Exactly a year ago on this day, I met with my diabetes educator for my Medtronic MiniMed 670G training. Two weeks later I started using Auto Mode.
Along the way, I started documenting my journey on ButDoISay, nearly gave up on Auto Mode and certainly drove my endocrinologist crazy by constantly changing my delivery settings.
Her very words during our last appointment were: “Why change something if it ain’t broken”
Since we have a good rapport my answer was “You know, the scientist in me pushes me to fiddle with the settings. Right?!” And she just laughed.
Fittingly, yesterday for the first time I was 100% in Auto Mode and 100% in Target Range. Woohoo! I just can’t believe how the algorithm has learned my sugar basal rhythms in the last one year.
But seriously, the last year was also a very stressful year for me. Our youngest daughter was diagnosed with Autism at the start of 2018 and my life was completely changed. All of a sudden I started noticing all the missed milestones and my schedule was now filled with Autism parent training, speech therapy, and occupational therapy appointments.
However, the most stressful thing for me was not being ready to accept that my daughter was fine in her world and I am the one who needed to change to make sure I gave her the love and support that she needed to navigate around my world.
One thing though I did not have to worry so much about was: Do I have the correct basals set to deal with the stress and emotional roller coaster that came with our daughter’s diagnosis? This is quite liberating and freeing.
AUTO MODE TO THE RESCUE
Through this time, Auto Mode worked like a champ and I can undoubtedly say it has done a better job of adapting to all the stressful events of 2018 than I would have done if it was left to me in Manual Mode.
I no longer have to worry so much about lows when taking my daughters to two separate schools or doing yard work. (I had been diagnosed with uncontrolled severe hypoglycemia in 2013 when I got my first pump. I am also a late onset Type 1)
WITH AUTO MODE PATIENCE IS KEY
This is my advice: If you are thinking of giving up on Auto Mode because of all those highs that you can’t seem to control, just give it time. For me it has taken close to a year to finally get to where I am comfortable with my numbers.
The Auto Mode algorithm seems to be more adaptive than I even thought. And the more data you feed it, the better it will become.