Thursday, May 29, 2008

DMV Medical....yet again

Being a paramedic in Nova Scotia, I am required to have and maintain a class 4 drivers license. This is not an issue for most people, but the government is very particular about people with any sort of medical abnormalities.

Anything cardiac, neurological, metabolic, physiological etc requires advanced medical forms. You can only imagine having type 1 diabetes, especially for the number of years I have, the number of forms I have to fill out every two years to maintain the right to drive!

I came home yesterday to find the letter, from DMV, full of forms for various doctors to fill out. A form for my opthamologist, one for my GP and one for the endo.....after yet another round of blood work. I understand why they are asking for this information. I have been to wayyyy too many car accidents caused by many different medical conditions, but it is still a pain in my BUTT to chase after doctors, spend my money, every two years for the same medical form. Even though our provincial health coverage does cover the cost of the Dr visit, I still have to pay the doctor $$ for the form, as it is not considered a necessity!! OK rant over.....

A beautiful, sunny day in Nova Scotia today. I went for a 10km run in the sun.......and tonight I am heading to see Sara Slean on a good day all around!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Enjoying the new Contour Link Meter!

When I hear Medtronic was pairing up with Bayer, I assumed it would based on the new Contour meter. With this in mind, I started using the Bayer Contour a year hope....and sure enough, last month the Contour Link was released.

I was never a huge fan of the old BD Link meter. I found it clunky, and ugly. I know those are petty reasons, but seeing and handling the same ugly clunky meter many times a day, every day, grows old.

Now my new contour meter, with its matching skin to the pump, is a part of my daily life. The case is a little more user friendly with the meter angled at 90 degrees to the old case. I like that......but the lancet device is terrible. I have also disliked the microlet device, but continue to use it due to its small size! What a dilemma :)

I am prepping for kayak season, and an upcoming day of canoe races. I purchased Medtronic's waterproof pump case. It looks like the pump case from the 500 series (507/508) - and the website states it does not work with the paradigm. I spoke with a customer rep on the helpline, who assured me this waterproof case had been altered to fit the 522 pump, but the website had not been updated. It looks the same as the old waterproof case......and has the same old web will be interesting to see how it works. There were a lot of different case options on the market that looked smaller and easier to use, but I like the guarantee this case carries! If water gets in and harms the pump, Medtronic covers! I'll let you know how it goes! I may do a test run in the bathtub!!

On a softer note, I am craving some peace and the idea of going out on the water is appealing.......

Thursday, May 08, 2008


My brother does not ask for much.....but as he has been listening to my plans for training for the Medtronic Marathon in October...he has asked that I blog this adventure! I do not think he realizes I already blog, but I am going to add in training information just for him :) Here you go bro!

I find when I run, and my blood sugar is higher then normal (tisk tisk, not good....I know.....but I really wanted to get out and run!!!) the run feels long and tiring. I feel like I am fighting to keep going! Thankfully this does not happen often, but what a difference a good blood sugar makes when going out for a run!

6km run this morning, in the beautiful sunshine! I wish all days could be this nice!!