Life in the Wintry Mountains
Still my mind was being in the mountains on a cold frosty day with the chill in my face and adrenaline pumping as I sped down a race hill. As days turned to months and months turned to a year, I was given an opportunity to try a Medtronic insulin pump. I was told by one of my ski coaches who also has type 1 diabetes that the pump did wonders for an athlete. So I gave it a try and it worked fantastic. It allowed me to keep my blood sugar right in my sweet spot between 140 and 80.
As time progressed on the cold slopes, I found a perfect way to keep my insulin and pump warm by putting it in the inner most layers of my clothing and then wrapping it with an ace bandage or a tight under shirt. Since I’ve been told insulin solutions freeze near 32 F, this allows me to keep it warm with my body heat so it doesn’t freeze up on the mountain. The difficult part is stripping down to my speed suit during my races. At this time I can’t wear my pump because of the possibility of damaging it during the race. What I do is have a helping hand from a team mate who isn’t running the race take my jacket which has my pump and sugar tablets in it to the base of the course. After my race I meet up with my team mate, reconnect to my pump and if needed take a sugar tablet.
I have learned that skiing in the brisk cold mountains can be done with type 1 diabetes and is manageable with my Medtronic pump. I hope my experience was helpful to fellow pump users on the slope and hopefully some day we all can shred together to help cure diabetes.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
- Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.
Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
- Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.
Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems
- The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment.
- Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected.
Please visit www.medtronicdiabetes.com/importantsafetyinformation for complete safety information.