I was looking forward to a pump I could see -- I got that and more.
This system is far better than any I have worn in the past. I have been pumping since 2004 and call it what you will, but I am extremely sugar sensitive-the whole reason for wearing an insulin pump. . Since putting this pump on, I have only gone below the red line once, and that was in the middle of the night last night. By the time it woke me up, I was back normal without a peep from the diabetes alert dog.
For those who are new to the diabetes world, here is what happened, the pump alarmed that I was going down but I slept through it. When I hit 90, the pump stopped delivering insulin and by the time I was fully awake, over 10 minutes later, I was back where I should be, 90-100. I turned the pump back on, tested my blood sugar, went to the bathroom, etc and was fine after that.
For those of you on pills, my mother, a good friend and a former professor, my 90 isn't your 90. In fact, none of my numbers are yours. You are on a different regimen, probably pills and your body still produces insulin and all the other hormones. I resemble the typical type 1 more than the typical type 2. Who knows why, that is why it is called practicing medicine. Also you have a different meter than I do. The firth thing you learn with CGMS is that it's the trend not the number
If my body still produces insulin, it is at a very low rate. I have both hypo and hyper glycemic unawareness. Meaning I rarely know when I am high or low. I feel absolutely miserable if I eat too many carbs at once, and as a result often spread meals out. I eat slower than anyone I know, partly due to the lap band. I get headaches and muscle aches when I don't have enough sugar in my system to fuel it.
Now, as I get to know this pump, I might change the threshold but for right now 90 is a good number. I am most comfortable in the 150 range when physically active and driving. I try never to go over 220 but it happens, especially this time of year. I am currently at the gym trying to head off a high I caused by eating a snack. Sure thought I used the right numbers.
But back to the Minimed 630G It works and works better than any pump/CGMS technology I have worn it in the pool, yoga, and cardio Also showing the new dog and my numbers are smoother than ever before Confession: I am dosing off the pump and rarely did that with the old system.
i a, signing up for the upgrade in the Spring and I would not have based on the old pump experience.