Category: Diabetes Blog

  • Insulin Pump Tubing: Understanding Its Role and Managing Its Quirks

    Insulin Pump Tubing: Understanding Its Role and Managing Its Quirks

    When considering the switch to an insulin pump, many potential users like myself initially have concerns about the tubing. Common myths suggest that it’s fragile or cumbersome, but the reality is much more reassuring. Insulin pump tubing is designed to be durable and flexible. You can sit on it, wind it up, and bend it…

  • A Day in the Life: Refilling My Insulin Pump Reservoir

    A Day in the Life: Refilling My Insulin Pump Reservoir

    This morning, I was greeted not by my alarm but by the persistent beeping of my Medtronic 780G insulin pump, alerting me to a low reservoir. With only 3 units of insulin left, it was clear: today was insulin tank refill day. Typically, I’m vigilant about checking my insulin levels before bed to avoid interruptions…

  • Living with Lifesaving Tech: The Hidden World of Insulin Pumps

    Living with Lifesaving Tech: The Hidden World of Insulin Pumps

    As a staunch advocate for diabetes awareness, I often find myself at a crossroads. While I am passionate about sharing the incredible benefits of insulin pump technology, there’s a part of me that instinctively adjusts my clothing to keep my insulin pump out of sight. This internal tug-of-war isn’t just about personal comfort; it’s a…

  • Fewer Pricks, More Precision: The Benefits of the 780G Insulin Pump

    Fewer Pricks, More Precision: The Benefits of the 780G Insulin Pump

    For those of us on the diabetes management journey, the evolution of insulin pump technology has been nothing short of revolutionary. Transitioning from the Medtronic Minimed 670G to the 780G model has marked a significant shift in how frequently I need to engage in the traditional finger prick for blood sugar calibration. This blog post…

  • A Close Call: How My Insulin Pump Came to the Rescue

    A Close Call: How My Insulin Pump Came to the Rescue

    In the unpredictable journey of managing diabetes, especially around exercise, every day brings a new learning opportunity. Following up on my recent experiences with balancing blood glucose levels during exercise, I encountered a scenario that further underscored the value of diabetes technology in preventing lows. Here’s a brief recount of how my insulin pump became…

  • “Alert Before Low” AFTER Exercise

    “Alert Before Low” AFTER Exercise

    Navigating the delicate balance of blood sugar levels during and after physical activity is a well-known challenge for those of us living with diabetes. The fear of experiencing a low (hypoglycemia) or a spike (hyperglycemia) can sometimes be daunting, making exercise a bit of a tightrope walk. However, with careful management and a bit of…

  • Alternative CGM Sensor Placement: Trying MY THIGH!

    Alternative CGM Sensor Placement: Trying MY THIGH!

    For those of us who depend on Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) to manage our diabetes, identifying the ideal location for our sensor makes life easier. Everyone is different as to where on the body works best. I’ve been using the Guardian sensor, traditionally placing it on the upper arm as recommended. However, I decided to…

  • “Does your pump malfunction often?” my Pharmacist asked…

    “Does your pump malfunction often?” my Pharmacist asked…

    Recently, I found myself at the pharmacy, filling my prescription for long-acting insulin. My doctor had noted on the script, “in case of pump malfunction, inject daily.” As a user of the Medtronic Minimed 780G insulin pump, my daily routine doesn’t typically include long-acting insulin. The pump’s role is to continuously supply me with short-acting…

  • My New Air Fryer Sounds like my Insulin Pump

    My New Air Fryer Sounds like my Insulin Pump

    Beep, bop, beep, beep… It’s a series of electronic notes. “Is that you?” No, it’s not me. It’s the Air fryer. Yes, we’ve hopped on the Air Fryer trend by buying an Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer. I’m impressed by how it makes cooking dinner much faster. It should also save us money on our…

  • Inspect your Insulin Pump for Cracks and other Damage

    Inspect your Insulin Pump for Cracks and other Damage

    Medtronic replaced my insulin pump, again. This will be the second replacement pump I’ve had. This time, I sent it back because it got a crack. They promptly replaced it. The first time I got a replacement because of the clear retainer ring recall. My Medtronic 670G Insulin Pump got a crack on the back…

  • Generic Humalog Insulin from Amazon Pharmacy

    Generic Humalog Insulin from Amazon Pharmacy

    I was reading the FUDiabetes forums yesterday and my curiosity peaked when I saw a discussion on buying insulin from the Amazon Pharmacy. I recently refilled my insulin and the list price was over $1000. I searched for insulin in the Amazon pharmacy, and the best deal I found was: Generic Humalog insulin (Insulin Lispro)…

  • Two Years on an Insulin Pump: Then and Now

    Two Years on an Insulin Pump: Then and Now

    Hey, it’s been about two years since I starting using an insulin pump. I use the Medtronic Minimed 670G Insulin Pump and it’s amazing! It’s not even the newest model any longer. I am sure that the 760G and 770G are even more advanced! If I’m asked what my favorite technology is, it’s my insulin…

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