Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wordless Wednesday. Multi-Purpose Packaging.

This little package has three important uses:


First… If you freeze these little guys, they’re great for keeping your lunch cold:

Second… Best.Stress.Reliever.Ever.

…And I simply couldn’t live without what comes in these little boxes:

Happy Hump Day!

Pumps and CGMs and being a bear.

Oh My! There are a couple of things I want to draw your attention to. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to write about these things, but fortunately, someone else already has.

These both may seem kind of negative, and I don’t really mean to sound that way. Sometimes, I can be a bear when it comes to problems with things that are intended to help keep us alive. But these issues are what they are, so I’m telling you about them now so you’ll know. As a counter to these points, I will promise you, Medtronic, and you, Dexcom, that I’ll write something good about your products before the end of the week.

– Medtronic has sent a letter to all of their pump users with detailed descriptions of how to properly remove your insulin reservoir from your vial of insulin. Turns out, there’s a wrong way to do it and you may not know. I didn’t. Not following the proper procedure could have serious consequences. Medtronic has the write-up on this issue right here:
– Also, Sara over at Moments of Wonderful experienced an issue with Dexcom™ CGM audible alarms not going off. This is not an “official” Dexcom™ issue, but in light of going low without hearing an alarm at night a couple of months back, I’m wondering about my own unit right now. Read Sara’s post here:
And while we’re talking, don’t forget to vote early and often for your favorite posts from around the #DOC for the June Best of the Betes Blogs! All of the details are here:
See, I did get something positive in there at the end. Toward the end of the week, the shiny side of the Medtronic and Dexcom coins.

A New Vision.

Sorry about the drifting eye there... it's the only photo we got of my new glasses

Sorry about the drifting eye there… it’s the only photo we got of my new glasses

…….I still can’t get over what’s going on with my right eye in that photo.

Anyway, it looks like I have a new ophthalmologist.

My previous eye doctor moved his practice. I would’ve been happy to follow him to his new office. But he also stopped accepting insurance of any kind, and that meant I needed to find someone new.

After procrastinating on it for too long (two years between appointments… I know), I called and made an appointment with someone that my endocrinologist recommended. It turns out he was terrific.

There was an initial exam and the obligatory pupil dilation with an assistant, and then it was time to see the doctor himself. We spoke briefly before the main exam. I told him that I thought it might be time for bifocals(!), which I had shunned with my previous eye doctor before. My previous glasses were all about being able to see at a distance, but the fine print on pill bottles and on printed pages was becoming more difficult to see now. We also talked briefly about the big things that everyone with diabetes worries about: retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

The good news is that I show no signs of either. That’s what I’ve heard at every exam for the 22-plus years that I’ve been living with Type 1 Diabetes, but it’s still a huuuuge relief when I hear those words.

As for my eyesight in general, I’m told that I’m showing a relatively normal weakness that comes with a 51 year old pair of eyes that sit in front of a computer all day. In the end, instead of winding up with bifocals, I’m in a pair of progressive lenses. They come with an adjustment period, which I’m going through right now. When things are in focus, wow, I see well. When they aren’t, well, it’s taking some time to dial it all in. I’m told things will be this way for a couple of weeks until my brain adjusts to what it’s seeing through these new lenses.

As for the frames… To be honest, I’m a cheapskate. My last three or four pairs of glasses were all of the $39.99 Cheapo variety. This time, I decided to put a crowbar in my wallet and look for something that had a little style as well as function. As far as glasses go, this is a big departure for me.

I’m on the schedule to have my next visit with the eye doctor at this time next year, because you should always get your eyes checked once per year by a medical professional and never put it off.

Now, if I can just fix that crazy wandering eye thing…

Mari Ruddy has been found.


Mari’s family have just given us the following update, as of 6 PM Thursday 6/13:

“Mari is currently in stable condition and in the ICU. We thank you again for all your efforts, support, and continued prayers. We will continue to share updates as we can.”

Mari was found unconscious but alive this afternoon. Her family requests privacy until more information can be shared, and thanks everyone for their efforts.

A lot of prayers were answered today. Thanks #DOC

Find Mari Ruddy.

Can’t believe I just wrote that. Mari Ruddy, athlete and T1D, one of the driving forces behind Red Riders at the ADA’s Tour de Cure events, is missing.

From the website

Mari was last seen at her apartment in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN around 1 p.m. on 6/11/13. Mari has type-1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump. Her phone and other belongings were found in her home. She left in her car, a dark green late 90′s early 00′s modle Honda Civic with a bike rack on top and a red Namaste bumper sticker.

Mari’s family fear that she may try to harm herself and appreciate any help locals can provide in search efforts. She may have gone to a place with spiritual significance, beauty or seclusion. Please contact Mollee at 952-406-0081 to volunteer. You can also join the search effort by connecting with this Facebook group:

If you have any information please contact local police first, then email us at
Sending good thoughts and prayers to the upper Midwest tonight…

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