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Using a pump AND a Libre Freestyle

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by clarehayward, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. clarehayward

    clarehayward Type 1 · Member

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    Hello everyone

    I wonder how many of you pump users have used or are using the Libre sensor alongside your pump, as it obviously doesn't speak to any pump. I just wondered what you found where benefits, how many of you are self funding or how many have got funding.

    Clare, Type 1 38 years, pumping 6.5 years
     
  2. Gaz-M

    Gaz-M Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @clarehayward I'am using the Libre along side my pump (accu-chek insight) benefits are not really having to night time basal test, being able to get a rough idea where my bloods are and to treat any upcoming lows or highs whilst at work (I am a Chef) so getting time to finger prick is a little arkward, the list can go on and on.

    I self funded for around 6 months then stopped but then tried the Dexcom G6 which was a big help with the alarms, I got funded from the hospital last month and bought a MiaoMiao to kinda turn the Libre into a CGM instead of a FGM.

    Hope this answers some of the things you wanted to know
     
  3. clarehayward

    clarehayward Type 1 · Member

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    Thanks Gaz. Yes, this does help me and answer some of my questions, so thanks for that. I've also got the Accu-Chek Insight :) you're a lot more ahead than I am. I've just had a 2 week trial and love the quickness of the blood tests and seeing the over night patterns. Wanted to make sure I'm not missing any tricks as I have just bought another set of sensors to carry on for a bit.
     
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    I occasionally use a Libre with my pump.
    I do this to check my basal settings; effectively making it easy to do basal test.
    I also use it to check when the peaks are after eating certain meals. This has resulted in me combi-bolusing over a longer period for pasta and delaying my bolus for chocolate, for example.

    I tend to do this every other month as things change (such as my diet for different times of the year).

    I do not use the Libre for correction boluses. I always prick before any dose as I do not trust the accuracy of the Libre.
     
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  5. fairylights

    fairylights Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use a libre alongside a pump (medtronic 640g). I can take my BGL much more frequently with the libre and see what is happening with my blood sugar, I often use the temp basal on my pump to drop or increase the rate depending on what my BGL is doing. I also use to to do basal testing and for bolusing (on me so far it always very accurate to finger pricks). I have aso used it to change settings to eat particular foods and meals - like I couldn't eat breakfast before but now I can eat porridge and stay in target. It's fab don't know how I'd manage without it.
     
  6. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    When I went on to a pump, I already had a Libre, and it made the whole exercise significantly easier. Even though I'd adjusted my basal requirements down by 25% from Levemir, it provided instant feedback that they were still too high, so I was able to make on the fly adjustments that made it a lot less hypo prone.
     
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