Tips for Insulin Pump
If you had never used an insulin pump before, I suggest you should read the insulin pump instructions first.
Although that to get comfortable with the pump it may take several months.
During those first months is the time to adopt some good habits.
Here are some tips to help you adjust:
- Take your insulin at a specific time, such as five minutes before you eat, so you don't forget boluses.
- When traveling anywhere, bring extra supplies or at least an insulin pen, in case you are unable to use your pump for some reason.
- When you take the pump off or turn it off, figure out a system to remember to turn it back on.
Listen to the alarms on the pump or set a timer.
- Make a habit of recording blood glucose checks, carbohydrate amounts, carbohydrate doses, correction doses, and exercise when you do them.
It really helps to sit down and look over your blood glucose record at the end of every week (or even every day) and to see if you have any problem areas.
Reviewing your records is the key of correct blood glucose control.
- Your diabetes educator and the pump company have record forms, or you can make your own.
Just be sure that you have enough room to record everything you need.
Keeping daily records is best, but some people find that keeping records for two weekdays and one weekend day can give enough information to determine the patterns.
- With that pump of insulin you still have to remember that, when you eat, what you eat, and how much you eat is up to you.
You can eat more carbohydrate and still manage your blood glucose, but weight gain can happen.
Talk to a dietitian about this when you start on the pump.
It's a lot easier not gaining weight in the first place, than to lose it after you have already gained it.
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