No - we still count carbs, but you can bolus ten times in a row if you need to. So if my son checks his blood sugar at the start of a meal, he uses that number to calculate the first bolus. But then if he wants more, or a second course is brought out 30 minutes later - he doesn't keep checking - he just inputs the carbs and the bolus begins. It just makes snack times easier - extra boluses are a lot less stressful for my son than lots of extra shots.
We saw my son's endo today and she said that we are going to try to 1/2 my son's Lantus (morning & eve.) to see if we can evade that nasty DP. If not, then the pump is going to be the only way for me to avoid getting up at 3:00 a.m. & again at 4:30 a.m. to give him fast acting insulin for his morning rises. Has the pump help you all with Dawn Phenomenon?
I did with mine, I have my basal set higher from 5-11am.
I haven't used Lantus since I started on the pod, I only use Humilog.
It fixed my dawn phenomenon completely. Well, that and a bit of work on my diet habits. :)
My DP kicks in most after I get vertical. My pump has definitely helped with DP - but ONLY when I stick to a schedule. For example, I bump up my basal rate 4 am to help when my feet hit the ground around 6-ish. However, I can have significant lows on Saturdays when I can stay in bed until after 7:30 or 8 because my verticality (is that even a word?) is delayed but the pump doesn't know that. It is still WAAAAYYY better than MDI, IMHO.
YES! My son has crazy dawn phenomenon, and we have his basal set extra high starting at I think 5AM until 10AM. He also has a higher i:c ratio for breakfast which helps with that as well. On shots he was always so high after breakfast, and now he still spikes but mostly in range.
when we get the new system, are we required to turn in the old pdm or can we keep it as an emergency backup??
It's my understanding you can keep the old pdm, but once you run out of 1st generation pods, it will be of no use, b/c it will not communicate with the new 2nd gen pods.
Ive got 9 boxes of pods in my closet so it will be a nice insurance policy.
Me too. I'm trying to decide how long I'll try to get my son to wear them before switching. I can't bring myself to throw away that many pods!
I wasn't required to turn in the old pod. The only backup functionality is to use it as a spare BG meter as it doesn't work with the next generation pods.