Debiotech S.A of Lausanne, Switzerland has produced the first prototypes of the company’s tiny insulin pump, a device we’ve reported back in April 2007.
The real crooks here aren’t the insurance companies, but the manufacturers of this technology — no one is denying them the chance to earn a profit, but they don’t have to rape, pillage and plunder in the process!
Up until about a month ago I had big problem controlling my post-breakfast and pre-lunch blood glucose. I would take 18 units of Levemir and 6 units of Novolog, wait 15 minutes, and then eat breakfast. Breakfast for me is a rotation of whole wheat toast, egg beaters, Morning Star meatless breakfast patty, steel cut oats, or Scottish oatmeal.
None of my portion sizes exceeded 60g of carbohydrate but my post-breakfast 2 hour BG would almost always be high; between 160 and 200 mg/dL. My pre-lunch BG would almost always be too low; between 60 and 70. I discussed this with my endocrinologist on my last trip ( I was being fitted with a trial Dexcom unit ) I mentioned this ti him. After “yelling” at me about the hypoglycemia, he recommended splitting my Levemir dosage into two; 8 in the morning and 10 in the evening.
I tried that for a week and my pre-lunch BG was much better ( between 80 and 90 ) but my post-break 2 hour BG was still high. I returned to the endocrinologist at the end of a week ( the length of time the Dexcom sensor was good for ) and we tweaked things further. He suggested waiting a full 30 minutes after taking the Novolog before eating. Within a few days my post-breakfast BG was within the 120-150 range and my pre-lunch BG was still within the 80-90 range. Success!! By carefully controlling the amount and timing of my insulin dosing I have achieved good BG control. My estimated A1c is 5.4 but I will wait for a doctor visit and test to confirm.
Fellow blogger and person with diabetes, Jenny, has developed a web widget that converts average blood glucose reading to A1Cc. Go check it out now.
I had some spare time this morning and turned my A1c/Avg converter into a widget you can put on your own blog or web pages. It will convert A1c to average blood sugar and vice versa using either mg/dl or mmol/L. You can also use it to convert mmol/L and mg/dl back and forth. Enter one measurement, and the converter will fill in the others.
She called me in from the waiting room. We entered the exam room and we sat down. She started explaining how to use the device, a Dexcom 7 continuous glucose meter (CGMS). She explained that it consisted of three parts, a sensor, a transmitter and a receiver. The sensor would be embedded just under my skin, the transmitter would send readings every minute to the receiver which I had to keep within 5 feet of my body. Easy enough.
She walked me through calibrating the Dexcom ( two sequential meter readings uploaded to the Dexcom from a OneTouch Ultra ) and reminded to make one meter reading every 12 hours to keep the 7 updated. She then handed me some sheets of paper for keeping a food and insulin dosage log. She also wrote down her phone number. “Call me if you have any questions or issues”.
She then showed me how to insert the sensor ( on my belly ) and snap in the sensor. Quite painless I must say.
I left. The first day was a little frustrating. The 7 kept telling me I had a low ( below 70 ) but my meter ( if in doubt test ) said I was over 100. Hmm … three more finger pricks later and I had the 7 in tune with reality. Or so I thought.
I are lunch and fully expected that two hours later my BG would be about 120. Nope. The 7 says I am 256. The meter says 134. Sigh! Recalibrate again. I finish up my work day and head home for dinner.
My wife and kids want to see the “alien” on papa. “Does it hurt”, asks my 7 year old. She’s so cute.
Around 10 PM the 7 buzzes and displays a blood droplet icon. Time to calibrate. One more finger prick ( that’s over 10 today ) and I am off to dreamland. Er … ahh .. not quite… the 7 wakes me up around 2 PM. “LOW!”. I test, curse at the frackin device, and go back to bed.
Day two and three were similar although there was much less testing. About 4 per day.
So what’s the frackin point again!!
Yesterday, my endo and I looked at the numbers from my FreeStyle Flash. He plots a graph. “This look good”. My average BG is 104.
Do I really need to join the collective.
Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the young age of 39. Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults; that’s what my family physician called it. It was a shocker for sure. No one in my family has had diabetes. Like all good alpha geeks I decided to find out everything I could about my ailment. I found a web site called TuDiabetes and the passion of a man named Manny Hernandez. The social networking site had only a few dozen members at the time but I quickly made new online friends; Bernard, Marston, Manny, Kerri, Jenny, Allison to name a few. I learned a lot about diabetes, nutrition etc but I also learned a lot about the power and greatness of those who want to help others. Manny, thanks for stepping out and taking a stand to make the difference in all our lives. You made the community possible.
Press release here.