I've been pumping for five and a half years. I've had up and down experiences with pump sets failing. They get sore and stop working well, sometimes altogether. I figure from reading many discussions on them that it was natural and was likely due to external interference. Things like tube-tugging, clothing friction, and even bed stressors can slightly dislodge them and cause irritation buildup followed by occlusion. I've tried various taping strategies with inconsistent success, such as taping the tubing down so the tape absorbs the external forces.
This autumn was not a good period. Set after set after set died well before three days. Many didn't work at all. By the week before Christmas, I was ready to go back to injections.
Skip to my diet.
I've been low carbing since July, 2008. I've lost weight, gained weight, lost weight, and have had pretty good success keeping my BGs in line. I've had three hypos in the last two years where I needed help, way down from previous years, and these were unusual situations involving alcohol I should know better of. Still, they were not 911ers, and nobody was in danger.
Just before Christmas I took a look at my insulin usage and noted once again it was growing. Even my bad sets couldn't account for the numbers. Carbs were sneaking back in. I decided to log food carefully and strive for a 70% fat diet, something I hadn't yet achieved. I've done it pretty consistently since then except for two of the last six weeks. I'm down 4 pounds, and my sugars have been fantastic. I've had one reading over 10.0 mmol/l [180 mg/dl] which is unheard of with me.
In six weeks I've not had one bad set. Not one! And I've tried them in all the bad spots, and I've not used any tape. I've even worn two for five days each, and they had almost no swelling.
I've always believed sugar consumption leads to inflammation, and I'm wondering if this is an indicator? But maybe it's simply the lower BGs, or maybe it's the lower insulin usage.
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