My New Animas Vibe Insulin Pump + CGM
It’s 2017 and I’m feelin’ like a robot! I have a new electronic device attached to my body- a transmitter that communicates with a CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) system inside of my Animas Vibe insulin pump.
Dexcom has merged with Animas to give me an abbreviated way of monitoring my blood sugars. I don’t need an extra device to carry around and I’m finding this model much more in sync with my finger sticks than the old Dexcom. Back in 2012 I had a separate “pod” for the readings – now everything’s on my pump. Every five minutes it reads my blood sugar. I look at the screen and there is my reading. There is a graph that shows the last hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours. How cool is that?
So how does this work? Every 7 days I change a sensor which sticks to my abdomen. The sensor is as thin as a hair. The transmitter sits on the sensor pod. It is waterproof so showering and bathing is easy.
Why the CGM or continuous glucose monitor? I’ve been diabetic for 39 years now and I’m less sensitive to recognizing when I have low blood sugar symptoms: weakness, shakiness, sweat or disorientation. That’s because I’m older now so between sweating from menopause and forgetting things, I’m always disoriented and sweaty! But it’s definitely dangerous if I can’t distinguish the two. Plus my body has become more accustomed to symptoms so they no longer set off an alarm at 65-70 mg/dl, but at 45-50mg/dl. This is scary, especially in the middle of the night while asleep. It can be very dangerous and cause me to go into a coma. The DEXCOM’s alarm goes off (vibrates) when my blood sugar starts going down below 70mg/dl. So I wake up and have some juice which is always on the nightstand next to me. The DEXCOM alarm also goes off at 240mg/dl, telling me my blood sugar is high.
What a great way to start 2017 and my 39th year with Type I diabetes! It’s easier for me at the clubs when I perform. All I have to do is check the screen and see where my BG is at before getting on stage. By the way, did you know that blood sugars can rise due to adrenaline rushes, like right before performing?
This new system is better for my endocrinologist also. When I see him in February he’ll plug the pump into a computer and see how my control is. We check out patterns that need to be changed and I’m fine tuned until my next visit. Voila!