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Called a Dexcom Rep

The Time I Called a Dexcom Rep

So, as you may know, I have recently stopped using an insulin pump. The insulin pump that I was using was the 670G. I loved the accuracy of the CGM, but unfortunately, I can’t wear it without using the insulin pump part of the product. Since, I have decided to go back to MDI, I will need to start using a Dexcom as my CGM of choice.

Calling Dexcom

So, for the first time ever, I called a Dexcom rep.

I used a Dexcom for a few months about 8 years ago. I don’t even remember what model it was, but I do remember it was the egg shaped one. I was given the Dexcom for free because of the company that I worked for at the time. I know there have been a lot of changes to Dexcom since then and I never really paid attention to them because I knew that I was a Medtronic user, so I didn’t bother keeping up with the product.

I’ve seen a lot of the great things (Nightscout, AppleWatch, iPhone app, etc.), but I definitely don’t know much about them. I am excited to get caught up on all of the technology and the Dexcom lifestyle.

Teacher Becomes the Student

Dexcom Integrations
Photo Courtesy of Dexcom

My niece has been using a Dexcom for over a year now, so it looks like I will now be the student to my brother and sister-in-law who have been learning anything and everything about Dexcom since my niece was diagnosed.

As soon as I made the decision to give up pumping and go back to MDI, I called my local Dexcom rep and explained how I was giving up pumping and he was a bit shocked by my decision to go back to MDI.

He was extremely helpful and got the ball rolling right away. Which, when it comes to my health, I don’t want to wait, I want it now! (Except for the whole losing weight thing, that seems to be something I push off).

It looks like there is going to be a lot more Dexcom related content coming to The Life of a Diabetic.

I have put in the call to Dexcom and submitted my insurance information and now am in waiting mode.

As soon as I know something, you will know something!

Back to MDI After 13 Years

Why I Decided to Go Back to MDI After 13 Years

When I was first diagnosed with diabetes back in 2004, I was on MDI for the first year and a half. In December of 2005 I began using a Medtronic insulin pump. I have been on one ever since. During those 13 years, I have taken plenty of pump breaks and used MDI for a few days, even weeks at a time. I would eventually just back to my trusty insulin pump.

After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided to give up the insulin pump and go back to MDI full-time. There are several reasons for this, but before I get to that I just want to mention this. I think that MDI is looked at as a barbaric, old school method of management these days, especially with all of the amazing technology that we have, but since we all know that your diabetes may vary, it works for some people.

Overweight

One of my biggest issues is that I am overweight. Big time overweight. Because of this, I use a lot of insulin. Primarily because of the unhealthy food choices that I make, which has caused me to be overweight. In any given day, I may range from 180-220 units of insulin in just one day!

That’s 180 units of insulin going into one infusion site. There is absolutely no way that the infusion site can handle that much insulin in such a short period of time. This then leads to my sites leaking, not absorbing the insulin, and hard build ups in areas which then do not allow me to use them again as an infusion site for a long-time.

The primary solution here is to stop eating like an idiot and lose weight, but in the meantime, I have decided to go MDI.

One Bolus, Multiple Injections

With MDI, I can divide all of my shots to different areas throughout the day. For example, my Tresiba is taken in two shots, both at the same time, but I split the amount in two, one shot in the left arm, one shot in the right arm. That way, my body absorbs the insulin much better. Same goes with bolus shots. I am able to split them and inject insulin into different locations for the same meal. This helps my body absorb the insulin much better, not cause scar tissue to soak up the insulin, which all leads to better blood sugars.

With all that being said, my new game plan to manage my diabetes is going to be Tresiba, Novolog, and Dexcom (more on this tomorrow). I am also going to take a trial run of Fiasp, which is a much faster acting insulin. I sometimes don’t take my insulin until after I ate (lazy) or right before the meal, so this Fiasp reacts much quicker. I’ll have a full review of Fiasp after I can sample for a week.

Switching back to MDI is the number one reason why I stepped down as a MiniMed Ambassador. I could not continue to do that while not being on the pump. I feel like this is the best management for me and the best way for me to lower my A1C and spend more time in range!

Here’s to a new journey in life and I’m looking forward to sharing everything that I discover in this new journey with you.

Stepping Down as a MiniMed Ambassador

This post is something that I knew I had to write, but was not looking forward to it.

I am stepping down as a MiniMed Ambassador.

There is simply one reason why I am doing this; I am no longer using an insulin pump.

Medtronic has been there for me since I first went on a pump 12 years ago. I have been using a MiniMed pump ever since then. Their customer service has always been amazing. Their marketing team has always been great to work with. They have always treated me with the utmost respect and have gone above and beyond for me on any request that I have ever asked of them.

As a company, they are one of my favorites.

Unfortunately, I have decided to stop using an insulin pump.

Why would I go off some of the best technology available in the 670G? Because my diabetes is different than every one else’s and it’s what works for me.

I will be going into more depth in tomorrow’s post as to why I have decided to stop using an insulin pump, but today is a sad post for me.

I have enjoyed my time as an Ambassador. I first wanted to become an Ambassador because when I was first going on a pump, I had a million questions. My first question was, “is it surgically implanted?”

I knew NOTHING about an insulin pump. And that’s why I wanted to be an Ambassador, because I wanted to help people who had questions.

I just want to end this post with THANK YOU to everyone at Medtronic for everything you have done for me.

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Insulin Affordability and Access Addressed by AACE and Endocrine Society

The information below was a press release sent out by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the Endocrine Society. I don’t typically share press releases, but insulin affordability is a big concern and all the information about it must be shared everywhere!

AACE and Endocrine Society Partner to Address Insulin Affordability and Access

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the Endocrine Society have teamed up to address the high cost of insulin and the associated burdens placed on the millions of Americans who rely on costly daily insulin injections.

Together AACE and the Endocrine Society introduced a resolution this week at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates that called on the AMA to pursue several initiatives aimed at improving insulin affordability for patients with diabetes.  The resolution called on the AMA to convene a summit to identify potential solutions to the dramatic increase in insulin costs and also advocate for initiatives to reduce patient cost-sharing for insulins, stabilize drug formularies throughout a plan year to reduce non-medical switching of insulin products; facilitate greater transparency of insulin pricing and integrate drug formularies into electronic health records.

Overwhelming support for addressing insulin costs and their impact on patients expressed on the floor of the House of Delegates led to a unanimous vote for the AMA to study these issues and provide a report with findings and recommendations to the House of Delegates at the 2018 Annual Meeting in June.

“We are concerned rising insulin prices have created a barrier hindering people with diabetes who are insulin-dependent from obtaining the treatments they need,” said the Endocrine Society’s President-Elect Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH. “The approved initiatives will engage stakeholders to work together to improve access to lifesaving therapies.”

“This is an important and encouraging step toward addressing the issues affecting insulin costs and the challenges that our patients face in accessing this medication,” said AACE President Jonathan D. Leffert.  “AACE is pleased to partner with our friends at the Endocrine Society to help address this issue that is so critical to all of our patients.”

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About the Endocrine Society
Endocrinologists are at the core of solving the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, and hormone-related cancers. The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions.

The Society has more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TheEndoSociety and @EndoMedia.

About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. The majority of AACE members are certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at www.aace.com, or follow us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/TheAACE/, https://twitter.com/TheAACE.