Hello T 1’s and their mommies (and daddies). I’m an old T1, a LADA, so I beg your time to help me make the right decision… I’m a three year old diabetic, so please bear with me…
I am going to the doctor on Wed. to get the pump (or so I promised my mommy!) and I want to know what questions I should ask or what product I should ask for…
3 years dx’ed. Very very brittle. I had the mistaken notion that pumps were for kids, but I’m getting clued in. I had a wonderful honeymoon, then I rebelled, lost control and getting it back. I understand the concept of “control” now. I bolus extra Novolog before sleep b/c of the dawn thing and extra in the morning. I suppose I had to get a 12 on my last “2” A1C tests, incredible foot pain and other neuropathic symptoms to get my head out of the sand. (Yes I scored a twelve, tried harder and then scored another twelve. Huh? I started taking mad records and I’m testing more and figured out the dawn thing. I’m praying for a better score on Wed.)
I imagine that a pump or pod or what-have-you will keep the insulin delivery constant, so my body doesn’t go upsy-downsy all the time (even test 8x’s a day, only bolusing Novolog4-6x’s per day.) No more blurry eyes, no more shocks to the old body here.
But I have questions:
1… What’s the deal with the CGM’s? They sound so dreamy. I would love to really know where my bs is heading… Enough of the guesswork. The “OMG! What’s my number? I feel weird,” thing. I would love my glucose to be monitored.
Question 1.5;)… What about the sensor feature? I have had great luck in catching lows. Thus far. I live alone.
The pod v. a pump (with tubing) sounds better for an old vain lady like myself. Omnipod doesn’t have a CGM integrated into their system and from what I’ve read, the Omnipod seems both expensive and wasteful. Their website doesn’t explain how we get our basal (lantus) but I suppose that’s a question for the doctor.
What about the cozmo integrated pump? Did i read that right? One tube for all. The CGM’s have tubes too, right?
If I get an old school pump, do I have to take it off to swim? I understand that you really shouldn’t take off a continuous insulin delivery system device. Which is why I’m leaning toward the pod. I’m disabled. Swimming is my best exercise.
Do i get a pod and a monitor? One on each arm like a two-armed bandit! I could deal. I’m not that vain. Actually. I’m really that old.
Finally… THE QUESTION that the doctors will know nothing about…
Are these devices covered by Medicare?
Everything with the disease seems overpriced, so I want to invest in the right device(s).