Category Archives: Insulin Pumps

MiniMed 530G With Enlite – The How I Learned To Use It Version

It’s been a while, but a little while ago I got the newest Medtronic insulin pump model. The biggest reason that I upgraded was that I wanted to use the new continuous glucose monitor sensor that came with the pump. Besides that, I don’t find the pump to be all that different from the previous Medtronic versions. But the sensor is totally worth it because you can keep it in (FDA approved, at least) for six days.

Barbara Davis Center logo

Barbara Davis Center logo

I took a training class to learn how to use the new sensor and insert it at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the care and research facility in Denver, Colorado. In the training session with me there was an older guy, an older girl, a girl maybe a few years older than I am with her mom, and a boy who was maybe ten or eleven with his mom. I was with my dad.

So, great, we learned how to put in the sensor and turn it on. Even better, I can do it myself, unlike the last one. (That one had a needle so big that we called it The Harpoon.) But the class really was weird in that I was the only person who actually seemed to know what they were doing. The teacher would ask a question, such as, “How do you treat a low?” And then I would look around and no one would answer so I would answer. It was a very odd experience. At one point my dad even said, “Are the rest of you even diabetics?” He was joking, but that’s kind of how I felt. And later, the teacher said, “Great, you could be teaching this class!”

Learning how to put the new sensor in

Learning how to put the new sensor in

I guess this means that I’m a good little diabetic. Because I actually know a lot of the theoretical knowledge (although applying it is tricky). I just thought that it was very odd.

Ciao for now!

Of Prom and Pumps

Hi guys! Long time no see, err, write! So guess what! I finally finished AP exams, and I really only have two classes to worry about right now, except that I’m not worried because those classes are fine. It’s chemistry and Algebra II. Chemistry can be tricky, but I’m doing fine. But that’s really not what I want to talk about tonight (see title).

Prom was on Saturday! It was really cool to be able to go, because as I’m sure pretty much everyone knows, it’s like the iconic high school dance. But the whole question with prom was: How does managing diabetes fit in?

DSC05230I got a dress that is had some artful wrinkles so my pump would be hidden under my dress. I think I succceeded. My dad said you could only tell that it was there if you looked for it. I also wore shorts underneath my dress so I had something to clip my pump onto.

My group went to P.F. Chang’s for dinner. My plan was to go to the bathroom whenever I needed to bolus (because it’s pretty awkward to hike your floor-length gown up to your waist for any reason, no matter how good it is), and it worked because I didn’t have one high blood sugar. I’m actually pretty proud of that. Also, everyone knew what I was doing when I went to the bathroom, so everything worked out pretty nicely. Oh, and story! There was this three or four year old kid who was sitting at a table that was next to ours, and he kept on staring at us. We noticed but didn’t really say anything. But then his mom and him came up to us, and the mom told us that the little kid thought that we were princesses and to tell him that we were. So I told him, “Yes, we’re princesses, and these are the princes, and we’re going to the ball.” The kid’s face was priceless. His mouth was wide open and he stared at us in complete surprise and shock. He totally believed it, and his parents had to drag him away. He was so cute! He kept coming back to observe the “princesses.” It was awesome.

I did get low during prom, but they had a bar so instead of having the smarties that I brought, I got a Sprite. Haven’t had one of those in a while. Shame that I didn’t really get to enjoy it. DSC05241

And After Prom was a ton of fun too – my boyfriend and I basically just played Texas Hold’em the whole night and got Henna tattoos and ate smoothies and pizza. It turns out that it’s a thing to dress down for After Prom (like sweats and t-shirts dressed down) which Conner (my boyfriend) and I were unaware of, but we went home first and changed so we didn’t stick out. Good thing, too.

Well, that’s prom for your! I can’t wait until next year because it was a ton of fun! If you went to your prom, tell me your stories and how you managed diabetes with it! Either comment or email me.

Lots of love and talk to you soon!

Claire Montgomery

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Girls and Pumps: Fashion

Girls and Pumps: Fashion

I recently received a letter from a girl named Sam who had a pump wearing tip for girls.

Hi! I’m a diabetic too! I read your post about wearing your insulin pump on your boot while you wear a dress, and I have a tip. It’s sort of strange and not to everyone’s liking, but I love it! I wear my pumpinsulin_pump in my shirt on an everyday basis. If I’m wearing a sports bra I just stick my pump in it. I rarely feel it there! Also, you can buy thigh bands for when you wear dresses that have pump pockets. These are ways that don’t make wearing a dress uncomfortable, and that also make it less “awkward” when taking your pump out. Take care!!

