So as you can see I am all connected and into my first 24 hours of pumping! I had a bit of an information overload yesterday so decided to steer away from an update till this morning. Although now I fear I am about to give you an information overload...
The pump training took about 4.5 hours yesterday and by the end of that I was all set up and on the bus back home. One of my first jobs was to find a spare cupboard for all my pump paraphernalia, my flat was getting over taken by boxes of infusion sets...
My pump is an Animas 2020 (in silver), filled with Novorapid and I'm currently using the Inset II 60 mm infusion set. My trainer advised to stick to the basics for now, so one basal rate, one insulin sensitivity factor and one carb to insulin ratio. It's kind of like starting again and if you go in with all different rates and ratios and don't get it correct (I think it would be a miracle if you did!) it's harder to work out what factor you need to change. So here's my set-up:
Basal: 0.600U/HR (a 20-25% reduction on my basal rates with injections)
Insulin Sensitivity Factor (ISF): 1 unit lowers 3mmol/l
Insulin to Carbs Ratio (I:C): 1 unit = 10g carbs
I doubted that these settings would be suitable for me for the entire day, but I was willing to try it and see what happened.
I rang my nurse, Amy, before she left the hospital for the day to update her on my blood glucose (7.6) she had previously told me that I would probably run a bit high for the first few days so I was surprised I was getting lower readings. She recommended that with my evening meal bolus I override what the pump suggested if I felt it was too much. Which I ended up doing, in fact I halved my insulin to carb ratio. Despite the lows my results are looking good, my blood glucose already feels more steady, although I don't know if this is completely the effects of the pump or just because I am concentrating so much on it at the moment!
(all results in mmol/l)
16:45 - 7.6
18.15 - 2.3
18.30 - 3.2
19.55 - 5.4
20.35 - 7.3
22.50 - 7.8
01:00 - 8.7
04:30 - 12.3
08:15 - 7.1
09:25 - 10.2
11:20 - 10.8
Don't worry I won't be letting you know every single result every hour of the day...
I'm going to see what this afternoon brings now, see if we have a repeat episode of yesterday and if we do I have evidence to suggest introducing another setting. I stocked up on supplies last night just in case, cupboards full of juice and jelly babies!