My Additional Diabetes Brain
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!
Author, blogger, and advocate in the diabetic community
Proud Pink Pumper since 2002
Medtronic Employee since 2009
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Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps
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