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March 2006

Catch up

Bit behind on blogging.

First on Tuesday our kids did go to the protest and probably a few today. I over heard a bunch of them talking about walking part way, realizing they weren't going to get downtown and playing hookie instead. I knew about one who had called his mom and asked for a ride back.

Protonix. Got 90 pills -- the remainder of the prescribtion they didn't send me in February. So it does look like that's a go.

Exercise. Definately a need. I had to do an off day on Monday and blood sugar was a mess the next day, but it's much better now, in fact, I have 7 minutes to go on a 35 minute cardio session and two more weight exercises.

I wish I could get to the point that I could at least do 20 minutes every morning but I'm still waking up extremely groggy.


Our students did not do this!

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Local News

Students abandoned classes at Sunset and Molina high schools and the Townview Magnet Center. Many assembled around 11 a.m. at Kiest Park to rally against the legislation.

And I'm thrilled as he as come up with a way the students can participate in an approved way. We're going to show them how to write letters to their congressman (we can have a debate instead), and give them time to get it started.


I can't decide about this

Diabetes Advocacy: Call for Action from the Diabetes Bloggers

First, my coverage is through an ERISTA insurance. I'm very fortunate that the current insurance does cover everything I need for my medical care, though it is expensive.

First, I don't like the way insurance is being done in this country now. I'm pretty locked into my current employer. Other school districts in our area who do not have the state insurance do not have as good as coverage. In fact, if I went to work for the school district I live it, I would be without coverage for about 6 months for any pre-existing condition (remember the ERISTA thing?)

Let's face it, we're stuck working for a partcular group of employers once we get diagnosed for diabetes and I'm not sure that is right.

I really think that insurance should be more assessible, and I'm not sure this law is going to help it.

But I will pass the information along, and let you make your own decision.


It worked!

This morning's change worked. I ate breakfast, hit the temporary basal about the same time, and then did the workout. I took awhile to do my workout since I am doing laundry and housework at the same time, plus some computer work (the puppy stuff), but now my blood sugar is 114! No low!


Change in Exercise Procedure

I've finally gotten back on schedule when it comes to working out. Between the PT taking up two hours of my day and the new schedule, it took a while. My blood sugar was higher than it should be and I was doing a lot of corrections. I've been exercising pretty steadily for the last 3 weeks, so today I made a bit of change.

Before I was eating if I was low after exercise and this week found I was almost every day I exercised.

So today, I turned on my temporary basal just as soon as I thought about working out. Especially since I also do Sunday's exercise in sets, alternating working out with housework.

This week I plan on going to the temporary basal as soon as I get off work. I did have to shift Monday's cardio session to Wednesday as I have to take some kids to a tutoring session and will be getting home to late to work out.

Planning and writing things down really does help.


Diabetes Detection Dogs

Someone just commented on the blog and asked about diabetes dogs, and I want to give my thoughts on this. There are several issues.

The first is selling of dogs to assist people with medical issues. I know of no reputable organization that sells dogs to the handicapped. By reputable, I mean Seeing Eye Dogs, Guide Dogs of America and Canine Companions for Independence. There are lots of other organizations with similar goals, missions, and funding. What all of these organizations have in common, is that they are able to gain enough volunteer and monetary support to run their programs and service their users. The users of these dogs do not have an income that will warrant the purchase of such a dog.

Back when I was training K-9 police dogs, they went for $10,000 to $20,000. There are several reasons for that cost. First, training dogs is extremely labor intensive, as is training their handler. In addition, the police department is paying for future expertise as needed, both to update training AND for expert witnesses to go to court and testify in the team's behalf. If you priced out the labor to train a guide dog or other assistance dog, it would probably exceed that cost. Thus the average family would never be able to afford it. That's the reason for the volunteer and monetary support.

I've trained drug dogs, taught others to train dog dogs and certified dogs for drug detection. Here's what it takes to train a detection dog -- a repeatable circumstance that can be documented and trained for. I'm do not believe that a dog can be trained using Person's A symthoms and be reliable for Person's B sympthoms.

As a diabetic, I am not willing to be my life in the paws of other of my dogs. I have started to see that little Maggie sometimes reacts differently to me when I am low, but I think it is due to too factors: I'm searching for food, and I tend to fumble around more, so she sees it as an opportunity to get food. So here's how I feel about the situation...

If your family wants a dog, get one. If you are lucky enough that the dog is observent enough to pick up on your sympthoms use that as another sign in your environment that you need to deal with your diabetes, BUT I don't believe that you should rely on it 100%.

I also believe if your son is as poorly controlled as you say, your medical team should be using continuous monitoring and find out why your son is poorly controlled. I am not blaming you, I'm blaming your medical team. There is currently a 3-day sensor available (the precursors to the Guardian). I would also be bugging Medtronic and see if the guardian is a legimate answer for you. Frankly, I think a Guardian would be cheaper, even at its current price. Remember, you have to buy the dog, feed it and maintain its training.

Oh, and remember that maintaining the training is duplicating the exact conditions the dog needs to observe. And that's the primary reason I won't be involved in that kind of training for myself or others. I don't want to go into that condition unless I have to.