I was diagnosed in 2000, presumably Type 2 but found out earlier this year I’m 1.5. I’ve used insulin most of the time for the last 10 years so I’m not new to insulin but am new to a pump.
I got an Accu-Chek Spirit pump three weeks ago yesterday. I have to say I absolutely love it but am having some issues and perhaps y’all will have suggestions.
The first two weeks went swimmingly with no glitches other than the normal trying to find the right settings and such. Starting Monday of this week, though, my BG was too high most of the time. Not horribly, dangerously high but much higher than I like or was at before this point, especially my FBG and if I wake up high, it’s a battle most of the day.
I changed everything on time, never late. But I noticed bubbles in the infusion tubing, disconnected, primed the set and carried on. The next day I noticed the same thing and performed the same fix. The day after that I noticed a bubble in the cartridge that had no been there before. I changed everything out again, a couple days early, and the next morning I was high again. I can’t figure out just where these bubbles are coming from when they are not there when I first change things and whether or not they really do make a difference in delivery. Some say yes, some say no.
Today I talked to the educator and she suggested I try extended bolus. I don’t eat a diet high in carbs most days. I’m a low to moderate carb gal and she suspects the culprits are really the protein and fat in my diet and not necessarily the functioning of the pump itself. She said it the extended doesn’t help quickly we’ll try multi wave next.
Well, I messed up the extended bolus at lunch today but got in from work a bit ago, set the pump for another extended bolus for dinner and we’ll see how it does.
Anyway, input on the bubble issue is appreciated as is input on extended bolus in general. I really do see the advantages of a pump and want to be successful with this but need some guidance.