Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Yesterday I began my insulin pump trial. I arrived at the hospital a little early so I patiently sat in the diabetes centre waiting for my DSN to finish with the patients she had (an elderly couple) in there. After they left, she left the door open whilst she popped into the office - which meant I could see a purple Medtronic pump sat on the side!!! As I've mentioned before, I reeeeeeeally want a purple Medtronic.

The first thing my DSN said was that she didn't feel the need for a 10 week trial. She explained that the trial is just to make sure I am confident using the pump, and I'm overall happy with the pump. She said she herself is confident I can use the pump (thankyou, diabetes meetups, and having a pumping boyfriend!) and is fairly sure I will be happy with it, so she cut it down to a 2 week trial. At which point I gulped and asked if I'd have to hand it back after two weeks.

She explained that no, this pump is basically mine to keep for a reasonable amount of time, until we get funding from South Birmingham Primary Care Trust (PCT). Obviously, as I am borrowing this from the hospital, I can't keep it for a ridiculous amount of time - but my DSN is trying to be positive and is determind to get funding for me.

After the 2 weeks, as long as all is going well (not necessarily in terms of BG levels as she & I are expecting them to go wild soon), she will then request that my consultant writes to the PCT to request funding. And then we wait and see what they say.

So the pump! It's a purple Medtronic Paradigm 512. It's the model before the Paradigm Veos, so it does all the same things minus a few details.

I still have Lantus running around my system so I've been running on the low side ever since I put it on - or rather, I haven't gone much about 6mmol/l, so I feel as if I'm battling off hypos. As much as I would love to keep my levels below 6mmol/l all the time, I know this won't last! I have treated 3 mild hypos this morning.

My DSN worked out a baseline basal by taking my estimated total daily dose (48 units), taking off 25% (36u), dividing that in half (18) then slashing another 2u off that. So 16u over 24 hours = 0.65u per hour. This obviously will change in the next few days, but until the Lantus is out, I'm a bit stuck as to what to do.

I walked to Sainsburys this morning and had to put a 60% temp basal on on the way back as I hypo'd in Sainsburys and didn't come much above 4 after treatment. I did however get my prescription for vials of Novorapid sorted so I'm pleased!

Curiously, my DSN got me to draw up my first reservoir of insulin from my pen cartridge. Not something I'd heard of doing before, but it worked and we had no air bubbles. The test will be when I have to change the reservoir, see how I get on!

(apologies for the grainy photo - it was taken on webcam!)


Northerner said...

Brilliant! You're going to do great my dear, I've no doubt! :)

John Anno said...

How has the pump been working for you since the post? I have noticed that there are differences between the UK and the US on pump training. We get a 2 hour training period and then no trial you are on the pump. I am 3 weeks into my pump now and I could never dream of going back.

How was your overall experience on the trial? Do you like the pump? Sorry always interested in the experiences of other pumpers.