By NadiaJohnson Latest Reply 2012-12-25 18:43:44 -0600
Started 2012-12-18 11:42:19 -0600

Been trying to get my diabetes back on track and I've had a lot of lows now I can only seem to feel them when I'm in the low 3 and 2s it's really scary :( anyone gone thought this before?

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forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-12-25 18:43:44 -0600 Report

Ive been told by my Doc . A pump certainly would be better to use,yet when I weighed the pro's and con's of the facts(lifestyle) it wouldn't do me any good to use it. Being I was a carpenter for quite sometime. If you think that the pump will help you,then go for it.

Bfbacon 2012-12-18 16:42:55 -0600 Report

The sensitivity usually comes back with really good control, i.e. if you go a few weeks with no hypos you're more likely to notice the next one. BUT sensitivity will decrease with age no matter what. So, you need to be constantly aware that you may drift low, carry sweets, test often and try to avoid the lows in the first place with regular meals and hours.

ShellyLargent 2012-12-18 15:07:27 -0600 Report

I was having a horrible time with low blood sugars before going on the pump. When you're on injections, you kind of stuck with whatever amount of insulin you've injected, for worse or for better. With a pump, it's a lot easier to dial down the insulin when you need to or bump it up if you need to. It stabilized my blood sugars.

NadiaJohnson 2012-12-18 15:26:17 -0600 Report

I'm gonna look into it.. How long did it take you before you got all blood sugars stabilized after going on the pump?

ShellyLargent 2012-12-18 17:33:55 -0600 Report

I started noticing a differnce almost immediately. I was on MDI's of 2 different insulins: NpH in the morning and at night before bedtime and then R 30 minutes before meals. I was using a sliding scale for the R insulin for the meals, but I wasn't always eating all the I counted the carbs for, or things come up and I was either taking the insulin sooner than I should have or later than I needed to. I was always going low in the early afternoons before lunch and usually sometime in the middle of the night I would have a horrible drop. I tried adjusted my injections but this didn't always work. I was having 5 to 8 lows a week. And by low I mean down in to 40's and 50's (mg/dl). Once I was put on a pump, after the first few weeks of setting it up (which you're going to have some highs and low while your doctor is dialing in the proper basal rates, carb ratios and corrections factors) I had maybe 1 low in a week's time. Soon after that, I would rarely have a low. My pump has given me a real sense of freedom. I no longer have the fear of going low in the middle of night. I also have the freedom to be more spontaneous when it comes to meals. I can eat when I want to. I only have to bolus about 5 to 10 minutes before eating. (Honestly, I usually bolus right before I put that first bite in my mouth… Still have great numbers most of the time.) Pumps also help to prevent "piggy backing" your insulin. It will calculate how much insulin you should still have active in your body from your last bolus and adjusts any corrective measure accordingly.

If you have any other questions about pumps, please feel free to ask. I've been on pumps for about 6 years, both an Animas (tubed) and now the Omni Pod. I'm a huge advocate for insulin pumps over injections.

ShellyLargent 2012-12-18 13:27:53 -0600 Report

It sounds like your insulin sensitivity is getting weaker, meaning you have to get lower and lower before you feel it. I get that way too when I keep my numbers too low. My doctor told me to "reset" my sensitivity, I need to allow my numbers to go a little higher (still within a safe range) than I normally allow. That restores your body's sensitivity to the insulin. I typically have to do this a few times during the year, depending on where my numbers have been running. I try to stay at 100 - 120 mg/dl for most of the time, but when I'm resetting myself, I let it run as high as 160 mg/dl without giving a correction bolus.

NadiaJohnson 2012-12-18 14:52:01 -0600 Report

So the sensitivity can come back?? Thank god! I'm trying to keep away from them but I'm having a really hard time getting it stable :( I just saw the new opmni pump that's smaller I think I wanna try a pump maybe it will give me better control