I tried closing the loop for 90 days, and this is what happened

Glimmerglykose

First of all, an introduction might be in
order. Hi there! My name is Helene, and I’m a 24-year-old diabetic living in
Aalborg, Denmark. I’m running on a system using an array of diabetes-related
gear, to make a so-called DIY closed-circuit insulin-delivering system. My
collection of gear consists of an Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitor
(Libre, for short), a MiaoMiao-transmitter (MM, for short), an Insulet OmniPod
insulin-pump (OmniPod, for short), a RileyLink, my smartphone and a smartwatch.
It might seem like a lot of equipment, but what I’m about to show you is a
testimony to the fact that it indeed is worth it!

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in the summer of 2008. Last year, in May, I had my first rounddiaversary (to those of you not familiar with that word, it’s like a birthday for your diagnosis). Ten years I had lived with…

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How Taking a Mental Break from Diabetes Changed My Perspective

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Last weekend I took a ‘mental break’ from my type 1 diabetes.

This didn’t mean that I stopped taking insulin or testing my sugars. (i can’t really do that or i’ll die) I still took care of myself during my ‘break’, but made an effort to take some time off from overthinking it.

My last Dexcom sensor ripped out unexpectedly last week, and I didn’t have a new shipment of sensors coming in for another week or so. I honestly freaked out when this originally happened. I haven’t been without a CGM in about a year! How was I going to feel my lows? What if I trend high for the next week? How will I workout or sleep or know that I am taking the right amount of insulin…

And then I remembered that I had managed my diabetes for 14 years without a CGM. I can always feel…

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