The 20min/wk T1D reliable Looping and diabetes management protocol.

Jim is CrushingT1D

I’ve got a routine that seems to keep me from having some sort of issue pop up during the week with my pump + cgm + Loop setup, so I thought I’d share how I manage my life as a Looping type 1 diabetic.

My goal is to minimise surprises and random problems while sticking to an easy routine without too much trouble.

Sunday 8am – 1 min, (5 minutes every 3rd week)

  1. Dexcom microwave trick — pop my Dexcom Receiver in the microwave to cut out the 2 hour warmup whenever I want later in the day (we don’t use the microwave much).
  • Turn on receiver
  • Hold receiver in microwave with door partially closed during next 2 steps
  • Stop sensor on the receiver
  • Start new sensor on the receiver
  • Close microwave door with receiver left inside microwave

2) Only every 3rd week: Presoak new Dexcom sensor to back of other arm for 12 hours.

Sunday 7pm – 5 minutes

  • Full set change on my pump (reservoir, infusion set, insulin)
  • Battery change on pump (I’ve found Energizer here in Australia lasts me over a week but not much longer). Find one that last 10 days to follow this model so it never runs out early but not wasting too much extra juice.
  • Week 1/2: Peel Simpatch off arm but keep sensor on. Reapply SkinTac, put new Simpatch on, wipe fingers and edges with SkinTac Away.
  • Week 3: swap the transmitter to other arm (which had a placeholder transmitter in it) and pull out old sensor from first arm.
  • Pull Receiver out of microwave, wait for sensor to buzz — this takes a few minutes, test BG 2x with finger stick, enter values into iPhone Dexcom app on my iPhone. Turn off Dexcom receiver and put it away.
  • Go on my iPhone and set reminder for next Sunday 15 minutes before the time right now (to remember to get Dexcom out of microwave before the iPhone hits 7 days on this sensor). Note, I have to do this a little earlier each week to ensure I do not miss the window.

Tuesday 7pm & Friday 7am – 5 mins

  • Full set change on my pump (reservoir, set, insulin)
  • Calibrate Dexcom

Every Night — 30 seconds

When I go to bed I charge the following using a bedside 6 port USB charger (easy to take with me if I am travelling) to charge all of the needed bits nightly.

  • iPhone X
  • Apple Watch Series 0
  • Rileylink (which I place half way down the side of the bed under the edge of the mattress so it always has a connection).

All of these devices stay charged enough to last me until when I go to bed the following night, regardless of when I go to bed.

Every Morning upon wake — 30 seconds

  • Suspend pump
  • Take shower, get dressed (not included in the 30 seconds!)
  • Un-suspend pump
  • Unplug & grab phone, Apple Watch and RileyLink and put into pocket.

With this setup I am care free and error free 99% of the time.

Here is a list of the other things I do less often:

1x per Quarter on Sunday evening

  • Charge my rechargeable Dexcom transmitter for 1 hour.
  • Build new version of Loop and put on Testflight for myself. Download to my phone and have it in the cloud as backup in case something happens to my phone.
  • Reset the rechargeable transmitter time stamp (I don’t keep a version on TestFlight, so no need to rebuild).
  • Order more supplies online from Dexcom, Medtronic. I usually have one box left of each when I order and order one box of Dexcom sensors and 3 boxes of each of the Medtronic supplies.

1x per year on Sunday evening

1x every 5 years

  • Change the lancet for testing with my BG meter.

Jim is CrushingT1D

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Long time Type 1 Diabetic (T1D). Technology + Motivation = Crush Diabetes with the help of #Loop

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