Insulin Pump

By correctionsnurse1 Latest Reply 2015-01-15 10:00:30 -0600
Started 2015-01-09 23:58:55 -0600

Ok… To those of you interested, I promised I would update on how the pump was working. Its been 30 hours and my highest BG was 178, the rest have been under 120. I feel like crap r/t being "used to" highs and my body is rebelling.
All in all I really think this is for me, just think my basal rate needs adjusting. I am currently testing 8x/day, hopefully the middle of the night one can be discontinued soon. Thank you all for being here thru this transition.

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18 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-01-12 13:12:40 -0600 Report

I am always glad to get educated. Never though/realized that my body had got used to high blood sugars. A few times i thought my BS was REALLY low, so i carbed it, then I got to my meter and tested it, and my REALLY low was 158, of course the carbs continued to push that number up. I need to do better. I have 3-4 working meters and you would think I would always have one near. Not so and did you know if you leave your meter in your truck for 4-6 hours when it is 4 degrees with a wind chill of -22 that it will not work? Nothing like shedding my drop of blood for nothing.
BTW I downloaded that app, successfully, none the less. I found it helpful, but virtually useless! There are places at camp (work) that I have no reception and rarely do i have reception at home, in the beautiful mountains of WV. A nurse friend of mine wants me to head toward a very heavy in vegetable diet. Have to look up basal rate, never heard of that.
Anyway, thanks for the info. I know something has to happen soon with me. Too many highs Thanks, Jim

correctionsnurse1 2015-01-12 17:44:26 -0600 Report

Hi Jim… Sorry to hear about your "highs". The basal rate is the amount of insulin that infuses at a rate set by your endo or whoever handles tie diabetes. The rate infuses over an hour by small increments. Hope this helps. Good luck in reducing your high numbers.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-01-13 14:13:48 -0600 Report

There are sometimes I just crave concentrated sweets, a sweet tea, chocolate, even a Coke (which I do not much like anymore since I eliminated soad about 3 years ago)

correctionsnurse1 2015-01-13 21:38:17 -0600 Report

Hi Jim…In no way is this advice, but I have found with craving sweets that Dark Chocolate (at least 72%cacao) will stop the craving and there was an article somewhere that it actually helps reduce BG. I do it when I am craving sweets and do ok, but you may want to check w/ you physician. Btw, it is an acquired taste :-)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-01-15 10:00:30 -0600 Report

Thanks. I know with the RN after your name, anything can be considered giving medical advice. Maybe I should mix up some dark chocolate, dissolve it and inject it. BTW, for better or for worse, I usually check with my physician AFTER I try something and let him know if it worked for me or not.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-01-13 13:21:35 -0600 Report

Wow! More education! Thanks. BTW with you testing so frequently you may want to use the area around the wrist bone on the back side of your hand. since I work with different chemicals I do not want my fingers exposed via holes, however small. I have found very little difference between this area and my fingertips, besides I am a wimp when it comes to pain.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-11 00:41:08 -0600 Report

I'm really glad to hear that pumping so far is working for you. I'm here rooting for you as you go along on this journey. I am not a pumper, but I think it is just fantastic. It will take you a while to get used to "normal" numbers if you've been running high for a while, just be patient with yourself. Give yourself some extra loving. And, definitely invest in the book Think Like a Pancreas, I think it is a great book. Best of health. Heidi

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-10 18:44:16 -0600 Report

Oh good lord yes…I don't know how long I was diabetic before I was diagnosed but my fasting glucose was almost 400 when I was diagnosed…it has been almost 3 mos and I still feel a little jittery when I am "normal"…I just tested before dinner because I wasn't feeling so good…I thought I was low..I was actually 106…

GabbyPA 2015-01-10 10:36:53 -0600 Report

Those are great improvement of your numbers and yes, I totally understand the feeling yucky withe more normal numbers. The first time I had a 98 I thought I was going low. You will adapt.

kimfing 2015-01-10 08:53:06 -0600 Report

That's great. Ur body will adjust quickly once bs are in a good range. I loved the book type1Lou talks about. I tell everyone it's a must read

Type1Lou 2015-01-10 10:24:01 -0600 Report

Thanks for the validation Kim. Gary's book is my go-to reference. I've just lent it to an 84 year old friend who has Type 2 but was just put on Levemir. She was the same person back 15 years ago or so who lent me her copy of Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". Reading that book opened my eyes to the role played by carbohydrates in our diet and their effect on BG. We can never learn too much about our diabetes.

kimfing 2015-01-10 10:56:58 -0600 Report

Isn't bernstein the one who developed home glucose testing? And u r welcome

Type1Lou 2015-01-10 12:41:47 -0600 Report

I'm not sure about Dr Bernstein developing home glucose testing but he was a Type 1 engineer who determined that carbohydrates played a significant role in managing diabetes. He returned to school to get his medical degree and opened a clinic on Long Island for diabetes advocating substantial elimination of carbs in a diabetic diet, long before the mainstream medical community got on board about carb reduction. I believe he's in his 80's now but is still active in the diabetes community.

Type1Lou 2015-01-10 08:35:26 -0600 Report

It took me about 3 months to get my basals adjusted for my metabolism. Gary Scheiner's book, "Think Like a Pancreas" also helped me immensely by helping me to understand many of the settings. Even now 3 years later, I'm still "tweaking" some of the settings…but that's the beauty of pumping…nothing is cast in concrete.

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