Jojojovich's Blog (6)

Advice to staying "even" using a pump?

I realize that I'm pretty outside the norm, among type 1s, I think anyway. I assume that most have an endo who they turn to (and I am assuming, as such, feel like they actually *can* get advice from them, or help to get everything "under control" or "even" (as I call it, while using / watching Dex/cgm.



I don't have one who I feel like I can use for advice, especially starting. True, I started the pump by myself, or, with a friend here that weekend who helped me set up the initial basal… Continue

Added by jojojovich on September 14, 2010 at 11:56pm — 2 Comments

Pump: How many basal rates do you rotate between?

I *just* started using a pump (Omnipod), and had a good basal rate established in the first 4 days or so, then my friend who came to town as I began left, throwing it all into question.



Then I started to wonder about how many basal rates people vary between, at various times? (I have two so far: with and sans [friend])



Given that you can switch between them without suspending, I am guessing that people may have several set up in advance for various "times", like stressful… Continue

Added by jojojovich on September 11, 2010 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

The effects of people, on your "control" ?

I feel super curious if others have encountered any oddities as I have, having just recently started using a pump (Omnipod), just a week ago.



I had used only Humalog MDI-ing for 5 days while basically fasting, eating only <5g carb with any food, then used those findings as my basal rates.



Before really starting the pump, I actually met with the pump educator and she advised starting way lower, but, over the first 4 days, I was high at most times and have ended up at… Continue

Added by jojojovich on September 10, 2010 at 2:22pm — 4 Comments

Fasting + initial pump settings -- does anyone do this when first using a pump?

I think I may finally be close to using / receiving an insulin pump. And in preparation I just early this morning (2am ish) decided to start using only Humalog to see if I could see basel rate patterns. (Long story, but the nutritionist / CDE I have been seeing all summer won't give me settings in spite of my almost killing myself documenting absolutely everything I have been doing, so I can get just that -- their settings).

So, I ended up thinking hey, I can do this…

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Added by jojojovich on August 11, 2010 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Listing somewhere of endocrinologists who have Type 1 ?

I recently wrote some regarding my difficulty being prescribed devices, both [Dexcom] cgm, and now a pump (want Omnipod). I have heard this often, though I am being made to jump through incredible hoops, and along the way, have been told that I am:

- struggling

- cannot drive a Maserati (referring to pump) when I don't even have the basics down

- not documenting things correctly (even though I am taking more than an hour each day documenting times, bg results, units of which insulin… Continue

Added by jojojovich on August 2, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Devices -- does anyone feel like they are told to jump through hoops to get devices?

I've had a lot of difficulty getting devices from Docs. First, it was

Dexcom. Long story. I finally have one.



Next, I've been trying to get an Omnipod. I am diabetic 35 years. GoodA1Cs. My endo in Chicago told me I need to attend 2-3 carb-counting classes, and then other classes. I didn't have time to get to them all before I left town for a summer job.



Summer, and I'm jumping through another doc's hoops, seeing them for everything they say they need from me, even… Continue

Added by jojojovich on July 24, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

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