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Type 1'stars R Us

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Robinredbreast, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    What do you use the swabs for if you're injecting through your trousers?
    My HCP's never suggested I use anything before injecting, are others supposed to swab before injecting? I can see where the knife comes in, you could use it when you get caught out without lancets, snakes or kittens!
     
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  2. chris85 type 1

    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    that knife and many more got me the nick name "barry the chopper" i use the wipes on my hands to remove any unwanted sugar or food of any type so i get accurate readings i love hunting accuracy is my passion
     
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  3. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Had the weirdest hypo this morning. Did everything as usual: woke up, scanned Libre (6.3, but it tends to read lowish so I figured I was likely between 7 and 8), took insulin to counter feet-on-the-floor, put coffee to brew, fed the chickens and the rabbits, poured the coffee in the pot and went upstairs to enjoy it.
    I always stay at the higher end of my range during the first couple of hours after waking, that part of my day is so predictable that I usually don't even bother scanning my Libre for hours until I want to eat something.

    Started to feel off during the chicken part, suddenly craving a big glass of cold water so bad that I went back inside before finishing feeding the animals. By the time I reached the couch with my coffee I felt definitely off so I scanned again. 3.6 with the arrow straight down! Finger prick: 3.4! I've never had a hypo like this at this time of day.

    Usually I see where things went wrong but not a clue this time.
     
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  4. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    Just use water, mate. Alcohol falsely lowers blood glucose readings - we never use them on the ambulance.
     
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  5. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    @chris85 type 1 - here’s the reference from our paramedic guidelines

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  6. chris85 type 1

    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    just checked using a wipe it said 5.9
     
  7. chris85 type 1

    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    just washed my hands and it says 4.4
     
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    just re-checked 4.2 i was told in hospital to use them
     
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    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @LooperCat and i can't find any info on the web
     
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    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i'm a prepper i always make sure i have what need and them some
     
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    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @LooperCat please don't think i'm arguing it's just things i need to know and share xxx
     
  12. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What I’ve learned today.
    Ophidiophobia is not as common arachnophobia. :mad::mad::mad:
     
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  13. LooperCat

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    I gave you a peer reviewed journal reference. They’re not used in the NHS any longer because of this, however outdated advice is often given, an many of us can testify. Soap and water is perfect; just water is fine. Also, constant use of alcohol will dry out and thicken the skin over time, making it harder to get blood, and eventually causing the skin to harden and crack, which is an infection risk.

    When we take a patient’s blood glucose level we use a bit of wet tissue if we’re in the home; some gauze with water from the injections kit when we’re on the ambulance. That’s the current (as of 2019) guideline.
     
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  14. chris85 type 1

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    sorry do you want me to remove that picture ??
     
  15. chris85 type 1

    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    just think iv'e had 2 sets of paramedics come to me this year no gauze or tissue were used to check my sugar level only some kind of wipe. I'm not trying to say your wrong please don't think that i listen to you but like i said they are for when i'm not at home and unable to wash my hands who knows what i might get on my hands while i'm out there oh and i was told to use them many many moons ago
     
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    Also, alcohol won’t get rid of sugar or food matter from the skin, it will just kill some/most of the microbes on there. It’s a bactericide, not a substitute for hand washing. It works by drying out and rupturing bacterial cells as it evaporates, combined with the rubbing action. Perfect for cleaning skin prior to IV cannulation on already cleaned skin because you’re going deep, pointless for a fingerprick. If you’re determined to use a wipe rather than just wash your hands, try “diawipes” as they’re designed for this purpose but are pricey.
     
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    Most definitely not.
    We had an incident a while back on the forum.
    A picture of a spider scared and upset some people. It seems ( at the moment) that snakes are not so scary.:)
     
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  18. LooperCat

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    Some trusts do have just water wipes for this purpose. Recent research, which has been incorporated into the paramedic code of practice specifically says not to use them. Screenshots from the 2019 JRCALC which all uk paramedics must adhere to.


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  19. chris85 type 1

    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    if you wipe anything with something wet and clean sugar will be moved..........fact
     
  20. chris85 type 1

    chris85 type 1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    so why did it tell me i was at 5.9 then after soap and water 4/4 and on the re-check 4.2 all done within 10 mins of each other i don't get it
     
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