Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Symlin and CGM--Wow! This is SO much easier

You know I tried to use Symlin a couple years ago, before the Continuous Glucose Monitor, and it was HARD. I got low...really low and the lows are tough to treat, but I recently decided to give it a try again now that I have the Minimed Realtime Continuous Glucose Monitor.

I am 38 and my insulin requirements have increased significantly in the past year and I am also gaining weight as a result. This does not make me happy, so I'm trying Symlin (which I hear is now FDA approved in a pen).

I have been on Symlin for about a month, using it once or so a day. It is NOT convenient to carry it around with you when you have been reliant on the CGM and your pump, so I usually get Symlin when I am at home eating.

I have to say, it is miraculous to see how it impacts my blood sugars post meal. It works well, but the best is that I can catch lows early and see exactly how it impacts my readings for hours after.

It has been a long while since I posted regularly, but in case you weren't sure, I LOVE having a CGM and I can't imagine life without it. I will live longer and I will see my child grow because I know answer to the only question that really matters with diabetes-- "What's your blood sugar?"

4 comments:

Drea said...

I have been debating Symlin lately - I appreciate your post!

Chrissie in Belgium said...

You are so right - THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS TO US Ds IS WHAT IS THE DAMM BLOOD SUGAR!

Bernard said...

Wendy

I think the trick to Symlin is to start with a low dose and work until you figure out how to bolus with that does (how much to reduce your insulin and how long to spread it out over). Then increase the dose slightly and readjust.

I'm now reasonably good at using Symlin without getting a low. Though the CGMS helps a LOT. Already I can't imagine being without one.

Melissa said...

Absolutely, couldn't agree more. My A1C was the same with Symlin as without (6.5%) for the first year that I was on Symlin without CGM. Three months after I got CGM my A1C dropped to 5.5 with no appreciable increase in hypos. I wasn't going above 220 mg/dL after meals anymore! Hurrah!