SparkPeople Pumped for a better life with Diabetes Team Messageboard If you are a diabetic or someone who knows a diabetic who wears an insulin pump, then this is the place for you! We are here to help each other! SparkPeople Pumped for a better life with Diabetes Team Messageboard Spark Points and Bonus Spin! <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <BR> 100 Spark Points so far today... More to come. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> 25 Spark Points Bonus Spin! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> Bonus Spin Team Points awarded to Purmped for a better life with Diabetes. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:09:30 EST An invitation to visit my Spark Page! My Spark Page 2014 Update is posted. Please visit and share your comments and feedback. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I've also posted two new Blogs. Drop by to see them. Leave your input on my Blogs, too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_summary.asp?id=JLCONROD </link> <BR> <BR> <em>505</em> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:59:11 EST Back Again, Let's revitalize Pumpers! I have now been an Insulin Pumper for three years. Despite over 43 years with Brittle Type 1 Diabetes, my Medtronic Paradigm Revel 723 Insulin Pump has noticeably improved my control. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> January 2014 visit with my PCP (who is also a world-class Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Metabologist and CDE) was outstanding. Virtually no Diabetes complications other than hypoglycemia unawareness -- which is not uncommon when using Human Insulin which produces few hypo effect... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:47:40 EST Small savory snacks Hello all, <BR> <BR> Just started on Friday with the Animas Vibe - the new pump with integrated CGM. <BR> <BR> I realise I do sometimes need a small snack to keep me going to the next meal - 5 to 10g CHO. And while sometimes I am happy with dried mango or high cocoa content chocolate, often I want savory, not sweet. <BR> <BR> What do people recommend? It should have the keeping power of my sweet favourites. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 03:20:32 EST Insulin in your pump. Hello everyone. I am wondering if anybody else has as much trouble with endo doctors as I do. I also want to find out what everyone else uses in their pumps and what kind of pumps do you have. <BR> <BR> I wear a medtronic mini-med and have been using it for about 3 years now. I was almost forced into it by a very unscrupulous doctor (more like a used-car salesman). I stopped using him several months ago when he decided that he could scream at me in front of his staff...other patients...God.... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 02:27:37 EST Been a pump user for 4 years. I swim almost every day at 20-36 (mile) and do pool exercises for almost 1 hr. I wear a sensor (cmg) because I have hypoglycemia unawareness and my Medtronic pump is not water proof. This make it very danger-est for me. So I had to turn to my pump educator. So I am tiring different thing. 30 min before swim-set my temp basal decrease to 50% and if my BG's are under 150 before working out, I have a 15g snack if it over I do a correction. Because my work out is so intense the chance of me goin... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:16:12 EST What is on your plate today What will be on your plates today? How many of you plan ahead with your meals?? Do you plan the day before, by the week or just as it is coming to the hour? Have a great day today! <BR> Altheia Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:52:48 EST Private healthcare Well, I'm going to see a private (non-NHS) diabetes specialist, as the NHS seems to be completely useless now - hospital visits cancelled repeatedly, inane questions asked, decisions made on statistics that would make an archaeologist blush (archaeologists made tentative suggestions based on very small data sets, doctors make life-and-death decisions based on samples of one!) <BR> <BR> Anyone else 'gone private'? Sun, 12 Feb 2012 04:33:19 EST Hello Pumpers! Hope you all have a good weekend! Write about how you are doing, if you have some struggles/ good times to talk about!!!! <BR> Alteia Sat, 14 Jan 2012 02:58:51 EST Good Morning! "We should all have boundaries not barriers" Take charge of the person you are! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 04:09:57 EST A new day a new week! Hey pumpers let's get pumped up...... <BR> Any discussions you want to talk about??? <BR> How is pump working out for you??? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 07:04:50 EST CGMS - data sharing Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am seriously considering buying a CGMS system - either the Dexcom 7+, or the Navigator. <BR> <BR> I have the software for the Navigator, and would really like to see some data - could you share yours with me? <BR> <BR> Also, could anyone share software and data for the Dexcom? Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:53:28 EST Statins - latest news (for type 1s) Hello, <BR> <BR> Can anyone point me at the latest research on statins and type 1 diabetes? As in: any results showing that there are positive (or negative) outcomes on quality of life / life expectancy? Any research showing that a cholesterol-friendly diet has to be followed if statins are effective, or can one eat duck and double cream and cheese to one's hearts content? Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:45:49 EST 2012 Roll Call! It seems like no one is writing in this forum. What will Spark an interest in this discussion group???? <BR> HELP!