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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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Pump Fail

420…well, that’s fun.  (initiate instant mommy failure feeling)

We started out okay.

6am 114   (whooo hoo!!)

9am 235 (normal post-breakfast spike we cannot manage to overcome)

11:30am 165  (ok, I’ll take it)

1:45pm 306   (WHAT??!!??)   correction bolus

3:45pm 233 (well, at least it’s coming down)  correction bolus + snack bolus,  painfully wait 23 minutes before eating snack

5:30pm 420 (panic…breathe…retest in hopes of sugary fingers)…374  (darn, fingers not too sugary)    correction bolus

6:30pm 364   (panic again….injection with syringe…..change pump set after kiddo confesses pump dropped and yanked cord TWICE today while at school)

Hate having to change the pump set when I just did it yesterday   (ARRGGHH!)  …. but thank the lucky stars for numbing cream.

Now we wait….(mentally accepting neurotic mommy tendency that will drive me to check BS every 2-3 hours overnight…YAWN…zzzzz)