Over the last two years, Anita has rediscovered the joys of shutting off her alarm clock on weekends and having a leisurely lie-in.
When out with friends, she no longer keeps her eye on the clock to make mental calculations on when she’ll need to go home to administer an injection.
Life is more flexible and a little less regimented since switching from multiple daily injections to the Cellnovo Diabetes Management System.
For 10 years, Anita managed her diabetes by administering a minimum of five injections a day, at regular intervals and with meals.
But one day, after a decade of the same routine, the mother of two from Bedford began waking up feeling groggy and unwell.
Her blood sugar levels were off, and neither she nor her diabetes team could come up with the right insulin dosage to keep her levels stable throughout the night.
When the hospital suggested switching to a pump system, she was resistant.
“I didn’t want to be attached to anything, or for my diabetes to be visible,”she said.
So when she learned that the Cellnovo System was tubeless and discreet, she agreed, not anticipating other benefits that might come with pump therapy. For instance, the confidence to be more spontaneous than before.
On a recent Sunday after lunch, her daughter wanted to go for a bike ride.
Instead of worrying about how she was going to regulate her blood sugar levels using injections, Anita was able to reduce the insulin levels using the basal setting of her Cellnovo System, and keep up with her daughter with a brisk walk with much less worry about the risk of hypoglycemia than when she was on injections.
Likewise, shopping is no longer the chore that it used to be, she said.
If she knows she’ll be spending hours walking around the shopping center, Anita reduces her insulin levels to 50 or 60 percent, by simply adjusting the basal settings controlled by the handset.
“It’s is no longer the headache it used to be,”she said.
No longer does she have to set her alarm every day at 7 am to administer background injections as she did for 10 years — even after her daughter turned three and started discovering the pleasures of sleeping in.
“I can have lay-ins now and that’s pretty big,” she said. “That’s made a massive difference in my life.”
No more logbooks
Anita admits, rather guiltily, to having made up entries, on occasion, in her logbooks and that capturing the information required by the Diabetes Team became tiresome
The Cellnovo System, however, helps take away some of the burden that comes with managing diabetes with its interactive handset that looks and feels like a smartphone.
After building a personalised food library, users can select foods they’re about to consume using the touchscreen interface and validate the recommended insulin dosage.
Since making the switch to the Cellnovo System, Anita says her blood sugar levels have also stabilized, helping her feel better overall.
“With injections, often the only choice is taking too much or too little insulin. For me, it was less precise,”she said.
“But with the Cellnovo System, I have been able to really fine-tune my insulin intake.”