While the 670g system was presented as a ray of hope, the path to getting the system was quite difficult. Leaving the hospital, I had only completed one successful insulin shot and so early on diabetes maintenance seemed impossible. Over the next three months I had to document my blood sugar in a log book every three hours to demonstrate responsibility. This was good practice for me in monitoring how different things affected my blood sugar, however the stress of maintaining the log book put a lot of pressure on me and my mother. It was a frustrating feeling like I had to jump through hoops in order to get technology that could ease the burden of living with diabetes.
First Pump Observations
– No need to draw up and inject insulin regularly (like when I wanted seconds during dinner!)
– Pump calculator does all the math for me
– Discrete dosing
– Support was everything! The diabetes nurse gave me reassuring knowledge like “dropping the insulin pump will rarely pull out the cannula so don’t freak out if it falls out of your pocket” and “with time you will learn to move the insulin pump around the bed while you sleep so you don’t get tangled in the tubing.”
– Object attached to me at almost all times, it took awhile to get used to
– 630g system had a CGM that was often unreliable, giving inaccurate blood sugar readings resulting in false alarms (and panic!)
Eventually I transferred to the 670g system which included massive improvements to the CGM and many of the blood sugar misreads I had with the old system vanished. The 670g system took away a lot of the stress I had about managing my diabetes. This experience may have been very specific to me as someone who had diabetes for less than a year before switching onto an automated insulin delivery automatic system, but I found myself able to focus less of my brain power on worrying about what my blood sugar was doing knowing that I would not only be alerted to any issues but that the system was doing its best to fix the issues before I even noticed it was happening. I often imagined the pump as a worried friend doing its best to help me take care of myself.
New Pump Observations
– More accurate blood sugar readings
– Automated system often fixed issues before I noticed them
– Scar tissue after using a pump for years. This made insertions overtime physically painful and emotionally draining.
– Relied on my mom for emotional support through stressful site changes
Now my relationship with pump site changes seems to fluctuate most of the time being just a thing I must do but other times there’s a series of difficult and painful insertions.
Overall, the new improvements to technology that have emerged during my time as a diabetic really eased my transition into diabetes management and has been a great comfort to me and my family. Technology is still changing and I’m still experimenting with the different options out there! A couple of years ago I switched from Medtronic to the Tandem T-Slim and that move was another improvement for my diabetes care. Everything has its own pros and cons and when it comes to diabetes technology it’s all about deciding how important each aspect is for your personal diabetes management.
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