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Altheia Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:29:00 EST Happy New Year! May we all find strength, love and compassion for ourselves and others in this coming year. <BR> Altheia (Crying Wolf) <BR> <BR> Taken for a Sioux Lakota Prayer! <BR> <BR> Aho Mitakuye Oyasin....All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer.... <BR> <BR> To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you. <BR> <BR> To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all founda... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:17:41 EST 4 days until New Years! Anybody got any plans????? Are you happy to see a New Year come in???? <BR> My plan is to babysit, turn the clock at 8pm to say it is 12 have a little celebration ringing in the new year for a 5 year old....hehehehe.... I will be happy to start this new year anew. I lost my beloved mother on my birthday in November. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 06:13:04 EST Good Morning! How is everybody? Anyone making New Years resolutions? Do you want to share any of them? Here are my top 4/10, To come to terms with the loss of my Mother; Get a new pump, Continue to learn about my new body, what looks nice and fits well, continue to learn the mechanics of my pouch. Continue my work as a Jewelry Designer and my work as a Donmestic Violence Advocate, Activist and Educator to stop the violence against womyn and children. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 03:24:18 EST What pump do you use? Disetronics Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:01:00 EST Holidays yeah or nay!!!! Any one having a difficult time during the holidays please feel free to contact me!! This time of year is hard or a lot of people. Let's support each other. If you need someone to talk to call me cell ( 508-308-3545) <BR> <BR> Altheia Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:16:12 EST Hello Any topics you would like to see covered???? <BR> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 18:54:52 EST FYI this is an article from Home › ABOUT DIABETES › Types of Diabetes › Type 1.5 <BR> Type 1.5 <BR> <BR> aka Slow Onset Type 1 and LADA <BR> <BR> Type 1.5 is one of several names now applied to those who are diagnosed with diabetes as adults, but who do not immediately require insulin for treatment, are often not overweight, and have little or no resistance to insulin. When special lab tests are done, they are found to have antibodies, especially GAD65 antibodies, that attack their beta cells. This sort of diabetes is... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:06:27 EST hello to all! My name is Althiea/ Journeywomyn! I will be leading this group from now on. Let's get active!!!!! Wed, 7 Dec 2011 09:55:19 EST New Delica-Have you tried it? I tried the new Delica Lancet Device by One Touch......I like that it is a soft hit on the finger and only gives a small amount of blood needed. My fingers have hurt less!! I like it better than my old device which had a lingering sore finger for days. I also like the way the old lancets plugs into the top of the new lancet. It has a sort of handle. It is those little things that make our lives easier that make us so happy! <BR> <BR> Have you tried it? Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:23:38 EST Omnipad pump users I would like to hear from anyone who is using, or has used and discontinued using, the Omnipad pump. I am considering buying one and would like to hear what you think about this product, good or bad. Thank You! This will help me make an better informed choice. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 21:53:04 EST Pump as a Type 1 or Type 2 Which are YOU? I am a type 2 Diabetic with a pump and it works FABULOUS and my control has never been better. I was wondering how many of you "Pumped for a better Life" are type 1 or or type 2? I saw a substitute Endo and he could not believe I was on a pump as a type 2. He was older doctor and maybe the new way of thinking is a pump is good for type 2's. What do you all think? Thu, 4 Aug 2011 14:09:49 EST Excited to begin my transformation! Hello! My name is Kerry and I joined SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago. I am determined to work towards (in no particular order): 1) Losing the 20 lbs I have gained over the past two years; 2) Actually adding some tone and definition to my body; 3) Becoming more healthy, which will help with overall management of Type I Diabetes; 4) Accepting myself for who I am and how I look! <BR> <BR> I really love this website and look forward to communicating with individuals with similar goals and stru... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:28:42 EST New Blog: One Month on Paradigm Revel Pump! Please read my latest blog, One Month on Medtronic Paradigm Revel Pump! <BR> <BR> I LOVE my pump! <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> <BR> John <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> P.S.: Happy Fathers Day to all the SparkPeople Pumper Dads and Granddads! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:43:04 EST Update: Medtronic Paradigm Revel pump on its way <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The Omnipod pump was not approved because they do not have a contract with Medicare. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I was approved for the Medtronic Paradigm Revel pump. I completed all the pre-authorizations and paperwork last Friday. My pump is ordered and scheduled to arrive Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I've written more about this on two most recen/t Blogs. Please visit my Spark Page and Blogs. I welcome your comments and feedback and really look forward to being ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 03:19:00 EST New Team Member waiting for Omnipod Pump. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I have had Type 1 DM for 40 years, treated with frequent bg tests (5+/day) and multiple daily injections (ICT) of bolus and basal insulins, currently Novolog bolus and Lantus basal. The Type 1 is brittle with wide standard deviation (spikes and severe dips, despite frequent testing, close control, careful diet, and adjustable bolus injections. <BR> <BR> I am in the final stages of Pre-Authorization for MedicareComplete HMO and Medicare coverage of Insulet's Omnipod ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 02:49:24 EST new team member I have been on the pump for 9 years now and love it. This new pumo I have now also has the continous glucose monitoring system. I love it. Its helping me keep up with my highs. It's the best. <em>334</em> Thu, 7 Apr 2011 14:19:58 EST Sugar and Carbs allowed ?????? I read labels and read labels..This morning my accu-check was 112 before breakfast..I ate 2 shredded wheat biscuits, a cup of whole strawberrys and a cup of hot tea WITH Splenda..I took another check on my blood and it was 206 !!!!!! How much are we allowed per day for sugar and carb intake?? I have not been able to find this info..I hope someone can help me with this. I have other health issues that require watching what I eat and basically I am safe just drinking water.... <em>91</em> Appr... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:02:09 EST Tracking is Helping It just hit me! I just realized! Tracking my food on SparkPeople is helping me! I'm not trying to lose weight (just maintain) and I'm not all that concerned with my calorie intake but my carbs... Now that's another story. A lot of the time I find myself having to estimate or guess at how many carbs I'm eating and then treat with my pump accordingly. I don't always know how much fat is in the food, so I wind up having to estimate that and then decide from there if I should do a square or dual-... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 11:51:36 EST bolusing with novalog Does anyone know how many units of novalog you need for each deciliter of blood sugar? I know for levimir its 50 units for each deciliter. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:03:44 EST Depression and Diabetes I feel like I am the only one who can't ever get her blood sugars in the approved zone. I know I'm not the only one, but I get so discouraged about everything I have to balance in order to stay "well." I am on anti-depression meds, and that helps. Each day is just another lonely struggle with my balancing act with life and diabetic control. My endocrinologist told me, "When are you going to take care of yourself?" Essentially she figures I am a bad diabetic, like being diabetic is a snap if y... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:23:08 EST Low Blood Sugars I was wondering if any of you have trouble with low blood sugars when just walking around in the stores. I went to Ollies the other night with my husband and made it out just in time. When I got back to car I found my blood sugar was down to 42. It really scared me. Carolyn Wed, 2 Feb 2011 09:40:53 EST Type 1s and Metformin??? I am CONSTANTLY looking for a reason for my 30 lb. weight gain over the past 2 years....even with a good diet and exercising 5 days/week. <BR> <BR> ANYWAY.....I recently found on the Mayo Clinic page that doctors are beginning to prescribe Metformin - in addition to insulin - for Type 1s who just cannot seem to lose weight. This has to do with insulin resistance. The Metformin makes it possible to take less insulin AND has the added side-effect of weight loss!! IS THIS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:02:55 EST The dreaded colonoscopy (Prep) Hi all. I am about 10 yrs. late in having a colonoscopy. (I cancelled my last one 5 yrs ago, but have another scheduled for next Friday.) My biggest fears (other than a perforated colon) is the preparation (getting empty) the day before. The gastro doctor assures me that Type 1 diabetics routinely have colonoscopies with no problem and says I have an advantage because I can adjust my insulin with the pump. Have any of you had any trouble with low BG while preparing for this test? Do you... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:20:42 EST I have a PhD in pumping Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Darlene, I am 45 years old, will reach my 31st anniversary with Type I Diabetes on 2/1, and have been a pumper for a cumulative total of 9 years. <BR> <BR> I love my pump! Don't get me wrong, I hate wearing the thing, but it's the best therapy that has ever been designed for Type Ones. Without it I would suffer from very serious hypoglycemic episodes on a regular basis. Before I started wearing the pump the paramedics in our area new me by my first na... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:22:43 EST HCG Diet I have just being given the okay to do the HCG diet. I am not completely sure. Has anyone done this or thinking about it? Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:15:43 EST Low Residue diet My gastroentrologist just put me on a low residue diet (low fiber), which of course if completely different than what I have been on. <BR> <BR> I must say it is a challenge. Is anyone else on a low residue diet and how do you adjust? Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:14:49 EST keeping pump dry Hi all. I am hoping to join a women's kayaking group this spring. I wear a Paradigm pump and am wondering how to keep it safe and DRY when I have that inevitable "spill" in the creek or river. My husband suggested a ziplock bag with a hole for my tubing. He thinks he can put some silicone caulk around the hole. What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> Wilma Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:19:10 EST This is a Life Resolution It's funny how things work out. I have been a Type II for 20 years. Most of that time I spent in serious denial. Over the past year things have taken a turn. I lost my driving job, I started missing work and now I am on short term disability because I started experiencing low glycemic events at work. I was put on Insulin (Levemir and Humalog) at the beginning of the year. I never really put the time in to get things figured out. I would go low and then high and then back again. My Doctor isn'... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:33:21 EST Pumping Newbie Hi, my name is Nancy and I live in Burlington County, NJ (near Ft. Dix). I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a little over two years ago, at the age of 46, and just started on a pump a month ago. My mom has been T1 since I was a toddler, and a pumper for quite awhile now. I'm loving the not taking shots and remembering to take my night time Lantus, particularly. Still figuring out my basal rates... I really need a day to just sit home, not eat or do anything else, and test, test, test, but I... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:03:03 EST raking leaves I had the most wonderful day yesterday thanks to my pump. I went out and raked leaves for fun and acomplishment. I felt wonderful. However I had to turn Basl rate down to 20% because my bs went and wanted to stay down. Have any of you had this same experience.? Carolyn Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:18:59 EST INSULIN HUMULIN R U 500 I am one of only a few who my doctor says he has that use U 500 in a pump. I have tried all the others and my Dr put me on the u500 manny a year a go. One of my problems is when I take insulin it does not spike for HOURS and Insulin taken 12 hrs a go is still working. Does anyone else use this <BR> ? Thu, 23 Sep 2010 19:34:45 EST Diet plan? Does anyone have any suggstions about a diet plan to follow? I am having trouble just trying to reduce calories. I try to eat smaller meals, but then I get hungry. I hate getting hungry, because I hate having low blood sugars which usually happen when I am hungry. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sat, 14 Aug 2010 12:24:39 EST Goal setting for weight lose...or for anything! An after thought... <BR> Use the acronym SMART when setting goals...especially weight loss goals. Make sure your goals are SPECIFIC(what are you going to do specifically to get to the goal. i.e. Non-specific "I want to lose weight/get in shape." Specific "I'll check into SparkPeople and post my food every day.") MEASURABLE (How will I know if I'm making progress?) ATTAINABLE (Can I really accomplish this or 'have I bitten off more than I can chew?') <em>246</em> REALISTIC (Do I really beli... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 11:53:38 EST Newbie Hi my name is Vicki. I have been on an insulin pump for about 6 years now. I like it better than taking the 4 shots a day that I was doing. I have a beautiful 5 year old little girl, who is getting ready to start kindergarden in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I've put on more weight right now than I ever have not including pregnancy, and now I'm trying to take it off. I think it is harder for a diabetic for some reason. I hope to find the support in this group to help not only lose weight but get my su... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 16:52:25 EST Glad I found you! Hi! <BR> My name is Jennine, I'm 60, and from Massachusetts. I've been married 39 years, with 2 children. My son is 33, married to a wonderful girl and my daughter is 30 and engaged to a great guy. I am an educator. <BR> I've been using a pump for a year and a half and have been putting on weight. I'm at the highest weight I've ever been and my doctor started mentioning gastic bypass. I feel lucky that I found SparkPeople and now a team with pump users. Hopefully this will help with... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:33:01 EST where can i get pump accessories I am rather large as a woman and was wondering how to get accessories for the pump. I like to wear nighties but have nothing to clip the pump to. I was wondering where to buy pump accessories that are large enough and comfortable. Can anyone help with this? Mon, 12 Jul 2010 01:00:20 EST Judge and Jury Here's the thing...I have recently been told by my doctor and dentist (I grind my teeth) that I should look into treating my anxiety symptoms. Only thing is I don't really feel like I am an anxious person. But I go along with the suggestion and really start to focus on my feelings and my breathing and tension in my muscles and really working to figure out what causes this mild but continuous underlying worry. And you know what? I think I may be on to something! <BR> <BR> As a diabetic you ge... Thu, 27 May 2010 18:05:12 EST How long does it take to get pump Does anyone else have the pump and how long did it take to get it? The Dr. has made several attempts to get my bs under control, but so far no luck. She put me on glimepiride, reduced it several times and finally took me off. Now she is trying to adjust the insulin and has done that a few times. So far nothing is working to control the BS. I either have real highs- 300 or more or lows in the 50's. I have waited for about four months now and so far no pump. I am going through medicare. Fri, 7 May 2010 03:38:45 EST Dr. considering me for the pump Right now as I write this I am wearing a transmitter which is sending signals and monitoring my blood sugar every five minutes to a computer about 60 miles or more away. My bs are a roller coaster ride up and down and I am so tired all the time.I of course am on insulin. I am also on actos and glimiperide. I am having to take my bs a lot and mostly they are always low. So if we are in town we have to find something for me to eat. I also have glaucoma and have had to have laser surgery 4 t... