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Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by Tillylace, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Tillylace

    Tillylace Type 1 · Member

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    Hey all

    Just want a little bit of advice I’m a T1 on novorapid and Lantus, I’ve changed departments at work to a more physical job and some times have to work till 11pm.

    So over the past 5 months I’ve been having lows every time I work till 11pm, been to see my diabetic nurse and she’s told me to do a couple of different things which I’ve done and doesn’t seem to work.

    Just wondering if there is anything I can do or change as getting tired of having 3 lows a week
     
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  2. Deanoh

    Deanoh Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have they suggested lowering insulin when working? Or if jot maybe you could suggest see if it's something that can be looked at? Clearly more exercise when at work is helping bring BGs down therefore less insulins required?
     
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  3. Tillylace

    Tillylace Type 1 · Member

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    Yes both have been lowered but haven’t seen any change
     
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  4. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Has a pump been suggested?
    A pump would allow you to change your basal dose for the period when you are more physically active.
    Exercise and hypos were the main motivation for me to start pumping
     
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  5. Deanoh

    Deanoh Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried eating a little more slow releasing foods like potatoes, bread, pasta etc. Before/during shift to keep BGs up for longer too, though I imagine this is something you've already thought of lol
     
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  6. Tillylace

    Tillylace Type 1 · Member

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    No it hasn’t, have heard a lot of good things about the pump and have actually asked for if a couple of time about year ago but got told I wasn’t suitable for one
     
  7. Tillylace

    Tillylace Type 1 · Member

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    Yep already thought and done that eat a lot of pasta to keep me going
     
  8. Deanoh

    Deanoh Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    With regular lows I'd definitely try again for the pump, keep on at them, surely regular lows now make you suitable, right? :)
     
  9. Tillylace

    Tillylace Type 1 · Member

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    I will definitely ask again talking to my nurse on Friday so I’ll mention it to her , you would like so
     
  10. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As things have changed for you since a pump was last discussed, it might be worth bringing it up again.
    Take a look at the pump threads. There is some great advice about how you should qualify for a pump.
     
  11. Tillylace

    Tillylace Type 1 · Member

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    Thank you I will have a look
     
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  12. Deanoh

    Deanoh Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't let them say no to you haha, and good luck!

    Out of curiosity, how low are your lows generally?
     
  13. Tillylace

    Tillylace Type 1 · Member

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    It’s been anything between 3.2 and 1.2 which wasn’t nice at the time or the next day. Oh I won’t I’ll try
     
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  14. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hey @Tillylace
    here is a couple of things to look at regarding a pump
    http://www.inputdiabetes.org.uk/ -- they can help with gaining access to pumping-- they are a charity supporting D's and all of the charity workers are on pumps themselves. -- deffo worth contacting

    is your current regime affecting your quality of life ??
    If so that is a main criteria under the ABCD criteria for obtaining a pump
    this is how I obtained my pump just over 2 years ago .
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    you are obviously very switched on regarding your D -- keep posting -- there are a fair few more of us who should be along with some support.

    just tagging some more people to come along and support @catapillar , @Snapsy , @Juicyj , @therower , @claire1991 , @Robinredbreast

    all the best
    himtoo
    x
     
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  15. Deanoh

    Deanoh Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I can only imagine, yet to fall below 4.0.. It'd probably write me off for a week, I'm a guy ;)
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Moderator
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    no way dude -- us T1D's are made of tougher stuff than that !!!!!!!:):)
    trust me after 45 years I have had my fair share of hypo's and even though they are not fun -- you do get used to them -- and just learn to deal with them as they happen and carry on
    only way for me !!!!
     
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  17. Deanoh

    Deanoh Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Apologies, I totally forgot I was apart of the T1D club, I'll pull my socks up and crack on!

    But allow me to get a little sympathy from the Mrs when it does happen first? haha
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Moderator
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    that has made me laugh out loud @Deanoh
    we never win with our OH's -- NEVER -- I respect the fact you are young and not totally learned the ways of the dark side ---:D

    total respect to you and your journey -- hopefully I can be along to assist you along the way

    all the best !!!!!!!!!!
    obiwan
     
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  19. Deanoh

    Deanoh Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks @himtoo - I'm confident you can assist with the learning the ways of the dark side - T1D can be put on the back burner until then :D

    Same to you also, anything I can do, just ask!
     
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    You can reduce insulin again it maybe that insulin works faster when it is warm, so if it is warm that could help you along but i would ask about dropping your insulin down further and do ask about the pump as you would be able to change the amount of insulin you take when your at work. then go back to normal doses when you are off. It could be a reduction of one unit might make the difference for you.
     
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