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  1. First of all, I hope everyone who reads this blog had a wonderful Christmas and kept themselves well. My particular downfall has always been mince pies with Brandy cream. Don't ask what I have to dose when having one lol.
    Even though I am a firm advocate of the Medtronic 670 pump, I would just like to show that it and I include all other pumps as well, does not always work the way we would hope it to work.
    This incident is about absorption problems and I hope that I can illustrate how frustrating it can be when this occurs. I decided around 3pm that I quite fancied a biscuit and a cup of tea which I duly dosed with 35gms of carbs. After an hour, I noticed that my sugars were just starting to rise so I carried out a further 2 dosages to hopefully bring them down. When my wife arrived from work, she announced that she really fancied going out for food, so off we went to our local curry house. I ordered my meal and dosed for 160gms of carbs which I thought would get me by as I had just previously bolused before going out. I noticed over the last 2hrs that my sugar level was progressively rising. Then came another blow, when my pump reminded me that I had to re-calibrate my sensor as I had renewed it earlier that day. Me being a typical bloke had forgotten to bring my meter so my pump went into a default mode in Manual over the next 1hr 45mins while I was still out.
    When I arrived home, I calibrated immediately and found that my sugar level was still at an alarmingly high level. I had bolused on another 3 occasions after my meal bolus with no apparent effect.
    After hours of trying I'd had enough and decided to change my Insulin and replace my cannula onto another part of my body. After carrying this out, my sugars decided to nose dive and at 11:30 I Absorbtion Issues.jpg decided to take on board some carbs to be safe. The main thing that I find after dosing so much earlier, is that the Insulin does eventually start to work so if you are like me and are over eager trying to lower your sugars, you can get a nasty surprise when they suddenly start to drop. You can also see that my pump delivered very little Basal insulin for a number of hours after my sugars had dropped which helped enormously in helping control the excess insulin that I had bolused for previously. Any other pump would have just carried out pumping what it had been programmed for, which would have led to far more difficulties to deal with.
    Anyway that was my story on when things don't go to plan, but I would just like to emphasise that incidents like this are rare and I would not change this pump for anything else that's out there at this point in time. After all, this was not the pumps fault and unfortunately these thing can happen to us all. I hope that explanation wasn't too long winded and might possibly help some people understand what can happen and be more prepared for it.
  2. I have now reached a happy medium with my veganish diet. I now stay on it for usually 4 days and then eat basically what I like on the other 3 days of the week. I have found this compromise more achievable to make and am enjoying the contrasting differences I am experiencing.
    I had my 5yr old grandson stay with me over the weekend. You forget just how busy they can be and also very wearing :). My wife and I took him for a Santa experience in Pembrey Park which is not too far away from me. We first started by having a cooked breakfast with Santa in the new restaurant that has been built there and then went to help the elves gather presents before listening to an elf story. After that we visited Mrs. Clause's kitchen where he decorated some gingerbread Xmas trees and finally visited Santa in his grotto. it was a really good day and a lovely experience. My grandson was over the moon with it all.
    The following day I took him back to my sons house in Fareham which is a 3hr non stop drive. Driving with this new pump is so much easier now and made my journey a far more comfortable experience than a drive that long would have been before I used a pump. So I guess that's another good plus point for using this type of pump.
    Having said that, I still have some moments that I struggle a little with finding a happy medium, but when I reflect back, find that it is usually my own fault for causing it, usually down to me being a little impatient with the speed of control and so trying to rectify the situation when there was no need to in the beginning. Oh for a little more patience and self control. One day I'll learn I hope lol.
    I'm off to London on the weekend coming to join my son and family for a Xmas weekend. No doubt I'll be pushing the boat out, so ther will be another big challenge for my pump. I am definitely going to make it work hard :).
  3. Hi all, I've just got back from a nice long walk with my Golden Retriever called Jessie and thought I'd tell you about the changes I've made to my diet with dramatic results.
    Last week, a friend of mine suggested that I watch a new film/documentary called ' THE GAME CHANGERS ' on Netflix. So I sat there with a nice glass of red wine having not much idea what it was all about. The longer I watched it, the more my jaw started dropping at the claims it was making. Basically it's about removing meat from your diet and the results that they were claiming were quite phenomenal. Apparently we are plant eaters and were never designed to eat meat and that the only protein you get from meat is derived from plant based carbs that they eat. As Patrik Baboumian the worlds strongest man who is a vegan said, ' have you ever seen an Ox eat meat '. The film also showed a number of top named athletes who have turned vegan and are performing better than they ever did before. The documentary evidence they provided was hard to believe especially for those who tried it for literally 1 day.
    Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of meat and the thought of going without it saddened me, but I thought, ' lets give it a go' just to satisfy my own curiosity. So my wife and I thought we'll give it a try for 4-5 days a week and see what happened.
