Our relationship is over.
For thirty-three years, the only pieces of medical ID I owned was from Medic Alert. There were many.
They served me well (except for the few years that I refused to wear it, but that’s on me and not them), but I’ve become frustrated with them. The split-links would separate, the clasps would break, and the bracelet would slide off my wrist – at any moment, without warning. I’d spend too much time on my hands and knees looking for that tiny missing link, or pay a jeweler some astronomical amount of money to get a replacement.
Those split links (the tiny ones that clip to the medallion with the gap to allow for re-sizing, were too flexible and would always move or get caught on things. My sleeves and pockets have many a pulled thread because of that separated gap.
(When the split-link gets caught on a thread inside of the pocket and I try to manipulate my hand to break free – still hand-in-pocket – it can look like I’m engaged in something indecent. It’s embarrassing.)
So I went ahead and ordered a Stealth bracelet from Lauren’s Hope.
So far, I like it. It’s a little awkward in that the engraved medallion doesn’t twist over and the bracelet has to be removed for it to be read -the clasp is in the back, towards the center, (and I may not have ordered it if I’d known about this), but it’s been on my wrist for a week so far, and not having jagged edges to get caught on things is a definite plus.
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I know Lauren’s Hope gets a lot of publicity through blog posts and giveaways. This isn’t among them. Nobody asked if I was interested in an LH bracelet, I simply ordered it with my very own Visa card, using a promotion that was in effect over Memorial Day weekend .
If you’re interested in a Lauren’s Hope bracelet (there are lots of styles to chose from!), I don’t have promtional codes, giveaways, or anything else to offer. But if you look around the ‘net, you’re bound to find one. Or wait until 4th of July Weekend – I’m sure there will be some sort of promotion then.
After 33 years … the end of an era.
I keep asking myself why I feel this way about the Enlite sensor.
I keep telling myself that – despite the experience of others – I can get it to work to my satisfaction. I want it to work, I really do. Really, really, really.
Lots of times, it does. When my diabetes is behaving well and my blood sugars stay in a comfortable range (say, between 70 and 200 mg/dl), Enlite’s performance is fantastic. Awesome. Impeccable. And I’m happy – very happy – and I tell myself that I’m going to stick with it after my trial (disclosure) is over.
But then something goes wrong.
Oh, I heard it.
I’m pretty sure I heard it.
Every hour. For seven hours straight.
I don’t remember the first six times it happened, but I do remember lying in bed on the seventh, to the sound of Bee-do-Bee-do-Bee-do echoing from beneath the sheets.
I remember lying restlessly in bed, trying to fall back to sleep in spite of the background noise.
I’ve been a bit remiss in keeping my promise to take you behind the scenes of the video I created for Diabetes Blog Week.
And since it was posted in response to a Saturday topic, and blog readership is relatively light on weekends, you may have missed it. And if that’s the case, you’ll need to spend two and a half minutes watching it (embedded below for your convenience), otherwise what I’m about to say won’t make any sense.
So… now that you understand, here’s the story behind the video:
Top Twelve signs you are addicted to the Diabetes Online Community:
(Yes, twelve. Because who can really stop at ten?)
You obsessively take photographs of numbers.
You know what it means to have “bloused” before a meal, and you’ve likely done it yourself. Read the rest of this entry