i just got my 723. I've been on the 508 for 13 years, so the main feature I need to get used to is the bolus wizard. The next three weeks are very busy for me so I was thinking I would switch to the new pump now, but don't start using the bolus wizard full time till I have more time, but I'd like to use it occasionally
Question: Can you program the bolus wizard and still use the quick bolus? Do I need to turn it off, or will I just have the choice?
Thanks for your help!
You can use both bolus wizard and manual bolus. Is that what you mean?
Yes, you can use both anytime. When using the bolus wizard it will be a bit more accurate when you plug in your carb count. ♥ the wizard. my A1C averages 6.0-6.5. enjoy.
indeed, thank you! I'll use the manual bolus most of the time the next few weeks, use the wizard occasionally and then make the step to the wizard in a few weeks. I just wanted to make sure I would continue to have the choice even after programming the wizard, which I now know I can. Thanks!
You are actually talking about three things, all of which can be used interchangeably. If you want to bolus manually, go to Bolus and select Manual Bolus. If you want to use Quick Bolus, which is called Easy Bolus on the 522 (I don't know if you intended the same thing as that), you go to that on the Bolus Menu screen, and go to Easy Bolus, and make sure you set that as On, and then program your increment, which starts at 0.1u, and then when it is set, you can program a bolus by pressing the upper triangle key. And then there's the Bolus Wizard, for which you need to know your insulin:carb ratio, your insulin sensitivity and the amount of carbs in your food. And THEN, you need to know whether you need a regular bolus, a dual bolus or a square wave bolus, which some people use for protein/fat heavy foods.
So learning the Bolus Wizard system takes time and experimentation. In the US, it's better to get help from a CDE or an experienced person. Meanwhile, there is nothing wrong with using the system you're knowledgeable about until you have time to really concentrate on learning the new system. :-)
And also, I never use the easy bolus, because I tend to think in how much insulin I need, and it's just as easy to program in a regular bolus instead of pressing buttons for each increment of insulin.
Good luck! :-)
You can use the bolus wizard OR do a manual bolus. It's your choice.
I am wondering if anyone has a particular formula or other way of calculating when and how to use the square-wave setting. I know that with pizza or other high carb foods, I definitely need to use this function, but I would love it if someone has guidelines to start off with. I realize I will have to tailor it to my own needs and response.
To setup the wizard you have to have the total insulin delivered on a day over several day. I make my calculation over 10 days.((day1+day2+day3+....+day10) /10)
The settings I have in the setup of the boluswizard is:
Carb Ratios =500/ daily Insulin you calculated over 10 days ((day1+day2+day3+....+day10) /10)
Sensitivity =100 / daily Insulin you calculated over 10 days ((day1+day2+day3+....+day10) /10)
BG Target = 5.6-6.0 mmol/l
Active Ins. Time = 2 hour
BG target and Act. Ins. Time is personal.
From this you tweak your settings until it works for you.
But do this with your Doctor or your Diabetes Assistant.