By elba237 Latest Reply 2014-06-22 14:07:22 -0500
Started 2014-06-17 15:51:40 -0500

I am a type 1 diabetic since more then 33 years. On september 23, 2013 I start with an insuline pump treatment after two years of problems with asymptomatic hypoglicemias that put my life in risk. My endocrinologist Dra. Melisa Martinez talked to me and recomend the treatment. After all the procedure with the health insurance, on september 23, 2013 I got my pump. That was one of the 2 best things I did to control my diabetes. With the pump, I learn how to count carbs, and all the facts people need to know to manage with the device. My hypoglicemias start to decrease but still some. Then again, my doctor talked to me about the CGM. A continous glucose monitore that is wireless conected to the pump and is program to bring me alarms when my BS start going lower than 70. I got my CGM on march 5, 2014. Since that day all my unconcious episodes, my uncontroled BS start to arrived to its target parameters. I AM SOOO HAPPY!!! During the period I had the hypoglicemias I can't drive a car, can't go alone to any place. I was in a glass prision. Now I recovered my freedom and independence. This two devices are awsome and help me to safe my life. Every 3 days after I change the sensor of the CGM and the infusion set of the pump, I download to my pc all the information of the CGM and then I can see all develpement of my BG during one dat, 2 weeks or a month. That is a really good tool for my dcotor cause she can have a real view on how my BG is developing. I really recomend to all Diabetic connect members to try it. Some people who start with the pump or the CGM later stop with it cause "I don't like it" or "is much things to do". For me as I said, this is my freedom and my BG are in it's best condition. I feel good and FREE!!!!!

7 replies

FredGoldberg 2014-06-22 14:07:22 -0500 Report

I'm a type 1 for just more than 44 years. I've been on combination pump and CGM for almost 8 years. So that means my 2nd Medtronic pump is about to end the warranty coverage and I'm eligible for a replacement. What kind do you have? I've been on all 3 Medtronic CGM Sensors since they've been sold to the public. I agree with all you said, but I am thinking about switching to a different brand because I've heard and read that another brand of GCM is more accurate/quicker predicting lows. However I still want a combined CGM receiver and pump because I don't want to carry another device (I already carry a pump and smart-phone).

MarkS 2014-06-20 15:36:56 -0500 Report

That is awesome Elba237! I been using an insulin pump for more than 12 years and am already on my fourth pump. When I started using a pump my first thought was, "How did I ever function before this, trying to control my diabetes!" The first thing I noticed was that I had more control over my blood sugars, especially the highs and lows since I could now program my basal to better mimic the true physiology of insulin release from the pancreas. I also noticed that my HbA1c's started to decrease into more of a normal range. I felt better about diabetes since I now had more control over my body and the potential hyper and hypo glycemic episodes (so, I can understand your excitement!). About 6 years ago or so, I started on the continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and, as you have said, I was able to see my blood sugar drop so that I could immediately respond and treat the impending hypoglycemic attack before it occurred. It, too, was a lifesaver for me, since I have had some hypoglycemic attacks that put me in life-threatening situations. Something you may want to consider, though they tell you to change the sensor every third day, they actually last 6 days without any issues. Glad to hear your story and hope that all is well with you and you remain healthy.

elba237 2014-06-20 16:16:58 -0500 Report

You said it all!!! Now I am in procedure to change this pump to the new one that as you said, the sets has to be change every 6 days and the comunication between pump and cgm make the pump stop if there is so strong hipoglicemia. Thanks for your opinion and have a wonderful evening. :)

Type1Lou 2014-06-18 17:44:07 -0500 Report

I'm so happy the pump and CGM are working for you. Although I was diagnosed in 1976, I did not start pumping until 2011 because I was experiencing more frequent and dangerous hypoglycemic episodes. Like you, I discovered that pumping gave me greater control and eliminated the most serious hypoglycemias. I'm kicking myself for having waited so long to try pumping. It has truly been my path to better control.

kimfing 2014-06-17 18:59:25 -0500 Report

That is awesome. Congrats! My Dr put in for my pump combo where meter blue tooth to the pump and gives me my insulin. My husband is on the same one. In two months his a1c lowered a half a point

jayabee52 2014-06-17 16:00:00 -0500 Report

Glad it is working so well for you!

elba237 2014-06-17 16:35:29 -0500 Report

Yes, it is a matter of discipline and be responsible with yourself. Now counting carbs for me is much more easy and after few months looking for my better parameters, at the end we (my doctor and me) found the right ones. For me the best is the CGM. Is really a wonderful device!!!