I’ve heard putting your pump on your bra, but I’ve never tried it. I guess that’s something I’m going to have to go do.

However, I’ve never heard of thigh bands, and that would be awesome to try out. I’ve always worn shorts under my dresses, and I have mastered the “how to take your pump off under your dress without anyone noticing” technique. It’s really handy.

Thanks for the tip, Sam!

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery

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Fan Mail: Lily

I like fan mail. So I just have to share.

Hi Claire. My name is Lily, and I have read ALL your posts. First I thought it would be horrible to have a pump because it would be uncomfortable but because that you said its really good, I suddenly want one!!! Thank you for helping me like the pump with your awesome and funny posts!!

Writing this blog seems worthwhile to me when I am able to reach out to people and help them with their own journey with diabetes.

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Insulin Pump Fashion

A couple of days ago I wore a dress with some boots. And as I’m sure that my fellow female diabetic pumpers are aware of, even if you have shorts on underneath your dress, it’s pretty awkward to reach up your dress and take your insulin pump out. And then my problem is that I LOVE wearing dresses, and I would totally wear them every day if it weren’t for people saying, “Why are you wearing a dress?” whenever I DO wear a dress. It’s actually pretty annoying. “Because I felt like it.”

So this time I wore a dress with boots, and then I clipped my insulin pump onto my boots, so I could get my insulin pump without having to feel so awkward about it like I usually do.

So band was my first period, and people kept on bugging me out of genuine curiosity because they obviously didn’t have any idea what an insulin pump was, and I must say that I was enjoying the attention. After band I was checking the list to see who made it into Wind Ensemble (the highest band at my school) when a girl came up to me. Her name is Sam, and she told me that she really liked my Medtronic insulin pump, and that her’s was boring and black. It turns out that a flute who sits three feet away from me is a fellow type 1 diabetic. That pretty much made my day. We talked a little about going to diabetes camp, and then I had to leave to go to class.

So if you wear your insulin pump on your boot, you realize that people have a ton in common with you. That little thing made me happy for the rest of the day. :) And I still am happy.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Diabetic blogger, Insulin pump fashion-ista.

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Medtronic Blog

Hi guys!! Sorry it’s been so long, but I have a new post on the way.

I wrote a guest blog for Medtronic’s blog, the Loop. It took a while, but it’s finally been edited and approved. Here is the link:

http://www.loop-blog.com/Blog_Full_Post?id=a09C000000Cr66sIAB

I hope you like it, and I’ll have a new post out soon. Cheers! :)

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 diabetic, diabetes blogger, teenage blogger

Crazy Days Are Here Again

At the moment, I’m not particularly happy. Last night my blood sugars were wacko, and today looks like it’s going to be a repeat of last night.

207 with double arrows going up.

I ate dinner at eight o’clock. I was 60 mg/dL, so I didn’t bolus for my 40 carb meal. In hindsight, I should have bolused a little bit, but still, that shouldn’t have sent me above 250 mg/dL for the next three hours.

Yah, you got it. I alternated from being 280 mg/dL to 300 mg/dL. Oh, and a quick side note: I can’t sleep when I’m high. So I was up until after midnight. Lovely.

I did a new sight change, and yet, two hours later, still above 250 mg/dL. And I’ve got graphs to prove it.

Up, up, and up. Then down. Now up again.

Finally, I got fed up with feeling bad and re-reading several different books (including Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Eldest), so I tested again, over-rode the suggestion of zero units of insulin, and gave myself two units. Then I conked out.

Woke up at the wonderfully pleasant number of 90 mg/dL, but apparently we can’t go with out a day of craziness. My CGM says I’m 207 and going up fast.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 diabetic, Continuous Glucose Monitor User, Frequent Rider of the “Blood Sugar Roller Coaster”

If you have any crazy stories about wacky blood sugars, feel free to contact me!

No Longer a Lump ‘Cause I Got Me a Pump

I’m all pumped up!

Last week my dad came home, bringing with him a small little package of joy. I’m sure that you can guess what it is: A brand new insulin pump.

I immediately programed my settings into it, and once my lantus stopped working, I plugged in.  AND I AM SO HAPPY!!!!! (That’s me getting my excitement out.) My new pump is exactly the same kind (Minimed Paradigm 722), but it doesn’t have the scratch on the screen, and it’s all shiny, and new, and cool, and, and, and……

So long, shots in the bathroom! I can eat without worrying about what I’m going to have or dessert and have FREEDOM! Yay.

The moral of the story is that I’m excited, and that I’ve got a new pump. New pump=Happy Claire :)

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 diabetic, Diabetic pumper, Happy Girl :)

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