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Time to nominate – and enter the giveaway

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Exciting news for the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs this month! We are pleased to have our first sponsor offering a giveaway! Please read the entire post to find out more!

As in previous months, between today (September 21st) and next Wednesday (September 28th) review the posts you have read this month from around the diabetes community. Find your favorite posts in the following categories –

Best Use of Humor
Best Vlog
Best Recipe
Best Use of Photography
Best Advocacy
Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
Best Story of a D Meet-up
Best non-D Related Post
Best Post by a Type 1
Best Post by a Type 2
Best Post by a Type Awesome
Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified
Best story of a D-mistake
Best Motivational Post

Best Diabetes Art New category (Sept 2011)

Send your nominations to bestbetesblogs@gmail.com. Then visit http://bestbetesblogs.com to see the “best” on October 1st. Remember, our goal is to find posts and bloggers that don’t get the attention they deserve so it is VERY important that we have nominations from across the diabetes community.

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As a bonus this month, we have a great sponsor for the September Best of the ‘Betes Blogs.

PAK BARA began as a company designing a compact, lightweight, fashionable daily organizer. The mother of a child with diabetes found their product and a new connection was born. The organizer has a low-profile and comes with either a clip, arm band, or leg band so it is great for carrying your diabetes supplies during exercise. “Even before their official launch, PAK BARA served as an elite sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in 2009 and 2010 to express their support for the diabetes community and long into the future.” (source)

PAK BARA designs

I met Karen, one of the co-founders, at Friends for Life 2011 and I can assure you that they are truly interested in helping the diabetes community. PAK BARA also has a partnership with GlucoBrands so the giveaway winners will receive GlucoBrands samples as well.

Since nominating is as important (if not MORE) than being chosen as one of the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs, PAK BARA will be providing their product to those who nominate and those who are featured in the October 1st post.

PAK BARA with pump
One winner will be chosen at random from among those who nominate and one will be chosen at random from among the posts that are featured.

Good luck everyone! Thank you for continuing to help us find the BEST!

PAK BARA for diabetes

Disclosure: All opinions expressed in this post are exclusively my own and I have not been paid for my content. The PAK BARA organizers are a $32.99 value and will be sent directly from the company to the giveaway winners.

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How I almost didn’t live uninterrupted

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First the punch line – I finally have my 3 month supply of DexCom sensors.
SENSORS!live uninterrupted
In my almost eight years of pumping insulin, and my one year of using a CGM, I have never had so many things go wrong, but also so many people help make it right.

It all started when I put my last sensor in. Long story short (I told it here) – the final sensor of my previous supply turned out to be my first dud. Thankfully I was able to get a replacement sensor fairly quickly.

I wasn’t worried about my supply when I originally put that order in because I typically get at least two weeks wear from each sensor (FDA – two weeks is actually a new term for 7 days).

When I called to order my new supply, the kind rep on the phone let me know that the procedure to submit the order to my insurance had changed. I think I may have scared him a little when I started to laugh. I couldn’t help it. It was the third time in one year, that my insurance procedures changed.

Because he would have to resubmit to insurance, the rep told me he would call me back as soon as he had news. This was the first case on this insurance plan that he had worked on so he didn’t really have a timeline.

Almost two weeks later, I hadn’t heard anything yet and the replacement sensor was nearing the seven day mark. I was worried that I was stuck in an insurance spin cycle.

My local account specialist extraordinaire, Lori, offered to step in at this point and track down my status. She replied to my email at 9 PM Wednesday night, and by early Thursday morning I had an answer – the authorization had gone through and I was ready to order.

I called DexCom to finally place my order and spoke to Michael, the same rep I had spoken with the first time. He apologized for the delay and said he would ship the sensors with overnight delivery so that I would have them the next day.

When I thanked him, he added that he would call me before he left work to give me the confirmation order to let me know the order had shipped. About 45 minutes later, he called me again but it was not good news.

When he tried to submit the order, it would not process because it turns out I needed a new prescription. He had already tried to call my endocrinologist’s office but there was no answer. Thursday ended with the sensors nowhere closer to my house.

I was in a late afternoon meeting on Friday when I saw a missed call on my cell phone – and a second missed call five minutes later. It was Michael from DexCom calling me back. At the first available break in the meeting, I called him back.

He had finally gotten in touch with my endo’s office. No easy task – she abruptly left the practice and they only have a substitute a few days a week. Michael wanted me to call him back as quickly as I could to make sure my mailing address for Saturday would be the same as the weekday address. Due to the hassle of my order, DexCom was willing to pay for overnight Saturday delivery of my sensor supply.

I wish I could tell you I missed the FedEx delivery for a good reason, but to be totally honest – Saturday is my only day to sleep in and I slept through the knock at the door. Once I woke up, I found the note on my door and called the customer service number.

My box of sensors was located at the distribution center about 20 minutes away. If DexCom was going to pay extra for me to have my sensors as quickly as possible, I felt like I owed it to them to actually get the sensors on that day.

overnight saturday delivery!what's inside?

