Getting Used to an Insulin Pump

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Twenty Eight Days Later

Keep taking the Lemsips

More Lemsip needed!

In the words of the great Victor Meldrew “I do not believe it” I had just about got over my previous cold, which frankly was more like man-flu than a cold and I’ve been hit with another (admittedly not quite so bad) cold!!! My blood sugars were running high this morning but when I finally realised why I told the pump that I was ill and it seems to have sorted me out.

One of those things I never thought about before I was pumped was “how do you know when you’re ill?” Well it seems like blood sugar is a fairly good indicator but of course you are never quite sure until you have done a few blood tests and have decided that it isn’t just a bizarre fluke that you are running high.

What’s quite funny (or at least it will be when I’m looking back in a years time and have my blood sugars under microscopic control) is that yesterday I was running low for a lot of the day so I was obviously better!

Anyway, it’s okay because now all I need to do is keep selecting “illness” when I do my boluses and everything should hopefully be okay.

So, with that in mind I’m going to make sure I keep an eye on my runny nose and keep taking the Lemsips and hopefully this one won’t last for three weeks like the man-flu did.

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.

Day 4

My Tattoo

A Bad Picture of My Tattoo

It’s Thursday and it’s a bit of a weird day, I have a really stinking cold, in fact I seem to have been ill pretty much since before Xmas, I’m not sure if that’s hindering how the pump is doing but I decided to try telling it that I was ill when I did my lunch time blood test and bolus and it seems to have not sent me hypo (yet) so that’s good, I checked the setting and it ups my dose by 20% if I tell it I’m not well.

It’s also quite an emotional day ’cause we dropped the Little ‘Un off at nursery for his first full day today, I’m not sure if that’s weighing on my mind but if it is it doesn’t seem to be affecting my blood sugars too badly.

Following on from last night, I got home made dinner and then when I did a blood test just after 6pm I was 3.7 so I was right that I was going to get low :-S However since then I’ve been on the high side until the pump gave me an extra 1.5 units when I said I wasn’t well.

It’s funny but having the pump is a bit like when I got my tattoo, I know that one day it is going to just fade in to the background and I won’t even remember that I’ve got it but at the moment I can just feel it constantly there and doing what it does, it is an amazing bit of kit but it is a tad strange seeing it under my t-shirt when I look downwards.

I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to write anything tomorrow or over the weekend but I’ll make sure I get something down at the very least on Monday. I hope these posts are helping people feel like they are part of something because Diabetes can be a fairly lonely disease and it’s nice to finally be able to share my thoughts and feelings about it with others.

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