Category Archives: Insulin pump

Leg man

The last time I took insulin in my leg was in June of 2006. It was with my very last Novolog FlexPen.

Until now.

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I’m hoping this experiment turns out well, because real-estate on my body is about as valuable – if not more – than land in Manhattan.  And this could open up more options for my CGM sensor, which seems to have a low tolerance for scar tissue.

That, and I can hide it beneath swim trunks. Summers are always hard for me when it comes to site selection.

I’m right, and everyone else is wrong?

ThreshSuspendSounds ridiculous, right?

I keep asking myself why I feel this way about the Enlite sensor.

I keep telling myself that – despite the experience of others – I can get it to work to my satisfaction. I want it to work, I really do. Really, really, really.

Lots of times, it does. When my diabetes is behaving well and my blood sugars stay in a comfortable range (say, between 70 and 200 mg/dl), Enlite’s performance is fantastic. Awesome. Impeccable. And I’m happy – very happy – and I tell myself that I’m going to stick with it after my trial (disclosure) is over.

But then something goes wrong.

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Things that go BEEP in the night

Oh, I heard it.RepeatedHiAlarms

I’m pretty sure I heard it.

Every hour.  For seven hours straight.

I don’t remember the first six times it happened, but I do remember lying in bed on the seventh, to the sound of Bee-do-Bee-do-Bee-do echoing from beneath the sheets.

I remember lying restlessly in bed, trying to fall back to sleep in spite of the background noise.

Bee-do-Bee-do-Bee-do.

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A ramble as clumsy as the pump’s name itself

I told myself that I would give it some time before posting a recap of my trial on a new pump (you know, the awkwardly titled Medtronic Minimed 530G with Enlite).  Now, nearly two months in, seems as good a time as ever.  But just when I think I’ve formed an opinion on the Minimed 530G, I find a reason to change it.

Case-in-point.  It started out wonderfully. The sensor tracked my blood sugar really, really well. I even put this nifty mash-up of Carelink Pro data (provided to me by my trainer, as I apparently lack the credentials or qualifications to do it myself).

 

Enlite-CareLinkProThe line is the sensor readings. The dots are the fingersticks.  They are pretty damn close, if I do say so myself.

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#DBlogWeek ’14 – Day 6 – Sharply dressed (video)

Here’s 30 days worth of sharps logged and catpured on film in under 3 minutes…a video collection I began last August.  Enjoy!

(Yes, I used two meters – during this month, because I momentarily lost one, an only changed the lancet once in each).


Today’s topic: Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like!  With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.