jkaptena

Date Registered: Aug 14, 2009

Recent Posts:

From the thread pregnant and diabetic in the Pregnancy forum:
Congratulations on the news of bringing a baby into your life. May God Bless and keep you. I have been a type 1 Diabetic for 38 years. My Drs. advised me not to get pregnant because of the diabetes. However I have been pregnant 4 times and I have 4 beautiful, wonderful blessings to share my life with. During your pregnancy it is imperative that you test your BS more frequently, probably every 3-4 hours. The baby will be taking alot of the nutrients and carbs that are necessary for growing and development. You will most likely need to increase your caloric intake, not only for the baby, but to prevent your BS from dropping to low. If you are unsure of how to treat your high blood sugars, contact your Dr.. You will usually have to take a fast acting or short term insulin. You and your Dr. will decide how much 1 unit of insulin will lower your BS. This depends on what type of insulin that you are using, as each insulin works differently with each diabetic. While I was pregnant, I would take whatever my high BS was and subtract my target BS. The remaining amount was divided by the amount that 1 unit of insulin will lower the BS. The result would be the amount of fast acting insulin to take. This amount must be determined by your Dr. and or your Diabetic Educator. Do noy try to figure this out on your own. Once you take the insulin to correct your high BS, you will need to retest your BS in 1-2 hours to determine how effective this was. Your obgyn should be someone who specializes in high risk or diabetic pregnancies. You will most likely have more ultrasounds and stress tests to see how the baby is progressing. It may seem like alot of work, however the payoff is sooo.. rewarding. I have had 4 pregnancies and have given birth to 4 healthy, perfect babies. Good Luck. Make it a great day. Jody
Posted on September 22, 2009 8:35
From the thread Anyone quit or considered quitting the pump? in the General forum:
I have been using a minimed paradigm 722 insulin pump for 2 years. The pump works like a pancreas My A1c is currently a 6.8. The great thing about pumping is that it allows for greater flexibility in your day to day life, without the constant worry of hypoglycemic reactions. The pump is also is also able to be programmed for different carb ratios during different times of the day as well as different basal rates throughout the day.(Similar to a pancreas). If you are an active individual, sports, hiking, bicycling etc. you are able to reduce your rate to adjust the insulin during increased activity. It is recommended that you set your basal rate to 80% during increased activity for 1 hour before the activity and 1 hour after you stop the activity. Of course this varies for each individual and should be worked out with your Dr. or Diabetic Educator. Now with the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System(CGMS), you can program it to beep when your glucose reaches a certain amount, ie: beep at 70 and at 170. This way you are able to correct a low BS or a High BS. What a blessing. Please consider stopping the use of the pump very carefully. I believe that the advantages of using the pump far outweigh the inconvenience of filling and changing the infusion site. Best of luck to you. Make it a great day. Jody pump far outweighs
Posted on September 22, 2009 8:07
I have been using a minimed paradigm 722 insulin pump for 2 years. The pump works like a pancreas My A1c is currently a 6.8. The great thing about pumping is that it allows for greater flexibility in your day to day life, without the constant worry of hypoglycemic reactions. The pump is also is also able to be programmed for different carb ratios during different times of the day as well as different basal rates throughout the day.(Similar to a pancreas). If you are an active individual, sports, hiking, bicycling etc. you are able to reduce your rate to adjust the insulin during increased activity. It is recommended that you set your basal rate to 80% during increased activity for 1 hour before the activity and 1 hour after you stop the activity. Of course this varies for each individual and should be worked out with your Dr. or Diabetic Educator. Now with the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System(CGMS), you can program it to beep when your glucose reaches a certain amount, ie: beep at 70 and at 170. This way you are able to correct a low BS or a High BS. What a blessing. Please consider stopping the use of the pump very carefully. I believe that the advantages of using the pump far outweigh the inconvenience of filling and changing the infusion site. Best of luck to you. Make it a great day. Jody pump far outweighs
Posted on September 22, 2009 8:07
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