Monday, May 6, 2013

Today's the Day

It's Monday, May 6th.

At 4:30pm today, I'm going to be disconnecting from my Medtronic pump and launching a new pumping chapter with my new Aminas.

I'm excited.

My new pump has been sitting patiently in my closet since it arrived last week. Patiently waiting for my pump training session. Once that is complete, I'll be good to go.

I've watched the training videos. I've installed the batteries, set the date and time and played with all the buttons. I've learned that if I enter my basal rates into a pump with no insulin, it sets off alarms bells. I quickly learned how to clear my basal rates. I entered all of my bolus calculations into my new meter, I paired my new meter to my new pump and discovered that the pump settings override the meter settings so they all disappeared.

I've got my basal and bolus settings from my current pump written down. I know my insulin sensitivity factor and my target BG range. They are all ready to be input into my new pump once I put some insulin in there.

I'm excited.

To be honest, I don't expect much to change on a day by day, moment by moment basis with my new pump. I'll still clip it to my belt every morning, enter my BG and bolus for meals. The colour will be different and the beeping noises will be different but it won't change much in my daily life.

But I do expect some days and some moments to be very different thanks to my new pump.

I have high hopes for my early morning swims. I expect a bit of a learning curve but hope to figure out how to avoid the consistent post-swim highs I experience.

I have higher hopes for triathlons days and I can't wait to test out a basal profile for race days that includes the swim.

And I have really high hopes for my goal of swimming longer open water distances. I have no idea what I'm going to need to do with my basal rates when I try to swim 5k and even build up to 10k but I am so excited now that I have an option to even be able to try.

I also can't wait to be out running and get caught in a rain storm. Because, for the first time in 4 1/2 years, it won't matter if I return home dripping wet.

Finally, now that I can remote bolus, I have another goal for this summer. Find a sundress that I like and wear it. I don't think I've worn a sundress since I was a little girl but I really like the idea of going out for Sunday brunch or a Friday night dinner being able to dress up in something other than capris. I like the idea of hiding my pump under my clothes and not having to dig it out to bolus.

It's not my biggest goal but it's probably my craziest.

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