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After almost 2.5 years of hardly doing any gym exercise due to a torn rotator cuff and a torn ligament in my foot I was finally ready to start back in the gym. I had put on approx. 2 stone so hopefully this will be the start to losing some of that excess weight. I started back 8days ago and couldn't believe how hard it felt but also how much I missed it. I used to train 4 to 6 times a week so I think I'll start slowly and hopefully work up to a decent level again.
I thought I would show you all how well my new pump worked in Automatic for my 30minute run and then weights for an hour. The control has been far better than with previous types of control where I always seemed to be taking on board carbs to compensate for low blood sugars. All I seemed to need was 2 glucose sweets at the end of my run only to feel safe rather than sorry.
I am really looking forward to getting back into some sort of reasonable shape and this transition will definitely be easier using my new pump.
Yesterday, I was feeling quite unwell and throwing up at the drop of a hat. So I decided to eat very few carbs over a 36hr period. My results were quite amazing as I achieved a 100% score on keeping within my parameters of between 4 and 10 for the whole period. This was a great demonstration of how well my new pump performs in automatic using mostly basal insulin. I have attached my trends to show how well I was controlled.
I was a little disappointed on the lack of information posted on this site about the Medtronic 670g so I thought I would start a blog to show anyone interested on how I have found using it. Previous to this pump I had been an Animas pumper for the last 3years using a Dexcom 4 cgm. I was a little apprehensive on the Medtronics ability to help control my sugars but I have always tried to embrace any new technology in the 40 years of diabetes that I have experienced.
My journey started 2months ago with the first week using it as a manual pump just like my Animas pump. I was very pleased on the accuracy shown with my Genius 3 sensor and achieved some good control in that week. This first week permits the pump to analyse how well the pumps is working and to build a way forward on how it will control in Auto.
So the day came when I would switch it to Automatic and I have to say it was a pretty bumpless beginning. It controls on a setpoint of 6.7mmol/L which a lot of well controlled diabetics might think is a little high including myself. It does however work very well using this figure and as long as its not pushed too far off its limits, controls my sugars to an extremely good level. I can honestly say that this is the first time that I have ever gone to bed not concerned about how well my sugars will stay overnight and more often than not experience close to straight line control for the whole period.
I can honestly say that this is the best I have ever felt in my 40 years of Diabetes and cannot believe the difference it has made to my life. Having said all of that, there are some drawbacks which are a nuisance more than anything else. The pump has an abundant amount of alarms which become very annoying as time goes on. I have deleted them all now except for the high and low B.S. ones. Also there is no leeway on extending the cgm sensor so must be changed without fail every 7 days. I believe though that it is well worth putting up with these for the benefits it produces.
If anybody needs some further insight with the pump, I would be only to happy to respond. I will try over the next couple of blogs to show how it responds to the way I live to show what can be achieved by using it. One more thing before I go is that so far my control between the normal parameters of 10 and 4 has been at 88% which is quite amazing when you consider that that includes a fortnight in an All Inclusive which I abused quite a bit .