Catching up with Diabetes fashion, – Wearing it on the arm ….. “sure it’s a thing now”

Diabetes-Fashion

Since starting on my insulin pump (the Medtronic 640g) a year and a half ago Iv wore it in many ways, hanging on my bra, on my waistband and when showing off was needed I’d pop it on my pocket where it was clearly visible.

( sure that’s the “in” thing now ).

 

The sensor and infusion set was a bit different though and always ended up on my tummy.

I must admit to feeling a little envious of those with the Libre flash glucose meter on the back of the arm and clearly visible when worn with short sleeves.

The enlite sensor is recommended for the tummy but what the hell I thought I’d get with the diabetes fashion and see how it performed on my arm, all visible like the rest of my diabetes colleagues.

Now usually there is a little difference between the readings of a finger prick and the readings from a cgm (continuous glucose meter) This is because the finger prick is testing blood and the cgm is testing Interstitial fluid, or ISF. Glucose hits the bloodstream first and the ISF after that ( hence the delay and difference in results )

However since Sunday when I placed my new sensor on my arm the difference in readings had been reduced. Since Sunday my results are either the same on cgm and finger prick or they are 0.1 in the difference.

Sorry, I never tried this before but delighted to discover now that wearing my sensor on my arm gives a very nearly mirror image of my blood tests by finger prick.

I’ll wear my sensor on my arm from now on.

I’m Davina Lyon, I’m not a professional, just a person With Type 1 Diabetes sharing experience.

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION*
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a couple of things.

I have type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease. Nothing I did, or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There’s is currently no cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body. it’s an autoimmune response where antibodies that normally fight disease mistake a part of our body
(the pancreas in this case) as foreign and attack to destroy it.
When those antibodies attack the insulin-producing islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump it.

Without insulin a person with type 1 diabetes would die. At present it is not known what causes this to happen, and there is no cure.
A person with Type 1 diabetes MUST inject or pump insulin to stay alive.

There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes so pre judgment of a lifestyle choice is unfair at very least.
A person with Type 2 diabetes, while still producing their own insulin for various reasons their body cannot use it correctly or efficiently.
These people are generally treated with oral medications and sometimes with insulin injections.

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