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A few months ago, my 8-year-old and 11-year-old daughters, both of whom have Type 1 diabetes, switched from the Tandem t:slim and the Animas insulin pumps to Omnipod.
In addition to the major perk of not having tubing, the OmniPod offers more placement choices since you don’t have to worry about how you will feed the tubing through clothing. Another nice thing about the OmniPod is that the process to change the infusion set is simpler. With OmniPod, I appreciate that I can make all basal rate changes and temporary basal rate changes with the PDM remote device, so there is no more fishing for the t:slim or Animas pumps to make those changes.
After an interesting experience, my younger daughter has returned to the Animas, but it’s nice to know that we have a backup pump if needed. I am leaning towards going with the t:slim pump as it is synced with the Dexcom CGMS so while it is attached by tube, it is one less device I have to carry around. The Diabetes Media Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit media organization devoted to informing, educating, and generating community around living a healthy life with diabetes. The A1C test is a blood test that reflects the average blood-glucose level over the last two to three months.
In 1950s, hemoglobin A1c was identified as one of the largest fractions of the minor components of normal adult hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in the red blood cell, which transports oxygen from your lungs to the whole body. HbA1c is a simple blood test measures the percentage of hemoglobin variant “A’ subtype ‘1c” that has been attached to the glucose in the blood. However, blood-glucose levels in the preceding 30 days can make more effect in the A1C than the 90 to 120 days earlier.
If you are having A1C percentage, it looks less meaning, until you convert it into equivalent blood-glucose level help provide more meaning. HbA1c tests can easily do with a regular finger stick or a blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm like testing for blood glucose. Laboratories should be aware of their method limitations with respect to interference from the most prevalent Hb variants.
Decrease or increase in erythrocyte (decrease in RBC) can make you A1C to lower or increase respectively.
Hb Variants - Hemoglobin S trait, which affects about 8% of African Americans, hemoglobin C trait, which affects approximately 3% of African Americans, and hemoglobin E trait, which affects 10% to more than 50% of Southeast Asians in California, are all reported to affect some HbA1c assay methods. Vitamin C & E ingestion interfered with some assay methods and falsely decreasing results. A splenectomy is a surgical procedure that partially or completely removes the spleen, will falsely raise A1C. Bone marrow conditions - include leukemia, multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow), and lymphoma (blood cancer). Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, copper, foliate vitamins B6 and B12 can falsely affect the result. Once A1C interferences are recognized; choosing an alternative form of testing, such as glycated serum protein testing (fructosamine or glycated albumin) can help assess glycaemia better. Many people have a question, what does it mean if I have a high A1C and normal blood sugars? The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
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After a summer spent disconnecting from their insulin pumps for swim team, a pump with no tubing was a welcome relief. No more priming the tubing, no more air bubbles in the tubing, and no more getting your tubing stuck on kitchen cabinet knobs.
We rarely used a temp basal with the Animas pump because you could not make that change on the remote device.
It doesn’t care if you’re in school, in bed, or at a Broadway show, or in the marching band.
We ignored the PDM pod change alarm during a Broadway show, but then the pod itself began a non-stop, ear-piercing alarm.
My son is using omnipod for 4 years and nothing happend, of course at the begining can happend all this and more. The omnipod is the first pump I’ve ever used, and I chose it because it was tubeless and appeared more discrete. Followed by different discoveries and in 1976, Koenig and colleagues demonstrated that HbA1c concentration was an indicator of fasting blood-glucose concentrations. Elevated hemoglobin F, which is associated with thalassemia syndromes, also affects some assay methods. Unfortunately, factors affecting the accuracy of HbA1c measurement may not be recognized clinically.
Many others, on the other hand, have a question, what does it means if I have normal A1C and high fasting glucose?
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There is now no disconnecting for the shower or for swimming or for gymnastics, so basal insulin is always being delivered. My daughters have, for the most part, continued to use the same areas for the pods as they did with their former infusion sets, but even an occasional use of a new location is a plus. Another time the pod spontaneously began the continuous alarm, so we changed it, but forgot that we were now off the evening schedule of pod changes. I Prepare the new pod away from my kid, then walk to my son stop the old pod (But do not remove from the bosy) and them go back to the new pod and prime, etc. The blood-glucose level decides the volume of glycosylation reaction and the level of glycated hemoglobins. Home tests are now available too; they are subject to inaccuracy, if not conducted exactly as stated in the instructions. As with any laboratory test, any result that does not fit the clinical picture should require investigation further with the clinician. But, because you can decorate the pods with colored markers before you use them, there is a little added joy to what is otherwise an unpleasant process.
Another negative aspect of the OmniPod is that, while the PDM is helpful for setting basal rates, it’s rather annoying that you need to use the remote device to bolus insulin. Three days later, the pod alarmed in school, and I had to travel to the school with pods for the set change. But the alarm system is definitely a pain in the neck because there is no way to silence it. For the most part all is well until I have 10 units left or eight hours until the pod dies. Another time a new pod alarmed continuously during the pod changing process (prior to application on the body). Ability to rotate areas and use alternative areas means less tissue damage in the short and ling term. You may be cuddling your kids a little too much and you should enable them to be more independent and change their pumps by themselves. After years of not having to do this, the PDM always seems to be upstairs when we’re downstairs. Now we make sure to have two pods on hand during a set change in case one alarms and becomes unusable.
Also, the company has changed the design over the years to apparently make them cheaper, and inadvertently more failure-prone. Of course, given my situation, it’s nicer than not having it by a long shot, but the alarms are truly a consideration.
Definitely has pros and cons, but be mindful of how each of those sides might affect your experience.
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