Diabetes equipment, diabetes kit,  Abbott FreeStyle Libre, diabetic, Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump

LIVINGLIVING

three decades of living with diabetes,

made my diabetes a much smaller, more

manageable part of my life, rather than the

thing I wake up and go to bed thinking

about. It has given me my life back. I wish

I'd asked to go on one sooner."

In February this year, Weddell also

tried out a FreeStyle Libre sensor, "just out

of interest", she says, "I'm rather addicted

to it now. I feel like I couldn't do without

it, although I'm not sure I can afford to

use it all the time. I love taking a reading,

even the sound it makes - the little 'bip'

means that a line is coming… It shows

me a line on a graph on the screen and

I find that very useful - I like looking at

my line frequently! It's so easy to use; the

reader can scan through several layers of

clothing, which is incredible. It's a great

addition to my diabetes kit, and with the

pump, if the graph shows that my levels

are rising I might tackle that trend by

upping my basal rate a little, or if I'm on a

downward trend I might temporarily lower

it to avoid having a hypo."

Fully kitted out, Weddell now feels that

using the pump and the sensor combo

has helped her to make some other

changes, "They've given me the freedom

to try some new things. With the pump,

I don't have to eat if I don't want to,

whereas before I felt I had to. When I was

diagnosed, we were taught that a specific

amount of carbs in grammes had to be

taken at a certain time. You had to feed

the insulin that had already been injected

in. Now I'm trying to eat fewer carbs. The

other night I made lasagne with beetroot

slices instead of the pasta sheets - it

was delicious and low-carb. I only have

boiled eggs for breakfast, no toast. A lot

of control isn't just about the insulin, it's

about the food itself. In the context of my

diabetes, in many ways food is the enemy,

but it's also the medicine. That is the

paradox. Diabetes is a weird condition,

but it is getting easier to live with!"

www.rebeccaweddell.co.uk

Saying she loves a good

gadget, Weddell's diabetes

kit includes the FreeStyle

Libre sensor and reader

(above) as well as the AccuChek

Insight insulin pump

(below, the upright item is

the handheld device, the

other item is the pump itself).

Index

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  2. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Diabetes news, JDRF, Presidenåt JDRF UK Duchess of Cornwall, Karen Addington, INPUT, Type 1 diabetes
  5. Diabetes news, Metformin, FreeStyle LIbre, IDDT
  6. Diabetes news, Dr Shivani Misra, DRWF, diabetes, Sepsis Six
  7. Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring, blood testing without lancets
  8. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  9. Medtronic I-Port Advance, insulin injection port
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