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Re: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V2 #957 Re: BG levels

Can anyone help? Paul my son has been pumping insulin 1 week he is using 
Rapid D6 cannula what do people use on the cannula site to get the plaster 
off there skin.
Karen Hagreen
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Aisling" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2005 11:16 PM
Subject: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V2 #957 Re: BG levels

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> Hi Pat,
> I don't take steroids but sounds like I am suffering with the same cold 
> you
> have - must be going around!
> I generally treat everything over 6.5 as a high. That's what I love about 
> the
> pump - if I do a fingerprick and my BG is 7.5 or 8, I can bolus between 
> 0.3 and
> 0.6units of insulin and my BG will drop back to 6. If I was still on 
> multiple
> daily injections I would ignore those readings.
> I think it is the ability to regularly bring my BG back into the normal 
> range
> that enables me to have an A1C of 5.9% (upper limit of normal in the lab 
> where
> my test is done) since going on the pump, while also decreasing the number 
> of
> hypos I have compared to my pre-pump days.
> I dont accurately carb count - I prefer to just "eyeball" food and make my 
> best
> estimate, then learn from my fingerpricks and correct my BG if it's not on
> target.
> Last year I completed the BG awareness training course at 
> www.BGAThome.com.
> It's aimed at helping people who have little or no awareness of 
> hypoglycemia.(I
> lost the adrenergic/adrenaline-induced symptoms of hypos 4 years ago). I 
> wish I
> could have done that course years ago when i was first diagnosed - it 
> would have
> saved me learning some of the points covered on the course the hard way! 
> (eg. by
> ending up in casualty after going hypo in the middle of the night).
> One of the (useful??) things I discovered, was that whenever my BG is at 8 
> or
> very slightly above I feel nauseous. I used think this was just a 
> coincidence
> but it does seem to happen everytime. I can also sometimes feel nauseous 
> if my
> BG is below 4 (but then I would usually have a headache as well)so I 
> usually
> check my BG before I take a correction bolus.
> But if my BG rises above 8 to 12 or more and then stays there I dont feel
> nauseous, just tired.
> If my BG falls below 4 during the night I wont wake up because I dont feel 
> any
> symptoms of low BG. But sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night 
> feeling
> restless and nauseous and when I check my BG it is nearly always 8 or 
> slightly
> above!? I take a correction bolus of 0.3-0.5 units, wonder why on earth a 
> BG of
> 8mmol would wake me up!!??, and then go back to sleep.
> Does anyone else experience this or know what is it about 8mmol/l that 
> makes me
> experience symptoms at that level? Is it to do with becoming adapted to 
> whatever
> our average BG is (mine is usually between 7 - 7.8)?
> Does anyone else find that your BG level can affect your ability to
> concentrate/ perform at your best during exams or aptitude tests? My BG 
> level
> (once its not at an extreme level - under 3.8 or above 15) doesnt seem to 
> affect
> me during written exams where I am relying on recalling information from 
> memory.
> But I find that to do my best during a (timed/competitive) aptitude test I 
> need
> to keep my sugars stable at a level close to normal (5-10).
> Has anyone else experience of this - and how would you cope during a
> competitive exam in order to keep your BG on target but not get so 
> stressed
> worrying about BG levels that you can't concentrate and your BG starts to 
> rise?
> Can anyone tell me what is the difference between the BGAT training course 
> and
> the UK course that was mentioned here a while ago - I cant remember what 
> it's
> called (is it "DEWAR" ??)
> Thanks,
> Aisling
> Type 1 12+ years, MM508 1+
> email @ redacted wrote:
> Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 07:53:10 +0000
> From: Pat Reynolds <email @ redacted>
> Subject: Re: [IPk] More creaking bits...<G>
> What does seem to be working (a little) for me is correcting everything
> over 5 as a 'high', rather than waiting until over 7.5 as I used to do.
> I now have a much worse cold (with temperature, mild nausea, etc.) and I
> haven't taken the steroid.....
> Cheers,
> Pat
> dm 30+, 508 3+
> - -- 
> Pat Reynolds
> email @ redacted
> "It might look a bit messy now,
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