Dblog Week – Day 4: Changes

Today’s Topic is all about Changes. Full prompt below.
Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways. Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing. OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes. Were they expected or did they surprise you?

It may surprise people that I’ve been through as many changes with diabetes as I have. I’m 26. That’s young right? You’d think there’s no way I could have gone through many changes with my diabetes, but with the speed technology changes, I’m glad I have seen improvements in Diabetes care.

I was lucky enough that there was meters when I was diagnosed, but let me tell you: the drop of blood was GIANT. I got to experience the fun of the range test strips where you put the blood on, wait a minute, wipe it off, wait a minute, compare the color to the bottle when I was at camp, because electronics weren’t yet able to withstand the heat and humidity. Now a test takes 5 seconds and an absolutely tiny drop of blood, which always makes me think about how bad it used to be, when I can’t even manage to get that tiny drop needed.

Insulin was N and R and you had to remember to mix it clear before cloudy. Back in the day diabetics were way before their time and had to eat those 6 meals a day (3 small snacks and 3 meals) at predetermined times of day, with a set type of food for each one. Before carbohydrates were totally understood and meals were determined by the type of food you ate, 1 protein, 1 starch, 1 dairy, etc. But if you think about it, 1 dairy could be a glass of milk, or cheese, which don’t have the same carb content! No wonder control was not a thing.

I managed to figure out at a young age that I had to eat after getting insulin, so if I didn’t like what we were eating for dinner, I would just refuse until my mom would feed me what I wanted. My mom figured out pretty quickly what was going on and I didn’t get my insulin until after I ate the meal that was served. Smart her. I was lucky that she figured out some things like carbs being what really mattered, not exactly the composition of your meal (relatively speaking).

Switching to Humalog was HUGE because you didn’t have to wait as long to eat. I mean, thinking about it now, I don’t think it’s fast enough, but it was way better than before.

Shortly after Humalog came out, I got my first pump: a Minimed 508. I was super excited (partly because my big sister had one, and who doesn’t want to be like your big sister). A pump was exciting, but my biggest memory is spending the entire first day in the nurses office at school because I couldn’t get my blood sugar up. To think how precise we can be now with doses is crazy to me.

I was excited to try lantus the first time. I don’t remember if it was a pump break or a broken pump, but the idea I could take one shot and it lasted all day without peaking was fun to try. I’d gone straight from NPH to my pump (not something to complain about for sure).

I’ve now been using a Minimed/Medtronic pump for ~15 years. I haven’t wavered in brand because at my last update, there was still roughly two options and sticking with the same was easier. Now I see all the new things other pumps can do and it’s getting really exciting. I’m not so sure about some features, others look amazing. We will have to see what I decide to do come my next pump update.

I gave the first Medtronic sensors a go back years ago, and had plenty of them, insurance covered them, but they made me cry when I put it in (and I’m usually a push the button and keep going person, not much hurts). Therefore, they started collecting dust (if you see yesterday’s post, you can see that I just finally got rid of the old expired ones). I was very hesitant to try the new Enlites, but I’ve been happy with them so far (other than the fact I have an old pump so they time out in 3 days).

I would love to try the Dexcom sensors, but at this point just can’t bring myself to carry another device. It’s exciting to see more sensor pump integration and new pump forms. So many new things to try.

The one thing I would really like to see change (besides this whole having diabetes thing) would be to see sensors talk directly to phones. I use my phone for everything else already, why not have my sensor data on there. It would also be very nice to see pumps get a lot smaller. You’d think with all the sweet tiny electronics we’d be getting near a pump that is the size of just the insulin you have to carry around.

No matter what, I’m happy that there are people out there working to make our lives better.


 

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2 thoughts on “Dblog Week – Day 4: Changes

  1. I was just like you with the old Medtronic sensors! They were awful to put in. You can extend the life of the Enlite but keeping it in and Connect new sensor on your pump. I get like 10+ days or so out of mine sometimes.

    1. Oh. I restart them all the time. The first restart which gets me out to 6 days usually goes great. When I have to disconnect to charge the transmitter and then hook it back up for the next one (starting day 7), it can get all screwy :(. Sometimes it works just fine and I’ve gotten to 12 days. Right now 7 is pretty good.

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