I was diagnosed with (what she assumed was type 2) diabetes by my PCP in June 2016 and was diagnosed with type 1/LADA about two weeks ago.
I’m jumping in with both feet - using a Dexcom G5 CGM since October - and now using Novolog and Lantus pens until I can get an insulin pump.
I like the idea of the Tandem X2 pump, because it’s updatable with new software as improvements are released. If it can talk to my CGM and prevent lows or highs/lows in a couple of years, that would be amazing.
A bit about me:
I live in Alaska, where it’s tough to get in to see an endocrinologist. I was referred to one in October and the earliest date available was April 25, 2017. I didn’t want to wait that long, so booked an appointment with an endo in Florida while visiting over the holidays. Are there any other Alaskans on here who use Anchorage-area endocrinologists? Any words of wisdom?
I travel for work quite a bit and often spend time in remote Alaskan villages, where weather can prevent you from leaving a village of 150 people for several days. There’s usually a clinic in most of the villages, but no doctor. What do I need to bring with me if I may routinely be stuck without access to a hospital for 4-5 days?
Finally - does anyone else travel or live in places with extremely cold weather? What do you do with your insulin when you’re outside for extended periods of time at -20 to -40 degree temperatures? I have an awesome parka with an interior pocket. I’ve been thinking the insulin might get too warm if I keep it right next to my body, but it will definitely get too cold if it’s in an exterior pocket or in my backpack. Advice?
Thanks and I look forward to “meeting” you and participating in discussions!