• Adding a Dexcom to my Diabetes Toolbox

    So, back in December, I had a chance to test drive a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) through my Endocrinologist’s office.  I had been curious about the device and my Endo wanted to capture some data to get a better idea as to what adjustments we needed to make to my insulin dosages, etc… So, I met with the diabetes educator in the office, was trained and setup with the Dexcom, and then spent a week using it to track my numbers, insulin, carbs, exercise, etc…  It was a good experience overall, and I definitely saw the potential benefits using a Dexcom on a regular basis.  And I really wasn’t…

  • Keeping Watch

    Last Thursday evening I was sitting at my desk at work when my cell phone started vibrating and dancing across the desk.  Not recognizing the number, I dismissed the call and went back to what ever it was I was doing at the time.  A couple of minutes later, another little buzz alerted me that there was a new voice-mail.  Needing to get up and move around a bit anyway, I grabbed my phone, and my heart’s phone, and walked down the hall so I could check the message with some degree of privacy. To my surprise, the message was from the on-call doctor at my cardiologist’s office.  My heart’s…

  • More than a little discomfort

    My appointment at the urologist’s office this morning was interesting to say the least. Down right painful and unsettling if I’m being honest. I’m not going to share any great details, but I’ll say that prostate exams and catheters are not pleasant experiences at all. The problem, it appears, is my bladder is not emptying completely. The organ itself is functioning but not optimally. The NP doesn’t seem to think the problem is severe and wants me to try a medication for a couple of months to see if that will resolve the issue. I’m hopeful that it will. I’ll follow up with the office in a few months. As…

  • Forced to Change Meters

    Yesterday I spent a little time going through the stack of mail that was waiting for me when I got back from my trip to Louisville for Thanksgiving.  While doing so, I found a letter from my insurance company that informed me that they will be dropping Contour and Breeze test strips from their formulary as of January 1, 2012.  Guess which meter and strips I use.  The insurance company will, however, still continue to offer OneTouch and Accu-Chek strips as alternatives on the formulary. What it boils down to is my insurance company is forcing me to change to a different meter if I want them to continue paying…

  • Sleeping with the Insurance Company

    Um, yeah..So this is something of a partially coherent rant.  You’ve been warned! Throughout the last two years, I’ve often been asked what I thought the hardest part of living with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure is. For the longest time, my answer was simply not having my family around to help me cope with things.  Sure, I had April and her parents here with me, so it’s not like I’ve been completely alone. However, MY family lives more than 200 miles away. And not having them near has been pretty rough. Having put a great deal of thought into the question, though, I have to admit that…