Scott's Blog – November 2008 Archive (9)

The wall

/vent on



I continue to have problems with infusion sets, now on the Sure-T type. I seem to get a lot of clogged cannulas/needles and I'm beginning to wonder if my body is actually going to allow me to use this damn thing. I'm constantly worrying about whether I'm getting what I am supposed to be getting. I guess this is the wall. I have to decide whether or not to continue with this, right now it is causing me more anxiety than the problems that got me started pumping in the first… Continue

Added by Scott on November 24, 2008 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Flirtin' with disaster

Well, last night I tried something that I hadn't tried before. Did it on my own, without discussing it with my CDE. Results? Disaster!! LOL, I tried a dual wave bolus... won't do that on my own again without a little assistance. Let's just say I did some ballpark type calculations and it turned out to be a big ballpark.



But other than that, and I can really only blame myself, things are going better. I'm trusting the pump more and starting to think more like a pumper, I believe, but… Continue

Added by Scott on November 20, 2008 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Wasn't there a song about Monday's?

I can almost remember it, eventually, it will push it's way to the front and I'll remember...



Well, the new infusion sets seem to be working somewhat better, but I am starting to think that there are certain areas on my stomach that will cause me problems if I use them, specifically the area within about 4 inches of my belly button. Anyone else noticed something like that?



In this area, I tend to get lots of occlusions and bleeds. I changed sets on Sunday morning and when… Continue

Added by Scott on November 17, 2008 at 8:35am — 5 Comments

today

Today's frustration is the infusion sets. I'm using the Silhouette set from Medtronic, but always seem to have trouble getting it in properly, even after changing to a steeper angle. I primed last night, and am about to load up my 5th cannula since then. It doesn't look like it is leaking (no blood, can't smell it, looks like it is still adhered properly), but my sugars were just 325, I had a 290 and a 340 last night. I injected some insulin again to bring it down, but am going to ask about… Continue

Added by Scott on November 12, 2008 at 9:31am — 3 Comments

Another day...

Well, things continue to progress, more fine tuning, more to come...



It's getting easier to trust the pump as I continue to see results. A week ago, I was about ready to have a re-boxing party



I got my Carelink USB (I am on the Minimed Paradigm) dongle last night and promptly found that my operating system on my PC at home is incompatible (64-bit Windows XP). It will work on the kids PC, which is Vista, but Vista is such a pain in the rear, I decided I'd load it up at… Continue

Added by Scott on November 11, 2008 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Definately better

This weekend seemed to go well, there's still seems to be quite a bit of fine tuning to do, but that is to be expected.



I am enjoying not having to take shots and not remember to bring my insulin. You'd think that after so many years, I could remember to bring insulin with me, but, I swear, there are days when things not physically attached to my body don't come with me. An added bonus of the pump.



I've been wearing it stuck into my front pants pocket, which seems to work… Continue

Added by Scott on November 10, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Now it is better (maybe)

Well, the Medtronics trainer I talked to solved my main problem over the phone yesterday afternoon. It was the insertion angle of my cannula. I needed a steeper angle so the insulin would be delivered deeper in. Lo' and behold! I actually had a bolus work. I had an appointment with her this morning, but we ended up covering some other things about pumping since things seem to be working better.



Now, maybe we can get some good data to work with on getting things straightened out. I… Continue

Added by Scott on November 6, 2008 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

it just keeps getting better

wow, am I frustrated now....



I have yet to see this damned thing perform a bolus that seems to do what a bolus should... you know that whole "lowering your blood sugar" thing



I'm pretty sure I am ketotic now... got all the fun symptoms tiredness, thirst, cranky (more than normal), a little nausea now and again.



And guess what? my CDE is out of the office until Friday. I called into my doc's triage nurse, hopefully I'll hear back soon. I am getting to the point… Continue

Added by Scott on November 5, 2008 at 6:51am — 11 Comments

Surviving the first weekend

Ok, important tip to lower frustration and help preserve what little sanity you have left. NEVER start pumping on a Friday afternoon without someone to talk to over the weekend. My CDE had me down for CGM training, not pump training.



My first infusion set got clogged, my boluses were not delivering ANYWHERE near enough insulin, I had trouble getting the priming done after I changed sets, all those rookie things... By 10pm on Friday nite, I had disconnected the pump and taken my… Continue

Added by Scott on November 4, 2008 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

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