@chelseahyland hi Chelsea
starting a pumps and a cgm may be asking a lot. in my opinion, starting on a pump for the first time took all of my attention, for months. The first month I thought I was going to throw my pump out a window. now that it’s set right it has become much more of a background thing.
the most common side effects of a pump that I have seen are; infusion set site infections, irritations, inflammation, scarring, and (and this is my favorite) low blood sugar. the list is here if you want to see it https://www.tandemdiabetes.com/important-safety-information
so while starting a pump is a big deal, so is starting a CGM. sensor locations, reactions, a sense of sensor lag, sensor calibrations, alarms, communication between the sensor and the pump are all complications to an already complicated system. The fact is that all CGM are inaccurate, they all need careful calibrations, and they are years away from replacing a finger stick blood meter. The CGM will simply not work on some people.
okay on to the advice: breathe, take it slower. concentrate on the pump. get the book “Pumping insulin” and read it. wait until the pump and all the pump things are secondary and you are comfortable and feel like you are in control… then start the CGM. this isn’t a race. book yourself 6 months on just pump stuff and basal tuning.
once I got to a more comfortable point, using a pump became a great tool and a great decision. I have better control, more flexibility, and I can withstand more schedule (activity and meal) inconsistencies on a daily basis.