And so it begins.

Okay… my clinical trial is underway! This is the trial I wrote about around a month ago.

This past weekend, I received my notice and started wearing the Dexcom™ G4 provided to me for the study. The first week, I’ll be responding to a survey, but other than that, not much to report at this time. Except that insertion of the Dexcom™ was remarkably easy and nice. The receiver is easy to use. I’ll probably do some sort of product review later on. For now, I’m just saying… all CGMs should be like this.

Of course, I have to get used to having one more robot part attached to me around the clock. And I have to actually remember that said robot part is actually attached, so I don’t rip it out putting on my shirt or taking it off. But this is what I signed up for, so if I can just keep my eyes off of the receiver (‘cause I’m obsessive-compulsive like that), I’ll be okay.

More to come as the study continues.
Speaking of surveys, April over at Nerdy April’s Space Adventures (which is about the coolest blog name ever) is working on her grad school capstone project. The title of her project is… wait for it…

Evaluating the Feasibility and Safety of Type 1 Diabetic Astronauts.

Seriously, it sounds that good. I’ve been thinking about it all weekend. You should go and read about it. Thanks to Scott Johnson for the tweet that turned me on to this post.

Hope your week is blasting off to a high-flying start!

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  • caligirlsmiles  On April 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve just started reading your blog but have you always been on the insulin pump and you’re just trying out a new one? I do insulin injections but am hoping to switch to a pump, one day. I like the idea of diabetics in space by the way. Because, why not? 🙂


    • StephenS  On April 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Absolutely… why not?

      I’ve been on a Medtronic pump for a little over 3 years. For this study, I’m also using the latest Continuous Glucose Monitor made by Dexcom. If you send me an e-mail, I can give you my personal take on both.

      And I’ve just started reading your blog… and I’m enjoying what I’m reading!


      • caligirlsmiles  On April 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        Very neat! I will definitely send an email your way. I am very interested on your thoughts about the pump and all. I had a friend who was diabetic and absolutely hated hers, and then I meet a bunch of wonderful diabetics on twitter who love theirs . This leaves me a bit hesitant to jump right into pump use.

        Oh and thank you so much for reading. I appreciate hearing that. 🙂


  • Scott K. Johnson  On April 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Isn’t April incredible?! Thanks for helping to spread the word.


  • Karen  On April 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Very interesting – I’ve never done a clinical trial so I’m intrigues to hear all about yours!!


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