Hi, my name is Joe. I was diagnosed in 1999 with a fasting blood sugar of 170. This was before A1c tests. I started an oral medication regimen which of course didn’t work and blood Glucose meters were clunky big devices, etc. It wasn’t until the introduction of Byetta and using Humalog 75/25 in the early 2000s that my blood sugars and A1c started coming down into normal range.
Fast forward to 2007 and living in Florida. Byetta, Metformin, and Humalog 75/25 were my regimens and my A1c was in the low 6’s. I started having severe hypoglycemia events despite adjusting my dosage of Humalog. The events were so bad that I asked my Endocrinologist to please put me on a CGM. That’s how I started using Dexcom on the G4. My hypo events all but ended. Plus, I was able to get my A1c below 6 to 5.8. While testing my blood sugars, I would wipe my fingers on paper towels, which was messy.
Everything was status quo until I started having severe lows again and switched to plain Humalog, Lantus (and later Basaglar) along with Bydureon. So, I asked my current Endo to please put me on a pump. I was able to go on the Omnipod and later the Omnipod Dash. This is a much better glucose control system for me with virtually no low blood sugars thanks to the current generation of the Dexcom. I was happy when Dabs came along. The product was perfectly sized to conveniently wipe the blood from my fingers after testing my glucose. They are absorbent and easy to use, plus I could just dispose them in a sharps container. So now for my regimen, I used the Omnipod, Dexcom G6, and Metformin. Along with Dabs when I test.
My husband was recently diagnosed as Type 2 and he does fingersticks twice a day so I introduced him to the Dabs. He thinks they are great also. So, that’s my story! With the Dexcom, I know my time in range is in the 90 percentile range and my A1c’s run the 5 range.
Introducing People of Dabs.
Diabetic Dabs is proud to announce a new story series on our website spotlighting people in our community. The first story will be posted next week and highlight a Dabs user. If you would like to be featured please direct message Diabetic Dabs on Instagram! We would love to share your story and empower others in our community.
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News you may have missed during the holiday week!
Liz Sacco had the pleasure of being a guest on Engel Jones’s podcast 12 minute convo’s. Engel explores the power of conversation by interviewing people around the globe that are making a positive impact. Take a listen! https://12minconvos.com/elizabeth-sacco
Dabs Founder Liz Sacco shares the story of why she founded Dabs (originally Diabetic Dabs) to fill the need for a wipe to clean off the excess blood resulting from diabetes blood-sugar testing, and how dabs are useful for millions of everyday uses.
IT’S PLAYOFF TIME!
This is an exciting time of the year in my household. Playoff season always draws high energy, especially when two of your home teams ( Bruins & Celtics) are still in the running. Being a professional athlete takes a tremendous amount of dedication, focus, and tenacity to compete at that level. Do you ever stop and think for a moment about the professional athletes that live with diabetes? I often do, because I live in a house with my 4 boys and my husband, and sports are a permanent fixture on the TV. Furthermore, my son David is heavily involved in sports lives with type 1. These athletes take on a whole other “to-do” list (both mentally and physically). Playing sports with diabetes has its own set of challenges.
No one wants to receive the diagnosis of diabetes. Unfortunately, today more and more people are hearing those dreadful words. As a mother, I heard those words given to my son when he was 9 years old. Whether the diagnosis is type 1 or type 2, you immediately know your life is about to change.
I love life! And I love how life makes you think and evaluate your situation. I thank God each day that he created me as an optimist. I know everyone is not wired that way, so I really do consider this a blessing. Life can certainly throw you curve balls. However, I try each day to grow and improve as a person, and I have concluded outlook is tied to your outcome.