When I first heard about the t:flex and it’s 480 unit cartridge I initial wondered what value that could have. “It would take me a decent chunk of time to use that much insulin, let alone that much in a 3-day period”, I thought to myself.
Then I remembered that diabetes, and its demands come in all shapes and sizes. And insulin sensitivity is the epitome of “Your Diabetes May Vary“. And that this diabetes thing is bigger than little ol’ me. And the more options people have to manage their diabetes with the goal of leading a happy and healthy life, the better.
I’ve been on insulin injections since I was diagnosed in 2002. I started out on syringes, Humalog and Humalin. I still remember my instructions for mixing the two at breakfast and dinner, “cloudy before clear”. I still remember the first night I tried to take an injection with my newly received insulin pens and realizing I never got a prescription for the pen needles, “how do you get the insulin out?” I have the daily management of used and unused insulin pen needles to an oddly obsessive compulsive science. I’ve minimized my diabetes footprint so well when I travel that I’m more worried about packing enough socks for a short trip. I’ve got this stuff down.
But it’s time to switch to a pump.
The primary impetus for joining the pumping contingent lies primarily with the featured picture above, that recurring Dexcom graph, and a devious mistress called Dawn Phenomenon.