Meet D-Mom Extraordinaire: Meri Schuhmacher
I am so excited to introduce you to our newest guest blogger, Meri Schuhmacher from Our Diabetic Life. With four wonderful boys (three with diabetes), she’s an incredibly busy D-Mom who still always manages to find the time and warmth to support and encourage others in the diabetes community. She was one of the first to try out the mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor and we’re thrilled to have her blogging for us here. Today, she kicks us off with sharing how she uses mySentry during the day when the boys are home as well as at night. Welcome Meri!
When I received the mySentry in the mail a month ago, my heart pitter pattered a bit stronger as I thought about the extra eye I would have on the boys while they slept. What a relief to finally SEE what was going on with their blood sugar numbers! What a relief to actually HEAR the alarms from their continuous glucose monitor (CGM)! I was excited to synch up our first pump, and especially excited to see the first blood sugar number pop up on the mySentry screen.
Not the best number in the world, but son #3 had just eaten a big dessert at his scout meeting so I wasn't completely shocked. As I checked his blood sugar to confirm the CGM number, I searched the archives of my brain for previously stored data and began to make an informed decision on whether I should give him a full correction. Variable #1: He was just at scouts and had been running around for the past hour with all the zeal only a 10-year-old could muster. Variable #2: This particular son often goes low in the late afternoon. Everything pointed to giving him a half correction, but Variable #3 told me that brownies and milk have fat, and staying power. Full correction or half correction? What was the answer?
And then I remembered. I had the mySentry. I had only thought it to be nighttime help, but it was right there in front of me, showing his numbers and the directional arrows at four o'clock in the afternoon. It I gave him a full correction and decided to keep an eye on the mySentry.
The mySentry alarmed, "predicted low," only 30 minutes later. I should have listened to my gut.
You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover that the mySentry wasn't only a tool to use at night, but a great tool to use during the day too!
Since then we have been experimenting. My boys spend much of their time in what we lovingly call, "The Bermuda Triangle." Their bedrooms, the playroom, and the bathroom. During the day we move the outpost to the hallway outlet, and what do you know...in our house the mySentry picks up the CGM signals wonderfully! We live in a one story house, so I've been able to keep the receiver by my bedside and can still hear the alarms from the family room just fine. What a bonus not to have to ask one of my boys to take his pump out of his pocket to see the screen. I just mosey on by my bedroom door and the bright monitor shows me his number. (On a side note: It has reminded me it was set change day a couple times as well! I don't know about your child, by my boys never tell me when their pumps alarm 'low reservoir.')
I have friends that have two story houses and own the mySentry. During the night they keep the outpost and the receiver upstairs in the bedroom area. During the day they move both downstairs in the main living area. Like me, they also are enjoying the benefits of the daytime mySentry. When the child moves outside the limits, an alarm sounds saying the mySentry has lost contact...but once the child is back into the zone it automatically synchs and the lost information is transferred to the receiver.
An important medical tool...and it's fun too!
Editor’s Note: Medtronic provided Meri with a mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor, Continuous Glucose Monitoring Starter Kit and pump upgrade in exchange for her writing content for us about parenting three children with diabetes. More details can be found here. Also, for clarification, mySentry communicates with only one pump at a time.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The real-time glucose values provided by the mySentry monitor, as received from the Paradigm REAL-Time Revel insulin pump, are not intended to be used directly for making therapy adjustments. Rather, they provide an indication that may require a confirmation fingerstick measurement. All therapy adjustments should be based on measurements obtained using a blood glucose meter and not based on the value displayed by the monitor or Paradigm REAL-Time Revel insulin pump.
Once you turn off an alarm on the mySentry monitor, you need to attend to the alarm on the pump itself. You cannot respond to pump alarms directly through the mySentry monitor.
Failure to monitor your blood glucose independently of the real-time glucose values provided by the mySentry monitor, as received from the Paradigm REAL-Time Revel insulin pump, may result in hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and significant physical injury, including death.
Transmission of all data or alarms cannot be guaranteed with the mySentry system.
Please visit www.medtronicdiabetes.com/importantsafetyinformation for complete safety information.