How the MiniMed™ 670G System Impacted Our Relationship
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 22:46
Cory was diagnosed with T1D at age 3 and recently started using the MiniMed™ 670G system. Cory and his girlfriend, Paige, both had such positive feedback about the system, so we sat down to get the scoop on his experience and how it’s impacted their relationship.
Q: As his girlfriend, what has Cory having diabetes taught you?
Paige: I’ve learned that it’s more than just, he can’t have sugar. That’s what I thought, “Oh, diabetes. That means he can’t have candy.” It’s so much more; it’s impacted his entire lifestyle and is always top of mind.
Because of his diabetes, I’ve had to become highly aware of how he feels. I notice little things about him that directly relates to his blood sugar so that I can remind him to check his blood sugar. He’ll get dark circles under his eyes or his hands will sweat.
Q: Cory, what role has Paige played in your life with diabetes?
Cory: The more you’re around a person with diabetes, the quicker you pick up on little changes. She sees things that I don’t notice myself. And she tells me to check my blood sugar. She reminds me of a comic strip that my mom has on the fridge of a guy sitting at a desk with stickies all over the place that say, “Your wife called to check your blood sugar.” She’s great!
Q: You recently upgraded your diabetes tech. What’s the biggest difference in your diabetes management since switching to the MinMed™ 670G system?
Cory: Now, I’m able to sleep at night and I don’t have to eat a sandwich in the middle of the night anymore because of a low. If I go to bed with my glucose at 6.6, I wake around there, so it’s like a security blanket for me.
I don’t have to eat a substantial breakfast in the morning and during the day, the alerts have decreased the frequency of lows.
Q: Paige, what’s the biggest change that you’ve seen since Cory has been wearing the MinMed™ 670G system?
Paige: Before the MiniMed™ 670G system, Cory would go low more often than he’d go high. I was there with him one particular time, and I had to completely take care of him. It was scary for both of us. Now, knowing that even if I’m not there, he’s going to be alerted before he’s low, it’s comforting—he’s going to be okay. You know, it really is taking care of him when he can’t take care of himself.
Q: Has the MiniMed™ 670G system allowed you more freedom or flexibility to accomplish your dreams?
Cory: Absolutely! I have two dreams—acting and starting a diabetes foundation. The goal is to use acting as a platform to help other people with diabetes. This system has given me the opportunity to live a better life with fewer highs and lows.
Q: If someone was nervous or hesitant to get on the MiniMed™ 670G system, what would you tell them?
Cory: I’d tell them to just give it a try. It’s government approved, so it’s been tested and proven to work. And, it’s pretty spot-on as far as where you’re going up and down throughout the day. I love it and I don’t have to worry anymore.
This patient testimonial relates to an account of an individual’s response to treatment. The account is genuine, typical and documented. The views and opinions expressed are those of the patient or author and not representative of Medtronic or of any third parties referenced. The response other persons have to treatment could be different. Please consult with you healthcare professional for information on whether the treatment is appropriate for you.*The information provided in this blog is an individual account specific to the writers experience in the management of their own diabetes. Before considering any changes to your diabetes management you must consult with your healthcare professional.