1. Has anyone taken a pump vacation? Would you recommend it?
I wouldn't recommend it. To me, the pump does some of the work for me and I want to do as little work as possible. I had some weird numbers last fall and considered it was scar tissue/ pump burnout or something but just tried some new sites for a while and it went away.
2. Which pump would you recommend between Medtronic and Animas? I like Medtronic too. I've been very pleased with the results and performance and like the pump/ CGM in one gizmo.
3. Does your significant other understand all aspects of diabetes?
How did you teach them? Were they interested in learning? MrsAcidRock is very sharp and perceptive but doesn't totally understand. She is limited in her understanding but I think that's b/c she understands that it's my row to hoe.
4. Would you recommend a CGM? Which one?
Medtronic has worked great for me. I have read that a lot of people like the Dexcom more but I get accurate results from the Medtronic. I'll come home at 90BG, have a glass of skim milk before I run like 3 miles and the CGM gives me a "predicted high" alert about a mile into it and a "predicted low" alert as I get close to home and the skim milk burns off.
5. Any tips or tricks for not getting so overwhelmed?
My tip is to have hobbies or other interests. I had uh, quite a few wild years of partying my brains out, strobe lights, rock bands, etc. that, nonetheless, I wanted to enjoy MORE of so I kept my BG ok. Then I had a few years of sort of reading as a hobby, which wasn't quite engaging enough. After that, I started working out and it was great motivation. I don't want my BG to screw up a workout which helps my BG and so on and so on, sort of a circular fun. Not maybe for everybody but I think that any activity you want to do well at can inspire you to keep your BG in line.