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Unusual causes of severely increased insulin needs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skye Nov 10, 2013. 15 Replies

The immediate issue: in the last two months, my BG average has climbed from 160 to 204 (standard dev consistent around 50). Clearly, I need to add more insulin, BUT I ALREADY HAVE! My average total…Continue


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Allergic to Insulin

Are you plagued by itchy welts where you inject or infuse insulin? Have any other odd symptoms which may be allergy related? Share your frustrations and success in managing this allergy here.See More
Dec 12
Jen left a comment for Skye
"Hey! So glad to know that you've found a solution that's working for you. :) I am on the verge of going the same route. I'm seeing my endocrinologist tomorrow and am going to see if he has any ideas, but although the metal sets were…"
Dec 11
Skye replied to Jacob's mom's discussion 'Questions about 16 year old son, job, college ....'
"Ah, to be 16 again... NOT! Just thinking about it makes my stomach hurt! My two cents: I would have died of mortification and secretly found a new job if my mom had ever decided to talk to my boss(es)!! A first job is nerve-wracking enough to try to…"
Oct 20
Skye replied to Scott's discussion 'T Slim Pump'
"Diabetes Specialty Center... good to know! Since Tandem started selling infusion sets I've been getting stuff through them, but its good to know there's more options now! I'm glad there's a traveling trainer now, I'm in…"
Sep 28
Skye and diabeticdoll are now friends
Sep 21
Skye replied to Marga's discussion 'Waterproof case for Dexcom G4???' in the group Dexcom Users
"I use one of these, SealLine See Case (small) which is an almost perfect fit, and sometimes one of these, Topeak Smartphone Dry Bag for 4-5inch screen phones depending on what I'm doing.  The Topeak bag comes with a…"
Aug 4
Skye replied to lisa's discussion 'Anyone using symlin with the V-GO disposable insulin Pump'
"Hi Lisa! Any update on how this works for you, or maybe how it didn't work? I got into a "heated discussion" with my doctor a few weeks ago about how I thought symlin was kind of stupid if only injected at meals since his (fully…"
Jul 1
Skye replied to Alycat's discussion 'Tips for water parks?' in the group Pumping Our Insulin
"My go-to method is to just disconnect, and bolus often (every hour or two) for meals and corrections. I never used Lantus pre-pump though, so that didn't seem like a good option, and I'm only ever disconnecting for a day when I'm out…"
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"Minimed's line is only water-resistant to a point and only for so long.... I used a couple different models of Minimed's Paradigm series over the course of 8 years, and although in the early days I had managed to flip a kayak accidentally,…"
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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Date diagnosed
February 20, 1991
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Tandem t-slim
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I love nectarines but not peaches, I sleep best in my sleeping bag, I am easily frustrated by things that are inefficient, and I hate lima beans.

I'm happily living in Fairbanks, Alaska, and cringe at the thought of leaving, except that everytime we go "outside" I remember how much better and cheaper the fruit is everywhere else. I work by day as a psuedo-accountant (I do accounting, basic HR, budgeting, reporting, editing... all things administrative) at the local University, and by night I'm learning how to fix/build/repair a house. My favorite chore is splitting wood, my least favorite power tool is the chain saw. Luckily, I live with an Awesome Person who is more than happy to do my share of chain-sawing, and to teach me how to do all of that fix/build/repair stuff.

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At 8:42pm on December 11, 2014, Jen said…

Hey! So glad to know that you've found a solution that's working for you. :) I am on the verge of going the same route. I'm seeing my endocrinologist tomorrow and am going to see if he has any ideas, but although the metal sets were working well at first, I'm finding I have the same problems as I was having with plastic sets (not even lasting two days, lots of unexpected highs, lots of irritation around the sites that lasts for days after removal). The pump has helped me SO much that even if I give it up I would give it another chance and only take a few months off to see if it had any positive impact on my control.

The only real connection I've found between my allergies (in general) and my site reactions is that I go through periods where my allergies overall just seem worse and I seem like I react to everything (food, environment, contact), and other periods where my allergies are much calmer. Not sure what triggers it, but maybe a combination of food and environment and accidentally missing medications sometimes. I find most of my reactions to foods pretty obvious (rashes, throat tightness/irritation, coughing, anaphylaxis), but I still break out in random rashes nad such sometimes and think I'm probably still eating something I'm allergic to. I have yet to find an allergist who is actually good, unfortunately... It seems all of the adult allergiests know about seasonal allergies and that's about it. If you're not the standard adult with a few seasonal allergies it's almost like they don't quite know what to do with you.

At 7:43pm on March 9, 2014, Jen said…

I probably discovered blogs in about 2004, I think, maybe Six Until Me or one of the other early ones. In 2005 I was going through a major diabetes burnout phase and a friend suggested I search for a diabetes forum to talk to others, so I did. It was the first contact I'd had with other Type 1s since I was a kid, and actually I never would have gone on the pump if it hadn't been for interacting with pumpers online.

I've heard that stress can cause rashes and such, so it wouldn't surprise me if they're somehow related. Actually, I'm slaving away on my thesis this weekend and freaking out because I should have had it sent to my supervisor yesterday, and my allergies have been terrible! I've been taking an extra-strength oral antihistamine and antihistamine eye drops and I am still miserable. I assumed it was spring just beginning to start, but maybe it's from stress. I think mild food allergies play a part in mine, too. I was recently diagnosed with this allergic-inflammatory throat condition which is apparently linked to food allergies, so I'm off for testing in a month. In a way I actually hope they find something, if it would help with my allergies overall. I already have one severe food allergy so am already used to reading labels, and I'm getting desperate enough (medications don't really help much anymore) that I'm willing to try almost anything.

At 8:37am on March 9, 2014, Jen said…

I've only been pumping for 7 years, so not quite as long as you. I also seriously think my pump allergy issues negatively affect my control. Can't count the number of times I've had high readings and had to remove a site because it's so itchy! It's much better now since switching to metal sets, but I still find the metal a bit itchy. Do you have problems with allergies overall? I have a ton of allergy problems (food, seasonal, environmental, asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis) and I think they are all related. I use mmol/L for my readings since I'm in Canada, but I've hung around on online forums enough that I can pretty much convert to mg/dl (and back) in my head. Here's something - I discovered the DOC in 2005. What was your year? :)

At 5:56pm on February 11, 2013, Linda G said…

We're so happy that you're finally here!
Welcome home Skye!!
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends.
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups". Once in,
click on "all groups". You can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the
space provided.
Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
The resource boxes at the top of the home "Home" page, and
"About us" at the very bottom of your page and every page (the footer), offer you more information still.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on right now!
Take care....and keep in touch!

At 5:38pm on February 11, 2013, Stemwinder (Gary) said…

Welcome Skye, This is a place where we come together to support each other. To share our problems and experiences and to help each other. There are groups for people with like circumstances or interest. Blog posts where members convey their thoughts and experiences. And there are the forums where we come together for discussions.

This is a place to come for understanding from other people with diabetes.

Please feel at home, you are with friends.

At 4:46pm on February 11, 2013, SEAGATOR said…

WELCOME to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. Please read the BLOGS the FORUMS and check out the many GROUPS for much valuable advice and information. WELCOME!!!

At 2:47pm on February 11, 2013, brokenpole said…

Welcome to the family! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of all you will learn that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and even to vent to, if needed. Welcome home.

At 2:06pm on February 11, 2013, Marie B said…

Hello Skye, welcome to the community! here's a page with lots of info about us, let me know if you have any questions.




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