Got a new camera. Made a new video.
For this reason: No-one told me about the temporary basal function when I signed up to That Pump Life. I also (obviously) didn’t seek out that information, so that one’s on me. But I got an almost life-changing type of surprise when I did surrender the injections and attach myself to this little unassuming piece of kit that just quietly keeps me alive every day.
This video is not an instruction, because it’s in what we shall henceforth deem ‘JenSpeak’ and if you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that JenSpeak is a non-technical, slightly laboured and mildly bemusing way of communicating. BUT if you’re not one for the Science Bit, this might just work for you.
I am very aware I chose music that really sounds like I’m in a Sonic the Hedgehog game. Which is probably a childhood dream realised. For you however, it’s just a little bit loud. So sorry.
THINGS I DIDN’T SAY THAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID:
– You still need to bolus for your meals with an insulin pump, alongside setting your basal rates. It might be obvious for some, but hindsight tells me that I went in pretty blind when I said yes to the insulin pump.
– You can reduce your temp basal as well as raise it, and many people require this function when they are exercising. In the example I give, it’s not the case.
USEFUL PROFESSIONAL LINKS THAT EXPLAIN THINGS PROPERLY:
My Life Diabetes Care’s guide to basal rates (aka the Omnipod guys)
Diabetes.co.uk’s forum discussion on temporary basal rates for exercise
Diabetes Education Online’s page on all things insulin pump (from the US, but still useful if you browse the nav on the left)
Medtronic’s guide to basal rates (thought it would be helpful to include a different insulin pump manufacturer’s take on things)
SO… is the temporary basal a feature you heart? Or is a feature you feel a bit ‘meh’ about? Do you wanna know more about this kind of ‘technical’ (in the loosest JenSpeak sense) stuff? Lemme know!