Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dual-Waveing at The Loop

When I first started pumping, I was kind of scared of those “advanced” pump features like the Dual Wave Bolus and the Temp Basal.  It took lots of research and quite a bit of trial and error before I figured out what worked for me, but now I find I use those features often.  In fact, I use the Dual Wave every Friday, without fail, as Pete and I indulge in Pizza and Martini Friday -which has become an end-of-the-week tradition in my house.

I’ll admit it . . . . I LOVE PIZZA AND MARTINI FRIDAY. 

It took a while to figure it out, but my Pizza and Martini Dual Wave usually keeps my blood sugars happy.  And that’s what I’m talking about at my latest post over at The Loop, entitled Pizza and Martini Night.

If you are a pumper, do you make use of your advanced features?  Do you have any tips or tricks to share?  Anything you wish you knew more about?

** My Medtronic disclosure can be found here. **


  1. I love this! I am a square-wave fan myself... having never figured out how to work the Dual-Wave. Have any tips?

    Love this! I think I might have to start Pizza/Martini Fridays at our place, too!

  2. Would you care to share your tips on how to bolus successfully for pizza?
    I have given up however am prepared to be inspired by the thought of a Pizza and martini night

  3. I eat three slices of thin crust, medium sized pizza, at Pizza Hut. That is 69 carbs. I take half of my bolus before eating, and the rest about 90 minutes later. That has been working well for me. I also have a salad since three slices of pizza do no completely satisfy my hunger. I take the full bolus for the salad before eating. I have tried both the square and dual wave boluses, but have not had much success. That was a few years ago, so maybe I should try them again with my next Mexican meal.

  4. I use the dual-wave for my coffee bolus daily...I need to take about 70% insulin with my coffee and then 30% for two hours afterwards, otherwise I spike. No understanding why, as I'm not putting sugar in my coffee, just splenda and a small bit of Coffee-Mate!

    I do like to use a temporary basal for any fatty foods I eat (including pizza). I'll give my meal bolus, and then set at temporary basal for 3-4 hours afterwards for usually 117% of my basal. I've had to play with this number, but it seems to work great!


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