Managing hypos real stories
Hypoglycaemia can be one of the biggest concerns for people with Type 1 diabetes, especially during the night, when it is more difficult to recognise low levels of blood glucose (lows). Anyone with Type 1 diabetes can experience unexpected lows. One of the main goals of diabetes management is to achieve target HbA1c levels safely, without increasing the risk of hypoglycaemia (hypos). Read the real-life stories of other people with Type 1 diabetes and discover how they have found their way to better control and fewer hypos.
At the beginning, when I was on MDI, I could never tell when my hypos were coming. Once, in town, I just fell to the pavement. I still remember people avoiding me and walking away, probably thinking I was drunk. I had to drag myself home all alone. I had heard about many positive experiences with pump therapy so, after a long period of having hypos, I asked my doctor if I could try it. Now, I wear an insulin pump all the time and I’ve almost forgotten what hypos are.
My biggest shock after getting diabetes came with my worst ever hypo. I had been skating for 1 or 2 hours then ate a normal dinner. Soon after, I was violently ill and vomited. As I had already injected insulin it kept on working until my blood glucose fell below 2.8 mmol/L. I was completely out of control. Fortunately, some colleagues took me to the A&E in the hospital where I was working at the time. Right then, it was terrible, but it led to a good result, because after that I tested an insulin pump for a while and my life got so much better. Now, I wear an insulin pump all the time, and it’s just great!
When I was diagnosed with diabetes, it was very hard. I used multiple daily injections and had continuous hypos. When they were really bad, I even lost consciousness. It made me angry, because I was studying at university but I couldn't concentrate. It was terrible. I could not manage my diabetes, so with the help and support of my diabetes healthcare team, I decided to try an insulin pump. Now I have an insulin pump and I enjoy a great level of control. This improved my life, as I could say goodbye to severe hypos. I can honestly say that my diabetes is no longer controlling me, but I’m controlling my diabetes.
We were blessed with a caring and very understanding Paediatric Endocrinologist, who prescribed pump therapy almost from the start.The Medtronic pump had such a positive impact on his life and within hours, the pump became part of his body. 5 Years ago, we decided to start Francois on Sensor Technology.This for us, and his teachers, was like a 24/7 caregiver! The Veo as well as the 640G has saved him from severe low blood glucose levels on numerous occasions. There have been nights where the pump would alarm to warn us that his glucose levels were dropping and we did not hear it - what a relieve to walk into his room and to find out that the pump stopped insulin and waited for his glucose level to rise before it automatically restarted again! We truly can not imagine a life without Medtronic for Francois! Francois is 9 years old absolutely loves his pump and sensor technology!
- RONEL, FRANCOIS' MOTHER