After 2 mos on the pod, I’m feeling like I’ve not really been educated on how to adjust my settings. The first session I had with the CDE went over how to operate the PDM (basically everything in the online training) and entering in of my initial settings. Then I had my pump start and she went over info about how to handle highs/ketone testing and a small bit on temp basals and exercise. I started right before Xmas and had email contact with the CDE and gave her my numbers (which were often high). She ended up getting sick so I didn’t hear from her too much after that. I was erratic enough that I went on a CGM when I went back for my 1 mo follow up. She reviewed my records on the PDM and gave me some guidelines on trying extended boluses. I emailed her this past week asking about my CGM results and also saying that I didn’t feel like I had enough training to knowledgeably adjust my settings. She said that a quick look at the CGM results made her think some of my basal rates should be lowered to prevent lows (which I’m having some challenges with at times during the day). Said my doctor has the results and I know I"m not going to hear from him until my appt in a few weeks.
I really feel that I haven’t been given enough education to learn how to adjust my basal rates and get my highs down. She said that everyones’ pump experience is different and that I have to build off of the “basic” knowledge that she went over with me. Believe me, I do understand that some of this is going to be trial and error but I feel like I’ve been shown what buttons do what and now I’m expected to simply start “playing”. I feel there has to be a better and more educated way to do this. I want to learn how to effectively manage this myself but feel lacking in the needed tools to do so.
How does my experience compare to the training and education you received when first starting?