Just 90 days and columnist will be in the ‘pink’

By Susan Hartley

February 25, 2014

Well, I ordered it! The “it” I’m referring to is the Minimed 530G with Enlite. Wow, this sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? In actuality though it’s very real and it will soon be mine. I’m one excited girl if you can’t tell.

Let me refresh your memory for those of you wondering what in the world I’m talking about. The 530G with Enlite is an insulin pump that incorporates a continuous glucose monitoring sensor. The sensor will tell me what my sugar is every five minutes. Now, these have been around for awhile, so that’s not the exciting part. Here’s what’s got me over the moon, this one will automatically stop delivering insulin when the sensor detects that the wearer’s sugar is below a certain level.

After days of swinging from the 50s to the 250s, I decided I had to do something and made a call about the 530G. After the area rep showed it to me, my mind was made up. I needed to at least try it. There is a 30-day return policy if I don’t like it.

Now, I understand the CGM alarming can be VERY annoying, but they all are. I’m so happy that I’m going to have the comfort of knowing that if the sensor went off and I couldn’t respond to it, the proper precautions would be taken. The one time that I’ve had to use my glucagon pen, an emergency treatment for low blood sugar, was after I went low while sleeping. Justin sent the kids in to wake me up and they got no response. If I had this then, the sensor would’ve told me I was low and asked if I wanted to suspend. If I didn’t respond in a set amount of time, it would’ve automatically stopped giving me insulin, and I most likely wouldn’t have dropped to the point of almost unconsciousness.

So, I’ve ordered the pump but it can take up to 90 days! As you can tell, I’m not a very patient person. Reviewers say the new sensor is more comfortable and more accurate than the first one. I sure hope that’s true but I think it would have to be or they wouldn’t be able to compete against other CGM companies, like Dexcom which makes a great one! I have seen it, and the wire that goes in your skin is smaller and much more flexible. Also, unlike their first sensor, you don’t have to wear a giant piece of tape over it. Each sensor comes with a small piece of tape attached to it. However, I’ve heard that this tape is very hard to get off. That’s better than it falling off, I guess. You can’t have everything.

The 530G comes with a glucose meter. This meter stores everything. That’s right — everything. I guess it can have everything, lol. You can then download this meter to Carelink and print reports that show trends in your readings helping you and your doctor to better manage your insulin levels. No more downloading my pump and my CGM and reviewing the history in my meter. Oh let’s face it, I never did this cause it’s a huge pain in the butt. But now, by just downloading one thing, I’ll have it all. And, I’m making a vow to use it. Please hold me accountable. E-mail now and then to make sure I’m doing it (Insert smiley face emoticon.)

Well, I guess that’s all I have to say about the 530G with Enlite for now, but stay tuned; I’m sure I’ll have a ton to say when I get it. Oh, and did I mention it’s going to be pink? I thought about going with purple this time around, but I’ve grown partial to my pink pump. I like to think it’s kind of trademark!