1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

New to here

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by Toriroge, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. Dave24/7

    Dave24/7 Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Thank you for that well explained essay! :)
    Yes I'm on Carb Ratio, Target Range and 7 injections a day! Sorry what i was meaning if i was on a pump would be saving me from having 21 injections 7*3 = 21 7 injection a day every 3 days, with the pumps Cannula being changed every 3 days, hope I'm correct on this?

    In the early years of getting diabetes it was exchanges not carbs! 1ex for a apple!
    and when I first started it was one injection and no sugar at all! I used to be full of sugar day and night! We've come a long way in 40 years!
    There were no blood readings to tell me if you had sugar it was only urine and that was only guess work!

    So a pump excuse the phrase! :) will greatly save me injections as I'm a pincushion now and will greatly help to get better levels and control for me.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    #21 Dave24/7, Aug 6, 2016 at 10:28 PM
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016
  2. catapillar

    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,390
    Likes Received:
    2,892
    Trophy Points:
    198
    O I'm with you! Then yes, it will save you 21 injections!

    I think an exchange = 10g of carbs. So, if you're used to doing exchanges and you're on basal/bolus MDI you'll totally get the theory on the pump - it's just you tell the pump exactly how many grams of carbs (which I think is much better cos you aren't being forced to round up or down so you get a bolus that much more accurately reflects what you actually need).

    Highly recommend the pumping insulin book too :)
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. Dave24/7

    Dave24/7 Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    No it use to be 1 Exchange to 15g has a packet of crisp was the same for a apple, until we got a better understanding :) weight and grams mind you I did weigh my food too.
     
    #23 Dave24/7, Sep 11, 2016 at 8:39 PM
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016
  4. catapillar

    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,390
    Likes Received:
    2,892
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Sorry, your going to have to give it a bit of context - this thread is over a month old & I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday!

    Do you mean how you set your basal rates on a pump when you move from MDI to pump? Do you have a date to start your pump? When you start your DSN will help you set up initial basal rates, and then you can adjust as and when necessary until you get a basal rate that works for you.

    For the initial set up, your MDI basal dose will be taken into account, but it is more likely the maths for the basal rate on the pump will be based upon your total daily dose of insulin pre pump - they will do something along the lines of TDD less 20% / 2 = total basal per day /24 = hourly basal.

    Then you will have to test out how that initial basal rate actually works for you and adjust accordingly.

    I would recommend getting a copy of the book "pumping insulin".
     
  5. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,696
    Likes Received:
    5,286
    Trophy Points:
    178
    No 1 exchange was 10 carbs. The USA uses the 1 exchange for 15 carbs. A bag of crisps was about 12 carbs anda small apple and I do mean small was 10 carbs.
     
  6. iHs

    iHs · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,602
    Likes Received:
    2,320
    Trophy Points:
    158
    I remembered the 10g carb exchange fairly well and always cut the semi circle end piece of bread off with a knife so that a slice of bread that was at the time, 15g carb, became 10g Once I became a bit more relaxed, I often subsituted the carb content of food with the carb value of another and as long as the meal equalled 30g carb, I was ok and happy with once daily insulin.
     
  7. Peterb73

    Peterb73 · Member

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Hi Tori, have just joined too and I am Peter. Type 2 and hope will find this site helpful
     
  8. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,696
    Likes Received:
    5,286
    Trophy Points:
    178
    That's because you didn't have any ;) :)
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  9. catapillar

    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,390
    Likes Received:
    2,892
    Trophy Points:
    198
    :) I would remember that from the hanger it would induce, for sure!
     
  10. Dave24/7

    Dave24/7 Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    ya I know now! but at the time I was informed that 15g was 1 exchange! :) ya very small apple pie! :):p
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook