One Diabetes-Related Thing I Can Improve Upon

Ann Bartlett Health Guide
  • From Bitterweetdiabetes.comYesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at.  Today let’s look at the flip-side.  We probably all have one thing we could try to do better.  Why not make today the day we start working on it.  No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!


    I always see room for improvement when it comes to living with diabetes because we have improving technologies that add more bells and whistles and new learning curves. And every time one of those new bells and whistles are added to my life, I stress out!

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    I am a pump flunky! After four years on the pump, my A1c went up, not down. I panicked every time I started a new infusion set, worried that I would get a signal. In most places on my body, the canula would cause me to bleed like mad, so I was relegated to using only one small area, my butt.  Over four years, I experienced three pump failures, one box of recalled reservoirs, and one box of leaking infusion sets and an a1c that went from 6.5 to 7.9. Even my endo agreed, this was not the norm, but a good example of why choice is so important.


    My technology leap of of faith was to a Dexcom a couple of years ago. To date, I’ve been successful using my Dexcom and my A1c has come down to a steady 6.1. I can’t imagine life without my Dexcom. Part of me thinks that at some point, I’ll try the pump again, but I want one with the low glucose suspend feature and of course it must have a built in CGM. My palms are sweating at the thought of all those bells and whistles….  

Published On: May 23, 2012