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Was Never Great At Math

Was Never Great At Math | The LOOP Blog

When someone asks what my favorite thing is about my pump, there would be a tie with three answers: less shots, Bolus Wizard, and it’s pink (of course). Why the Bolus Wizard, above all the pump features? Let me explain.

After I got over the shock of my diagnosis at the age of 12, one of the first things that occurred to me was my least favorite subject – math – which would now be much more integrated in my life. It was intimidating knowing that a major part of diabetes is calculations and it was up to me to make these calculations every time I ate or gave a shot.

When I got on the pump I very soon saw that because of the Bolus Wizard feature, I no longer needed to dread calculations involved in my daily routine. When I check my blood and it beams a number to my pump, I press the “Act” button, enter the food I am about to eat in grams of carbs and press “Act” again. It then shows me:

  • How much insulin to give based on the food I am eating
  • My current bg number and if extra/less insulin is needed to correct it
  • If any adjustments were made automatically because of insulin that is already in my system

It’s daunting to think how I used to mentally do what my pump now does for me “Okay so I’m going to eat 18 grams of carbs, it’s ____ unit of insulin for every 15 grams of carbs, and my blood is 235, _____ unit of insulin drops my blood 50 points which would make it a total of _____ insulin that I have to draw on my syringe.”

The example above clearly reminds me yet again why the Bolus Wizard falls in my top three favorites. Thank you Medtronic for only making me do math in math class!!


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