About a month and a half ago I switched insulin pumps to one that includes a continuous glucose monitor. It has not been a smooth transition; however, I am still hopeful that this will be a great tool for me in me managing my diabetes. The technology works by inserting 1.5 cm ‘wire’ into my abdomen. The ‘wire’, through a process of chemical reactions, is able to find my blood sugar which then gets sent to my pump. On my pump I can then see a live graph of how my blood sugar is trending. This gives me an amazing set of charts and graphs which help me to make changes to my insulin dosages. The sensor can also give me alerts when I am trending high or low which helps me treat my blood sugar before it becomes an issue. Although this means a lot of alarms and notifications, the payback is invaluable.
It is extremely important to keep tight glucose control. Wild swings from high to low and vice versa can cause serious injury to the body. A cure may still be a ways off and so in the mean time we must do what we can, with what we have, to take the best care possible of our bodies.
Albert Einstein once said, “Most people see what is and never what can be.” It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day routine of checking your blood sugar, giving insulin, and being stressed about the constant attention it takes to manage this disease. This routine makes you feel like there is no end in sight, but that’s just because you don’t see what can be. Already, with technology like the continuous glucose monitor is making diabetes management a little easier. My hope is that science will continue to find better ways to treat T1D and someday there will be a cure for this disease.
Hello! My name is Adam and I will be a junior in high school this fall. I am vice president of our student body, active in many groups at school, play tennis, swim, volunteer at my church and I am passionate about protecting our environment. I also have type one diabetes.