Minimed Trick I Didn't Know About.
My old pump had daily totals. I would hit the utilities option, scroll down to daily totals, and I'd see a running tally of how much insulin I took in total on the previous two or three weeks. This was a cool option I clicked on every few days so I could keep track of my total daily dosage (and it also helped me isolate the days when I was running higher, because those TDDs were higher).
Purely by accident (because I do not read the manuals that come with any technological device - technoJOY!), I realized that my new Minimed 522 not only gives my total daily dosage, but it also gives me averages of my blood sugars. This is AWESOME because, thanks to the One Touch UltraLink that shoots my results over to the pump and thanks to the CGM sensor lodged in my arm, I have a really good sense of how crap my blood sugars have been for the last week and a half.
(Oh how I kid.) Actually and unfortunately, I'm not kidding at all. Last week was a veritable ping-pong match in my body and there is concrete evidence of this terrible run in both my Dexcom receiver and my pump. My daily insulin totals have leapt from 22 units of Humalog a day to a whopping 35 units. (And before you start thinking, "Hey, that's not a lot of insulin," remember: your diabetes may vary. It's a lot for me.) Seeing my blood sugar averages and the number of correction boluses I'm taking during the course of a week shocks my brain into lurching into action. "Average of 189 mg/dl? Must ... improve ... control ..."
I think this Minimed bolus/TDD/blood sugar tracking feature is very handy, and a great tool for anyone who wants to see their diabetes in a customizable snapshot. Like I said, I now know that my numbers truly have sucked for the past week, but I'm hoping that when I take a peek at my 14 day averages next week, I'll see some improvement.
I wonder what other secrets this pump holds. Maybe if I press a few buttons in unison and hop on one foot while wearing bunny slippers, I can unlock this cryptex to find where Siah's been hiding my wallet ...
EDIT: Just realized I didn't specify how to find the feature, if you haven't already. Go to Utilities, then Daily Totals, then Daily Averages. Set the number of days you want, and hit ACT. Viola!