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Absorption issues.

Published by Gary61 in the blog Gary61's blog. Views: 378

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 :).
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