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Re: [IPk] Light at the end of the tunnel?

Hi Jackie,

I remember so well this feeling, we were going through this about 3 months
ago. Our 4 year old started on the pump in January and by Easter I felt
exactly as you describe. So I hope you'll be relieved to hear that once we
had more of the technical difficulties under control and started to see some
improvement there was a kind of snowball effect as the sugars improved.
We're now 5 months in and have the greatest stability we've had since
diagnosis, doing 5 or 6 tests a day, few hypos, and now can tell much more
quickly when a high sugar is likely to be the result of technical problems,
or when a growth spurt is starting, or a new food has had an ill effect, and
can deal with problems more quickly without getting into a downward spiral.
So hang in there, it will get better,

I think the main thing that we did to try and start bringing things under
control when we felt iwe didn't know what to do next was to have a few days
similar to when first starting on the pump when we had a strict routine,
simple easy to carb count foods, not too much variation in diet or activity
and this seemed to help start the improvements.

Good luck,

2008/6/18 <email @ redacted>:

> Hi everyone,
> My son Owain (aged 7) has had his pump now for about 9 weeks, and after
> the initial euphoria of finally getting one has worn off, we're beginning
> to wonder how long it'll be before he sees some improvements in his
> overall glycaemic control.  We didn't have unrealistic expectations
> (despite all the wonderful stories from people whose life was turned
> around overnight by their pump!), but it seems so far to be much harder
> work than MDI with not much to show for it so far.
> Owain tests about 15 times in a 24 hour period (including some overnight
> tests that we do when he's asleep) which is twice as much as he did
> previously.  He's also getting just as many hypos (about 22 a month).
> High BG's are much easier to sort out with the pump, BUT most of the
> highs he's had have been due to problems with bent cannulas, blood in the
> cannula, or site problems (most recently blisters which had burst and
> formed a puddle under the cannula attachment, somehow preventing the
> insulin delivery).  So the poor soul has had several injections over the
> last few weeks!  Because so many of these out-of-range readings are due
> to technical problems rather than diabetes management, we haven't been
> able to establish any reliable trends to use for adjusting his basal
> rates.
> At clinic last week (resembled a revolving door - his consultant kept
> saying "I'm very conscious of the time", obviously needed to get away
> somewhere, but still took two calls on her mobile!) - she glanced at the
> data we had and had no useful comments to make, aside from "you can
> always go back to injections if you want to".  We don't want to!  Owain
> loves his pump and we are determined to sort out the problems - we have
> ordered some more different infusion sets to try and will keep on with
> the round the clock testing.  But I was just wondering if anyone else had
> a difficult time initially and how long it takes to start reaping the
> benefits..............
> Jackie  (tired and grumpy - sorry!!)
> .
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