Bad with the pump


(ethan3695han) #1

Before i got on the pump every thing was so smooth A1C was great and i felt great.When i first got the pump i felt like i had just got a present on my birthday or christmas morning,i was so excited.Things went smoothy at first but then i became lazyer and lazy and stoped counting carbs and was very dependent with the pump. Soon my A1C spiked from 6.6 to 8.6.So my point is that they say that pumps create better tighter control but for me it was the oppisite.Any on have any advice for better pumping of diabetes control in general.


(garcia26) #2

You're right. It's SO easy to get lazy when you're on the pump. Ok, so it's easy not to realize it, but the more you depend on your pump, the easier it is to get screwed by it. I mean, ultimately, it just makes life that much easier. We both know that. I have been on the pump for 2 years and have been getting extremely lazy. I haven't been checking my sugars ... maybe once a day. It's terrible, I know. BUT just last week, it definitely caught up with me. It's a long story, but I was going home to Orlando from Gainesville for a day trip with my fiance. Well, it turned out to be A LOT longer than that. While we were on our way home, I told my fiance that I must be getting car sick. I knew the awful feeling a little too well. It was keytones and I didn't need a urine check to confirm it. We kept driving and the last hour felt ..... horrible to say the least. When we got to the house, I ran inside and went immediately to the bathroom. Long story short, I could not stop vomitting from 2 p.m.-12:30a.m. My blood sugars were going everywhere. I told my fiance I needed to get to the ER. Heck, I shouldn't have been as stupid as to wait that long, but I did :(

We got into the ER rather quickly and by 1:30 a.m., I was in the ER with 160+ keytones. I was admitted into the ICU and put on an insulin pump. I was there from early Wednesday morning till Friday night. I felt and still do feel a lot better, even a week later. Every hour, they came in and checked my blood sugar and ran blood work.

Moral of the story: DO NOT get this lazy EVER. It's NOT worth it. Scary part about it was that it could really be anything to set you off ... ANY virus. It may not even show physical signs, that's the freakiest part. It takes over your body. Don't let it get to this point. Don't be as stupid and naive as I was. I thought that since I'm young (22), nothing could ever happen. Wrong!

I've learned my lesson and have been checking my blood sugars ever hour. I would suggest you set the alert for 1-2 hours after you eat. Exercise is also essential. I know it's easier said than done. I understand people are busy. You don't even need to devote a lot of time. If you park further away, that's some exercise. If you go to a theme park, we all know you end up walking miles!

I hope I scared everyone enough to realize Diabetes NEVER goes away! Don't assume everything's fine because when you do, it'll creep up again. Take care of yourself.


(garcia26) #3

I meant insulin drip in the ICU.


(ethan3695han) #4

Thanks sooooo much.I mean im younger and i just got out of school for summer and especialy during this time i eat a lot and i bike sometimes but no enough to really keep my BG under control.Right now im visiting CA from PA and if anything goes wrong im a long way from home.My parents tell me to check my bg and exercise but it dosnt really fase me but hearing a story about the consequences...well i dont want to end up in the ER again. Thank you.


(garcia26) #5

Summer is hard. Your routine gets out of wack. Truth is, like most things, your parents are right. My mom does the same thing ... Constantly repeating to check my bs ... I've learned over the years to let it go through one ear and out the other. Sadly it took 5 years and my hard headedness to learn. I truly hope everything works well with you. Have fun but don't forget to take care of yourself!


(andrachels) #6

test, test, test. that's the best advice i could ever give.

i test at least ten times a day, and that's only the minimum.

because if you don't test often, then you can't catch your numbers on their way up, likewise with lows.

the more you test, the better off you are because you basically always know your blood sugar.

hope that helps(: