My name is John. I have had Type 1 Diabetes since July 1984. For most of my life with Diabetes, I have been treated with multiple daily injections of long acting insulin in the evening and quick acting insulin with meals. (MDI).
I decided to start this blog after (finally) beginning treatment of my Diabetes with an insulin pump. This was partly to try and share my experience of this as I was reluctant to consider a pump for a number of years.
My life with Diabetes has been relatively uneventful. I’ve never had a full blown Diabetic Keto-Acidosis – even at diagnosis. My older sister is also Type 1, so my mum recognised the signs and symptoms relatively early when I was first diagnosed. My HbA1c (rough measure of control) was always relatively good – sitting somewhere between 6-7%. Kidney function is good and I have no diabetes related problems with my eyes. My single biggest problem has been recurring overnight low blood sugars, or hypos.
At times I have had problems with anxiety, stress and depression. I don’t honestly know if this is related to my diabetes or not. There is certainly good evidence to support that this is the case. What I do know is that when my diabetic control isn’t great, I don’t feel great. Either physically, or emotionally.
Why consider the pump then? Recently I have more and more overnight hypos. These generally leave me feeling terrible for the next day and also make me prone to further hypos; my control has gradually worsened with my HbA1c shifting to between 9-10%; I have developed chronic pain in the joints in my feet and hands with trigger fingers. This pain may or may not be Diabetic Cheiroarthropathy – I’m still being investigated for this; all of these issues were affecting my overall quality of life and more importantly, my mental health. So, I decided now was as good a time as any.
I’m currently on day #9 of my pump regime, the link will take you to my thoughts of how it’s going so far.
I’ve tried to include some links where a more detailed explanation of something may be required. These aren’t personal endorsements of sites and I can’t guarantee the validity of the content of any articles I’ve linked to.
I’ll also try to add a little bit of Tech stuff every now and again.