Not a fan of needles? With both a pump and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), you can minimize the number of needles you use on a daily basis. The CGM measures your blood sugar every few minutes to show you a continuous picture of whats happening. You can easily correct for high blood sugar by pressing a few buttons on your insulin pump. You can see your blood sugar trends, and on some models, get alerts if your blood sugar goes too high or too low.
Wisdom from others using a Sensor & Pump
When people ask me about my devices, I tell them. They're really cool!
I get tired of the CGM beeping at me at times especially if my blood sugar is low and I’m waiting for it to climb, but I’m thankful it wakes me up at night!
I chose to use a CGM and pump because they create a discreet combination that works well.
I gave myself about a month to get used to it, and I'm glad I did.
Change insulin pump infusion set and cartridge. Pump infusion sets usually last two to three days. Insulin cartridge changes should be changed when you are running low on insulin in your pump. The frequency of how often you will change your cartridge depends on how much insulin you use, but most cartridges hold 200-300 units of insulin. Many people coordinate set and cartridge changes so they do both at the same time.
I'm not going to lie. The cgm is expensive. It should be less. But I'm not headed the er. That's way more expensive.
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Fewer Pricks and Needles
Compared to multiple daily injections, a pump only requires you to insert the infusion set once every two to three days. Compared to a meter, a CGM only needs one to two finger pricks a day.
Prevent lows and highs before they happen. The CGM shows you which direction your blood sugar is headed and how fast. Some brands will alarm during the day or night to help alert you when you have a low or high blood sugar. With some pumps, you can lower your insulin intake for a specific period of time if you know you are going to exercise.
Ease of Insulin Delivery
With both a CGM and a pump, not only do you get a blood sugar reading 24/7, you also have the ability to correct blood sugars quickly and easily through your pump.
Alerts and Alarms
Some people get overwhelmed with too many alerts sounding from their devices, and sometimes the alerts can seem more annoying than helpful. You can always tailor them to fit your needs and wants, or turn them off entirely (except the emergency low alarm).
Attachment to Devices
Wearing an insulin pump and CGM means you will have two devices attached to your body. You can attach your pump to your clothes with a clip or put it in a pocket. Some people detach their insulin pump for up to one hour for swimming, showering, sex, or working out. Some CGMs have receivers, and others can be linked to your cell phone, which can reduce the number of devices you have to carry!