My Diabetes Kit Debbie Green

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MY DIABETES KIT

DEBBIE GREEN

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ebbie Green has

had Type 1 Diabetes

since she was a

little girl. Now in her

30s, she has a busy

time managing work, home and all

the normal things in life, which for her

includes trail running and fundraising for

diabetes awareness. Oh, and training to

be a GP.

Debbie Green was diagnosed with

Type 1 diabetes in 1993 when she was

the age of eight. No one in her family had

been diagnosed with diabetes before

or since. "I probably had six months of

symptoms," she says, looking back,

"Things like excessive drinking, and I mean

everything from Coke to orange juice, as

well as water, which I would drink straight

from the tap. At school I needed the toilet

all the time. I was nearly nine years old

but only weighed about three stone. Now

I know I had classic symptoms."

Green's GP finally diagnosed her. She

says, "Over those months I think I did

have a bit of a honeymoon period, where

there was some insulin being produced,

which is why it took a while to get the right

diagnosis."

She spent a week in hospital in

Stockport, near her home, being brought

under control and shown how to do blood

tests and injections. "I used an insulin

pen from the start, just two injections a

day," she recalls, "I remember having bad

night-time hypos from the beginning. At

one point we changed my type of insulin

and that did help. I did have hypos but

they were not as frequent. That carried on

for about a five-year period until I was 14.

Then I tried a new mix of insulin, which

improved matters a bit more. I was on that

combination from the ages of 14 to 18."

Then at the age of 18 Green went off

to university in Nottingham, but it was a

difficult year. "I went through a sudden

bout of teenage rebellion. I did take my

insulin religiously and ate appropriately,

but didn't do many blood tests. Then I

developed quite a severe kidney infection

coupled with DKA* and was admitted

to hospital. Looking back she says, "I'd

been away on holiday with friends and

became ill. When I got home I ended up

in hospital in Stockport near my home,

where I had initially been diagnosed. It

was 2003 and I was 19 years old. I know

now that I'd been living life on the edge a

little, not realising how dangerous it was.

My consultant suggested I should go on

an insulin pump. I had a pump trial but I

didn't like it; I didn't want to wear a pump

24/7, I don't suppose I was really ready to

engage at that level. However I did make

some serious changes to my behaviour.

I was introduced to using a basal/bolus

regime, started doing proper tests and

did a DAFNE course. That was excellent,

it helped me to understand how to adjust

my basal and bolus doses."

London calling

After going back and finishing her studies

in Nottingham, Green took up a job in

London in 2006 where she became a

patient at King's College Hospital. A few

years later in 2009 she progressed onto

an insulin pump at the age of 24.

At this point Green had left London

to study medicine at Bristol. She says, "I

knew I had to get even better control and

had to get over my ideas about wearing a

pump. "I was attending diabetes clinic at

the Bristol Royal infirmary. Initially I went

on a Roche's Accu-Chek Spirit Combo

pump. It has excellent remote control,

which meant you could hide the pump

in your clothing and control it with the

remote. It was very discreet. I used that

for five years. However, two years ago at

my last pump change, I decided to go on

to a Medtronic 640g pump because it has

fully integrated CGM. It really suits me. I

love being able to use its different features

as much or as little as I need. It is quick

and easy to use. I use the temporary basal

rates a lot. The fact that I can 'save' my

favourites with this pump is great. It feels

much more like a gadget than a medical

device to me."

As well as being easy to use, the

Medtronic pump with CGM is helping

to address Green's night-time hypos. "I

have always had night time hypos," she

says, "Even when I went on an insulin

pump. They did wake me up and I dealt

with them, then I would invariably wake

up high in the morning, tired and feeling

horrible. I used to describe it as spending

the day with jetlag. This pump is actually

preventing me from having hypos as it

has SmartGuard technology inside it.

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Diabetes UK Nutrition Guidelines, Medtronic insulin pump CGM packages
  6. Verily, CGM for T2, Medical ID jewellery, Ascensia Diabetes Challenge
  7. Leicester Diabetes Centre, JDRF, Rachel Connor JDRF, T1Exchange
  8. Diabetes kit diabetes management equipment
  9. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
  10. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  11. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  12. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  13. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  14. The tyranny of HbA1c time to talk now about Time in Range
  15. The fallacy of average, why HbA1c isn't good enough
  16. ADA Consensus Report Outcome Measures Beyond HbA1C for Type 1 Diabetes
  17. hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, time in range
  18. patient quality of life
  19. Continuous glucose monitoring is showing the limitations of HbA1c
  20. HbA1c, mean glucose, Time in Range
  21. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  22. My Diabetes Kit Debbie Green
  23. My Diabetes Kit Debbie Green, Accu-Chek Roche, Medtronic
  24. My Diabetes Kit Debbie Green, Accu-Chek Roche, Medtronic
  25. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  26. Spirit Healthcare, Chris Barker, Leicester, Empower
  27. Spirit Healthcare, Chris Barker, Leicester, Empower
  28. Making Carbs Count chickpeas
  29. Making Carbs Count chickpeas
  30. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  31. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
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