Saturday, January 13, 2007

John Walsh's New Insulin Pumping Book is out! GET IT!

I was on the other day, and happened across John Walsh's newest edition of "Pumping Insulin", referred to as the PUMPERS BIBLE. Now I have read A LOT of books, especially on diabetes. Everything from Natural treatments to scientific journal articles. I try to read everything I can get my hands on. Go ahead, call it an obsession, I'm ok with it. I have a lot of down time on my night shifts at I stay awake by reading!!

I am part way through this book, and am restarting 2007 with rounds of basal testing, carb ratio testing, correction ratio testing - every and all values will be tested. I have been pumping for almost 6 years now, and I try to retest these values at least once a year to make sure I am getting the most out of my pump!!

I tested my carb ratio - it is easy to do while I am at work. 12 hours that I am able to "control" my activity level -they make me sit/stand for 12 hours so I wil make the best of it! That was my quest of my last rotation at work. It went well, I did tweek my level and decrease increase my carb ration slightly. All good in that department, and I think that change will help!

Next week.....check the correction bolus again. I wish the Minimed pump would allow for .5 hour settings on the duration of insulin. I have been looking into that lately, and from the numbers and graphs, it seems I need 3.5 hours. My pump allows 3 and 4 and it is a HUGE tease, as my friend uses a Cozmore pump and can set hers to 3.5! So until Minimed realizes this is needed, I have mine set at 4 hours for insulin duration, and I try to keep that in mind when calculating....

Still warmish here, warmer then western canada. It is +3 out right now, still not a drop of snow on the ground. Hard to believe - I don't believe that global warming would work this quick, so I think it is just an usually warm winter in the East. Strange...that is ok, leaves me more time to get reading on this newest book in my collection....although a nice winter storm would keep me off the roads and home in front of the fire place, great place to read John Walsh's new edition of pumper insulin!!


Scott K. Johnson said...

I'm a huge fan of that book - I've read the last couple of editions, but not the 4th yet.

It's on my list!

Bernard said...


I agree, it's excellent. And I have an earlier edition also.

You might be interested in this article he wrote about the Super Bolus.

It seems like John is always trying to figure out smarter ways to use the pumps we currently have while waiting for the pumps we need.

Marathon Swimmer said...

Actually, your friend with a Cozmo sets hers to 2:30, and *can* set it in 15-minute increments. :)

Emily said...

Interesting to know.