    I am now only on day 4 and am just amazed at the results so far. Practically overnight, I have been able to train harder and longer than I ever could on the previous week. I am finding it hard to go to sleep because I feel so alert and all in all it's been a very pleasant outcome.
    I don't think that I could give meat up entirely and although I've cut back on dairy stuff considerably, could not give up my morning cappuccino, but it's a very positive start. I've also found my carbs are a little better to control, which I can only assume is because of the fat and protein content in the meat.
    Anyway It's onward and upward with hopefully more pleasing results. Why not give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised. :)
  4. I've just had a really good day at the Diabetes U.K. Tech Conference which was held in Swansea University. There were several speakers presenting, from Senior Consultants to a few Type 1 individuals.
    I learnt that for a much safer chance of developing complications, a diabetic must stay in the range of 4 - 10 for a minimum of 70%. The risks of complications such as retinopathy increase dramatically if this control is not maintained.
    It was also lovely to talk to Type 1 diabetics from around the U.K. It's remarkable what you can pick up from just having a simple chat with each other. I also couldn't believe how many apps there are out there. There's even one for monitoring where you have tested on your fingers so that you get an even spread lol.
    One thing I was really pleased about is that my 670g was proclaimed as the most advanced pump on the market. It saddened me however, to talk to some diabetics who were unable to obtain this pump due to the funding in their area. I believe that any Type 1 should be able to access anything that helps them in obtaining a better life. I felt very fortunate indeed.
    If anyone has a chance to go to this type of conference in the future, I would encourage you to go, as it is well worth it.
  5. Hi everyone, today I thought I would show you how I control my blood sugars when having a curry. I know that probably
    the vast majority of Type 1 diabetics would never dream of eating something like this so I thought I'd show that it is possible
    to do so especially using my new pump, My favourite curry is a chicken Balti so that's what I ate here together with half a
    portion of mushroom rice and a plain naan bread. It was absolutely delicious.
    The main problem I find with meals of such a high GI content is trying tomaintain control over many hours. I do this by
    pumping an initially large dose of insulin and then pumping small amounts depending on if y sugars start rising. having a cgm
    makes life so much easier doing this. I hope my picture illustrates how I do this.
    And just for you sceptics out there, I am actually a very well controlled
    Type 1 diabetic
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  6. I've just returned after spending 4 days in Paris as a surprise birthday present for
    my daughter. We decided to spend a night in London and then travel by Eurostar
    to Paris on the following day. The convenience of being hooked up to a pump
    makes all the difference in enjoying a trip away. It just makes life so much
    easier when there is no need to mess around with a syringe and always wondering
    how your blood sugars are doing.
    I decided to put a new insulin cartridge in on the night before I left for London, so
    this meant that I did not need to refill my pump until the last day, meaning that I had
    4 days of not having to think about bothering with my medication at all. This just
    meant that I experienced a more relaxed and enjoyable time away.
    Eating out for the whole time certainly is a challenge for a diabetic. Most meals I
    find are controlled by an educated guess, but because I can continually read my blood
    sugars, I have a reasonable idea of what the insulin that I've inserted is doing to me. And
    I must say, that I did enjoy some very nice Parisian cuisine.
    Roll on my next trip :)
  7. Had a really difficult day trying to maintain a good level of control. I pumped a fair bit more insulin
    than I needed with no real visible effect. It was very frustrating. Out of desperation and several hours
    I then renewed my cannula and placed it on a different site. Lo and behold my sugars final started to
    move downwards after I must say, a pretty rubbish day.
    As has been reported on many forum entries, my absorption rate had changed dramatically. I have
    found in the past and today, that when I situate my cannula on my stomach side, I cannot always
    guarantee it will remain constant over a 3-4 day period. I have found however, a marked difference
    when it is mounted on my back in both absorption rate and consistency.
    I do try to vary my sites as much as possible, but one must always be prepared for these blips that can
    occur occasionally without warning. This is one of the downsides for myself using this pump, but I think
    that the positives far outweigh the few negatives.
    While I'm letting off a little steam I may as well say about the other negative issue which is having to
    replace my cgm every 7 days precisely. There is unfortunately no leeway on trying to stretch the use of
    the cgm for a little longer which if self funding, could be an issue. It also takes a few hours out of your
    life to renew and recalibrate. For example, it takes 20-30 mins to charge the transmitter, then you must wait
    2hrs for the new sensor to warm up before carrying out you're first calibration. You then need to be available
    to calibrate it again 6hrs after and again 6hrs after that. So it is very difficult to change it after midday as it
    could drag into the early hours of the morning before the next calibration is due.
    These are two of the downsides for myself using this pump, but I think that the positives far outweigh the
    few negatives.
    After that it's plain sailing lol, I hope I haven't put anybody off :).
