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We've been on the new pump for a whole week already.

I've learned how to "retrieve" data from it when we have no compatible device. What I mean by this.. I taken his pump box (we've since named it George), and I open up the data history on it. Then, I take my phone and take pictures of each and every screen so I can look at them on my computer in my own timeline without having to have him disconnected from George.

If we had a compatible computer, we could simply plug George into it and upload the data, however, the only compatible computers we have are Brad's business computers and I don't want to mix business with medical or personal stuff. I will if there's a system update for George; just not for weekly data extracting.

One week in and the Basal-IQ has turned itself on to prevent lows several times. Right now, I have to go through and determine when and then I can determine why. Basal-IQ is a program that suspends (turns off)(stops giving) the background insulin (Basal) in order to prevent a low blood sugar event. It will kick on for random lows, or for insulin-induced lows when he received too much during a dosing for a meal or blood sugar correction. That last reason is why I'm looking into when. If there's a pattern, then his dosing needs adjusting.

Basal-IQ algorithms, that determine if to suspend basal insulin, use the data from his continuous glucose monitor (the Dexcom) that's attached to his body. The two devices talk to each other. So, when the Dexcom determines that his blood sugar will go below 80 in the next 30 minutes, the pump will stop delivering insulin until he has a blood sugar reading that is higher than the last reading (5 minutes apart). Or, if he has a slow decline that cannot determine that 30 minute prediction and he goes below 70, it will suspend deliveries until he starts coming up again or that it predicts he will go above 80 in the next 30 minutes.

It is REALLY amazing what technology can do.

However... Basal-IQ is not meant to be used as a regular maintenance program. It's a fail-safe. So, we need to determine if we are causing the situation for the Basal-IQ to kick in by having his dosing or programming set too generous in the insulin delivery aspect. By doing so, and adjusting the programming accordingly, we decrease the risks of life-threatening low blood sugars--and save money on insulin at the same time because we are using less.

So. I will refill my coffee and start looking for patterns now that I have written everything down.

I will say that Basal IQ has made nights better, though. It's improved my sleep quality as I'm less worried about sleeping through a low blood sugar alarm. I used to look at his number before laying down for the night and then wondering if it's too low to keep him good all night. Or, did we give him too much insulin for his high blood sugar at bedtime and he'll go low in an hour? Now... I know it will help prevent that situation from happening. I'm resting better. Yay.

Time to put my nose back in the numbers now.

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