No one would ever call me flighty or fickle when it comes to diabetes. I’m not often an early adopter (notable exceptions: Tresiba and Invokana.). I like what I like, even when it may not be in fashion. But I do like diabetes experiments.
While I have met people with diabetes who began insulin pump therapy in the 1980s, I didn’t get on that bandwagon until 1999 – and even then, I didn’t choose the most popular pump on the market. I’ve had three relationships with insulin pump manufacturers in seventeen years: Disetronic (RIP), Medtronic, and Asante (RIP)… and I’ve been pretty happy.
Over the past few months, I chose to embark on a few diabetes experiments. Experimenting is important, right?
Diabetes is really one big experiment.
My insulin pump break was impulsive, but most likely needed for my sanity. I love Tresiba and what it did for my overnight basals. What I didn’t love was the inability to hit my target range with MDI. I needed to take less than a 1/2 unit sometimes to bump it down into range and I couldn’t do that. My A1C crept up, as I expected it would. I went back to wearing my Asante Snap (yes, I still had supplies.). I felt like my experiment had failed.
And then summer. I wanted to wear bathing suits and pretty dresses and after years of stuffing my pump in my bra (awkward, because…) or in a thigh holder (also awkward), I went back to MDI. This time, I ate more just so that I could take whole units. A1C crept higher.
I even sampled some Afrezza, the insulin powder that can be inhaled. After about four days, I knew that I couldn’t do this on a daily basis. My throat was becoming raw. For some of my friends, it’s been a game changer; for me, while I love the idea, the reality is different.
It’s been six months of slack. And I know that I’m the only one who is responsible for ensuring I stay healthy so I can annoy The Kid and John in my old age.
I’m back on an insulin pump. A new one for me, although it’s not new in the market. And it’s hopefully the last of my experiments for a while.
It’s an Omnipod. And my Dexcom readings are stunning. (Not perfect, but 90% in range, so for me, that’s stunning.) It’s been a little over a week and I’m looking forward to trying new places that I normally couldn’t reach, like my lower back. The Kid is looking forward to pimping out more pods with her artistic creativity.
So, this is a new experiment, and one that I hope works for me until I get an AP that works for me.
Have you tried anything new this summer?