Hey folks. I've been getting a bit ahead of myself -- adding to threads before I have made a proper intro of myself out here. Sorry about that...
Since I originally logged in here at TUD with my fB account you know my name (:wave:). I'm a Type 1, dx'ed just over 30 years ago with late onset IDDM (1.15.82 at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla when I was 23). I've been on MDI since day one (currently shooting Lantus and Humalog/Novolog), and I recently got a Dexcom Seven Plus CGM which has already opened my eyes to all sorts of things going on inside me. It's a very cool little device, and I am learning a lot from all the folks here in the Dexcom Users group. Thanks for all the info! Hopefully I can add to the mix.
I saw my endo this past Tuesday and my A1c was at 6.7, which is just fine. Anything below 7 is good to me (I've always hovered right around 7). My blood pressure has gone up a wee bit over the past year (first time I think it has ever moved on me), so that may turn into a concern, but I am doing well on all other fronts. I am lucky, considering some of the things I have read here that some folks are dealing with.
I've always been concerned with the amount of medical waste I could generate being diabetic. After reading an article in Diabetes Forecast in the mid '80s about a field hospital in Africa where they were very short on supplies and were using a single hypodermic point per patient for up to 30 days and had never had a single infection in the 10s of 1000s of injections they had administered, I now use a single point for each of my insulins for up to three weeks (I kind of lose track using them so long, but my average is at least 20 days or so). That might alarm some of you, but I am quite used to it, and my endo is quite fine with it. I swap points once they become uncomfortable to use any longer.
I'm a Systems Administrator for Disney Animation in Burbank, CA, but am also an avid mountain biker and semi-pro photographer (my site is at mmcphoto.com, such as it is -- it has only a home page as I figure any prospective client would be able to see what I can do with a DSLR from that one shot there). I do a lot of solo riding in the mountains where I live, so the Dexcom is really helping out on that front to let me know how I am doing, especially the trending. Last thing I wanna do is bonk out in the hills when I am by myself, and the Dex is really helping with that.
So, enough for one message. I look forward to participating as I can.