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Nervous about pump... advice?

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by Little_Lucy, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. rockape37

    rockape37 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I did consider a make-up bag but as you can see from my avatar all i need to make my face up is eye liner lol
     
  2. Little_Lucy

    Little_Lucy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That would be a good idea @-beckyb93- and @rockaoe37
     
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    -beckyb93- Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hahah! Yeah. Maybe a pink makeup bag isnt your colour haha @rockape37
     
  4. rockape37

    rockape37 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't think pink will go very well with my red hair straighteners that my wife and daughters bought me for xmas
     
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  5. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    To be fair though, what you choose to carry around is entirely up to you. I've typically got one spare Mio set with me in my bag, my Contour Meter in its case and a Novopen. That's it. If I need to reload a reservoir then I can do so from the Novopen into the reservoir in the pump.

    Not all of us carry multiple spares around with us on a daily basis, so I wouldn't carry a spare meter, spare pot of strips, spare reservoirs and additional spare infusion sets with me. If I'm away from home for more than a day, then that's a different matter, but for the day to day, I don't find I need a lot.

    I also used the CGM with the 640G, so when I was using that, I didn't bother carrying the Contour meter if I was going out at night. Calibrate beforehand then you have your glucose levels without needing anything else.
     
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    Little_Lucy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am very similar to you @tim2000s as I still go to school I can keep a lot of my spare kit there but when I'm out and about just to the shop I don't take any spares with me but like you said overnight in places it's a bit different
     
  7. groucho74

    groucho74 Type 1 · Member

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    hi @blueeyed81 I did my pump training at Barrow as well, 2 years ago, and if it is still the same set up, with the Medtronic nurse, it will be a group session involving 4 or 5 of you.
     
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    blueeyed81 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you :). My dsn is Carol and I see dietician Alison. I'm on countdown now lolol.

    Are you still in Barrow :)
     
  9. groucho74

    groucho74 Type 1 · Member

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    yeah, I see Carol/Alison about every 4 months now as they are happy with my control (been averaging A1c of 6.7% which is incredible after close on 23 years of 10%+).
    The group session is really good as you are all starting off at the same level of understanding of the pump and you'll probably make pump buddies.
    The first week you'll be on saline and you'll be encouraged to play around with the pump.
    The second week you'll go live with your insulin.
    Don't be worried about asking questions either - no such thing as a stupid question.
    Do check with Carol what you should do about you Basal the night before going live.
    First month you'll feel like nothing is working right but stick with it and it will come together......and make sure you know Carol's phone number or email address.
     
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    blueeyed81 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's good to know, I have Carols email :) I emailed her to ask about the pump, 2 weeks later I was doing the paperwork to get on the first pump clinic of the year lol. Bonus, I'm going to make a list of questions if I remember lol. My current a1c is 10.2 so hoping to get it better. It has been a lot worse in the past though. I was 10.4 the test before that. Currently going in the right direction lol.
     
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  11. jasmine1616

    jasmine1616 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    1. We need to talk more, we have a lot in common.
    2. An insulin pump is not that uncomfortable. Once you put it on a new site and the insulin starts going through the tubing, it feels a little weird, but after an hour, you get used to it.
    3. People only notice it if you put it on your arm and your are either wearing a tank top or really short sleeves.
    4. If someone sees the box on your hip (if your pump is shaped like a box), some might just think it is a phone clipped to your hip.
    5. I hope this helps, dm me after you read this.
     
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    .gurley Type 1 · Active Member

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    Eireannn Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hey Lucy, I'm 15 and fingers crossed should be getting a pump soon! When the nurse started talking about pumps, I didn't like the sound of it. I thought it would get in my way and I hate stuff attached to me. However, she mentioned another pump called the Omnipod I think? I'm not sure how it's spelt. Anyway, it's a wireless pump (no tubey thing attached at all!) which you stick on the body places where you'd inject and it's bluetoothed to a meter and releases insulin into you when you put the info in, etc.

    https://www.myomnipod.com/

    Have a look here :)
     
  14. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @Little_Lucy I adore my pump and wish I'd had it 29 years sooner....

    I've had it just over a year. I LOVE IT. It has given me the life I wish I'd claimed sooner. I had let my diabetes rule and dictate and steer my life for far too long. I didn't know I could lead such a normal life - and with my pump, I CAN.

    Now I run. I swim. I go to the cinema without fear of passing out. I finish the things I start.

    All the best with it.

    :)
     
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    -beckyb93- Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Feeling a little deflated atm. Because the consultant didnt go through everything in December im now having to wait another month. I know that sounds harsh but ive been waiting so long for one. And im kinda feeling the closer i seem to get something happens to.push it back.

    How you all getting on? @Little_Lucy ?

    Any pump news?
    I've got next 4 appointments booked.
    31st jan. 2nd feb. 9th feb. 23rd feb x
     
  16. Little_Lucy

    Little_Lucy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting my pumps on Monday!! Not sure when the other appointments are though @-beckyb93- however as I've just come back from skiing my levels are everywhere! I'm hypo all over the place and my once 26 units of levimer at night has since been changed to 21 yet still many hypos!
     
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    Little_Lucy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you @Snapsy I'm sure I'll love it too
     
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    Little_Lucy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @Eireannn unfortunately unlike yourself I do not have choice of which pump I get I'm getting the medetronic pump ( I think that's what it's called) but I'll let you know how it goes
     
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    Little_Lucy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the advice @jasmine1616 but I'm sorry I think we have messaged before quite a while back and I do believe you live in America, yes? (As you have told me) but see I live in England so we're practically a day apart which makes it hard to message one another. Sorry!
     
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    -beckyb93- Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @Little_Lucy

    Eek im excited for you. Mines delayed because the consultant i saw in December is useless n filled out wrong paperwork n didnt even go over the pump.

    Ive got training sessions they've said
    Before i have it. Then go back and show them i remember what they showed me. Etc...
    Bit miffed because i now have to miss really important uni stuff because of the consultants error.

    Im so excited for you though xx
     
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