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Old 12-29-2016, 17:14   #81
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Dagnabit, doctors are just so frustrating... The trainer called this morning and canceled because my doctor hasn't bothered to send her the pump orders, i.e. the insulin settings for the pump. The trainer isn't allowed to do anything without it.

So I'm back to calling and leaving messages every day until it's sorted out...

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SKYNET HAS BEEN ACTIVATED!

The Tandem trainer came to my house yesterday for 2 hours. She went over a very long checklist to make sure that I wasn't going to do something silly and knew how to use the pump. We practiced inserting on a gel wrist rest (like what you use with a computer), which is much better than practicing on my tummy! At the end, I was all hooked up.

I'm starting with a plastic needle, which has an auto-inserter. The whole thing "pops" up against my skin during insertion which meant that I couldn't really feel the needle go in. She gave me a few of the metal needles in case I react to the plastic. I have to say she had a ton of goodies in her bag, samples for everything. Next time I want to try out a new tape or whatever, I'm calling her first.

I was very close to guessing my pump settings right, matching nearly everything except my hourly dose, which I had a bit lower than the docs. I am not sure if I read the formula wrong for converting MDI TDD to an hourly pump settings, or if she was just being unusually aggressive (doubtful). You can be sure a third reading of Pumping Insulin is in order over my lunch break today!

The first day I kept it in my pocket, but that got annoying FAST. Every time I had to use the bathroom, when I dropped trou, the tubing was pulled (not painful as I had it taped down) but I don't like thinking when I need to pee! So this morning I slipped it into my bra instead. Since I wear mens t-shirts, that's not the easiest location to reach but really I only need to grab it a few times a day, and I pee a lot more often than that so win/win. Overnight, I just tucked it into my underwear which did okay but again, required thinking when I got up at night. I ordered a SPIBelt, it's soft and clips around my waist to hold the pump and tubing, unless its super uncomfortable that may be where it lives 24/7.

Last night I wasn't coming down from my dinner after 3 hours, and it was soooooooo nice to correct from the couch without getting up! Am I allowed to admit that I'm super lazy and if there's a cat on my lap, often delay taking insulin when I should? *looks around* It even did all the math for me, taking into account the insulin leftover from my mealtime bolus. I love that I can check it's math, seeing all the factors it took into account, because ... I'm a geek.

I woke up this morning at 150, and in an effort to give things an honest try, I used the correction suggested by the pump based on the doc's correction factor instead of my usual which is almost 2x. We'll see how that works. I'm trying real hard to not mess with the settings so that when I see her in a month, we can talk about how it worked and tweak together once, before I go off and do my own thing. Mostly so that she doesn't get mad at me and get distracted by my tinkering.

Right now I'm using a single basal profile for the day but I'm pretty sure I'll need to switch that to higher at night. Which was kind of the entire reason for getting the pump.

Okay, that's my day 1 report!

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It even did all the math for me, taking into account the insulin leftover from my mealtime bolus. I love that I can check it's math, seeing all the factors it took into account, because ... I'm a geek.
LOL I immediately though that this was just up your alley.

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Daytona! I've loved reading this post as I am newly diagnosed as T1D and have had a bit of a laugh with your determined and educated approach at managing your diabetes and getting your own way! lol

I would love to hear how you are now getting on with BS control with all your gadgets!

It's all very different here in Australia as we have the Freestyle Libre on the market albeit very expensive. CGM's is supported on health insurance if you want it to be covered as are pumps.

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Daytona! I've loved reading this post as I am newly diagnosed as T1D and have had a bit of a laugh with your determined and educated approach at managing your diabetes and getting your own way! lol

I would love to hear how you are now getting on with BS control with all your gadgets!
I've been doing really well. I don't think I could go back to living without my CGM and pump.

I've had a lot fewer lows since I can see them coming, and suspend my pump. Hanging out with friends or at work events is so much easier, no hiding injections or wondering how to deal with unpredictable mealtimes. The pump can mostly handle anything as long as I'm good about counting carbs and watching my BG trends.

I still struggle with post exercise BG swings. That's one area that is still pretty unpredictable. I like to push it pretty hard and don't like eating on a schedule so I'm sure most of it is all my fault.

Just had my A1C and it was 5.7 with only 3 lows in 3 months. The only other time I've been below 6 before was with some seriously obsessive behavior, which was totally not the case this time around. I know it sounds silly but I've never felt more normal than I have with my CGM and pump.

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