About Troy Kestrel
Use Omnipod with continuous basal rate Novolog, 1:15 carb ratio boluses upon eating.
Also had laser surgery 3 times in each eye many years ago and moderate neuropathy, no pain. Work an erratic schedule. Also have sleep apnea using a CPap and sleep disturbance due to worry about potential pending low sugars. Use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) in addition to checking sugars. CGM demonstrated that, for years, I had low overnight sugars that returned to normal by morning.
"Chapters" of diabetes. The "chapter" of injections with slow-acting insulin derived from pigs that caused red welts on my legs from allergic skin reaction to the insulin. Took a long time to convince myself to start injections in the stomach and the buttocks (thanks to Herkto Hollow came in Iowa). By then, legs were nearly unusable for injections. "Tes Tape" dipped in urine to tell sugars delayed knowledge of what sugars actually were at the moment. Large syringe needles were painful. "Miracles" of treatment improvement included "Regular" insulin that was fast acting and made morning sugars of 400 go away in a short while instead of taking all morning. In the all-morning days, I'd describe the switch from high to low sugar as my "stomach turning over" and I'd go from feeling crappy to feeling really good. Last time I felt "rested" upon awakening was when I was 8 years old. "Exhausting" is the one word I'd use to describe diabetes. Another "miracle" of diabetes care is syringes with finer needles that didn't hurt. And test strips for urine instead of test tape. They gave more information. Then self-prick finger sticks with real-time sugar. And finally, the continuous glucose monitor that shows me how delayed the body responds to food when treating for low sugars. Another "miracle" was human-derived insulin and the insulin pump, which I used for several years, starting in 2001. That took me from the chapter of wild cycles of highs and lows due to long-acting and slow-acting insulin peaks happening with 6 shots per day to a more-relaxed and higher quality of life. Learning how to count carbs and know exactly how much insulin to take is great. So, too, is the pod, which is waterproof and allows me to shower, swim, get rained on, etc. without needing to disconnect. It also avoids the odd feeling of having something attached during sleep. I actually have to "search" for the pod sometimes because I notice it so little.