My first infusion site! Pump & CGM Shopping continues…

A constant game of catchup.

As an adult diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 29, I feel like I’m behind.

The majority of people I know with t1d have been living with it since they were children or teens. Pros.

Is it second nature to them? Do they remember life before this?

I’m still utterly confused and overwhelmed.

Example: Before I go to a d-related event, I often hop online and go through the same routine.

…the list goes on. You’d think by now I’d have it down pat. The fact of the matter is my brain has been super fried since diagnosis. Information doesn’t stick well and I get a deer-in-the-headlights look and feeling.

My new t1d friends have shown me nothing short of complete understanding, yet I still have a need to sound like I know what they’re talking about (or at the very least, sound a little less like an idiot).

Is this what it’s like to be diagnosed so late in life? As an independent, fully self-sufficient person maybe there’s this pressure  inside myself to “know it all” since I have the resources and mind to.

I don’t though. Not even close.

Meet the pumps & cgm’s

Choosing to pump is a big decision, as is what pump you’ll use. To make the process less daunting, I’m slowly trying to familiarize myself with the technology.

I got around to meeting with Omnipod and Animas last year to get a feel for their products. See my blog post on that here.

This time around, I contacted all four, adding Accu-Chek and Metronic to the list.

Sheldon Smith from Metronic came over to my house yesterday and I tried on my VERY FIRST infusion set.

On me right now is the Metronic Silhouette infusion set (I did manual insertion) as well as the Quick Set on the other side of my abdomen. Both were far less painful than I had imagined.

Luckily I had ballet class last night, the perfect place to start testing out these bad boys. All that bending, twisting and jumping. Here’s my Instagram post.

 

I’m going to beat up all these demos and give them a taste of my active lifestyle.

Trying to appreciating the process,

Jess

Canadian competitive speed skater Mallory Zorman starts new blog about type 1 diabetes

The name of her new blog?

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Q&A with Calgary’s Mallory Zorman

 Motto: “Diabetics can reach a high level in sports despite having the disease.”

photo 1-1.PNGWhy blog? “I hope that I am able to reach out and help other diabetics. I hope they can see how I’ve led an active life and know that they can do the same. From the few blogs I’ve recently read (including yours) I’ve learned a lot and been inspired – which is saying something considering I’ve had diabetes for 12 years.” Thanks Mallory for the lovely compliment! 

photo 1What’s the hardest part of diabetes? “There is no break. I work hard at school for 5 days, then it’s the weekend and I can take a break. Diabetes isn’t like that. It’s a 24/7 job and some days I don’t feel like putting in the effort.”

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What has diabetes taught you? “T1d has taught me so much. If I had to choose one thing, I’d probably say that it has taught me so much about my body. I can estimate my blood sugar very accurately based on how I feel. I know what foods make me feel good (brown rice) and which make me feel really bad (cake), even if I do insulin accordingly.”

What have you learned on the ice that you take off the ice? “From the ice, I’ve learned discipline. This has also helped my approach to diabetes. Whether it’s listening to my coach, going to bed early or eating right, this is what is meant by discipline in sport. I’ve made sacrifices in order to become a better skater, but at the end of the day I don’t regret anything.”

Always on the move

Mallory is currently studying biological sciences at University of Calgary.

Recently she retired from competitive skating to focus on medical school. However, the 19-year-old will continue to lace up recreationally and coach.

This summer she is running her first half marathon and continues to enjoy road biking, hiking and inline skating. She’s active in every season and encourages others to do the same.

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Mallory has become involved with her local JDRF chapter and works for Medtronic on occasion attending infosiums and pump sessions.

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Mallory Zorman’s Insulin on Ice blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Find out what she uses for diabetes management here.
Mallory, we look forward to your blogs. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Canada and the world.
J
All photos courtesy of Mallory Zorman