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My Additional Diabetes Brain

By Amanda Sheldon

Managing Editor

Posted:  3/22/2011 12:00 AM


Today we’re happy to feature a post from Naomi Kingery. Like many Medtronic employees, Naomi has personal experience with diabetes. In fact, she had been a self-proclaimed “Proud Pink Pumper” for seven years before coming to work with us. You may also know her as the “Diabetic Diva,” offering her fresh, fun perspective to the diabetes community. Today, she’s talking to The Loop about the challenge of keeping track of her blood sugar numbers.

The hardest part of my diagnosis at twelve years old was when my doctor said I needed to write down my blood sugar numbers. I began a log book in September 2001 and kept one for the first year of my diagnosis, writing down every single number (usually 10 a day). I’m not a “write everything down kind of girl” so this was hard for me. I was okay with new responsibilities diabetes brought to me, but this was the one aspect I felt controlled by. I decided to “rebel” in my own way, by deciding to not keep a log book.

Things changed in so many ways when I got on the pump at the age of thirteen. With the quality of life that I began to feel, I gained a renewed motivation and wanted to strive to
reach my potential with diabetes. Knowing that an insulin pump is not a cure and at times my body will take control, I decided to focus on what I know was in my control. Diet, exercise, insulin, blood checks…log book…

Taking control of my health when it was something I blatantly decided to rebel against wasn’t easy. But one thing that really helped was CARELINK. It allows me to sign in online, plug in the USB and automatically have updated reports on current pump settings and blood sugar behavior and trends. It shows reports and colorful graphs on a daily and weekly basis to show my recent journey with my diabetes. I have to admit, sometimes it’s hard for me to see the pie chart that visually displays my recent struggles and says I am high “54%” of the time, but that is okay. By comparing charts and trends throughout the day, I am able to see when my body needs insulin adjustments and what can be done with my settings to create more stability — which could potentially change everything!

I’m thankful for technology like CareLink, because I no longer feel guilty for not keeping a log book. If you still keep a log book, I commend you because CareLink isn’t supposed to replace a log book, but in my mind it does so much more than a small book with numbers. It’s like my additional diabetes brain, which helps a lot since my brain gets filled up with so many things other than diabetes!

Naomi Kingery
Author, blogger, and advocate in the diabetic community
Proud Pink Pumper since 2002
Medtronic Employee since 2009


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Michael Hoskins

Posted on Tue Mar 22 23:55:00 GMT 2011

Thanks for writing this, Naomi. I've never been much of a "write it in a log" type of guy myself, but that is what has traditionally kept me the most accountable - up until Carelink came along, that is. I agree that it is a great tool and so easy to use, even with just the home version rather than what the docs have in the professional version. We have come along way through the years and it's great to have so many resources available to help better track our BGs and trends.

Becca Hotchkiss

Posted on Wed Mar 23 07:38:59 GMT 2011

I am so excited. I am getting my new insulin pump on Friday of this week. I had a minimed 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Then about 2 years ago it stopped working and we had no insurance so I had to switch to shots. Then we got insurance for about 6 months and I got the Omnipod pump. It was wireless, but I had a hard time keeping it on my body in the summer time. When my husband lost his job we lost our insurance and Omnipod doesn't take Medicare or State health insurance. It was very expensive. Over $350 per month. But now that I have hit the 5 year mark with Medicare I am requalified for a new pump and I am so excited to be getting a PINK one! I have missed minimed and the great people that are eager to help me. Thanks for sharing your story. Go PINK!

Amanda Sheldon

Posted on Wed Mar 23 18:34:00 GMT 2011

@Michael Nice to hear from you! Glad you're enjoying the blog and that you find CareLink helpful. Be sure to stay in touch and let us know what topics you'd like to discuss more here on The LOOP!

@Becca Welcome back to Medtronic! Best of luck managing your diabetes with your new PINK(!) pump :-) And remember, after your training if you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to call the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-646-4633.

Naomi Kingery

Posted on Thu Mar 24 02:25:23 GMT 2011

@ Michael, thank you and I completely agree on how exciting it is to see how far technology has come, even just in my last nine years of living with diabetes!

@Becca, I am sorry to hear of the insurance and financial struggles you have had but am so excited for you and could imagine how much you are looking forward to Friday. I've had all colors of the pump except for the black one, and my pink is by far my very favorite! Look at it this way, now after going through what you have, you will be able to appreciate it even more than before:-)


Lisa Cox

Posted on Tue Jun 14 12:29:04 GMT 2011

My daughter has type 1 diabetes! She has a medtronic pump and loves it! Now in her third year of collage at the age of 21 she has been dropped from medicaid! She is trying to find a plan that she can afford that will cover the pump? Anyone have any ideas?

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