Getting Used to an Insulin Pump

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Christmas is Coming

Oh Dear :-(

I Ate Too Much!

Well it’s less than two weeks until the big day…and when I say “the big day” I mean “the day where you stuff your face until you need a bit of a lie down”! Previously at Xmas I have had problems because as well as having a large meal…at least twice throughout the day…and alcohol…I have also never managed to resist the urge to snack between meals forgetting of course that I am Diabetic and therefore need extra insulin to cope with all the extra pummelling I am giving my poor stomach and digestive system.

However that was before I was on an insulin pump and knew quite so much about carbohydrate counting and how insulin is related to blood sugar and carbohydrate intake. Now I am fully conversed in ratios of insulin to blood sugar and carb’s, also “Mr Pumpy” (I’ve never actually found a decent name for him, still open to suggestions!) does a darned fine job of doing all the complicated calculations for me so all i really need to know now is that I have enough blood test sticks and how much carbohydrate is contained in whatever the next thing I am going to put in my face.

So…does that mean I am going to have a really well controlled seasonal feast this year?

Well, probably not. Getting the guestimates right takes years of practice and it gets a bit hard to remember what you’ve already eaten after the 4th mince pie so “I’m sure just one more won’t hurt” becomes a kind of self fulfilling pronouncement of blood sugar doom!

Unusually I am not heading down to Dorset this year to stay with my Parents, instead they are coming up to visit us so at least I will be in my own house surrounded by food I can easily calculate the carbohydrates of and without too many things that someone has made that I do not have easy access to the recipe for.

I do though feel a lot more confident this year and know that if I do have any wildly turbulent blood sugar episodes that at least after an hour or two I can be back on track and ready for another round of charades.

Baby, I’m Back!

Baby, I'm Back!

Baby, I'm Back!

Well, back to Nottingham, home and work. I apologise for not posting once while I was away but frankly I was too busy not going near any computers to worry about it.

My time away from work started fairly quietly with a bit of DIY in the first week, the best part of which is that it’s pretty much all finished so I can finally relax a bit, my blood sugars were okay and for the most part I had quite a successful week, also spent some time with my boy and my wife which was nice.

Then on the Friday (thanks Dee!) we set off for Dorset and my Parents house, the drive down was pretty good and fairly quiet because there was some kind of wedding going on at the same time, it was a nice drive, the rest of Friday was spent preparing for the Little ‘Un’s party on Saturday, blowing up balloons and helping Deanne make lovely food for the next day.

Saturday came and with it my entire family (more or less) that is Mike, Lilian, Paul, Kim, Marc, Linda, Ben, Richard, Ana, Rachel, Mark, Marcel, Deanne, Joshua, Daniel (e.g. me!) Everyone either a blood or marital relation or as near as is possible without an infusion.

It was a really nice sunny day and we ate lots of food, drank quite a lot of wine and sparkling rosé and played Boules in the back garden, a good time was had by all and it went better than I could have hoped for.

After everyone had gone home and we had cleared up we got ready for our trip to Cornwall. My parents and us stayed in one of these cabins which was fantastic, visited the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan which were both pretty spectacular. My control was a bit up and down, I’m sure you’ll know what that’s like as I can’t be the only one that has issues on holiday when eating unusual food at strange times.

However the worst thing was that I had a catastrophic failure of my infusion set…probably my own fault…but a pain non-the-less.

The chalet we were staying in had a hot tub, which was nice, but I changed my infusion set pretty much on the first evening we arrived. Everything seemed okay but on the last day I should have had it in my blood sugars started rising, I just thought I’d been eating too much so ignored it but then at supper time I wound up the correct dose, hit the confirm button and as the insulin started going in to me it started coming out of the bottom of the sticky plaster that holds the pump on to me.

The reason I mentioned the hot tub is that I believe what happened was that the hot water in the tub affected the sticky plaster over the three or four times I went in it while using the same infusion set/cannulla and therefore it had come loose and come off me enough for the insulin to leak out.

What this actually meant was that I didn’t get my full dose of insulin and at the same time had absolutely no idea how much insulin I had received! Suffice to say the next day my BG was a little high in the morning.

What I should probably have done is waited up a couple of hours and done another blood test to see how I was but it had been a tiring and difficult few days and we had to leave early in the morning so I did not!

Anyway now I’m home I’m hoping that my BGs are going to get back to normal and stop being quite so up (mainly) and down.

Holiday Time, Sort Of!

An Umbrella

Not that Kind of Holiday Sadly 😦

After today the updates may be a bit intermittent for the next couple of weeks as I am not at work for a bit. However I’ll do my best to keep updating every now and again until normal service is resumed.

