Good Morning everyone. Thank you to all of you who contribute to this forum. Although I haven't communicated much, I have been held up (many days) by the contributions made by you all!
Our daughter will be 7 very soon and has been conquering T1 since she was 4 years old. She has been on the Animas ping for 2 years and we are happy with the pump. Our daughter is small for her age, eats very little and is very insulin sensitive. We found the pump helped us to match the insulin to her appetite very nicely and we love the low dosage capabilities. We struggled with random high sugars (with the pump), and with help from Animas realized that because of her low basal needs, air bubbles in the tubing would have impacted her Blood Sugar. Because her basal is set very low, especially at night, one little air bubble might represent her entire dosage for many hours. We began to "de bubble" her line each night before bed. (This meant filling the cartridge to capacity at each set change) The change in her sugars was remarkable. Only then were we able to really see how her body was using food and insulin and make the necessary changes to her carb/ratios; basal settings; and insulin sensitivity. We are continuing to learn, and I must say that I have learned a lot from all of you and I hope that I can encourage a family as well.
I know this is a round about way to open a discussion, but I am looking for advice on CGMS. I am just getting up to speed on what is available and I have heard that the DEXCOM 7 has not yet been approved in Canada. I am wondering if we should wait for this to happen or entertain adding another product (medtronic guardian) to use with our Animas pump. The reason we are looking for a CGM is for me-as at the moment I happen to be my daughter's continuous glucose MOM Meter! I check at midnight, 2 or 5 am at the moment. (She runs low sometimes at 2 and sometimes at 5) Even on nights that I don't set my alarm, I wake up at these times because I have been doing it for 2 years! She is so worth it, but the effects of poor sleep are creeping up on me. I know the CGM isn't a perfect solution, but I am guessing that it could possibly cut out one of the checks during the night. I look forward to your responses! T1 Mom