As many of you probably know, I have been a type 1 diabetic for 61 yrs. For the past almost 20 yrs, my A1c has been between 4.6 to 5.4. I had one 5.9 during this time. Now that TIR seems to be what is looked at for good control, I am wondering if I would do a bit better on a pump. I started using a G5 last year. I have mixed feelings about it, as it often is more than 20% off. I don’t like it when it is that much off. I will start using the G6 soon and may be happier with it.
My biggest problem with the CGM is the fact that it interrupts my sleep too much. If an alert alarm goes off, I can’t get back to sleep. I have trouble sleeping anyway, so being awoken by the device is really bad for me. I always wake up naturally if my glucose level drops too low. The only place I don’t have to worry about rolling on it is if I place it around my navel. It works well there.
I have never minded giving a lot of shots, I have given myself over 100,000 and I don’t mind testing many times a day. My skin has absolutely no scaring or poor tissue.
I can’t figure out where I would wear a pump. Being very small 5’1” 105 lbs, I just don’t have a lot of body space. With my sleeping problems I can’t imagine wearing something on my arm, or wearing two devices.
When my sensor died this week, I removed my CGM and I feel like I am getting a glorious reprieve. I sleep better, and I feel free. Yes, I have to test a lot, but I have almost always had to test a lot. I stay in range quite a bit, but a low under 60 or a high over 160 will slip in once in awhile whether I wear my CGM or not.
Maybe I should wait to get a pump until the device is combined with a CGM? The implanted device sounds good, but I don’t want to have them dug out of my body.
I don’t use a lot of insulin, about 19 to 25 total units. I exercise at least an hr a day, and I eat about the same amount of carbs for my 3 meals each day. I am very strict. I followed a very low carb diet for 11 yrs, and now the Mastering Diabetes low fat vegan diet for 4 yrs. I can usually predict what my levels are, but have times when everything goes wacky.
As I reach the age of 70, I am wondering if a pump would do some of the work for me, but I just don’t know if I could tolerate wearing one. I know very little about pumps.
When I do read a post concerning pumps, I usually don’t really understand what you guys are talking about. I haven’t taken the trouble to educate myself yet.
Any comments? Thank-you.