Pump It Up

Hey fellow bloggers! I have some exciting news! I am currently researching and looking in to getting an insulin pump and a constant glucose monitoring system! I have been looking around on the internet and I found some I like: the OmniPod (pump) and Dexcom (CGM).

I cannot wait to get a pump. The amount of flexibility I will have and the accuracy is something I look forward to. It’s so frustrating needing to inject yourself every time you want to have something to eat! It’s especially hard for me when I go to a party or have a party in class and I can’t eat anything, not only because it’s gluten-free, because I can’t go to the bathroom to calculate and give my insulin. There will also be more accuracy for me hopefully. My insulin to carb ration is 1:15, and I always have to round down (yes, even if it’s .5 or above). If I eat something that is 50 grams of carbs, I can only give 3 units of insulin, even though I should give 3.33. With a pump, I can give an exact dose every time!  The OmniPod is TUBELESS and WATERPROOF (for up to an hour). It is attached to your body using a cappula and it stuck on with a patch. I would be able to hide it under my clothes and control it with the personal diabetes manager (PDM).

I am most excited about getting a constant glucose monitoring system (CGM). One of the things that is always a scare for my mom and I is worrying about a low during the night and not waking up from it. I wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 every night, but what if I go low at 4:00? Then waking up at 2:00 is obsolete! The system I am looking at tests your sugar every 5 minutes. It takes that data and puts it onto a graph that you can access from the wireless device. The best thing is that it can tell you when you are going to low and an alarm will sound if you go low in the middle of the night (even at 4:00 ;)). This would be such a relief for both my mom and I. We could sleep through the night and not need to worry!

I haven’t decided exactly which pump or CGM I want to use yet… Does anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate any comments you all have! What kind of pump do you use? Do you use a CGM? What would you recommend I do? Thanks!

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2 thoughts on “Pump It Up

  1. Hi Amanda! Thanks for the follow over on The Pump and the Second Hand. I love learning about new blogs when people visit my site! These are really good questions to be asking. Pumping is amazing (going on 8-1/2 years) and I just started on my CGM and so far is has been a really great tool! CGM-wise I would definitely recommend the Dexcom — with all my research and talking with other diabetics it is by the far the most accurate and easy to use (and you can leave it in for seven days — heck yes!) Pumps are much more subjective in terms of what you like and what works for you. I’ve heard great things about the OmniPod but I would say one thing, don’t be afraid of tubing. Yes, the thought of having something attached to you 24/7 is a tad frightening, but you’d be surprised at how quickly you get used to it. That being said, I use the Medtronic Paradigm and it’s a workhorse, never had a problem with it, but I am looking to switch to the newest pump on the market, the Tandem t:slim. Go check it out, it’s pretty cool!
    Hope this helps, but ultimately you have to decide what works best for you and your diabetes. Good luck!

    • Hi Sara! Thank you so much for replying! I am so happy that there are people like you out there to help me! 🙂 I am seriously considering the Dexcom. I have read great reviews and I saw some of your posts about it. As for the pump, I will have to look around at some of the other options like the ones you mentioned. I’m sure it will take some getting used to, but I think it will definitely make life easier. Thanks again for the advice! I love your blog!

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