Monday, July 25, 2011

Second verse

I feel like I gave the Ping a good try, wearing it for almost a year. In the end, though, it just wasn't for me. Oh, I love the technology, the color, the precision. After switching to the Ping my average TDD dropped from 29U to 17U. It really did seem to make a difference.

The problem turned out to be the form factor. No, I'm not joking. The shape and size were bothering me. In fact, I didn't realize how much until I put my 522 back on. Then all the little things that had been bugging me became apparent. I thought I would love the Ping meter remote, but in practice I almost never used the remote function. I wasn't checking my bg as often, but I couldn't figure out why not. I never even used the carb database, since it worked differently from how I'd been told. Little things abounded - like after I tested I would immediately forget what the number had been.

When I switched back to my 522 and UltraSmart, the problems disappeared. I have no trouble remembering the number from the UltraSmart (and yes, I know that's weird). The 522 and its clip are flat on the back and much smaller than the Ping. The display goes the other way, which makes it easier because I like to wear my pump on one side.

With all this in mind and the fact that my MM warranty expired last year, I decided to upgrade to the Revel. It's been rocky (although nothing like the ordeal I went through with Animas), but I got my new Revel and hope to start on it soon.

Friday, July 15, 2011

CWF FFL 2011

It's time for my annual blog post! Er, that was a joke.

I had a great time at the Children With Diabetes Friends for Life 2011 Conference.

It was my first time going during a Disney year. In some ways, it was challenging - it can be tough to be a disabled person with diabetes. However, now I have a much better idea of what the challenges and can plan better.

It was great to see old friends and new - Kerri, Scott, George, Sara, Kim, and many others. It's great to see so many adults with Type 1.

One highlight was seeing Crystal Bowersox perform. I'd never heard her before, but wow, is she talented! What a treat! They never know who the VIP will be, so that was a nice surprise.

Hope to see everyone at CWD FFL12 next year!