You are so right, Jim, about the basal delivery being so much better than with injections. I just started with OmniPod yesterday and I was *amazed* at the flat lines that I got immediately thereafter! I was like so that's how people get those flat lines! Of course, my settings still need some tweaking but I'm in awe and so happy.
Yeah, it's a pretty awesome feeling when your dosing is dialed in. Just be prepared to make lot's of tweaks depending upon the situation, time of day, season, temperature, number of petals on the nearest flower...
The flip side to having that much control and precision when it comes to dosing is that any change at all in your underlying insulin requirements for whatever reason, throws your control off. At one point, I realized that I had worked out 10 different basal programs depending upon the site, anticipated activity level, and a bunch of other factors. I started working on a chart to include IC ratios when I just had to stop myself and get a grip.
I still use a couple of different basal programs, have a couple of different settings for IC ratios depending upon the time of day, and may punch in a temp basal setting on the fly, but if I have a run of a few days where it's nt quite where I like it to be, I'll just ride it out.
Everyone's situation is different, of course, but for me, your earlier approach would be overthinking it. I have two different basal rates. Bolusing is more of an art, of course, but if you're not sure, just check your BG more often. I don't try for perfect, just darned good.
Yeah, more of a case of OCDiabetes I think. At last count, I'm BG testing at a rate of 20 times/day.
I had a new toy, and I had to play with it. Call it a rebound from having absolutely no control over basal rate with MDI. I've learned my lesson.
I do have 4 different rates for the two programs I switch between though, as well as two different IC ratios and two different correction factors. Those do work very well for me without being too obsessive. I know I'll never be prefect, but the ability to have control with that kind of detail is available so I might as well use it.
Hi Ben. Can't relate to the honeymoon part as that was a long time ago for me. 1962. I can share my what works for me as far as keeping the pods on as I knock them off often. Or should say used to. I keep preaching the benefits of Cavilon as an adheisive barrier and Kinesio Tape as a bullet proof way to keep them attached. Note, if you use this tape be sure to not full the tape just smooth it down as it will pull as it was designed to. www.kinesiotaping.com Love the pod system and wish you well.
Hi Ben you will learn that the problem with pods being knocked off isn't with the skin patch but with the pod to patch. they are only attached in two places so the tape is a backup. It will make more sense when you start to ware it. Good luck and happy podding.
Ben...I use a cloth type tape by nexcare whenever I have an issue where I might have bumped a pod and it tears the backing and becomes lose, I've been able to salavage a few when this has happend or if I know I'm going to be more active or have the possilbity of bumping it more and in the summer if I'm going to be sweating a lot the pods can come of easier. Below is a image of what I get and I usually keep some on hand.