on the flip side (yes, I did just say that), I definitely working the muscles so perhaps they are growing stronger with every piece.   

         FYI - I can quit anytime I want.