As I keep banging on about it, beloved readers of your soaraway Shoot Up will, by now, be well aware that I was hooked up to an insulin pump earlier this week. Anyway, I’m pleased to report that I’m still alive and all seems to be going well so far.
Training started up at the Royal Infirmary on Tuesday with a small group of slightly apprehensive pumpers, accompanied by DSNs to a ratio of 1 nurse to 2 patients – so top quality training provision. We were led through how to do the button pressing on the pumps (pretty straightforward); how to insert an infusion set (pretty straightforward but slightly fiddly) and the basics of pump use (easy to get not bad control, complicated to get it perfect). Training consisted of a base of top notch textbook knowledge, backed up with a tonne of useful, practical experience from our DSNs. We were all finally hooked up by midday and allowed to escape for lunch.
To make things as simple as possible, we were advised to use a flat, ;