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Hide and Seek

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One thing (and maybe the only thing) I liked about my Omnipod was that once I stuck it on, I was good to go- I could wear anything I wanted without thinking twice. Sure sometimes the lump was noticeable through fitted clothes but most of the time, no one knew I had it on.

In comes my new Minimed 530G Pump. I love it. I love how consistent my insulin delivery seems to be and that my blood sugar is displayed on the pump as well..no more carrying around a separate Dexcom unit.

Know what else I love? Dresses. With Tights. And sometimes with long sleeves under them (under the dress, not under the tights). And sometimes a sweater over top, especially when my office has the a/c on in November.

What don’t I love? Having to figure out where in the world my pump is going to go. If I wear a belt and a cardigan over top, I can string the tubing through the armhole of the dress and then clip the pump onto the belt. Still a lump but not a big deal. But, what if I don’t want to wear a belt? Or a cardigan? Like today. I ended up having to throw on a sweater and a belt because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out where to put my pump (and I was already running late, shocking).

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If I didn’t have the CGM on the pump, I would easily clip it to my tights under my dress but I’d have to lift up my skirt to look at my blood sugar. Maybe it’s just me but I tend to check that thing all day long and flashing people every 20mins isn’t the best idea.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. At this point, I’m ready to attach the pump to a necklace around my neck. A necklace made of tubing.

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Stop, Calibrate, and Listen.

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Up and running on the Minimed 530G. Up until about an hour ago, my numbers correlated with how I felt and my Dexcom G4. Naturally, I removed my Dexcom, feeling pretty confident in my Minimed system. So wrong.

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Update: 11/04/2013

Must have been a fluke with the new system..maybe it just needed time to warm up but all day yesterday and today, things have been great! My Enlite CGM number is within points of my fingersticks and I’m quite pleased with having everything on one device. Check out a post later this week when I’ll compare the Omnipod, Dexcom G4, and Minimed 530G with Enlite.

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National Diabetes Month

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Every year, JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, offers a really neat opportunity. People without diabetes can register for a text campaign which will help them to understand a bit more about what life with Type 1 diabetes is like. (I’d love it if they actually had some sort of pill or device that would allow someone to feel low and high..the “feelings” of diabetes are hard to describe to someone who is generally pretty healthy- this campaign is a great start though). Click on the image to sign up. T1Dcarousel

And while you’re at it, consider starting a team for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. You’re more than welcome to join or donate to my team too! 🙂

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Insulin Pump Woes

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At the end of September, I realized I was over Omnipod. Walking around with a beeping golf ball stuck to my abdomen for the past 5 years was finally getting old. As much as I really didn’t want to have a tube constantly linking me to my insulin pump, I decided that I’m old enough (33, yikes!) to not care about hiding a pump or answering the inevitable questions that come with it. 
 
MiniMed quickly got approval from my insurance (100%, boom!) and I received the MiniMed Paradigm Revel a week later. 
 
It only took me a few minutes to get started, as the pump settings & insertion were virtually the same as they were 13 years ago when I started on a MiniMed pump. 
 
Within a few days, MiniMed called to say the 530G system was *finally* FDA approved and would be on its way. 
 

This arrived last Thursday: 

 
Sweet, right?! Except for one thing- they made me promise, basically in blood, that I wouldn’t start the system without reading the textbook that came with it and attending an in-person training. I am so anxious to ditch my Dexcom G4 CGM and have everything on one handy device that, shhhh, if they don’t schedule my training in the next few days, I’m putting myself on the 530G system this Saturday. 
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