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Re: [IPk] Swimming advice

Hi Diana & Stuart

Thanks a lot for the advice.  I'll give that a try.  What may be a problem
though is getting the kids out of the pool within a hour!  I suppose I could
always go back to the locker and  check my BG, adjust anything that needs to
be adjusted and then go back in again.  I'm using the Quick-Sets and I can't
see that there'd be any difference between having a bath/shower and


----- Original Message -----
From: "Diana Maynard" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Swimming advice

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> Hi Karen
> I used to swim a lot and found that I needed to completely switch off the
> pump about 45 minutes before I started swimming (otherwise there would be
> much insulin floating around in my body while I was swimming, given that
> Humalog peaks at about 1-2 hours). Disconnect before I got in the pool
> (obviously). I'd swim for about half an hour. When I got out I'd check my
> and unless it was low, I'd bolus about half a unit (because of the time
> thing again). I usually just leave my glucose tabs in the locker, and if I
> felt low I'd go back to the locker and get them, but generally you can
> them by the side of the pool (or a drink in a sports bottle). Note that
> you're usually not allowed to take glass bottles into the pool area, but
> plastic ones should be fine.
> The only way is to experiment and see what works for you. Personally I
> swimming drops my BGs quite a lot (I'd guess at least by 10 mmol/l in half
> hour).
> If for some reason I forgot to disconnect or switch off well in advance of
> swimming, I'd take around 20-30g fast acting carb first.
> Di
> On Sunday 23 February 2003 23:26, you wrote:
> > Hi everyone
> >
> > In case you don't know me I'm new to pumping - my one month trial on the
> > 508 is up next week.  Results have been interesting to say the least!
> > After a brilliant start things started to go a bit wobbly, but I've
> > to sort things out and I'm now running at a fairly constant BG of 5-8.
> >
> > Anyway, back to the question I need help with.  I am a great lover of
> > swimming and haven't been at all since going on the pump.  However, with
> > half term next week and two water-babes to occupy I was wondering if any
> > you have any advice as to what you do re disconnecting, taking extra
> > glucose and/or bolus beforehand.
> >
> > Any help that anyone can offer will be gratefully appreciated as I don't
> > want to upset the applecart this near to the end.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Karen
> > (ID 26y - pumping 3+ weeks, loving every minute and wondering how I ever
> > managed to get through the day feeling as lousy as I used to.)
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