Saturday, January 13, 2007
John Walsh's New Insulin Pumping Book is out! GET IT!
I was on amazon.ca 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 work...so 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!!