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So, not a lot to report here. Life has settled down a lot. My husband and I had a relaxing, laid back weekend to make up for last weekend! My blood sugars have been pretty good. I’ve been having lows before dinner, and before lunch. Saturday and Sunday my blood sugar was just high all day. Nothing I did seemed to bring it down, it just stayed at 200! I think it was because I was on my weekend basal, but I was getting up at 9am. I usually don’t get up until 10 or 11 on the weekend. Anyway, so now I’m not sure if I need to use my weekend basal rates anymore or if I can just use my regular ones! This is a learning disease for sure! It seems to be always changing!

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I went to a home decor party last night right after work. I got off work at 5:30, and drove straight to the party that started at 6. I had an apple in my purse, and knowing that I was going to have a late dinner, I had it for a snack. I had a few snacks at the party, but by the time I got home at 8:30, my sugar was low.

I was exhausted and just wanted to sit on the couch for the first time all day. Instead, I had to make myself something for dinner, with a low blood sugar. When I took my pump out to give myself the insulin I’d need for my meal, I saw the “low reservoir” alert. Dang it! The last thing I wanted to do was change my infusion set. I didn’t have enough insulin to make it through the night, so I knew I had to change it before going to bed. Being so tired though, I decided to put it off until after I ate, and had a little time on the couch!

Not smart. I fell asleep on the couch, and when I woke up at 10:30, instead of being able to just crawl into bed, which is all I WANTED to do….I had to change my infusion set. So, I collected my insulin out of the fridge, got my quick serter, my iv prep, and a new reservoir and infusion set. I drew the insulin into the reservoir, and re-winded my pump. I disconnected the old set, and took off the set, smeared the left side of my tummy with iv prep and got the new set connected into the pump, primed, and into the quick serter.

insulin pump, reservoir, insusion set in quick serter, ready to put on

Here’s the part I hate. You’d think after wearing a pump for 4 years and changing the infusion set every 3 – 5 days I would get used to changing it. Nope, every time I have to push the button on the quick set I cringe. It usually doesn’t even hurt, and when it does it’s usually just a little sting for a few minutes. Still, I don’t look forward to it. Maybe it’s the thought of a needle surrounded by a thin plastic cannula plunging into me, or the worry that the needle is going to hit muscle this time, or strike a nerve. I don’t know, but like always, I pressed the quick serter to my skin, took several deep breaths, and geared myself up to push the button. Thank goodness it’s spring loaded! “SHLUNK”, in it went. This one was a stinger! Dang it. It was probably the fact that my mind was half asleep! At least I didn’t forget to prime it before putting it on! I’ve done that before, and had to start the whole process over.

Ah, with it successfully on, I crawled into bed, kissed my husband good night, and was dreaming within minutes.

Just another day in the life of a pumper!

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Ah, today has been a very lazy day. Last night we went to a Halloween party at a friends house. It was a lot of fun. For the first time in 6 – 8 months, I had mixed drinks! I didn’t know what they would do to my blood glucose levels, but I decided to let loose anyway, and just test my sugars often and keep it in check the best I could.

Throughout the evening it stayed pretty low, in the high 60’s…..before bed at 3am, I tested and it was in the 40’s. So I ate some bread and a nut/granola bar, and suspended my pump. I was planning on just waiting a half hour and making sure my sugar went up, and then unsuspending my pump before going to bed. BUT, I must have fallen asleep on the couch, because when I woke up at 6:30am I could feel that my sugar was high because my skin hurt and my feet ached. I remembered that I had suspended my pump and not unsuspended it, explaining the high. I tested and it was 260.  So I took 3 units and unsuspended it, before heading back to bed.

I woke up at 11 and my glucose was down to 38…..which is a pretty normal reading the morning after I drink. Darn it! So I had some milk and my sugar has been good the rest of the day.

What did I learn from this? It seems that mixed drinks/hard a, causes lows just like my usual wine spritzers. I did take a few units during the night if I was having a snack, or having an ultra sugary drink….maybe I should have gone without that?

I’m still learning. 🙂

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Today my first test of the morning was at 8:30. I usually test as soon as I wake up at 7am, before I suspend my pump to take my morning shower.

Today, I waited until I got to work and when I tested, it was much higher than it normally is first thing. It was 230. I wonder if it’s because I checked it after I suspended my pump and didn’t adjust my insulin at all. My body really needs it’s insulin in the morning! I used to suffer from “dawn phenomenon” before I got the pump, which is when you have highs in the morning a lot….almost every day. Normally when I check it as soon as I wake up, I will give myself a small amount of insulin (depending on the reading of course). If it’s 80, I’ll give my self .3 units for the 1/2 hr I know my pump will be off while I’m showering. I do this because I know that about how much my pump would give me in that half hour if it was on. If it’s 130, I’ll give myself .6, to bring it down a little and give myself what I’ll be missing from my pump while in the shower.

Now I wonder if because I didn’t check my sugar, and didn’t give myself any insulin while my pump was suspended, it caused my sugars to go up to 230! This has happened before. I don’t know why else my first morning sugar would be 230. So, I’m going to try and make sure that every morning before I suspend my pump to take my shower, I test my sugar and give myself that little dose of insulin that I would be missing. Who knew that .3 – .6 units could make such a difference?

Thank you for allowing me to post my thoughts and experiences here. I know there are a lot of type 1 diabetics out there, with a lot of questions. I have questions every day. I know it helps me personally when I can relate to someone who has gone through the same or a similar situation. Feel free to ask me questions, or even leave your own advice for me by commenting. No one knows type 1 diabetes like us! We deal with it daily. I for one want to live a long, healthy life and I’m sure I’ll need help along the way!

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