OMG, so much to share, so much I want to say. This is going to require several threads, just to focus the questions I have, and one (this one) to share my joy.
I just started CGMing a week ago last friday, Dexcom G4. That has been an incredible experience and addition to my diabetes management. As type 2 I voluntarily went on insulin therapy 6/2/13 because I wanted to achieve tighter than tight control. I'd been a very bad PWD for about 18-24 months, wound up in the ER almost crashing. After that "come to Jesus" moment, my whole attitude changed.
It was a quick, short journey. Learned about what I could do with a CGM and a pump, and I was back at my endo demanding one.
That was a monday. By that friday, I had the G4 in my hands. A week and a day after that (not even two full weeks from my appointment requesting the technology) my big box o'Omnipod stuff arrived last saturday.
How's that for a quick turnaround?
Anyway, now for the scolding: I went ahead and fired up a pod saturday, without training, without seeing my endo or CDE first. Honestly, I didn't need to. I already knew all my config numbers -- been using them on my own to manage MDI. I've programmed some spreadsheets to handle duration of action based on the metabolic diffusion and clearing models for Humalog. I already know what I'm doing, and my doc all but said that flat out when I saw her to request this stuff.
So, filled the pod, put it on, activated it, programmed my first basal program based on data from a week of dexcom and...
BG has been flatlined between 90 and 110 for the last 48 hours, with two excursions up to 140 after meals. Dawn phenom gone with the adjusting basal.
Now, I know things won't be like this all the time. But I can say that pump technology is such a difference from MDI, it's ridiculous. Every diabetic -- 1, 2, LADA -- should be on a pump. After a mere two days, and understanding the potential for such precise control with this technology, I don't understand why pumps are standard recommended therapy, with MDI a backup plan for people that can't use a pump for some reason, and (for type 2's) oral meds/diet/exercise for those that just won't take insulin.
So, I'm on day 3 with my omnipod, and I'm thrilled beyond words.
The Borgification of Dave is complete; I am now officially a Cyborg, the melding of man and machine, and I ain't going back.
Hmmm... now maybe one of those cool zooming eyes from the Six Million Dollar Man...