Another year ticks by

On this day in 1982 I was admitted to hospital with a T1 diabetes diagnosis. Ever since I’ve been dependent on daily/continuous administration of insulin to live. Balanced of course with food, exercise, and all the other factors that affect us. So today (Saturday) is my 39th diaversary! Some people do struggle with the “Diaversary” …

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Pump environmental limits

We see various insulin pumps described as “waterproof”. But what does it actually mean? Personally I’m interested in how “life-proof” my devices are. That covers multiple aspects including: Water- and dust-proof. Things get dusty in the desert (especially if I fall over or commando-crawl while tracking some wildlife with my cameras). When working on small …

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September Australian Insulin Pump changes

There have been a couple of developments in the Australian pump market recently, so two of this site’s reference articles have been updated: Australian Insulin Pump Choices Closed-loop pumps in Australia The changes include: Accu-Chek Combo The Accu-Chek Combo pump is no longer being sold in Australia. Warranty and support will continue for 4 years, …

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Omnipod DASH observations

The Omnipod DASH pump system launched in Australia recently, and I’ve been able to experiment with it a bit. Note the Omnipods I’ve been using were purchased by myself, not supplied by anyone else. As has been mentioned many times, these pumps are not currently supported by private health insurance or by NDSS, but once …

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Comparing multiple insulins

For years I used Humalog as my “fast” insulin (before that I used Actrapid!) so when I moved to Fiasp that’s what I had to compare with. I’ve recently experimented with switching back to Humalog to check my settings, and the results were interesting. Including that my no-bolus, no-announce closed-loop system still worked. I have …

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Using a different insulin

People who know me wouldn’t be surprised to hear I’ve been experimenting with an insulin change recently. I started out pumping using Humalog. In 2018 I spent a few months experimenting with Apidra in the hope I could get a faster result (and thus a more-responsive loop). And then when Fiasp finally arrived in Australia …

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