My Resolution for the New Year
With the stroke of midnight and the cheers, kisses and confetti that follow, a New Year is always exciting. Not just because it is the beginning of another calendar year, but because it can serve as a fresh starting point for many of us. You may have seen the article in the December issue of News to Infuse with tips for making (and sticking to) New Year’s resolutions. The article also gave a few examples of resolutions set by Medtronic employees impacted by diabetes. The recommendations to set yourself up for success were: plan ahead, keep it simple, set a dead line, and tell others about your goals so you can have the support you need to succeed.
I was a contributor to the article, and stated: "I’m going to see a new endocrinologist who understands the pump and uses CareLink by the end of January." The truth is that as an active diabetes advocate whose whole life is dedicated to helping others with diabetes, I admit that I have never seen an endocrinologist that has ever truly worked with my insulin pump. I have had great doctors and one who even set me up on the pump. But I have not had an endocrinologist that uploaded my pump to CareLink or worked with the details of my pump settings or looked at my sensor trends and log book data. And, for me, this is something I really want from my endo right now.
My goal for this upcoming year is to admit the fact that I am vulnerable, and even/especially with diabetes, I do not know it all (nor should I expect myself to know it all since I definitely don’t have a medical degree on my resume). I’m ready to have an expert step up and help me, to challenge my hbA1C that is always “pretty good,” and to arm themselves with that valuable data available at our fingertips.
It won’t all happen in the first meeting, but this will be my first step towards the tangible results I am looking for. I won’t settle for what I have had in the past, or blame myself for not seeking out more help before this, but will focus on my bright future ahead with diabetes. So based on the 4 bullet points recommended, I am on my way to accomplishing this resolution and enjoying building on my diabetes healthcare team to care for me in the way I know I need it most.
"I’m going to see a new endocrinologist who understands the pump and uses CareLink by the end of January."
1. Plan ahead- check.
2. Keep it simple- check.
3. Set a dead line- check.
4. Tell others- check. (I think posting this blog does it, don’t you!?)
Your resolution might not be to get an appointment on your calendar to see a new doctor. Maybe it is to check your blood more often, to download a phone app that gives you nutrition facts, or to join an online diabetes community to get to know other people with diabetes. Think about it, write it down, and talk about it. Want to tell me, and Medtronic, what you’re planning on doing this year? Tweet about it @MDT_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.