Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods, podders

LIVINGLIVING

EASE IN A POD

Business woman and mum, Kendra Leighton tells of her experience

moving from an Animas insulin pump onto an Omnipod 'patch' pump,

and why she's now proud to call herself a fully-fledged 'podder'.

K

endra Leighton was

diagnosed with

diabetes about a month

before she was due to

take her A-levels, aged

17. She had all the classic symptoms -

an unquenchable thirst, needing the loo all

the time, and tired too. Initially her mother

dialled NHS Direct but she was given

poor advice, with the symptoms being

reported not being identified as those for

diabetes. Shortly afterwards, still feeling

rotten, Leighton went to an out-of-hours

GP who advised her to go to her own GP

first thing in the morning, saying that he

thought it looked like diabetes. On seeing

her own GP, Leighton was prescribed oral

meds for Type 2 diabetes and sent home.

She looks, back, "I went in again the

next day as requested and my tests still

showed I was sky high. The doctor just

told me to go home again and wait. One

of the nurses took my mother to one

side and said she thought she should

take me directly to hospital. It was a very

dangerous assumption that I might have

had Type 2 diabetes, so I owe that nurse

my thanks."

Now 35, Leighton has a two-year-old

son with her partner, with whom she also

runs a business, in the city of Lincoln.

But back in 2001 she was diagnosed

at Boston Pilgrim Hospital. She'd been

given a blood test meter and shown how

to do injections at mealtimes told to take a

separate long-acting insulin at night.

She recalls, "I started on a basal/bolus

regime from the outset and was given a

basic understanding of how to judge what

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