Started my minimed today with Insulin..A1C 7.2 yippy skippy --considering it was (13.0-- 3mons ago when I first was diagnosed T1) ...So, I am of course scared to sleep. Do not have a sensor as insurance would not cover.. SO, I am planning on getting up every 2hrs to test sugars through the night. Would that be overkill?? Any suggestions I am gladly opened to!!!

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I don't think its overkill. I was concerned the first few days myself. Your trainer probably will ask you to do it anyway. It took several months to get to sleep with it on. You will get comfortable with it in a little while. Your trainer is just a phone call away. Use that person and ask lots of questions. Good luck....and get that A1C below 7.0!
jujube, Don't be afraid to go to sleep! Congratulations on your new pump, hopefully you will love it as much as I do. I don't know what to tell you regarding getting up every two hours. The only time I do that is when I have to check my basal rate. Maybe you could do that every so often to make sure your basal rates overnight are correct, but I don't think you need to do it all the time. You will be a walking zombie if you do! Congratulations on the A1C also, it will probably drop even more now that you are pumping.
That's what I did when I first went on the pump. I don't think there's any other way to get your nighttime basals correct. But it won't last forever, and if you start conservative, and let your BGs run a little high at first, there is much less risk of a nighttime low. You can always gradually increase basals to get your BGs where you want them. Also, once you're pretty sure you won't have a low, you don't have to do it every night -- you can get some good nights of sleep in before you test your basals again. Good luck!
at first I was scared to go to bed with my pump when my blood test was 85, so I would have a snack.
but I have not been low at night, the other night I went to bed at 102 and was 103 in the morning.
you will get on to it.
within no time you will be confident enough to sleep at night and not worry.. it is hard sometimes without the sensor but I did it for 3 years..just relax and all will be fine.. Good luck!
I have not read all of the post so hope I am not repeating too much.

Why do you want to get up every 2 hours? If you do not have enough sleep your blood glucose levels (BG) may rise higher.
The doctor or pump trainer should have helped you to Set Up your Settings which includes how much insulin for over night. If this has not been done phone your doctor as soon as possible!.
Then phone Medtronic Help Line.
This Help Line is available 24/7 and they provide very good suppor.

If you have not phoned the Medtronic Help Line - now is the time to do so.
Get some proper sleep but you might wake up once around 3:00 A.M. to 3:30 A.M. to test and see how you are going for a couple of night.

I realize using a new procedure can create an apprehensive approach but every 2 hours is excessive in my view.

That seems like overkill to me, but this is your first night with the pump and the new insulin therapy. I would go to bed with a little higher BG tonight, say 150. Then let the pump do its thing. Because it is the first night, I would consider carefully if you have hypo symptoms that would wake you up, like sweating, for example. I would still test a couple of times tonight, but every two hours is a lot.

Also, watch your bgs today--all day to see where they ride with the current basal schedule. It will take a little tweaking, I am sure.

Are you alone? Is there anyone who would recognize a problem? If so, you can probably sleep more easily.

Good luck. The pump really changed my life. I didn't get my first one until I had D for 42 years...... I am jealous.




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