Last night I started the first live pod. It was way easier than I thought, and I know I can do this now because the pod does the hard stuff for me.
When I started my BG was 319, and this morning it's 202! This is the lowest its been in a long time. I checked it at 2am & 4am and it was thrilling to see it dropping...I can't wait to get it leveled out so my eyesight will adjust and I can get them checked.
My trainer is a doll and said she will call me to check on things so I don't feel like I was just thrown out there on my own. Also knowing all of you are here helps a lot also.
Now I only have to remember to check my BG a little more often than I have been.
Whoo Hoo! I can do this!!
Woot! Glad to hear it's going good for you. I'm looking to start mine in a week or two. Can't wait!
I think you will love the pod and what it will do for your BG. I found I was using much less insulin with better control once I started pumping. It's a lot easier to check your BG when your numbers are good, isn't it? Good luck!
My very first question was to ask if it was normal to use so much less insulin. My A1c was 9.3. It's now 5.7!!!! Good luck and happy pumping.
I'd like to know that too, about less insulin. I have some insulin resistance, and by straight calculations I'm concerned about getting a full 2 days out of 200 units. But, if it requires less insulin I might be good.
Good question. Since switching to the Pod (and likely the same with any other pump) I use substantially less insulin. Prior to the Pod, I was using 26 Units of Levemir for basil, and an additional 25 to 30 units of rapid in total for bolus per day. Now, I am using a total of between 28-36 units daily - substantially less in total. I almost hate seeing the leftover insulin get thrown out with the pod change since I have to put in the minimum amount, lol - but thats ok.
RobAW, that's awesome to hear! I currently use 60 units of slow and upto 60 units of rapid acting for 120 per day. At 200 units that wouldn't make 2 days. But if my amount drops like yours I could easily get 2 days plus out of 200 units. Thanks!
Before I started with the OmniPod--first pump, I was using 32 units of Levemir plus an additional 28-35 for bolus per day and sometimes more with corrections. Now I usually use a total of 32 units on average for 3 days. I usually average the last couple of pod change usage totals and add 5 more units just in case. I don't like tossing unused insulin either.
It's pretty interesting how much less you use. I actually began to hate the Levemir - I went on it about 5-6 years ago and to be honest, don't think I've had good control since that time. I didn't seem to have the highs and lows back in the Lente days. I don't have to worry about that now though since I'm on the pod, lol
Congrats Shirley, I've been live since Feb 29th and am still a very happy camper. Definately flattened the highs and lows. It is important to test quite often, certainly in the beginning as you and your team try and figure out what to set all your ratios to, but once they are correct, its a breeze. I didn't think that being on a pump would be that much better than MDI, BUT, I was wrong. It realy does make life a lot easier and adds a whole lot of freedom. Not to say theres still not work to do, after all, it's just a tool to help you, but it sure does help me. Anyway, good luck and happy pod'ing.
It makes me happy to hear how excited you are! :) I actually look forward to checking my bg now just to see how well I'm doing.. Good for you Shirley!
Thank you all for the well wishes! I have been trying to figure out how to hook my PDM to the CoPilot so I can get reports and stuff...so far it's a bust...I'm a computer dummy so I know it's pilot error.
I keep getting the message that it has timed out...any suggestions?
Did you download the OmniPod Extension along with the CoPilot software?