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 12:06:29 EST exercise and basal rates I am having a hard time with exercising and my bs. I will start a work out with a great bs, like 100, and I do a temp basal for an hour and a half of 50%, but I still drop so low during my work out that I end up having to drink soda to bring it up (the tablets aren't quite strong enough to bring me up quickly enough.) Then I'm usually so tired from my low that I have to stop my work out. So then I end up taking in a large number of calories and sugar, while trying to work them off. It's a har... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 14:40:14 EST Pre-starting Hello, just heard of this site and took time to sign up.....need to do something for myself. Truthfully I never really had to try too hard to meet my A1C goals but have really fallen downhill in the past 5 years and have an A1C of 8. It gets worse, but too much for an introduction. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:13:18 EST Hello Hi! My name is Nancy. I just joined SparkPeople last night and am kind of excited about this. Good to find some other type 1s on insulin pumps, too - adds another challenge to weight-loss and living healthier, but we can do it, right? I've been on the pump for a little over two years now, was "diagnosed" about 12 years ago. The pump has made a HUGE difference! <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself a little. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:01:37 EST Basal I am new to the pump (18 hours so far) and I was just wondering what some of your basal rates were. <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:22:19 EST CGM I have just started hooking up with CGM and Medtroniuc,heres my problem I hope someone might have some answers. They say to weasr it for 3 days (really try for 5) but the stupid tape that holds the sensor in place keeps coming loose and the sensor (35.00 a piece) falls out after only a day or two. I am very frustrated by this,does anybody have any other types of stickys that they use to hold them in place longer,I have a very active job that involves a lot of movement and bending and subseque... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 10:02:28 EST Hi I just joined this team so I could ask a question. <BR> <BR> I am going to see my diabetes specialist on Thursday and want to ask him about getting a pump. I am not very good at remembering to take my insulin when I should, and I often think of taking it but get sidetracked on my way to the table, and then my brain seems to translate that into "I have already taken it" <BR> <BR> I live in Canada and am sure not all the same brands would be available here as there are in the US, but if any... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 21:02:44 EST Managing not to go low with exercise Hi again all. I noticed some discussion about this elsewhere, but felt it deserved its own topic. <BR> <BR> I too had this problem. I originally lowered my basal down to 50% for only the time I would exercise, but got too low almost every time. Then one of the endocrinologists suggested I actually suspend my pump while I am in the gym. It will take trial and error on each of our parts, and change as the amount of exercise and previous meals change, to keep figuring it out. <BR> <BR> Current... Sat, 23 May 2009 02:23:16 EST A1C, etc. Had my endocrine appointment today. My A1C was 6.9. Pretty good, I thought, for somebody who has been a Type I diabetic for 37 years!! Unfortunately, my weight was UP from 7 months ago. He readjusted my boluses and said he wanted my A1C to be 6.8 when I go back July 1st. (He's ALWAYS wanting "better.") But, hey, I do too. <BR> <BR> Hope you are both okay. Not much conversation lately. <BR> <BR> Oh, I had to talk to a "Resident" first and she was R-E-A-L-L-Y nice (and overweight). We... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:24:51 EST What to do with your pump in formal attire Wilma had a good question....How do you wear your pump at a formal affair? Like a wedding? Mon, 16 Mar 2009 10:10:46 EST Tell us about yourself Hi, my name is Cindy and I live in Missouri. <BR> <BR> I started this team because, I have been on an insulin pump for the past 5-6 years and all of a sudden have started having problems with staff infections and lots of high blood sugars. There didn't seem to be a group for pump users, so I thought I would start one! <BR> <BR> My dr. is switching me to the OmniPod. I am really excited about this pump. I just hope it is as good as I think it is. <BR> <BR> I am a divorced mother of 2 dau... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:40:34 EST Chit Chat Here! This is the place to meet and discuss whatever is on your mind. As we all know stress can really have an effect on our diabetes, so I say let it out! Share what is causing those highs or why you are having lows. Whatever it is we are here for you! Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:36:12 EST