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Also, related to Paula, her youngest grandson, Chad, 19 months old, is in the hospital with a double ear infection.  He also needs our thoughts and prayers.
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Poor little guy--I'm sure Kathy can especially sympathize!! Prayers for both of them for a speedy recovery!

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 Thanks to you "well wishers" Sharon, Janis, and Kim, I am doing better. Taking it easy so not to have a relapse. OH yes...thank you Sharon and Kim for your thoughts and for prayers for Chad. At this point they don't see any hearing loss/speech impairment from the double ear infections and the bone infection that was behind his little right ear; it was the size, if you will, of a half golf ball raised up. Saw him yesterday and he looked at us all coming in and when I rounded the bed and said "Hey Little Monkey!"....he gave me this huge grin and reached for me. Made my heart flutter. They took off the IV this morning, had a board on his right arm to keep it mobile, and was running around with delight smiling/laughing with his brother Chase while Cliff was awaiting for the release papers. He is home! Thank you once again for sending me your wishes and for Chad too! I do believe in Angels and prayers. CLINK!-Paula


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Thanks for the update!  Happy to have you back!
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Hi gang - saw my pump tainer and dr. (in that order) yesterday.  My A1c went down and Audrey is very pleased as I am.  I tell you, that dual-wave (as opposed to "normal" delivery) works wonders.  Dr. said lab test were great, no kidney, liver, etc. problems at all.  Only thing is my triglycerides went up so have to watch the fatty foods better.
 
But all in all everything looks great.
 
LUM  FUN AND LAUGHTER - Sharon

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Yeah Sharon! Glad your A1c went down...mine  went up. I knew it would, and you thought yours was going to go up. Otherwise mine went well too! She froze two sun spots (that could be cancer late on), burned like crazy and a small wart on my right upper wrist like that I accidentally scratched on the edge and broke open. She said to put the Silvadene cream on when I got home and I did, with band-aid for 5 days. I am going to look into the Dex-com like she once suggested and my Endo too! CLINK!-Paula


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Saw my Endo this morning and long story short, she upped each basal rate by .1. She was hesitant not wanting more insulin, but did. Called our insurance company a bit after I got home, and they wanted them, Endo office, to call regarding the Dexcom and hopefully they are doing that now. CLINK-Paula


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Paula, hope your Dexcom gets approved soon, if that's what you need. I'm not familiar with it, I don't believe--what does it do? I hope when all's said and done, your A1c is right where you want it!

I still have not had my first pump training session--we've had to cancel twice due to bad weather. It's rescheduled for this coming Monday. I think I'm going to go through the online "Pump School" again, as I feel like I've forgotten everything I learned when I went through it almost a month ago. Without practice to back it up, the new info hasn't "stuck" in my ol' brain!

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Thanks Kim. It monitors your bg numbers and yet you need to test too, but less testing. I, as always, go straight to the source. When I first called our insurance company to question the amount, they needed the procedure codes, got them from Jeff at UofM and then was told to call Jeff back. I then called http://www.dexcom.com . Was told with our insurance that they require your bg to be 50 for 60 consecutive days. HELLO! I asked how much out of pocket..1K and $275 per month for supplies. I am sure I will hear from Jeff today. I spoke with him Thursday and when I called back to see if he would/needs to call Dexcom and I told the nurse I know I am not the only patient and when he gets the change to please have him call. Yes, we have very good insurance and that threw me for a loop. Oh yes, I will get to the source. JANIS, does that make since to you? Clink! Paula


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Kathy and Paula, my insurance company here in NY required six months of record keeping. They did approve when they saw I have some pronounced highs and lows, despite my overall good control. I would never use my Dexcom if i had to pay those monthly expenses.


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Thanks Kathy/Richard. Yes, I do agree with the logging and respect that. BUT to have 50 bg for that length of time? I haven't hit 50 in a LONG time, and wasn't that great for me, and to have it like that for that amount of days is what I don't like. Since my numbers unfortunately are running high, that actually doesn't make since to me because I want them low-ER, but not to the extreme. Is it because I am a T2? Was running all day yesterday and nothing on voice mail, so will call Jeff today. Thank you so much for your inputs. NO, I won't pay out of pocket for that....it is ridiculous. CLINK!-Paula

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Wow--I didn't know the expenses associated with a CGM could be so high.  I had thought about getting one, but if my monthly co-pay would be anywhere near $275, it's out of the question!  I'm struggling now, with my one arthritis drug costing me $300/month, and my pump supplies $200/mo.

And they want you to have hit 50 at some point every day?!  I hit 50 on occasion, but never every day--good grief!  Regardless, good luck to you, Paula--keep us posted!!


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 Yes...50 for 60 days! NOPE, not making sense to me either. I am sorry about your money expensive...they hit is hard. When I went with my husband to pick out a pair of glasses, first time he ever had to wear glasses, he told they lady...because she kept asking if I wanted my eyes examined there and three times I told her NO, because I see an opthamologist (husband sees her too! just because I do),because of diabetes. THANKFULLY my opthamologist keeps telling me that she would never have guessed I was diabetic because everything is beautiful and she only knows I am diabetic because of my records. So, sorry, Glenn told the lady that my diabetes expensive, plus other meds, is 3K a year if not more. If Dexcom is meant to be for me, then it will be meant to be. Phew....long winded and tired. Sorry. CLINK!-Paula


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Kathy, it sounds like you and I have the same types of rapid BG swings--it's not fun, is it?   My all-time low was 24 (I mistakenly took Humalog instead of Lantus) and it was awful--I ate all of the glucose tablets in the house, and then had to eat a bunch to get my BG up...I was on the brink of not knowing what to do.

Are you a type I or II?  I finally got diagnosed as a type I.  What is your insulin-to-carb ratio?  Mine is 1:18, unless they tweak it more now that I'm on the pump.  Regardless of type or ratio, this stuff gets old fast, doesn't it?!

I get so tired of the "work" of diabetes, as I'm sure everyone here does. 

I have a question--do most pumpers keep written BGs, or just download their readings and such using computer software, or both?  I haven't ever downloaded any of my meter info, and my trainer recommends that I get the computer software that goes with my pump.  (I think it's called CareLink.)  It costs about $85, and I probably will get it when I get the money.

Anyway, I don't know if a CGM is in my future or not--maybe after I get all of this stuff figured out, I'll add that.  Another new thing to learn...sigh.

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Saw my ophthalmologist this morning, had all the work up done and next week for the visual field testing, and she is so surprised with the high pressure I have, 28, that my nerve veins aren't effected and looks beautiful. I used to take Xalatan eye drops in the evening and haven't for quite some time, about two years, I told her...bad girl, I will be back on them now and she gave me a free sample and wants me to come back in a month. Yes, she was shocked because I haven't been taking it and yet all is well. I am in a handful with people that don't need reading glasses, I just wear mine for distance and off for reading or close up. I am very pleased of course. CLINK!-Paula   Other matters...Kathy, I am not sure what is going on with Dexcom and insurance companies, but realistically how can one keep a bg of 50; and not once asked my readings, which do run high now/then, (250 plus when sick/bronchitis-which I am sure we all do when sick), isn't that the other side of the spectrum of running high to get one? like my PC/Endo both agree on to get one?? Is it worth it then Kathy please?  Kim, I write down my numbers and call them into my Endo and plus download all for my office visits. I have the Accu-Chek plus and they sent me a free DVD/doggler too when I called to ask how much that would be! Now, I have the Animas 2020 pump and can't find my doggler for it and came with my first pump, but this one they sent out the DVD for it, but doesn't help without the doogler. Errr...Have a good one ladies.     


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