Friday, January 21, 2011

Pretty good day!

A little high after lunch, but so far so good!
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  1. Greetings, folks. I'm a new pedal pumper (though not much pedaling until the weather in north Idaho warms up some.

    Had my pancreas, spleen, and 2/3 of my stomach removed in July due to bleeding tumors on my pancreas. Been rocking along with Lantus and HumaLog injections since then, but went on to an Animas One-Touch Ping pump yesterday. Seems to be working pretty well, though it seems a non-contact drop of the pump partially pulled out the canula, and my blood sugar spiked at 408! A couple of manual injections of HumaLog and installing a new infusion set seems to have done the trick. Woke at 147 ml/DL. Looking forward to getting back on the road and integration later this year of Ping and the Dex Com CGM.

    But - where am I going to put all this stuff? I suppose I'll hang the pump off the back of my bib shorts; put my meter kit in one pocket; wallet and keys in another; and food in the third. Wish there was a viable bag I could put on the bike in addition to the usual seat bag (with spare tubes, multi-tool, tire levers, CO2 cartridge). Any advice?

  2. Hi Jay! Welcome to the blog, and to pumping! I struggle with he same space issue on rides. I am actually thinking of swapping back to my Minimed Paradigm system until the integration of Dexcom/Omnipod happens for the same reason, and also because the Minimed is more weather proof.

    Some suggestions for the task at hand:
    1. I sometimes will put my CGM or pump in one of those arm bands for an iPod. They are like a neoprene sleeve with a clear window and they velcro around your arm.

    2. I have been playing around with mounting the CGM to my stem/bars, but the Dexcom is not water resistant....

    3. I also used to clip my Minimed pump to the inside of my bibs on an area that would be less susceptible to damage if I crashed.

    4. Camelback (as well as others) make several backpacks that can accommodate all our needs. I'm not a fan of a backpack, but you could also look as some of the fanny style packs that endurance runners use.

    Good luck Jay!

  3. Thanks, Andy. Arm band is an interesting idea. I've got a 23" infusion set, so that should reach.
    Looking forward to the spring ritual of re-wrapping bars and running new cables - no heat in my 1951-era garage.

  4. Hi Andy,
    I'm a fellow pumper like you and I use a dexcom CGM. Have you been successful in mounting the Dexcom to your Road Bike. I'm doing my first century and would like to put my CGM on my bike.