Hello and thank you for stopping by.
I was diagnosed with Adult-Onset Type 1 Diabetes in 2005. However, I started pump therapy in 2013 using the Medtronic MiniMed 530G pump with CGM (part of the time used Enlite CGM but after sometime moved over to the Dexcom 5G CGM).
In March 2018, I moved over to the Medtronic MiniMed 670G pump.
The reason I launched ButDoISay is to share my experiences with fellow Medtronic MiniMed 670G users or people looking at transitioning to the 670G or even those new to pump therapy.
Most things I have learnt about successfully controlling BG numbers has been through blogs and forums. So it is now my turn to pay it forward.
Being a scientist, I must say my approach to glucose control has been a little scientific and can be a little obsessive. In the process though, I have learnt a lot about what works and what does not work in my case when it comes to pump therapy.
Why the name “ButDoISay”
ButDoISay is just a twist on the dilemma us pumpers go through especially in the workplace where we are always wondering whether or not to let other people know of our condition.
I have sat through a lot of work-related meetings where my sugar suddenly falls and there was always a hesitation of how to excuse myself to deal with the low.
Other times I have sat through a stressful customer meeting or presentations where all of a sudden my high sugar alarm would go off.
And the question in my mind was always “But do I say that my sugar is low or high while excusing myself to treat it?”
Eventually, as time goes on you learn how to deal with such situations.
But there a lot of people with Diabetes grapple everyday with whether or not to disclose their condition to their bosses or workmates for fear of reprisals or discrimination.
Pump Therapy has Made all the difference
Prior to getting on an insulin pump, my day-day life was characterized with large glucose swings and uncontrolled hypoglycemia. This in turn just made my quality of life so poor; my day was consumed with trying to avoid lows and chasing highs. (and dealing with all the side effects that come with lows and highs)
With pump therapy, I am able to now keep up with my super-active 4-year-old and 2-year-old, work on my yard and sleep at night without worrying about lows.
But just like any other person struggling with diabetes, I have bad sugar days and good sugar days.
I really like the Medtronic 670G and the idea of a closed loop system. For me the fact that I do not have to mess with basal settings when I am in Auto Mode sold me on this pump.
But the algorithm used for the pump is still basic and does not account or adapt to changes in my day-day activities, stress or even such things as dawn phenomenon.
I think a closed loop system is a great step forward. As I learn more about the pump, I will will continue to share it here.