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 »

Pump users

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Amina9191, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. tomfalc

    tomfalc Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    43
    You generally need a lot less insulin on the pump than when injecting. If you're still using ratios calculated for MDI that could explain the hypos. As you say, trial and error. I'm confident you'll get there, but it can take several months.

    Tom
     
    • Like Like x 2
  2. Insulinman

    Insulinman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    58
     
  3. Insulinman

    Insulinman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    58
    Hi Catapillar
    Sorry to say there is no easy answer 40 years ago I found a very weird "thing" I had Hypo's that went into a Coma Since Then I have been shouted at by Many Doctors, Consultants, etc: So I started my own DIY my Insulin was 8hour so 1 x 8 = 8 2 x 8 = 16 3 x 8 =24
    I even got shouted At for that??? So Pen + Paper (I was awake working 17-18 hours Sleeping 5-6 hours) I found I had
    17mmol going to Bed 17mmol getting up???? Doctors said (INCREASE YOUR INSULIN AT ONCE) one Consultant said
    are YOU trying to Kill Him? I had Tested, Every 2 hours with a Meter that was 12" x 12" x 2" Only to find my Bloods went

    17mmol 24:00 10mmol. 02:00 2.8mml @ 04:00. at 09:00 it was (ha ha) 17mmol. It ONLY took another 34 years to get A Pump, So yeah its Hard very & You can find a Unicorn if you look very hard!
    To Start your Basal you have to try and get a straight line Use some Low Carb and low Basal for breakfast & Lunch Try NOT TO Bolus If you mess up Bolus then try again, a few days Later and try again! (No One Said it Was Easy)
    INSULINMAN still on a Pump
     
  4. rockape37

    rockape37 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    351
    Likes Received:
    197
    Trophy Points:
    83
    I think everything has been covered here, it sounds that some people get a choice of what pump they are going to have. I didnt but i like to think that i have a good one the MiniMed 640G with the Contour next Link 2.4 glucose meter. I'm currently on saline and move onto insulin in a weeks time. It will take time to get things under control i realise but it is the way forward and will be. Good bye to high BG's before bed and when i get up in the morning despite pre bed corrections.
    No one wants to be on Meds or Machines to stay/improve ones health but its the way forward for many of us and should be used to the full to acheive the best for ones self and in many ways could also improve the lives of those with which we share with.
    Regards
    Martin
     
  5. Janet_rabbit

    Janet_rabbit Type 1 · Active Member

    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    24
    Trophy Points:
    48
    The pump can help stop hypos in another way. I have been on a minimed pump for just over a year now and had a lot less problems with hypos. My sugar still often drops suddenly and sometimes for no apparent reason (perhaps trying to fight off a cold before it catches me, or some other stress of which I am unaware). I often don't get warning symptoms until my sugar is 2.2 when it can be a bit late! But there is a fantastic feature on the pump which has saved me from getting into a severe hypo many times - the suspend feature is great, and using that combined with fast acting glucose has stopped my sugar dropping even more. The pump can be much more finely tuned to an individual's insulin requirements than MDI routine and, although I still have a lot to learn about how to use it to its full advantage, it has been a really big help for me.
    Hope this is encouraging.
    Best wishes
    Janet
     
    • Like Like x 2
  6. AmandaD

    AmandaD Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    88
    Trophy Points:
    68
    I originally went on a pump to gt my HbA1c down as MDI weren't helping me achieve that. I lost all hypo awareness when I ws pregnant and got a CGM with the pump. It changed my life, I loved my pump anyway but the alarm on the cgm helped me get my hypos under control and I could see exactly where i was going low and act on it. My pump allows me to make a 0.05 change to my basal rates and it was through tweaking these that the hypos stopped. It took almost 5 years for me to get my hypo awareness back but I would never have been able to do this without the pump and cgm.
     
  • 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