I have had some reservations in the past about hooking my daughter up to yet another device to manage her diabetes. But as I have discussed with our endocrinologist, there is a disconnect between the meter averages (we test 7-10 times a day or maybe more if she’s had sports or dance classes) and her A1c’s. There is obviously something going on between the finger sticks that I’m just not seeing.
Looking at my copy of Think Like a Pancreas (and the just released second edition) and taking a couple of the Type 1 University classes this past month got me thinking about tweaking basal rates and insulin:carb ratios. I’m sure you all agree that overnight basal testing is greuling! But the time has come to yet again figure some things out and get her A1c back into the range that her doctor has set for her.
We have used the iPro diagnostic CGM in the past and our endocrinologist recently suggested we do it again. For us it would mean three separate trips to their office, which is a 90-minute drive each way. (Still an improvement over the 180 miles we used to drive.)
We do not currently use any Medtronic products, but I was very intrigued by the news of the new Medtronic mySentry, which allows parents to see their child’s pump and CGM data on a screen that can be placed on the night stand. I got in touch with my contacts at Medtronic for more information about the mySentry and we are in the process of getting a loaner to try the CGM and mySentry for a two-month trial.
We will be using the mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor with the Paradigm Revel integrated insulin pump and CGM. However, we talked with Medtronic and agreed it was best to keep her on her current insulin delivery regimen (for us, that’s Omnipod) and just use the pump as a CGM receiver. As a result, some of the mySentry screens will look a little bit different than they would for someone using Medtronic’s complete integrated system.
In full disclosure, Medtronic will be providing us with the necessary devices and supplies for this two-month trial at no cost to our family. A prescription was needed from our doctor. Medtronic will provide in-home training to us, as they do for all of their customers. They did not ask me to write about the products or trial and I am free to write whatever opinions I have about the experience. I am not being paid by Medtronic.
In the coming months, if I mention the CGM or the mySentry, it is with this disclosure in mind and I will refer back to it.
We will continue to use the OmniPod insulin pump. I have no financial relationship with Insulet and we pay for all of our pumping supplies.
For a further explanation, read my general disclosure statement.
*Image courtesy Medtronic.