Questions and Answers 1
I've got KBAC radio cranked up and I fall into a comfortable rhythm. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. The hours slip past, the work is a joy. One of the jobs is pictures of a Florida’s customer's new grand baby. His first and only, "I'd lost hope," he told me, "my daughter is 42-years-old." He's 67. Every spring he and his wife motorcycle Europe. Every fall Mexico. What fun. I had planned on becoming a war correspondent for the Associated Press when I'm old and gray; but now maybe I'll tour the world on a motorcycle instead. Among other things on deck today, fashion shots of a Hispanic beauty for a California customer, a copy of a late 1940's shot of three nudes from Arkansas, and an inexplicable shot of two un-harmonious women holding hands in front of a sign that says "Welcome to Harmony, Population 18" for a customer in Virginia.
I’m having trouble with my DSL at home again, but lucky for me the connection here at the shop is fine. We have a lot of DSL trouble, but we are lucky to have DSL at all, given we live way, way, way out in the boonies. I’ve got a post on my lap top at home that deals with some of the advanced features of the Guardian, but it must languish until early in the week, when, hopefully, my DSL is up again. In the mean time I’m suffering withdrawal. I like to catch up on my favorite bloggs in the evenings. Oh well.
I thought that today I’d address some of the questions that have been posted in the comments sections of my blog.
To Ellen and Keith: no, Medtronic does not pay me, I pay them. :-) I‘m just another customer. Besides, if I was on their payroll nobody would take my opinions seriously and I‘d feel guilty about trashing their software like it did yesterday. I am huge fan of this system, but I’m not a spokesman. I tell it like I see it, both good and bad.
As to how much attention Medtronic pays to me, I have no idea. Maybe if they are reading today, they’ll check in and tell us. I can tell you they are aware of me, and I’ve been told by one of my contacts that they value feedback both negative and positive to help shape the next generation model.
Also Ellen asked about if I was checking hypos with a finger stick or relying entirely on the Guardian. I did finger sticks at first, but I find the accuracy very, very high. I no longer confirm hypos with a finger stick. If she says I’m low, that’s good enough for me; I’m reaching for the sugar. I don’t finger stick post-meal any more either. When the pump vibrates to alert me that it’s been two hours since a bolus, I just flip open the Guardian case and press a button to see where I’m at.
JustLinda, who wants to know if there is a summary anywhere or if she just has to read, and read, and read... well the bad news is you’ve got some reading ahead of you. If you just want the basics of the system, read the post “Nuts and Bolts.” The real problem is that I sprinkle all sorts of info into the posts each day. If you want the complete picture you got to go into the November archives and start with the post “Day 1 minus three weeks...” and read upwards. It will take you a while.
Keri, thanks for the tips. Thanks to her I now get an email when one of you posts a comment or question. In the future I’ll generally respond in the same comment section you post in. I need to tell you all a little bit about my friend Kerri (a.k.a. SixUntilMe). She is such a fabulous writer, and so open about her life and experiences in her blog (which I check daily) I feel like I’ve known her all my life, when in fact we’ve only corresponded a few times and have never met or even talked on the phone. You can find her at http://www.sixuntilme.blogspot.com/
Sandra Miller observed that my erratic sugars sound a lot like the end of the “honeymoon stage.”That is a real possibility, and the Texas Doc thought that could be part of what’s going on. I’ll keep you all posted. Once we get through the holidays it will be my mission in life to use the Guardian data to get my BG back in control again.
Ellen asked me to elaborate about the problems I was having with the second sensor. See the post called “When the children don’t get along...” for details, but in a nut shell the finger sticks and the Guardian readings were pretty far apart on this day. By mid-day the next day the two were in sync again. Except for this one time the finger sticks and the Guardian are very close to each other. Closer than I had expected before I got the system. It really does work.
Twinbridge asked why the Guardian is currently only for 18 and older. I don’t know...that’s what a lot of Medtronic literature says and it might have something to do with the FDA approval; but my rep told me she‘s got a one-year-old on the system. So some wires are crossed somewhere.
Scott Johnson asked about the sensor and the transmitter replacement schedule. The sensor is replaced every three days, but you use the same transmitter for a year until the batteries croak. I relocate the transmitter at each sensor change to give my skin a break. I read somewhere that the upcoming Freestyle Navigator (a future competitor to the Guardian) will have sensors that you wear for ten days. I don’t like the sound of having something taped to one area of skin for ten days!
Hey, did anyone notice that yesterday we crossed the 1,000 visitor threshold. How cool!