Hi everyone! I started on my Accu-Chek Spirit Combo pump about 3 weeks ago and am having a rollercoaster of a time. I have been as high as 21.0 through boluses not being added up properly and sensitivity changing (and my ever-changing dawn phenomenon!!!) and sometimes down to 3 in the middle of the night. Just as I thought I had straightened my basal rate out, something makes them screw up... I guess I'm just feeling a bit down about it. I fought hard for 9 months to get the funding from the NHS for this pump and I suppose I feel bad for not getting on with it as well as I should. I just feel ready to pack it in.
I am also experiencing a very bruised and sore feeling ALL the time around my cannula - I am currently using Rapid-D 6mm steel cannulas as I thought that the flexi ones would be too mcuh hassle at this early stage. When i take it out, there is not bruising, but when it is inserted it feels very tender and sometimes sore to the touch... I am wondering if this is just me????? I have moved my sites all around my absomen and there is not insulin absoroption problem or occlusion. I hope there are others out there like me. I am going to try the 8mm ones to see if it makes a difference.
I was wondering if it may be to do with the fact that my tummy is a little pudgy and when i sit at my desk all day the cannula is sort of squished by the little roll of fat on my tummy?? Is this plauisble? I'm thinking about trying my bum as a new site!!!
I am just looking for a little reassurance that I am not a big screw up and that things should get at least a bit easier!!!! And also any advice to straighten things out.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! I have been diabetic for 20yrs and been on the pump for almost 3 yrs...I have problems pop up all the time! For example...since the 1st of the month I have experienced 10 low bs...I havent had this kind of trouble in a long time! Our bodies change and therefore adjustments have to be made...the one thing that gets easier (for me) is how I react to these changes...it gets frustrating for sure (i took my pump off the other day and threw it on the couch) but I no longer react in fear...I know that it going to take some attention but I will figure it out (with the help of others) and make the adjustments and carry on.
20 years later I still get frustrated, angry and scared...but we get through it!!
Give it some time ... Having a pump is a blessing but it takes time and patience to be
in the know of it ! ----
These are some good tutorials on how to hide the pump depending on what you are wearing ! I hope they work out for you !
dresses with pockets : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4VERJwNdNk
skirts and dresses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGh99Oshs8s
with jeans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUS_RuCQGpI
exercise clothes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGbdh680OoA
Hope everything workds out well !