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Old 03-10-2017, 14:43   #1
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Good morning everyone,I am an 83 yr. old T2 for 12 years and just went on a pump in January and had a few problems but everything has worked out. Had problems with my first few changes with bent needles and had BG of 350 and one of 300, higher than I have ever been and went into full panic mode. Phoned Medtronic and was told to change the set again, this worked, the second time the CS rep ask what size needle was in the set, I said 9mm and she said that she world send me some 6MM to try and if the worked they would exchange my 9mm for 6mm, they came the next day and worked out OK so we exchange Quick Sets and all is well and I have had no more problems. As far as the pump goes they have me just giving myself a preset bolus which is no different than MDI but I am going to my Endo on Monday and he will read the pump and tell me how to use the Bolus Wizard and least I think and hop he does something as my numbers are still all over the place, two days ago my fasting was 158 yesterday 109 today 138. I test five times a day and try to eat well but also have CKD and a few other health problems so that may have some bearing on my numbers.
Glad I found this forum, I was on another forum which just disappeared for the web, went on another one and could not find out how to post.

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Welcome GS

I think you'll find this a friendly and helpful place. The diabetics here are determined to gain and maintain good blood sugar control, and we share what works for us.

We have several members who are on a pump. From what I have read of their posts, it does take some time to get everything calibrated.

Pumping Insulin by John Walsh is a book often recommended for those new to pumping. Might fill in some gaps and be a handy resource.
https://www.amazon.com/Pumping-Insul.../dp/1884804845

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Welcome Greysquirrel,

Sit back, relax grab some no carb treats and read some of the wonderful advice and experiences from the members here. Everyone here has a story to tell and something to learn...


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Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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Thanks for the replies and the link to the book you mentioned.

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Welcome!

I just started pumping this January too. The bolus wizard is quite helpful, does all the math for you, remembers your ratios based on the time of day and accounts for insulin that is still in your system.

When you first got your pump did you set it up yourself? Hopefully someone (most likely the Medtronic trainer) programmed it with your basal settings, insulin sensitivity (correction factor) and insulin:carb ratios? If none of that sounds familiar, call Medtronic and schedule a training session. I had someone come to my house and they spent 2 hours showing me how to use everything on my pump, what to do when it acts up, etc. The bolus wizards was something we practiced. The trainer will know _much_ more about how to use your pump than your doctor.

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Old 03-16-2017, 14:42   #6
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My Endo doe not want me to use the Bolus Wizard. My trainer set up the pump using the Docs instructions and let me use the meter to deliver the bolus amounts, my numbers were OK but not what I expected. Went to the Endo on Monday and my Ac1 was down from 7.1 to 6.9, not a big drop but going in the right direction. He programed the bolus amounts on what he saw on the printout from the pump and so far my numbers are better than they have been for years. My highest reading was 145 which is OK all others are between 80 and 120, just hope it stays that way.

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I'm a bit concerned why your doctor won't "let" you use the bolus wizard and is having you use a fixed amount of insulin per meal...

It is so much easier (especially with a pump) to take the right amount of insulin for what you are about to eat, than figure out how much you _have_ to eat to match a fixed dose. Hopefully your doc will have you start using the bolus wizard soon!

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My Doc. has me on four different bolus amounts and it seems to be working. I am not having problems with my BG as I wa

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