RN- Robotic Nurse?

Rolling over, I reach to turn off my early morning alarm and I hear my hinges creak.  Is that my arthritis talking to me or is it the rusting of my newfangled robotic nursing parts?

Nursing and technologyWelcome to the computer-age folks. 
The future of medicine, where RN stands for Robotic Nurse.

After a days work in the hospital the need for an implanted computer chip becomes an obvious option for true nursing efficiency.  Imagine the time it would shave off.

I would be clocked in as I enter the building, the door to the locker room would swing open and I could change into my scrubs. As I approach a computer to do my many tasks I would log right on and as I run I would log right off.  When lunch rolls around and I leave the unit I could be clocked out and then back in again without having to remember.  The pyxis wouldn’t ask me for a code either, it would just be on key to open the drawers with the meds I need.  At the end of my exhausting and rewarding robotic day, I would of course be clocked out walking out the door. [Read more...]

A Muse on “The Diabetes Bag”

 

If you have diabetes, you have a diabetes bag- right?  Like it or not having diabetes means we need to carry D-stuff with us everywhere we go.  It’s like a hump on your back.  You might not like it but its always there.diabetes and diabetes supplies

What do you carry all of your D-stuff in?  I know this tends to be divided right down the middle with men and women.  It annoys most men to no end that they need more than their pants pockets at times.  What guy is comfortable with a male purse?  Women always have the default purse to lean on and shove it all in.  Sometimes there is so much in my diabetes bag that I feel like I could step on it with my foot to fit it all in there (aka- the garbage bag). [Read more...]

A Memoir on Insulin Pump Wear…

Taking a trip down memory lane with our insulin pumps made my daughter funny stories on insulin pumpsand I laugh out loud.  Some of our antics weren’t so funny (ha ha) kind of funny, when they happened but they are to us now. 

You will find yourself nodding with self reprication if you or someone you have spent time with wears an insulin pump.
So, here it goes… [Read more...]

Hypoglycemia and Dreams

 

Have you ever had hypoglycemia and a crazy dream to go along with it? low blood sugar and dreaming
Please leave your personal story in the comments below!

 

A few years ago I woke after having a fast food restaurant dream.  It all started at the Wendy’s drive-thru with my friend Michelle.  We both ordered giant burgers, super sized fries and frosties.  After we snarfled everything down we drove across the street to Burger King and reordered something similar to our previous indulgences.

After all of that food consumed, I woke up wondering what the deal was with my dream.  I quickly realized I felt low and I was, 55 to be exact. Funny thing is, we are both vegetarians and never eat at fast food restaurants!  My brain was focused on getting some source of large carbs obviously… [Read more...]

Getting started with a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) by Medtronic

 

Our supplies arrived to start my daughter rolling with her new CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) from Medtronic. 

I had thecontinuous glucose sensor first one that came out years ago and wasn’t too impressed with that technology.  It was bulky and uncomfortable.  I was hopeful it would provide me with solid information for my long runs, while training for a marathon.  I really didn’t wear it for long and it wasn’t covered by insurance back then, costing $300/mo for sensors. [Read more...]

Living with Type 1 Diabetes: Free to answer

I remember a good story from my neighbor. It goes something like this:

Driving in the car her first grade son asks:

“Mom why is the sky blue?”

She was thinking- great another question I don’t know the answer to…

In the back seat her daughter who is two years old perks up and says “Duh, it’s the most widely dispersed color in the spectrum.”

Ahh, thank you very much- off the hook!

That conversation made me laugh out loud. It seems kids go through a period in their lives that those questions happen all the time. I’m able to answer a wide spectrum of questions but my husband is the pro. If he can’t remember every factoid he’s learned throughout his life he can remember a shred and give a good answer. He is also good about creating answers the kids always believe with a straight face.

I remember when my daughter was 5 or 6 she was asking me a question I couldn’t answer and I told her maybe Dad would know the answer and she said:

“Why don’t Mommies know anything?”

Ouch! (I needed to learn how to make up better answers obviously).

When it comes to living with type 1 diabetes, there are some difficult dialogues that can happen as well. Such as:

“Mom, how many days do I have to do this?” (Asked a few days after diagnosis)

Trying my best not to start bawling, I swallowed my tears and said “let’s just take it one day at a time honey.”

She wasn’t ready for the “forever” answer about living with Type 1 diabetes and neither was I, that was for another day. At least I felt equipped to answer all diabetes related questions with my life experience. I wouldn’t leave her hanging nor would I get any more comments on me not know something about anything. Maybe that would make things a little easier, right?

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