Insulin dependent diabetics here?

milkloss

Member
Location
East Sussex
just wondered. Have been diabetic for 24 years I guess and haven’t been the best at managing it. Farming isn’t really conducive for good management or perhaps that’s just an excuse for being slack!

Be interested to hear of other routines and tricks that you have.

Or am I the only one in the village? ;)
 

Farmer Fin

Member
My wife is type 1 and her job and young family make a consistent routine hard too. She has tried an insulin pump and didn’t get on that well with it. Best thing is the continuous glucose monitors. It’s made a real difference to her management.
 

milkloss

Member
Location
East Sussex
My wife is type 1 and her job and young family make a consistent routine hard too. She has tried an insulin pump and didn’t get on that well with it. Best thing is the continuous glucose monitors. It’s made a real difference to her management.
Got a free one here but haven’t had the balls to curl that probe into my skin!!!!! Any tips would be well received such as where to wear it etc (y)
 

Farmer Fin

Member
Got a free one here but haven’t had the balls to curl that probe into my skin!!!!! Any tips would be well received such as where to wear it etc (y)
She wears it on the upper arm about a hands breath down from her shoulder. If the from of her arm is 12 and the back is 6 between 4 and 5 if that makes sense.

It won’t hurt any more than your insulin needle putting it in. She hardly notices it, only is she catches it on something or the kids grab her arms. It’s made a massive difference to her as she tests her blood all the time and can’t react accordingly.

Her’s are on prescription so worth a chat with your consultant.
 

milkloss

Member
Location
East Sussex
She wears it on the upper arm about a hands breath down from her shoulder. If the from of her arm is 12 and the back is 6 between 4 and 5 if that makes sense.

It won’t hurt any more than your insulin needle putting it in. She hardly notices it, only is she catches it on something or the kids grab her arms. It’s made a massive difference to her as she tests her blood all the time and can’t react accordingly.

Her’s are on prescription so worth a chat with your consultant.
Thank you. I feel a bit more confident now.
 

Liiz

New Member
Is this one of the ones that go in and you 'scan' them, or the sort that talk to your phone?

I wear a talks-to-your-phone one on my belly; it was horrible the first time but just like injecting, when you've done it ten times or so it gets much easier.

Hats off to farmers with diabetes......
 

codyw

New Member
I am Dexcom G6 user. I got my first CGM three years ago. It took me three hours to get the guts to put the first sensor in but now I’ll have the sensor going within the minute. Insertion isn’t uncomfortable but I’ve had a couple that have cause some discomfort later on... usually it doesn’t but when it does, you know how the meme goes. But the company is very good about replacing faulty sensors. I think about any CGM would be good. Added a G6 screen picture and where I like to wear the sensor just below the belt so it won’t ever be snagged. The sensor pic is the older G5 model with additional adhesive patch
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JimAndy

Member
Location
portadown
been a diabetic for 30 years now tho have just been on insulin injection for just over a year now. after being put on injections i self funded freestyle libre senors for 3 months and it give me a real insight on just what was effecting my blood sugars. infact once the current harvest is over i plan to self fund again for 3 month to bring my blood sugars under control again as duing harvest time it always get out of wack
 

milkloss

Member
Location
East Sussex
been a diabetic for 30 years now tho have just been on insulin injection for just over a year now. after being put on injections i self funded freestyle libre senors for 3 months and it give me a real insight on just what was effecting my blood sugars. infact once the current harvest is over i plan to self fund again for 3 month to bring my blood sugars under control again as duing harvest time it always get out of wack
Got any tips for installing and location of the sensor? Haven’t tried mine yet :nailbiting:
 

JimAndy

Member
Location
portadown
it comes with it own installer, and is no worst than a finger plonker, it a single use so don't be like me a waste £60 by trying to see how it works as you can't reset it :). for me i found the back of the arm worked best, think a bit of were the best place for you will be, it takes very little to move it/knock it off and once moved it no longer works and can not be reapplied, a lot of people add tape over it to help hold it in place. when i tried it on the side of the arm. i knock it off getting out of a tractor when my arm rubbed on the post. i also mainly sleep on my left side so applied the sensor on my right arm , i have a friend who wears it on the inside thigh but then she wears skirts and sits at a desk, i always though bouncing around in a tractor that the rubbing of the trouser leg would move it
 

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