Last summer I was lucky enough to sit down with some of the most amazing cyclists in the world. I would spend three days with these people and I learned a lot, as my blood sugar was above my set range they were where I wanted to be at anytime of day!! They would get on the bike with a perfect blood sugar and ride for hours, now this doesn't happen every time but more often then not they are in range while on or off the bike. Pump site malfunctions and having to wait an hour or two to get on the bike or to go for a run was getting old. Three hour bike rides are hard enough on my daily life, the last thing I need is being on the bike for three hours and having to prepare for a ride for two hours before or to have a tough two hours after my ride. Those four hours are better spent being with family and being myself, on a pump I had to watch everything, if my timing was off just a little my blood sugar would rise to a very bad number. It wasn't fun!! With injections, post ride is like a walk in the park. I cover my post ride or run snack and go on with my day, yes I'm testing a lot more or looking at my CGM every few minutes but I'm not worried about being out of range.
In both scenarios I have my CGM on ninety percent of the time, that helps tremendously. Going back to the insulin depends on one thing, can I jump on the bike or go for a run whenever I want? Obviously I can't jump on the bike or run thirty minutes after taking four units of insulin. However with injections as long as my blood sugar is at a safe level and I don't have any fast acting insulin I active I can do whatever I want. If an insulin pump can let me do that then it is a very easy decision, I'd take the pump all day.
Medtronic has been amazing, they have answered my tweet from the other night and have put me in contact with someone to discuss all of my questions and concerns. That means a lot, I will be reaching out to Medtronic tomorrow to learn more. Until then I will be enjoying having a choice and be thinking about what to do while running tomorrow morning and riding my bike all over the state Sunday morning!!