My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g

KITLIVING

continued over

Sue Wales uses a

640g insulin pump

from Medtronic

(right) and Abbott's

Freestyle Libre

(above). Of the

combination

she says: "The

FreeStyle Libre is so

easy and the trends

are useful. Plus,

no-one notices me

using it when I'm

at work. The pump

is great because

you can adjust your

basal and do small

extra boluses if you

need to."

eat to match the insulin dose. There

were no blood test meters back then; I

had tablets that I dropped into my urine

in a test tube that changed colour; blue

meant you had a safe reading of glucose

in your urine, orange meant your sugars

were high. That was all we had back

then. We know now that this was a very

inaccurate reading, as your urine would

have accumulated over a couple of hours

so it would be a mix of several hours of

eating, and so on."

Wales continued at university playing

lots of sport and doing the kinds of

things that students do, which was not a

disciplined life, but carried on training to

become a qualified nurse, then ended up

working as a sister on a diabetes ward in a

hospital in the early '90s. "That was hard,"

she remembers, "I was seeing the effect

diabetes was having on people, but I just

got on with it. I was lucky that the staff

would keep an eye out for me and would

tell me if I went a bit 'wibbly', which was

my word for having a low blood sugar. In

the main I had not had many bad hypos

as my fingers and lips would tingle when

a low was coming on so I mostly knew

when it was happening."

Clinical inertia

Attending the annual diabetes check up,

Wales says, "It always felt like an annual

'telling off' when I went to the clinic. Of

course I thought I knew all I needed to

because of my job at the hospital. By

the early '90s I was on an insulin pen of

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Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Dexcom
  7. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
  8. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  9. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  10. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  11. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  12. One Drop blood test meter, Lifescan OneTouch Verio Flex
  13. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  14. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  15. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  16. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine
  17. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  18. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  19. Medtronic Guardian Connect
  20. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  21. Ascensia Contour Diabetes blood test meters
  22. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  23. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  24. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  25. Accu-Chek Eversense implantable CGM
  26. Desang magazine, access to blood test strips, Angela Coffey Balance magazine
  27. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  28. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  29. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  30. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  31. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  32. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  33. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  34. Desang diabetes magazine

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