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Re: [IPk] When am I going to start feel confident?
> Hi, Well, I've now been about 8 weeks on the pump and I am still
>lacking the confidence to 1) play with my basal rates (they are still at
>the levels first set for me) and 2) not panic every time I change the
>infusion set/insulin cartridge/batteries. I know that I need to get to
>grips with it, but keep panicking! My blood sugars improved dramatically
>when I started on the pump, but seem to have gone haywire the last 2
>weeks. I'm tending to run quite high 10-14 on average, and also swinging
>into hypo's. I have had 2 today in the last 6 hours. I beginning to
>think is it all worth it. Any support would be very welcome. Sorry if
>this sounds very negative, Shaz
Hi Shaz -
I think learning to use your pump is like learning to drive a car: some
take to it quickly, others need a lot of driving lessons, but still become
good drivers at the end of it all!
A book I have, the Insulin Pump Therapy Book, says that it can take up to 6
months before you really feel comfortable and can use your pump to its full
Have you got a good clinical team helping you adjust your basal rates? At
this stage you should probably be in touch with them quite a lot. Your
initial basal rates were really just a guess, and your body's need for
insulin tends to change quite a lot in the first few months, so you need to
work closely with your clinic.
Good luck - and less us know how it goes.
Best wishes -
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