How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Diabetes Care Team

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW on Jun 12, 2018 2:16:29 PM

Before experiencing life with a chronic illness you likely had less interaction with the healthcare system. You probably only saw a doctor for an occasional check-up or to get a prescription for an acute illness, like antibiotics for a bacterial infection. However, when you or someone you care for was diagnosed with diabetes, your relationship with the healthcare system likely changed quite suddenly and quite drastically; you went from seeing a physician as an occasional acquaintance to managing several long-term relationships throughout a whole healthcare team.

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Tags: insulin, diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, life with diabetes, being your own wellness advocate, diabetes care team

15 Travel Tips for Insulin Pumpers...part 1

Posted by Kelly Evans on Jun 8, 2018 12:43:44 PM

It’s Friday, 5pm. I’m locking my desk, donning my coat, and stepping outside. And I’m sporting a smile wider than the Grand Canyon, because it’s vacation time! A week or two to unwind, forget the office politics, and read all of those books I’ve told people I’ve already read. I’ve packed and planned, and now I’m primed to go. But is my insulin pump?

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Tags: diabetes, pharmacy, insulin cartridges, being attached to an insulin pump, life with diabetes, type1 diabetes, traveling with diabetes, diabetes and airplanes, going on vacation with diabetes

Tilly's Story

Posted by insulinpumps.ca on Jun 6, 2018 12:55:46 PM

Ever since June, 2010, my life has never been the same. That's because I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I have never known what life is like without T1D because I was only 2 and a half when I was diagnosed. I have been in the hospital 3 times. Twice for D.K.A and once for low blood sugars. I was very scared when this happened. I was vomiting lots and the nurses kept taking lots of blood out of my arm.

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Tags: diabetes, life with diabetes, diabetes community, children with diabetes, type1 diabetes

10 Signs of Eating Disorders in People with Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW on Jun 2, 2018 5:00:00 PM

In today’s society—where we are bombarded with images and messages about how to eat, take care of ourselves and look— it is not uncommon for people to feel dissatisfied with their body shape, size, or features. However, there is a point at which this ‘normative discontent’ can grow into unhealthy relationships with food, body image, and/or body weight.

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Tags: anxiety, mental health, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, eating disorders, diabetes and food

What you need to know when looking for a therapist

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW on May 18, 2018 9:50:10 AM

Searching for someone to help support you through your difficulties with diabetes or other challenges can be a daunting task. There are many mental health providers out there, each with different perspectives, ways of working and experience. This quick guide will provide you with some key steps to help you get started in looking for a therapist.

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Tags: diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, finding a therapist

GREAT COST-SAVINGS NEWS FOR ANIMAS® PUMPERS!

Posted by Melany Hellstern on Apr 29, 2018 1:42:56 PM

 

 

 

Many of us at insulinpumps.ca use pumps so we’re always looking for ways to share with you on how you can save money.
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Tags: type 1 diabetes, insulin pump, infusion set savings, Inset, Animas, Contact Detach, Tender, Comfort Short, pharmacy, lower cost infusion sets, Inset II, Comfort, cost savings

Animas pumpers...Are you paying too much for infusion sets?

Posted by insulinpumps.ca on Apr 29, 2018 1:42:18 PM

Animas pumpers, if you are paying more than $175 per box for your infusion sets, you need to watch this...

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes costs, infusion set tips, infusion set savings, Inset, Animas, Inset II, cost savings, Autosoft90

Why did I wait so long to go on an insulin pump?

Posted by Kelly Evans on Apr 28, 2018 12:22:11 PM

Change is good. We know this, even if sometimes we disagree. Without change, we’d still be living in wooden houses, cooking over fires, and relying on our local leech farms for medical advice.

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Tags: insulin, type 1 diabetes, Medtronic insulin pump, Animas insulin pump, anxiety, starting an insulin pump, transitioning from MDI to a pump, being attached to an insulin pump

Diabetes is easier when shared

Posted by Barb Wagstaff on Apr 20, 2018 12:55:51 PM

Everyone here at insulinpumps.ca has a personal connection to diabetes.  We understand the importance of having people who "get it" in your life. It helps to be able to talk to other people who understand what life with diabetes is really like. It can make diabetes feel lighter.  That's why we are partnering with Virtue BajurnyBSW, MSW, RSW to provide you with ongoing support! 

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care

Exploring the emotional side of diabetes care

Posted by Barb Wagstaff on Apr 5, 2018 3:23:16 PM

You need to clear your calendar April 19th! Block out 7pm EDT as super important just for YOU! 

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Tags: diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, free diabetes counselling, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care