  8. Phew, working really hard in the gym at the mo and loving it. Just thought I would upload a trend showing
    how I go about trying to control my blood sugars when I run on the treadmill. I thought on this trend that I would attempt to
    run for 8km which would have been impossible when I started 7 weeks ago in the gym.
    I first began by starting to increase my sugars about an hour before running. Because I was running this distance, I decided
    to increase my sugars to 11.3 just before running. I also selected my temporary basal of 8.3 at about 40mins prior to the run
    as well. So as you can see, after about 25mins my sugars began their steep descent. This was slowed down a little due to my
    pump ceasing to give me any insulin in Automatic. My sugars then levelled off at 6.7ish for the rest of the run.
    I have found that if I then stop my temporary target and go back to normal bolusing, I have a better chance of stopping a
    sudden rise which can sometimes happen a little later. As you can see, it worked really well.
    I have to emphasize though that it is not always that perfect and quite often I have to carry out small tweaks, but very rarely
    do I lose control with this new pump.
    Not bad eh! :)

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  9. After a couple of weeks in the gym, I can finally say that I am now starting
    to enjoy my sessions. Everything seems to be a little easier to do now and
    I can now see a bit of progress in both the distances I now run and the
    weights that I lift after having 3 rotator cuff injuries over my lifetime,
    I'm really glad that I didn't go mad initially and built up slowly. My gym
    has a Boditrax machine which shows things such as your BMI, how much
    muscle and fat as well as your weight and what I especially like is my
    metabolic age which is 15yrs younger than I am :).
    This pump has without doubt has given me the best control I've ever had
    when exercising and has just made me more comfortable with being a
    diabetic which I feel is quite a sweeping statement. I have to add though
    that it is not perfect by any means and sometimes I still wonder at what
    my body is doing when it doesn't follow the norm, but these instances are
    small and more manageable than before I had this pump.
  10. After almost 2.5 years of hardly doing any gym exercise due to a torn rotator cuff and a torn ligament in my foot I was finally ready to start back in the gym. I had put on approx. 2 stone so hopefully this will be the start to losing some of that excess weight. I started back 8days ago and couldn't believe how hard it felt but also how much I missed it. I used to train 4 to 6 times a week so I think I'll start slowly and hopefully work up to a decent level again.
    I thought I would show you all how well my new pump worked in Automatic for my 30minute run and then weights for an hour. The control has been far better than with previous types of control where I always seemed to be taking on board carbs to compensate for low blood sugars. All I seemed to need was 2 glucose sweets at the end of my run only to feel safe rather than sorry.
    I am really looking forward to getting back into some sort of reasonable shape and this transition will definitely be easier using my new pump.

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  11. Yesterday, I was feeling quite unwell and throwing up at the drop of a hat. So I decided to eat very few carbs over a 36hr period. My results were quite amazing as I achieved a 100% score on keeping within my parameters of between 4 and 10 for the whole period. This was a great demonstration of how well my new pump performs in automatic using mostly basal insulin. I have attached my trends to show how well I was controlled.

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  12. I was a little disappointed on the lack of information posted on this site about the Medtronic 670g so I thought I would start a blog to show anyone interested on how I have found using it. Previous to this pump I had been an Animas pumper for the last 3years using a Dexcom 4 cgm. I was a little apprehensive on the Medtronics ability to help control my sugars but I have always tried to embrace any new technology in the 40 years of diabetes that I have experienced.
    My journey started 2months ago with the first week using it as a manual pump just like my Animas pump. I was very pleased on the accuracy shown with my Genius 3 sensor and achieved some good control in that week. This first week permits the pump to analyse how well the pumps is working and to build a way forward on how it will control in Auto.
    So the day came when I would switch it to Automatic and I have to say it was a pretty bumpless beginning. It controls on a setpoint of 6.7mmol/L which a lot of well controlled diabetics might think is a little high including myself. It does however work very well using this figure and as long as its not pushed too far off its limits, controls my sugars to an extremely good level. I can honestly say that this is the first time that I have ever gone to bed not concerned about how well my sugars will stay overnight and more often than not experience close to straight line control for the whole period.
    I can honestly say that this is the best I have ever felt in my 40 years of Diabetes and cannot believe the difference it has made to my life. Having said all of that, there are some drawbacks which are a nuisance more than anything else. The pump has an abundant amount of alarms which become very annoying as time goes on. I have deleted them all now except for the high and low B.S. ones. Also there is no leeway on extending the cgm sensor so must be changed without fail every 7 days. I believe though that it is well worth putting up with these for the benefits it produces.
    If anybody needs some further insight with the pump, I would be only to happy to respond. I will try over the next couple of blogs to show how it responds to the way I live to show what can be achieved by using it. One more thing before I go is that so far my control between the normal parameters of 10 and 4 has been at 88% which is quite amazing when you consider that that includes a fortnight in an All Inclusive which I abused quite a bit :).
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