Later that afternoon, using the directions provided on the FedEx website, I headed to the center… and got lost in the industrial park. Their directions led me to the backside of a warehouse and a dead end alley. Did I mention that this center is located in an area where most people just drive by – and make sure their windows are locked?

After driving around in circles for a while, and only having a few minutes left until closing time, I finally pulled over and pulled up a map on my crackberry. Those directions didn’t make sense either, but I at least was able to find the right road. With ten minutes to spare, I finally had those hard fought sensors in my hand – and in the front seat of my car.

I have never had such an ordeal trying to obtain any of my diabetes supplies, but I am thankful that even when orders don’t work out at planned, DexCom employees like Lori and Michael are willing to go so far beyond the call of duty to make sure I can continue to “live uninterrupted.”
take control

What’s a motto?

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Nothing! What’s a motto with you?!

Sorry, just a little Lion King humor.

As one of my favorite movies, I was beyond excited to hear that it was coming back out in 3D. I counted down the days until it premiered this weekend.

My initial plans to see it fell through, but thankfully I was able to find another friend who was willing to go with me and duet on all the songs.

As we were walking in, I heard a little kid say to his dad, “I am so excited! We are going to see YOUR Lion King!”

My friend and I weren’t the oldest people in the theatre, but I think we were the oldest who didn’t bring any kids with us.

In all seriousness, you can learn a lot of great life lessons from The Lion King. Here’s my favorite:

Adult Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back will mean facing my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Adult Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past. [laughs]
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.
[swings his stick at Simba again who ducks out of the way]
Rafiki: Ha. You See? So what are you going to do?

Seeing the movie in the theatre was just as awesome as I remember from 7th grade. I wanted to get a picture with the poster, but some kid wouldn’t get out of the way!
Lion King 3D
Watching all those giants cats left me thinking about my cats back home. I think one of them would love to live her life on camera.
Bes loves attention
The other – not so much.
Rose does not
They both did agree to film a short clip for me tonight. Whether or not they have a full food dish, the cats both come running and meow for all their worth any time I open the pantry.

Still single folks, still single.

Same as my age – an invisible illness week meme

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Today is the last day of Invisible Illness Week. Nothing like waiting until the last minute to honor it with a meme.

  1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 diabetes
  2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2003 (February)
  3. But I had symptoms since: possibly Spring 2001, but definitely by April 2002
  4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: putting a little more planning into my activities.
  5. Most people assume: that it is easy because I make this look good
  6. The hardest part about mornings is: knowing that first number is going to determine how I feel for a good part of the day
  7. My favorite medical TV show is: House
  8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my insulin pump. I mean, I need some sort of insulin delivery system or I truly could not live.
  9. The hardest part about nights is: not being worried about not waking up in the morning.
  10. Each day I take 1 pill(s) & 0 vitamins. I really don’t want to put anything extra into my body that I am already forced to take. My doctor and I discuss what I absolutely need to take.
  11. Regarding alternative treatments I: believe that they can be a supplement but not a replacement for proven medical treatments
  12.  If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: the devil I know instead of the devil I don’t.
  13. Regarding working and career: I love my job but I worry about gaps in insurance when I move on.
  14. People would be surprised to know: about the emotional impact of my illness.
  15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: the theoretical changes to any future family planning.
  16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: travel around the world.
  17. The commercials about my illness: don’t phase me too much but it does annoy me when I feel like certain d-celebrities have sold out.
  18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: have juice (for fun) at breakfast
  19. It was really hard to have to give up: I am not sure. I think my mom has been on a diet my entire life so there wasn’t anything like regular soda that I enjoyed previously.
  20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: blogging and all things social media.
  21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: eat and eat and eat and eat.
  22. My illness has taught me: that some of the greatest things can come from some of the worst situations.
  23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: how well I am controlling my diabetes. I don’t think they know how hard it is to appear to have it all together.
  24. But I love it when people: let me know that they were thinking about me.
  25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: Psalm 73:26
  26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: that you can do this.
  27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: the amount of support that is available if you have the time and ability to look for it.
  28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: when a few of my friends brought me a goodie bag in the hospital when I was diagnosed.
  29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I have an invisible illness.
  30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: like you must be really bored. Thirty questions is a lot to get through.

Deep Breath, Start Fresh

Faith Friday: Thank You

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Short, sweet, and to the point this Friday. I am so thankful for each of my friends and family across the country and (because of diabetes) even across the world.

“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers.”
~Philemon 1:4

Photo on 2010-10-01 at 23.53 #2
the adult Type 1 crew

One year ago

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One year ago today was a very important day for me. Any guesses on what I am celebrating? It is something I first attempted in 2007.

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Wordless Wednesday – My box of words

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my box of wordsthe memories it contains
My box of trinkets and messages from my friends around the world (hi Simon!) living similar adventures with diabetes.

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