Update!

Hello fellow bloggers! I just realized that it has been a couple of months since I’ve updated this blog! Where did the time go?! I apologize for that! Things got pretty hectic with the end of school and then the beginning of summer. I have so much to tell you all!

These past few weeks have been quite exciting, to say the least. It all started out in the second week of July. My patience was wearing thin… I was sick of doing injections 5+ times a day, and not being able to sleep soundly due to a fear of going low during the night! It was starting to get to me and I just wanted to go on a pump and get my glucose monitor.

As I said in my last post, I was getting a Dexcom G4 Platinum and thinking of an Omnipod. The second week in July, I went to a presentation to introduce me to insulin pumps. There were vendors there from Omnipod, Medtronic, and Animas. After doing more research, I realized that my heart no longer desired an Omnipod. The new apple of my eye was indeed, the One Touch Ping by Animas.

I was initially afraid of the tubing. “I don’t want some frightening, alien plastic tube attached to my body,” I thought to myself. But then thanks to guidance from my doctors and some clear-minded decision making, the paperwork was well on its way for my new Animas pump and Dexcom!

As I eagerly sat by the window like a puppy who is awaiting the return of their owner, I jumped at the sound of every truck passing. Then, the doorbell rang. I leapt out of my chair and swung open the door, and VOILA!!! My Dexcom had arrived! Eager to begin, I tore open the box and dove into all the videos and manuals. After some self-education, I was able to successfully insert my first sensor! Finally, up and running!

I have received my pump in the mail and tomorrow morning I have my first training session. I will start wearing my pump filled with saline, so I can practice bolusing and getting used to the controls and what it feels like to be attached to the pump. There is so much to learn! I will post tomorrow and let you guys know how it went!

I am also planning on doing a Dexcom review and a pump review after I actually start wearing it. I will hopefully be posting a bit more frequently, but I’m not sure how that’s going to work since I will be starting my JUNIOR YEAR (AHH) in high school in a few weeks.

I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy and loving life! Until next post!

Advertisements

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!