Every day before Ruth Irvine leaves the house for work, she sneaks into her son’s room to do a blood glucose reading while he’s still sleeping.
She grabs his hand, pricks the tip of his finger and checks out his blood glucose reading to make sure he’s within range.
Sam, who is 18, is now used to it and doesn’t mind as much as be used to.
It’s become a daily routine for the two, since Sam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11.
“When he was first diagnosed, I was so scared that he would go into hypo while he was sleeping,”Ruth admits.
Come autumn, when Sam goes off to college, mom won’t be able to perform the daily check-ups that put her mind at ease. But knowing that he is on a diabetes management system, which has helped him to have better control of his condition but also of many aspects of his life, reassures her.
Going off to college
It’s a big development in the Irvine family, seeing Sam off to college.
In high school, Sam used multiple daily injections to manage his T1.
Every day, before lunch, Sam used to leave class early and head to the nurse’s office where he administered his injections.
Some classmates didn’t understand why he was able to eat in class and saw it as special treatment.
“When it came to making new friends in high school, it became a bit of a problem,”Sam said.
Among the friends he made, some were uncomfortable with the needles.
Freedom to make choices
Later this year, he’ll be headed to college with the freedom to make choices that aren’t always dictated by his condition.
If he wants to join his friends for an impromptu pint, he can pull out the touchscreen handset which passes easily as a smartphone, and use the bolus calculator to figure out how much insulin he need for the carbs he’s about to consume. The handset communicates wirelessly with the pump, which then automatically calibrates the amount of insulin to deliver.
He’ll have the freedom to accept or decline invitations to social event based on his desire, not on his blood sugar levels.
He won’t have to take as many breaks while studying for his exams in his modern and ancient history classes because he’s miscalculated his insulin dosage.
In the two years since he’s been using the Cellnovo System, Ruth says she’s noticed positive changes in her son.
He’s never been embarrassed or shy about living with Type 1 diabetes. But in recent years, she’s noticed he’s become more outgoing, she said.
Likewise, though he was always good at managing his diabetes, Ruth says the online platform’s visual analysis feature, which transforms data into trend-revealing charts and graphs, has helped Sam take even better control of his blood sugar levels.
“He’s more than ready to go to college,” Ruth said. “I have every confidence that it’s going to be fantastic for him.”