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Fantasy Diabetes Device – Diabetes Blog Week Day 4

Diabetes Blog Week – Day 4

Our instructions:  Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be?  Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc.  The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

I’m not going to be creative here.  I would really like it if my child and husband didn’t have to bleed so much.  My diabetes dream device would be a non-invasive method for checking blood sugar accurately.  Even better, it updates continuously.  No action required on your part to get the info.

I can’t lie.  The Medtronic CGM felt like a miracle when my son started on it.  However, the needle is better described as a harpoon.  I loathe stabbing my kid with it, numbing cream aside.  Once it is in, we can usually forget about it for 6 days.   But still,  I find the insertion very traumatic.  (kiddo doesn’t complain, but it really disturbs me personally).  Also, the transmitter is huge, so my husband won’t even wear his.  He cannot get past that part, even with all of the info it provides.

On a positive note, the CGM is pretty darn accurate, despite what you will read about Medtronic vs. Dexcom (note:  we have no means to compare against the Dex, because we’ve never used it).  It has saved us so many times from a low.  It definitely knows what direction blood sugar is moving and how fast.

So for now, I’ll take it and be happy about it.  In my dreams though, knowing blood sugar numbers involves no blood, no stabbing and is dead on right!

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How Many Sets Can A Wood Chuck Change if a Wood Chuck Could Change Sets?

I was thinking today about insulin pump set changes.

We have to change infusion sets every 2-3 days.  ( “we” really means “I”…..hehe).

As fate would have it, both my guys started on one aligned schedule, but that only lasted a couple of weeks.  A kinked cannula or unexplained high blood sugars means an immediate set change, completely screwing up my carefully mapped out plan.

One day, I decided to calculate how this all adds up.

10 set changes per month for each super handsome guy = 20 insulin pump set changes per month.

That’s insane!

Now add the CGM sensor change for my little guy on 5 of those 20 days.  (Extra big needle so we push the limit and he wears each sensor for 6 days instead of 3).

Good thing I have this stuff mastered.  The insulin pump has nothing on us.

P.S.:

This week, I’ll be participating in the 3rd annual Diabetes Blog Week.  That means diabetes bloggers around the world will be blogging on a set topic each day of the week.  More information can be found here:  http://www.bittersweetdiabetes.com/2012/05/third-annual-diabetes-blog-week.html

Happy Reading!

Trash

I cannot believe the amount of trash that comes from one pump set and sensor change.  It amazes me every time.  When we go to the Barbara Davis Center in Denver, they always have artwork made out of test strip bottles and pump parts, etc.  I wish we could make something cool of all this junk, but alas, into the trash it goes.