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Posted Oct 07 2011 5:06pm

 When I got back from babysitting I chopped up various raw veggies and made a big old salad in a mixing bowl. Romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, mushrooms, cucumber, fresh mozzarella, pumpkin seeds, and a spoonful of Boursin cheese on top that I used at the last minute instead of hummus.

As I was making my salad I realized I had bought a ton of asparagus the other day that I needed to use. I usually steam it in the microwave, but since I had a little extra time today and my level was fine at 109, I roasted the asparagus in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes in safflower oil, salt, and pepper. I chopped some of the asparagus and had it with parmesan.

I got hungry a few hours after lunch, which was probably due to the fact that I didn't have any quality protein in my lunch. I decided to try this Textured Vegetable Protein for the first time. I bought it this summer at Whole Foods after reading online that it was a good low carb substitute for grains. I read somewhere that you could mix it with cinnamon, fruit, nut butter, etc. just like oatmeal. I was a little wary, but I gave it a try!

1/4 a cup is 7 carbs (4 grams of fiber), so 3 net carbs. I microwaved 1/4 cup with 1/4 cup water for 2 minutes. I mixed in some almond milk, because it got too try. I also added lots of cinnamon, a little sea salt, vanilla extract, two spoonfuls of cottage cheese, a few slivered almonds, a spoonful of almond butter, and about a tablespoon of Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (for the sweet taste). I pretty much added everything I could to make this stuff taste great.
 It was delicious!! And my blood sugar will hopefully stay good since the carb count was low. I'm excited to start incorporating this into my daily meals.

On another note I've been wanting to do a post about the current medical devices I'm using. I love the new sites I'm using and wanted to give you all a detailed review.

So first of all my most basic tool in managing my diabetes? A good chart of my blood sugar levels so that I can keep track of patterns.

Onto the much more expensive and technological devices... my Dexcom sensor and my Medtronic Minimed Paradigm insulin pump.

This is a close-up of the sensor and transmitter that sends data to the gray Dexcom receiver in the picture above. I change this every 7 to 10 days. I keep one in as long as it sticks. Here you see it on my side just above my hip, my favorite area for my sensors. I love these sensors. I barely feel a thing when I insert them. I used to dread putting in new sensors when I used Medtronic's version. Ouch!

Now on my other side in the same spot I'm wearing my insertion site for my insulin pump. I've just started using these Sure-T sites, which I really like. The circle on the left of the picture is the actual site where the insulin goes in. Since these sites are so small, there is an addition sticky circle to ensure that a dropped pump won't completely rip the site out of your skin (believe me, it can happen- door handles are dangerous).

Here's a close-up of the insertion site. Again these are nearly pain-free and I don't have to worry about my pump sites bleeding like they used to. The needle goes in at 90 degrees, but it's so short (8 mm) that it doesn't cause me any problems at all. With the Sure-T sites, unlike the other sites I've used, the needle actually stays in your body with the site, but it's so miniscule that you can't ever feel it.

For some perspective, here's the whole site including the additional sticky circle that's attached by tubing (it takes me 2.0 units of priming to fill that tube).

And for additional perspective, this is the size of the tube compared to my pinky. I pull the tube off before I insert the site, but for sanitary purposes I didn't want to take the tube off for a picture. The actual needle that stays inside me is actually only about half the length of that tube.

So there you have it. After years of barely managing with devices that I didn't really enjoy using, I'm so happy to finally have found options that work so much better for me. The Dexcom (which I learned about from  Reyna  at Beta Buddies) and the Sure-T sites, which my nurse practitioner gave me as a sample at my last appointment, have made my quality of life much better. Now when people ask me if inserting a pump site or a sensor site hurts, I can honestly and truthfully answer not at all.

Have a good night!
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