All Type 1 gamers need heros. They need players that they can look up to. They need role models who are thriving despite and even because of their Diabetes. They need someone that makes them feel less alone. They need someone that gives them confidence to believe that they can do ANYTHING that they set their mind to if they're willing to do the necessary Type 1 Game work that goes along with this success. They need individuals like Chris Jarvis, Sebastien Sassville, Jonny White, Phil Southerland (and the other Type 1's on the Team Type 1 professional cycling team), Kris Freeman, Gary Hall, John Chick, Adam Morrison, Chris Dudley, Nicole Johnson, Nick Jonas and George canyon.
Each of the gamers in this list give other Type 1 gamers hope. I mean, they've accomplished so much in their quest for excellence in what they do. They are world class athletes, adventurers and entertainers. Many, many non-gamers have attempted to get as far without as much success. These individuals have gotten there despite (or maybe because of?) their Type 1 Diabetes. How inspiring ! So, what's the problem? Well, as far as being role models, they're really doing too good of a job. In a way, they're making it look too easy. Google any one of them and look at pics. They don't look one bit like they have a serious life-threatening chronic disease. In fact they look amazing! They appear to be healthier than the huge majority of North Americans. Most "normal" people like me would do just about anything to look and be more like them. They are true winners in every sense. And yet, they'd die in a matter of hours without insulin.
So, what's my point? The success stories are worth sharing and like I said will provide much needed inspiration to the gamers facing the same challenges, but we must not forget the seriousness of the disease and it's implications. I find that too often this is overlooked. Most non gamers believe that Diabetes is always reversible and seeing and hearing about these Type 1 game heros really reinforces this misconception because no one sees what they go through to achieve their goals and thrive the way that they do. The silent Type 1 game struggles and suffering side needs to be shared because most people have no clue what it's like to play this game. And until more people realize what it's really, really like, true awareness is not really happening and we're not accelerating the much needed cure as much as we could. Don't be shy, tell someone your story... Share what this game puts you through... Because without this, we're missing the Type 1 awareness boat.
Our 1 year Continuous Glusose Monitoring (CGM) anniversary is coming up in about a month. The sensors seem to be getting more and more precise. This last batch seems to have about a 1 to 2 mmol/Ls (18 to 36 mg/dl) difference with the meter reading. It does however seem to have a harder time with quickly changing values as well as higher highs and lower lows.
When we first started using the CGM, we set the low alarm to warn us if Adele went low. We weren't using the high alarm at first to avoid adding to the too many alarms that seemed to be going off way too often. Then last month, I set the high alarm to 15.0 (270), high enough so that it should only go off in extreme cases. Last night, when my wife woke up to check Adele's blood sugar at 1:30 am, it was at 14.0 (too high), she corrected with 0.7 units of insulin. We went back to sleep. Then at 4:45 am, we were awoken by Adele's pump alarm. It had been screaming for a while now and the whole pump was vibrating by the time that I got to it. Adele was sleeping. I was surprised when I glanced down to see what the problem was. Her CGM was saying that her blood sugar was 16.0 (288) trending upward. I tested with a finger prick and her meter. The result was 15.7 (283). That didn't make any sense. The correction at 1:30 am should have brought her down. She didn't eat anything. Either she is coming down with something or there is a problem with her site. I really hate changing her site on a school morning, even less in the middle of the night! Then, in my half-asleep stupor, I noticed that something was different. Her pump was not wireless, so why wasn't the tubing attached to it anymore? Crap, the tubing broke right where it enters the insulin cartridge. I had no idea how long it had been this way, but it did explain the high (and still rising) blood sugar. She was not getting any insulin at all. I filled and installed a new insulin cartridge and tube and reconnected Adele to her lifeline. I then gave her 1.2 units of insulin to hopefully bring her sugar down before wake time. She woke up at 10 (180), still high, but much better than the 30ish (540ish) number we would have likely seen had the CGM not caught it. Thank you CGM...