Saturday, November 4, 2017

My Medtronic 670G experiences: My story

A while back I posted about getting the Medtronic 670G, but then I had a long blogging hiatus that was mostly just caused by a busy year and not a lot of time spent on my own writing projects (blogging is only one of many).

I'm not sorry, though, because after six months on the Medtronic 670G -- and over five months in auto mode -- I think I have a much better understanding of the system, and can give a better overview of my experiences.

In addition, I've also been helping to admin a Facebook support group for the 670G.  Seeing what new people struggle the most with -- not to mention helping so many new users of this pump -- has helped me understand what is the most helpful for people to know about the system.

Whether you're researching the 670G, trying to make a decision, or recently started using the system, I hope my experiences will be helpful.

My Story

I was diagnosed as diabetic in May 2002, after a harrowing semester of weight loss and a host of other symptoms that I never noticed until they were in the rear view mirror.  Over the years the pump came up as a treatment possibility a few times, but I always opted to stay on MDI (multiple daily injections).  I was too afraid I wouldn't like being attached to a device, especially with my active lifestyle.

Early this year, after nearly 15 years of diabetes, I decided to get a Dexcom.  Since I frequently participate in studies through my doctor's office, I had been on CGMs before, but had never had one of my own.  I was approved and started using one in early spring.

I think this was an important step in my decision to get the 670G, honestly.  I got used to having a sensor on me all the time, and fell in love with the data.  Verifying that I was crashing overnight without waking up for it was a huge step.  I also realized that by setting my Lantus dose so that I wouldn't crash, I was causing myself to run high at all other times, and splitting my Lantus dose wasn't helping.

Not only did wearing the Dexcom help me to get used to the idea of being leashed to a device, it also helped me to see all of the ways in which MDI was failing me.

Not long after getting the Dexcom, I was offered an opportunity to get the 670G.  They were looking for people to go straight from MDI to the 670G to see how they handled it; up until then, only experienced pumpers had been making the transition, but eventually of course it would be everyone.

I wasn't sure at first whether I wanted to go on it or not.  In fact, first I tried switching my long-acting insulin to Tresiba, which I had been on for a year in a study before it got FDA approval.  It seemed to work great for me back then, but this time I could tell it still wasn't going to do the trick, so when the approval came in for the 670G I said yes.

I am so very glad I did.  This amazing pump has been life changing for me.  In my next post, I'll talk about my experiences with the 670G, and what newbies need to know.

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