Saturday, June 30, 2007

Happy pumping

I've been on the pump for almost 3 weeks now. I'm loving it! Where have I been before? Oh, ya, right, I was fighting my doctors to allow me to go on the pump, which took 7 months. But nevertheless, I'm on, I'm happy, I never felt more free with diabetes in my life.

My sugars calmed down and my insulin intake decreased dramatically. When I just started a reservoir of 1.8 (MiniMed Paradigm 522) lasted me only a couple of days, now I can go on it for four full days, in my diabetes experience that's impressive. It all goes so easily, the set changes, the boluses. I'm still figuring out the clothing part in terms of where to attach the pump and at least hide the tubing. I gave up on hiding the pump itself, it just doesn't work, so I wear it proudly clipped to my jeans pocket most of the time. But if I can still manage to wear this
without my pump crushing any lines or the color theme, I'm happy!

However, there was one thing that was of a big surprise and confusion. One of the reasons for me to switch to the pump was my so annoying dawn syndrome. So I was all prepared and ready to set an extra heavy basal rate for the night time, instead I found out that even the day time rate was too much. My dawn syndrome turned into waking-up-low-every-morning syndrome. I wake up with the sugar of 3 (54)! How did that happen? Have any of you experienced anything similar? I'm guessing Lantus really didn't do much for me.

I lowered my night basal yesterday but still woke up low this morning, so I'm going to lower it even more, we'll see. It's a good feeling though to realize that I need less insulin instead of more.

In the other, non-diabetic, news it's summer time! and my sister, whom I love to pieces, is coming next week to start her summer holidays with me! Yey!!! She just finished her first year at university and is a bit of a greenish color according to my mom, and I've been struggling with my health for almost the whole year, so we are both in desperate need of a good vacation. We'll stay in the Hague for a week and then will go somewhere really warm and do nothing but lay on the beach and drink cocktails the whole day long :) and lots of girl talk of course. I can't wait!

And my dear kitten received so many compliments lately that I thought I'd post another picture of this cute face over here :)


Major Bedhead said...

That is a beautiful cat!

Maybe you weren't having dawn phenomenon, maybe you were rebounding from lows before. Or maybe the Lantus wore out quicker than it says it does. I don't know - I didn't experience that when O went on the pump. But less insulin is good, right?

type1emt said...

During my brief forays with Lantus,I sometimes had that problem(higher morning bgs) depending on when you inject it, it can be wearing off, etc. That's why some people inject it twice a day.
Hope you figure out those night time rates soon.

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Just a quick note to tell you that I am very happy for your pump sucess!

Bernard said...


I'm so happy for you that the pump is working well. And the fact that you're taking less insulin probably means that you're seeing less swings also, which must be good.

You may find that you need two basal rates at night. One from 10 PM until 3 or 4 AM. And then a higher one for about 90 minutes to 2 hours to help you with dawn phenomenon. Don't be surprised if that takes time to work out.

Bams said...

Hi Sasha! Great news about the pump.
As far as your mornings it just takes time. I found the very same thing happened to me with my mornings; I thought I was having a dawn effect but I'd wake up in the 50's or 60's uggg! I am still figuring it out but at the time being I have a slight basal rate increase from 1.05 to 1.2 between 3:30 and 6am. That seems to have helped, but some mornings I still wake up lower than I'd like.
Good luck with it!