Forgot My Meter

Cozmo pump with attached CoZmonitor
Cozmo pump with attached CoZmonitor

For the first time in about eight years I forgot to take my blood sugar meter with me today.  I have been wearing a Cozmo insulin pump for at least that long, and as such, I’ve had my meter connected to me, literally.

The Cozmo pump (discontinued in 2009) had a Freestyle glucose meter that actually clipped onto the back of the pump.  There was a slot for the test strip, and the results would be displayed right on the screen of the pump.

In a slightly over-sized belt pouch, I could carry days and days worth of insulin and everything I needed to test my blood sugar.

I haven’t had to carry one of those “meter pouches” for longer than I can remember.  Until now.

I was recently given an opportunity to try the Medtronic MySentry device for a few months.

The system only works with the Medtronic pump and sensors, so in order to try the system I have to also try the pump and sensor.  Which means I have to let go of my dear old Cozmo for a little while.

The biggest adjustment so far has been the need to remember to bring a glucose meter (and supplies) with me.

I can’t emphasize enough how big of a lifestyle change this is for me.  I knew it would be just a matter of time before I forgot it.  Sure enough, today at lunch.

So what did I do?  I did what any meterless PWD would do.  I bolused based on my CGM reading (though I’m not wearing the MedT CGM just yet – I get hooked up on Monday).

I know, I know!  We are never supposed to make such important treatment decisions based on CGM readings.

What would YOU have done?

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…