One Month

It’s been one month since I started back on the t:slim pump. I have to say, it’s been an adjustment from being on the pod for so many months. I can’t believe how quickly I had become “used” to it, but I did. I was worried that I would be bothered by wearing a tubed pump again, but so far, it’s been fine.

I have been keeping an eye on my sugars as well as my t:connect account and things are going just fine with both bolusing and uploading my pump. The problems I had before with highs all day are gone, with the exception that last week was my period and things are always wacky around that time, but they’ve leveled back out and my sugars are back to their more predictable pattern, and the t:slim has been working just fine right along with them. T:connect is working beautifully, no double or triple data in there at all, and that makes me happy.

Earlier this month, I switched over to using my Freestyle Lite meter and it’s been bugging me that I couldn’t upload it. When speaking with my hubby, he made the point very simply that if I had more money in strips than the cable, then I needed to order the cable. I currently have about 3 more months worth of strips left, so indeed, I have more left in strips than it would cost for the cable… so I broke down and ordered one last week. It finally came today and I’m shouting “hallelujah” because my reports are finally looking right since all of the data is there. 

Speaking of t:connect, there are still some glitches in the system, but I’ve heard through a little birdy that there is going to be a software update release next month, so I’m hoping those will be fixed. I’m also hoping they will have the ability to upload the Dexcom for a more complete picture of what’s going on, or at least more types of meters (like the Nano), but that’s not confirmed at all and is (I’m sure) a simple daydream for now, so do not quote me on that at all.Image

I’m so glad that Tandem has come out with more colors of the t:clip during this time as well. I was hoping and praying they would have the teal one voted in as a new color, and it was! So welcome to my new design, complete with teal-clip-cased t:slim!

Also, I may add a page later for questions that you guys can submit to me about the pump or anything diabetes related, so keep an eye out!


The Restart

I have had a Tandem t:slim insulin pump since December 2012. After just a few months of using it, there became things I liked and disliked, with the dislike list growing. Being a person with many insulin pumps, I decided to abandon the t:slim and use another one.

Lately, I’ve been thinking differently. Maybe it’s not just the pump, but the operator too (in other words, ME). My husband ( a tech guy ) has a saying when he’s irritated with people who think it’s the equipment that’s wrong without it being used properly. He calls it an ID-10-T problem. If you look at it fast enough, you’ll see what it means.

Also, at my most recent trip to my endo’s office, my endo’s nurse did something that struck me. I had been on the Omnipod for the summer months, but she assumed I was on the Tandem t:slim since I had just gotten it back in December. When I told her about the summer pod break, she had a look as if she was irratated with me. She’s never had that before in all the years and all the pump change-ups I’ve had.

So it got me to thinking… maybe I’m a bigger part of the problem than I realize. And, instead of boring people with a timeline on my main diabetes blog,, I thought I’d write out my own personal thoughts, victories, frustrations, etc with just the t:slim on here. I know it’s probably confusing, and it’s totally okay if you don’t want to follow. This is here really just for my reference  as I make this journey once more.

******Disclaimer: Any thoughts, views, and treatment options that I choose to talk about here are strictly for my own personal use. I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one. Nothing written here is intended to be in any way, shape, or form a suggestion as to options for your treatment. Always check with your health care professional before making any changes to your health care options. Thank you. **********