Ahh yeah, I wish mine was properly waterproof (copes with rain etc), but it's quite nice to take it off when I shower etc. I guess you have to choose what suits you best. I'm really surprised at how robust mine has been, been bashed and dropped etc and is still going!
No worries, hope you had a nice time :) I didn't get a choice, that is what Sheffield children's hospital decided is best and supply to the majority of their patients. Though looking around (I'm due for a replacement in October), it seems one I'd have picked anyway, got a big cartridge, simple to use and is quite light too :) what made you pick the one you are getting?
The only thing with the pump is adjusting your ratio's to match. I was told you're normally more reactive to insulin through a pump (don't know how true this is nationwide say), but I certainly was, my background total was almost half of what I was having in glargine, but it took a few months, and lots of fasting and night time tests to make sure I was happy! xx
I think it's just a case of practice makes almost perfect! haha. I've got to a point now where I'm just like 'I'll have that much insulin for *insert whatever i've just eaten*'. My consultant tells me off and tells me I should still be counting all my carbs etc but for me now it'd be too much hassle, with lectures and stuff especially, and as I said to him, my HbA1c is rarely above 7, so I'm obviously doing something right :) xx
I started when I was 13 I think, I did one of the trial runs for the course now called kick-off, which is aimed at younge children, so that will have been in 2005 (I was diagnosed may 2000). Last summer I did the trial run of a course called WICKED, which is a mix of kick-off and Dafne and aimed at teenagers. I found a lot was what I learnt in the first trial I did, and had practised/learnt over the years of doing it, but was still nice to have a recap and it approached things a teenager may come across in life too, so I'd suggest doing that if you get chance! :) also the book called 'carbs and cals' I think, is useful, we were provided with one on the course and it's amazing! Tells you carbs in loads of different portions of food and gives you different portion sizes for each, which is useful :) xx
Ahh, haha, yeah, must have been chaos! This is the first new one I've had for years, I know my old one was from the Children's Hospital in Sheffield, and I've not been there for almost 4 years! Haha. Yeah, though my dad spoke to one of the stewardesses, and they let me do it in their kitcheny bit where they sort all the meals and stuff, they even pulled the curtains across for me! :) Injecting around the turbulence was always interesting though...xx
I put everything in my handluggage through the x-ray just not my pump, and all the insulin that's been in there has been okay :) i can't remember whether I took it off or not on the plane though. I have a feeling I left it on, but yeah, I remember flying quite a few times, the trips to America were worst cos I had to inject after the meal, always interesting on a plane! haha. I think as long as you have a decent customs letter (mine mentioned I was on a pump too), then you should be okay :) xx
They are delivered, usually within a couple of days :) impressed with the service you get from them tbh. I flew with it last year for the first time (due to not going abroad with my family since I got it), and I had a customs letter anyway (for the needles and other spares and supplies I my bag), and showed them that and asked them to carry my pump round (I was told it's best to not put it through the x-ray or metal detector), the women in England knew what it was, though when I was returning the maltese had a bit of an issue, but after showing them my cannula (in my stomach), they just waved me through and gave it back at the end, again with the customs letter. The only real issue was that I had to take batteries etc for it (which along with insulin can't be frozen, so they had to go in my hand luggage), which again the maltese didn't really like. The only other downside really is that I carry spare pens (novorapid which I was on before, with a pen, and glargine), needles, couple of batteries, some filled cartidges, a cannula, and most other stuff I may need, cos if it stops working, your sugars rise fast! I put it into a medium sized make-up bag type thing and carry it with me if I couldn't get home in a short period (e.g like to uni and when i go shopping etc. Hardly needed it but I know the day I go shopping without it is the day I will need it! xx
No problem, I was trying to reply to the thread you started but my phone was being funny about connecting to the internet :( Yes, 5 years this October I'll have had it so ready for an upgrade now :) Is it the same one (it'd be the newer one, the spirit combo I think they give out now)? It's really easy to get supplies if it it, we have an email address for them, and you literally just put in the email your name, number (like an I.D number) and what you want (usually a copy and paste from previous emails). I can't remember where I got the info from but I presume I got it with the pump. The first few months were hard, getting basal rates right and stuff was so difficult. The only time I've ever had a request for supplies altered is when they were having difficulty getting them through to the warehouse so were limiting everyone to a couple of months supply (i tend to order s3-4 months in one go as it's easier for me then every month, especially now I'm at uni). The first few months were really difficult for me, with the first week being the hardest week on both me and my parents (getting the basal rate right was reallly difficult and required lots of testing and patience!), at times I did think why did I bother with this, but long term it's really helped. And I was learning for the first few years with it, with every new situation etc.
Sorry for such a long paragraph but hoped that helps! xx
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