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Tips From a DMom for an Athletic Child

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  8/22/2013 8:51 PM


Oftentimes the bond between a child with diabetes and their parents can be extremely special and this story is no exception! Meet Jane and Mac, the dynamic mother-son-duo. Mac was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9 and began on a Medtronic insulin pump soon after. He is now an active 12-year-old with two brothers and one sister. He plays football, basketball, golf, and swims. He is also currently getting ready to compete in the World Archery Tournament in St. Louis! Here is his story, told in this interview with his magnificent mom, Jane.
Q: How did you first hear about an insulin pump?
A: When Mac was diagnosed, one of the people we talked to in the hospital showed us her insulin pump. Even though we started on shots and eventually switched to insulin pens, we always knew that we were working towards the insulin pump. Obviously, we wanted the best care for Mac and from what we knew, a pump was the way to go. Before going on a pump, I used the internet, word of mouth, and conversations with other diabetics to research which pump company to choose. 
Q: Were you or Mac nervous about starting an insulin pump?
A: When we started the pump, we were all nervous. We did not know a lot about it and we were trusting the person who was setting us up. 
Q: How long did it take your family to become comfortable?
A: It was very quickly evident that this pump changed our lives! The worries we had about the unknown were quickly forgotten. Mac was able to manage a lot of it himself at 9 years old. 
Q: And how has it gone since then?
A: Our A1C has continually gone down with the pump. When we use the CGM (continuous glucose monitor), we manage our control even better. It is simple to download and see where your trouble spots are. The only time we don't use the CGM is during football season (it hurts to take a hit with it on). During this time, I have to go back to waking up in the morning not knowing where his BG is. Mac is now an athlete. He plays football, basketball, golf, and swims. And he recently competed in a golf tournament where he walked his round carrying his clubs. 
Q: How does Mac manage his diabetes with such an active lifestyle? 
A: What we have found works best for Mac is to put his temp basal on his pump at 40% and drink throughout the round. If he gets a low alert, we confirm the CGM reading with a fingerstick and switch to a sugary sports drink and he also carries a snack. Diabetes does not stop Mac. And his Medtronic pump helps him be the active, athletic 12-year-old that he is.   
Q: I understand your family also recently starting using the mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor? 
A: Yes, we also use the mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor. This device changed MY life. I had no clue that I was putting that much stress on myself until I started using it. Every day I would go into wake Mac up not knowing how he would be, or if I had missed some major problem in the night. With mySentry, not only can I see his levels all night, I can check how much insulin is left in his pump, the status of his battery, and if he has been calibrating his pump.  
Q: That’s so wonderful to hear. Last question – What made you choose Medtronic as your technology partner for Mac’s diabetes management?
A: In our journey with type 1 diabetes, we have learned that not only does Medtronic have the best pump out there, but the support staff, the educators, and employees are also excellent. I believe that going forward,  Medtronic has the technology development that will allow them to continue to lead the field of insulin pump therapy and the accessories that go with it. 
The LOOP: Thank you Jane for sharing your family’s story and thanks Mac for being such an inspiration for other kids and kids at heart living with diabetes!
- 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. 
Medtronic Diabetes mySentry™ Remote Glucose Monitor
-The real-time glucose values provided by the mySentry monitor, as received from the MiniMed 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 finger stick measurement. Failure to monitor your blood glucose independently of the real-time glucose values provided by the mySentry monitor, as received from the MiniMed 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.
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Posted on Sat Jun 28 23:20:27 GMT 2014

My son was recently diagnosed and is looking into getting a pump and CGM. He wants to play high school football as a receiver and and defensive back. any recommendation on how to secure the CGM and the infusion site? We figure we would untether him for practices and games but a CGM would really help. Also he has no body fat so picking a site is really important.


Posted on Mon Jun 30 21:53:53 GMT 2014

That’s great to hear your son is looking into insulin pump therapy and CGM, UTAHGTR. We have a team of people here who would love to help your son explore his options. Please email with his contact information, and I will connect him with someone from my team. In the meantime, you and your son can visit our website to learn more.

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