My blood tests yesterday afternoon did not finish as I expected staying pretty much where they started for the rest of the tests, even going up a bit towards 6pm. I believe the reason for this is because once again I’m not entirely well, I have a sore throat, a cough and am apparently snoring like a herd of Aberdeen Angus (sorry Dee)! What with this and my annual leave I’m going to leave the fasting blood tests until after I’m back at work again.

I also badly misjudged the amount of mashed potato I had served myself at dinner time last night and ended up with a blood sugar around 18mmol/l which just goes to show that you’re much better to check if you’re not sure, which I wasn’t!

My time off work is going to be spent doing a variety of things including trips to Dorset and Cornwall, another (final) birthday party for the Little ‘Un and a host of DIY tasks at home so it should be a good test of my pump management skills.

The party should be good as all three of my brothers are making it, even the one who lives in Brazil, so it’s a nice way to celebrate my son’s first birthday, even if it is nearly a month after his actual birthday. There will be cake and chocolate and all manner of interesting foods.

Talking of tasty food I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but Deanne is from Australia and with it being ANZAC day we should be having ANZAC biscuits on Monday (the 25th of April) so I need to figure out how much carbohydrate they have in them, not such an onerous task really 😉

Volleyball tonight should be okay, I’m feeling a little more confident about how to not have hypos and not get too high while playing now but I shouldn’t get too complacent because that is always when things go wrong.

I’ve also got the Nottingham Type 1 Diabetes Group website fixed and have updated that, including details of the talk I will be doing on the 7th of June on how I went about getting hold of my insulin pump and then how I’ve been dealing with adjusting to having it so be sure to check that out and keep the date clear in your diary.

So for the time being I’ll sign off and until I’m next on-line I’ll bid you farewell and have a nice bank holiday.

Days 5, 6, 7 and 8

My Parents House

My Olds' House

Well it’s been a long few days! On Friday we headed down to Dorset to visit my parents, I drove all the way down nearly five hours which was fine but I should have taken my own advice rather than listening to the hospital and wound down a few percent because about half an hour after arriving I was low. D’oh!

Anyway the weekend went very well, something has definitely changed because normally when I’m down at my Olds’ house I run high all the time because Mum tends to have a large amount of tasty stuff in the house which I can’t help but pick at. I’m fine at home ’cause our house is generally empty of temptation but not so in sunny Dorset!

This time was different though, my bloods seemed to be hanging around the 3 to 4 side with more lows than highs, certainly different to normal and as far as I’m concerned a change for the better 🙂

The weekend was pretty good apart from the cold that I had been suffering from since last Monday finally showed itself to be some sort of nasty virus/infection and decided to give me headaches and sore throats, etc. however I kept telling the pump I was ill and it kept upping my dose and generally coping admirably to say it’s still set on all the default settings that we put in on the first day.

Came home on Sunday, I drove the first half and Deanne drove the second, the little-‘un slept for my half and pointed out the windows babbling for most of the second half (he’s 11 months old and enjoys chatting), it was less eventful than the journey down, e.g. 0 traffic jams instead of three and only took four-ish hours, got home and went to sleep.

Woke up on Monday morning and the illness had got worse so I took the day off work thinking that a day off would help me recover, mainly sat on the sofa watching movies I’d recorded over Xmas, drinking Lemsips and feeling sorry for myself, didn’t accomplish a lot, had the obligatory high and low that seem to have become an everyday occurrence at the moment but if anything felt better than I normally do when I’m ill.

Tuesday I woke up when my alarm went off but decided immediately that staying asleep would have been a better move, got up, did a blood test and had some breakfast about 9am but then went back to bed and slept for another couple of hours.

Was high near noon when I did the next blood test (should have done more but I was asleep), got up and relaxed. did a bunch of blood tests through the afternoon to try and make sure I was doing okay, the one near 5pm was at 3.8, the pum said it was going to reduce my dose by 0.7 units, ‘great’ I thought but then when dinner time came I did another test after 6 o’clock and had dropped to 1.8 – Oh dear!

So apologies for the delay in writing but at least I have a valid medical excuse this time 😛

Was high for my first two blood tests today but I suspect that may have been because I did a blood test, dialled in the carbs for two slices of sliced wholemeal toast as per the packet and then realised that we were out of bread so I had to cut a couple of slices of some bread that Dee made yesterday and toast that instead.

Apparently very thinly sliced home made white bread has a lot more carbohydrate than thick sliced bought wholemeal bread, noted for future reference!

I’ll try and keep updating now I’m back in the swing of things.

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